Who Are the Best Hot Tub Dealers in the Washington DC Area

Who Are the Best Hot Tub Dealers in the Washington DC Area

Each year Home Escapes provides hot tubs to well over 100 households in DC, as well as its Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs.  We are always honest when it comes to any hot tub questions from our potential customers. We are so confident in our pricing, our service, our integrity and the Caldera Spas and … Read More

How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

When shopping for hot tubs, you will quickly find that there are several factors that can affect the final price of your dream spa.  And while we would love to provide you with some sort of online price calculator, the reality is that all pricing is set at the local market level.  Which means the best place for you to get pricing on specific models is your local retailer.

What goes into the price of a hot tub?

The biggest factor in hot tub cost is the construction of the spa.  There are basically two options to consider: is the spa acrylic or rotationally molded?

Acrylic spas are traditionally more expensive than rotationally molded spas due in part to the nature of how they are made.  They require more labor and higher material costs which means a more expensive spa for you.

Roto-molded hot tubs on the other hand take much less time and labor to produce, resulting in a hot tub that is naturally more affordable. But don’t mistake the lower price tag to mean lower quality. Roto molded hot tubs are extremely durable since they are made of polyethylene resin. And Watkins Manufacturing, the maker of Fantasy Spas, is the world’s largest producer of hot tubs.  In fact, our factory in Vista is ISO 9001:2008 certified, which means we manufacture our spas in accordance with one the strictest quality management systems around.

Energy Efficiency and Heat Retention

Since above ground hot tubs stay on all the time, you want a spa that is fully insulated and will keep the water hot all the time, with minimal energy consumption.  Quality hot tubs will always have full-foam insulation. Be careful of spas that have their cabinets filled with bags of fluff – those won’t keep the spa insulated nearly as well as filling the entire body cavity with foam. And if you have poor insulation, your hot tub will have to continually heat the water, using more energy and increasing your electric bills.  Fantasy Spas use only full foam insulation and are certified to the strict guidelines set forth by the California Energy Commission for hot tub consumption (the strictest set of guidelines in the country!)

Heater versus Heat Recovery (Thermal Friction)

It seems odd, but some spas don’t have an actual heater. They use what’s called a heat recovery or thermal friction heating system.  This system heats the water by capturing energy from the pump and converting it to heat.  The spa water will still get as hot, and stay as hot, as spas with a traditional heating units. The only difference is the base price of the hot tub.  Hot tubs with thermal friction units will generally have a lower price tag than those with stainless steel heaters.

Does size matter?

It usually does when looking at hot tub price tags.  Small spas, like the Aspire ® that are designed for two people, or small patios are going to have a much lower starting price point than larger spas, like the Fantasy Spas Entice®.

Fire up the Jets!

You will most likely pay more for a hot tub with more jets.  But in all honesty, who needs a 110 jets?  There’s only so many jets a person can enjoy at a time.

Accessories

Items such as steps, cover lifters and water care systems are usually not included in the base price of a spa, but they make a huge impact on the overall ease of use and enjoyment of a hot tub and are well worth the extra investment. Delivery is another thing to consider. Most acrylic spas weigh upwards of 500 lbs., so you may want to have your local retailer deliver the hot tub for you. Fantasy Spas, on the other hand, weigh less than 300 lbs, and because of their durability, you can easily turn them on their side, put them on a furniture dolly and wheel it into your backyard on your own – potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.

So really, how much does a hot tub cost?

Depending on the construction, make and model, energy efficiency, jets, accessories, etc. hot tub costs can range anywhere from $2,699 to roughly $20,000. If you want to know about our Fantasy Spa models, sends us a request!

DIYer’s love this simple home improvement project!

DIYer’s love this simple home improvement project!

Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. This is the time where many folks start thinking about home improvements and makeovers.  We’ve compiled a few ideas that will enhance your backyard and possibly your quality of life too!

Our favorite affordable home improvement is one that brings the entire family together for fun, relaxation, conversation, plus mental and physical therapy.  It can be set up in a matter of hours, and doesn’t require any hard manual labor on your part. That’s right, all you have to do is:

  • Set it in place
  • Fill it up with a garden hose, and
  • Plug it into the closest outlet

What are we talking about here?  Portable hot tubs!!!  An above ground hot tub can drastically improve the usability of your backyard and instantly increase the hang out potential of your space. Plus hot tubbing is also really good for your health, so that’s an added bonus!

To artfully incorporate a portable hot tub into your existing backyard, simply surround it with a few potted plants and maybe a bamboo screen for privacy if you have nosy neighbors. By pulling up a few out door chairs, and maybe a portable fire pit for the evenings, you’ve now got an amazing retreat right in your own backyard. And if you have a nearby fence, you can install a few hooks for suits and towels.

