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The Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub

The best excuse to buy a spa or jacuzzi? Hydrotherapy.

This past week, in preparation for our kids and grandkids coming to visit us, I decided it was time to clean our Dimension One “Amore Bay” hot tub. The company builds them right here in Vista, and I’ve been the number one fan of D1 Spas for a decade. 

It’s been awhile since I’ve emptied the 415 gallons of water and gotten in there and scrubbed out the tub. With its 5 pump filtering and solid engineering, the system is usually a self-cleaning wonder. Honestly, the hip-hop music that the hot tub’s stereo system plays, gets dirtier than the water!

This hot tub is a beauty, not only because I had a hand in designing it, but also because of its comfort and spaciousness. I affectionately call it “the world’s first underwater bedroom.” Relaxation just spreads throughout the warm water.

Still, I’m sort of a clean freak so I decided to empty the water and scrub away.  Then I saw what I was hoping I wouldn’t. An important part of the hot tub wasn’t working. 

(When that happens, there is only one answer if you live anywhere in and around San Diego—call Phil Sandner and Mike Flowers at Easy Spa Parts in Oceanside (760-216-6756) for immediate assistance. They are faster than AAA when your car breaks down on the side of the freeway and the nation’s leading hot tub gurus when it comes to getting people back into clean hot water faster than you can imagine. They also have the rare know-how to turn customers into “raving fans” of their business. Why not? They supply America’s hot tub aficionados with parts and advice as if they are members of the family. Their website is the finest source I’ve found yet for do-it-yourself information on keeping spa water near drinking pure.)

I often wonder about the fact that so many Americans feel anxious, and many take tranquilizers and sleep medication. Why wouldn’t they want to just soak away their cares and let the natural healing of hot water improve their wellbeing and health?

It's called Sanum Per Aquam, or health through water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that hydrotherapy is one of the safest and oldest ways of treating the aches and pains of the back, knees and joints? Dating back to 2,000 B.C., hot water treated a variety of ailments. Today, modern-day doctors know soaking in a hot tub can help arthritis, respiratory ailments, tension headaches, digestive illnesses, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, fatigue and a host of other health matters. The National Sleep Foundation endorses a brief soak before bedtime to ease the transition to a healthy night of deeper, more restful sleep. And did you know that soaking in a hot tub even provides improved cardiac health by giving your heart a cardiovascular workout? Muscle stiffness simply melts away in a brief soak, so I typically relax in my hot tub after a solid workout. 

We are looking forward to our kids and grandchildren visiting and jumping into our D1 Amore Bay, that is, thanks to the instantaneous help of Phil and Mike at Easy Spa Parts. 

 

 

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Edit ModulePsychologist Michael Mantell tackles San Diego’s psychological well-being, from reducing stress and anxiety to creating closer bonds with family to the importance of physical fitness.

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