But probably the greatest part about these portable hot tubs is their price.  Depending on what’s available from your local hot tub shop, you can get one starting at just $49* per month! Crazy, huh? If you want to check out specific pricing, click here.

Other fun ideas to quickly spruce up your backyard:

Serenity gardens have become a very popular home trend the past few years. Having a place to sit and relax and enjoy the great outdoors is a great solution to the fast paced high stress world we live in today.  It is important to have a place to break away, read a book, enjoy a beverage or just share your thoughts and dreams with loved ones.  Consider fragrant flowers or climbing vines and comfortable seating to make the area a pleasure to visit.  Combining elements such as a water feature, rocks, wood, flowers and greenery will add visual interest to the area.

Organic fruits and veggies are also a very popular and emerging trend.  Have you considered growing your own food?  It is very rewarding and satisfying to be able to pick from your own garden and prepare fresh, organic food for your family and friends.  While the idea sounds daunting to some, it is actually quite easy if your plan properly.  A quick online search will provide everything you need to get started, from constructing raised beds with organic soil to installing a water wise drip irrigation system.  If pests are a concern, there are many natural and inexpensive ways to ward off critters and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor (pun intended).  So get out there and give it a try.

If portable hot tubbing still sounds a lot easier, and more fun than some of your other options, give us a call or click below and we’ll send you a price to get you started on the portable hot tub of your dreams!

How to Choose Your Hot Tub Foundation

How to Choose Your Hot Tub Foundation

Thinking about getting a hot tub, but not sure where to put it?  There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing the perfect place for your hot tub that will enhance your enjoyment.

If you live in an area that’s gets snow, or other bad weather, we highly suggest placing your hot tub RIGHT OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR. If you put your hot tub on the other side of the yard where the view is great, but have to walk across 30 feet of ice and snow just to get there, you probably won’t end up using your hot tub as much as you could if it was placed right outside the back door, kitchen door, garage door, etc.

If you live in an area where weather is not a concern, then consider the following factors when placing your new spa:

Usage  – Will you be using your hot tub for socialization and mingling with friends or is it intended to be more of a solitary place to relax and enjoy the hydrotherapy benefits?
Socialization  – If entertaining is more your thing, look for an open area to place your spa. This will allow people in the spa to converse with those outside the hot tub and will allow the spa to be part of the party.
Relaxation –  If hydrotherapy or quiet relaxation is your goal, then consider finding a private or secluded part of the yard. If no such space exists, consider putting a few tall potted plants around your spa or erecting a privacy screen.
Access to Service Compartment –  Considering building your spa into a deck or placing it up against a wall? Remember to rotate the spa so the service compartment door faces out. This will save you time and hassle should you ever need to get into the service compartment.
Path of the Sun  – You may find that you really enjoying hot tubbing during the mornings or afternoons. In order to be comfortable during all times of the day, consider the path of the sun and the spa’s orientation. You may be able to rotate or move the spa a bit to make sure the sun isn’t in your eyes, or beating down on you.
Hop-in-ability  – This is an extremely technical hot tub term we use within the industry. Bare with me while I try to explain it in layman\’s terms.  Hop-in-ability refers to the level at which one is able to easily get into their hot tub.  Regardless of weather, backyard landscaping or the prying eyes of neighbors, hop-in-ability is super duper important when it comes to actually using your spa. If your spa is easy to get into, you will use and enjoy it more than if it becomes a chore to get to every time you want to use it. So consider placing it if not directly outside a door, then relatively close to the house with a clear pathway from your door to the spa.

And Don’t Forget…

Always put your spa on a structurally sound, level (within ½” per 10\’) surface. A filled spa can weigh a great deal. Make certain that the location you choose can support the weight of your filled spa.
Locate your equipment compartment, which houses all of the electrical components, in a place where water will drain away from it. Allowing water into the equipment compartment can damage the electronics, or may result in tripping your house’s circuit breaker.
Leave yourself easy access to the circuit breakers in the subpanel (230 volt converted models), or to the GFCI on the end of the power cord (110 volt models).
Never let water get into the subpanel (230 volt converted models), or into the GFCI (110 volt models), or into the electrical outlet that your spa is plugged into.
Leave access to the equipment compartment for periodic spa care and maintenance.

Have you thought of a perfect spot for your new hot tub? Get in touch today and we can get you set up with pricing on the spa of your dreams!

The Hottest Spot to Watch The Big Game This Season, your sporty hot tub!

The Hottest Spot to Watch The Big Game This Season, your sporty hot tub!

Sports fans are taking their team spirit to the next level with a sporty hot tub in their favorite team color. Yep, you heard right.

TAKE THE ACTION FROM THE COUCH TO THE OUTDOORS

By day I work 9-5, but as soon as I clock out I ditch the suit and tie for my lucky shirt and hat. My team needs me. My wife doesn’t really like sports and wants more “quality time.” So I bought a new sporty hot tub, and you better believe “Game Time” is about to become “Quality Time.”

GAME TIME IS QUALITY TIME IN A FANTASY SPA

Every weekend she invites her friends over and we grill in the sun. The neighbors love our slow cooked ribs and secret BBQ sauce. With the addition of our sporty hot tub, Our backyard has become the highlight of the house and the talk of the block.

Even our dog Riley loves to snuggle up on the steps and show her team spirit. If she’s lucky, she gets some leftovers.

A TEAM EFFORT

I don’t know when the squirt gun fights became a tradition, but when the game ends it can get a little wild. This quality time stuff ain’t half bad.

HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE.

She even watches the entire game because the losing team is on cleanup duty. Talk about a win win. Now if I could just get her to support my team…

What’s the difference between 110v and 220v hot tubs?

What’s the difference between 110v and 220v hot tubs?

110V

One of the nicest things about 110v or “plug and play” hot tubs is that once it’s sitting in your backyard, all you have to do to enjoy it is fill it up and plug it in. You don’t need to hire an electrician and hard wire anything. Because it only draws 11 amps, it can be plugged into a regular outdoor outlet.
Additional benefits of 110v hot tubs:

Simple, fast set up. All you have to do is plug it in.
You can finally own a hot tub even if you’re renting your home, since you don’t have to alter any electrical wiring.
Because they can be plugged in anywhere, can easily rearrange your backyard or take your spa with you if you move.

220V

Now let’s talk about converting a plug-n-play spa to 220 volts. A misconception that we hear all the time is that converting a spa to 220 volts will increase the jet power. That is completely false. Converting a hot tub from 110v to 220v has absolutely no effect whatsoever on jet performance. You will however see a difference in the heating time and pump power. When the hot tub is converted to 220v, the heater gets more power. With Freeflow spas, the heater goes from 1.5 horse power to 3.5 horse power.

Because of the added power of the heater, the spa is able to heat the water faster. This is really only a benefit when you are heating the water for the first time. Both 110v and 220v spas will keep the water hot around the clock.
220v spas can heat the water while the jets are on high or low. 110v spas can only heat the water while the jets are on low.

All Freeflow Spas come standard as a 110v plug-n-play hot tub, but can easily be converted to 220 volts by a licensed electrician. And regardless of your chosen voltage, all Freeflow Spas come fully insulated for maximum heat retention so your spa is always hot and ready, whenever you are.

Contact us when you’re ready to get pricing on a Freeflow Spa!

 

 

7 Ways a Hot Tub is Better than a Couch

7 Ways a Hot Tub is Better than a Couch

Football season is upon us and our couches are anxiously awaiting our undivided attention as we gather round to cheer on our favorite team.

This season, let’s do something different. Let’s throw caution to the wind and give our backsides a much needed change.

Here are 7 ways a hot tub is better than a couch:

Get some fresh air! Pull your TV outside and watch the game while soaking in your hot tub. You’ll have the best seat in the house!
Small living room? By adding a hot tub to your backyard, you’re essentially creating another outdoor space that people will love to hang out in.
When you sit in a hot tub, the hot water helps increase blood flow and circulation. When was the last time your couch did that?
There’s a reason it’s called Hot Tub Time Machine and not Couch Time Machine.
When was the last time someone invited you over to come and check out their new couch? They didn’t. Couches are boring. Hot tubs are not.
Jets. Need we say more?
Now that hot tubs come in cool team colors – you can finally prove to your friends that you are in fact, the team’s #1 fan.

Interested in getting a hot tub in your favorite team’s color?  Fill out the Get Pricing form below and we’ll be in touch soon.

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Will 20 Minutes In My Spa Really Matter?

Will 20 Minutes In My Spa Really Matter?

We truly believe it will. At Caldera Spas, we believe it because we live it, and 20-minute renewal is part of our daily lives.

From personal experience, we believe that 20-minutes a day can help you release tension, relax muscles and let go of all the clutter in your head.

Science seems to concur. Recently, studies have emerged on the effects of spa use—also called warm water immersion—particularly in 20-minute intervals.

Two researchers—Dr. Bruce Becker of Washington State University and Dr. Doreen Stiskal of Seton Hall University—have focused studies around 20-minute sessions. According to Dr. Stiskal, “the body gains the maximum benefit of warm water therapy within 20 minutes.”

Dr. Becker has conducted many studies, all focusing on immersion of 20 – 24 minutes with a temperature range of 94°– 102°. His observations include the following:

  • The buoyancy of the water relieves gravity and takes pressure off joints, providing relief to arthritis sufferers.
  • Immersion in water makes the respiratory muscles work harder by 60%, strengthening and building endurance in the muscles associated with breathing.
  • A 20 – 24 minute warm water immersion affects the nervous system in much the same way as meditation. Dr. Becker’s research points to 20 minutes as the ideal length of time spent immersed. Soaking longer is fine, but the benefits don’t increase after 20 minutes. As always, be sure to stay hydrated no matter how long you decide to stay in.

We suggest you try using your hot tub daily and consistently for a week or more and pay attention to how you feel, how you think, whether you feel more flexible and relaxed. After all, the results of your own personal investigation are what matter most.

Whether you pay attention to them or not…you’ve got about 600 muscles. They reward you when they are warm and nourished, and seem to punish you when they’re not. Bottom line, how you care for your muscles will likely determine how ‘young’ you live…or how old you act. Learn more with Scott Iverson.

To learn more, spend a little time looking at the resource links below:

Ask yourself these 3 questions…

  • Yes or no – do you think 20 minutes in a spa each day would relax and rejuvenate you?
  • Can you spare 20 minutes per day in your hot tub?
  • What daily activities do you perform just for you?

What Should I Do Before My Hot Tub Arrives?

What Should I Do Before My Hot Tub Arrives?

Once you’ve decided to buy a hot tub, there are quite a few jobs to complete to prepare for its arrival.


Your local Caldera Spas dealer can walk you through the process in a step-by-step way and provide detailed pre-delivery instructions that will make the task feel completely manageable. Our goal here is not to answer every detail down to the size of the pea gravel you might use as a base, but to outline the things that you may need to consider.

1. Where will I put my new hot tub?

Many people like the idea of locating their hot tub in a remote area of their property. Generally, though, easy, close access translates to more use. Running electrical wiring away from the house can also be more costly.

Once you’ve decided where to place your hot tub, measure and mark off the area so that you can visualize it there. Is there room to move around the hot tub? Is there easy access and adequate space for steps? It’s very important that there’s room to open and work around the hot tub’s access panel. If that side of the hot tub is placed against a structure, the hot tub’s components won’t be accessible for servicing. Also, consider the view; will you want a privacy fence?

Most of all, is there a wide enough delivery path from the road to the space you’ve chosen? Is there enough vertical clearance between the path and tree limbs or the eaves of the house? You’ll need adequate space for the hot tub to be wheeled in on its side. Remember to include the height of the dolly, too. It’s not unusual for installers to use a crane to put a hot tub into place. Your Caldera Spas dealer can help you connect to the right resources.

2. What’s needed to prepare the site? 

A hot tub can weigh from 2,000 to 8,000 pounds when filled (and even more when you add people), so it needs a suitable base. The area where it will be placed should be leveled and a foundation prepared. A hot tub should not be placed on soil. Instead, it will need a concrete base, a crushed stone or pea gravel base, pavers or a deck with adequate structural support. Again, your dealer can put you in contact with professionals who can do all the necessary site preparation.

3. What about electrical?

Most hot tubs run off 220 volts and will require electrical work by a licensed professional. Some hot tubs can run off of a standard 110 outlet, but in those cases, the heater and pumps cannot be used at the same time. It’s highly recommended that you have the electrical work done so that you can enjoy your hot tub to its full potential.

4. Can I put my hot tub on my existing deck? 

Before your hot tub is placed on a deck, you must make sure the deck is structurally able to support the weight of the filled hot tub and the maximum number of people that it holds. Consult a qualified, licensed professional who can assess your deck and add structural support if necessary. Caldera Spas dealers can refer you to contractors they’ve worked with before.

5. What if I’m adding a new deck? 

Make sure that the new deck plans include a load capacity that will support your spa. Your Caldera Spas dealer can provide you with weight specifications and scale renderings of our hot tubs in PDF and CAD formats to help you and your contractor or deck builder with planning and design.

Need help designing a deck? Caldera Spas also offers a 3D Deck Design Tool, an interactive deck planner that can help you design a deck in a step-by-step approach.

Preparing for the arrival of your hot tub may seem like a lot of work at first, but your Caldera Spas dealer will help you through every stage and provide you with the resources to make the process flow smoothly.

  • What’s your ideal location for a hot tub?
  • Are you comfortable designing your deck with help from online tools?
  • What preparation tips do you have?

What Is Hot Tub Circuit Therapy And How Does It Work?

What Is Hot Tub Circuit Therapy And How Does It Work?

A Caldera Spas Hot Tub serves many purposes, including enhancing family time and allowing you to relax both mind and body.

They also have a physically therapeutic benefit. Hot tubs are often used to release muscular tension or to help in the recovery of overworked muscles.


What Is Hot Tub Circuit Therapy?

A Caldera Spas hot tub takes the idea of actively treating muscles even further with seats and jets strategically placed to deliver whole-body, holistic treatment. We call it Hot Tub Circuit Therapy and it’s based on the approach used by personal trainers, moving you from station to station to help deliver a full-body workout and achieve a balanced fitness routine.

How Does Hot Tub Circuit Therapy Work?

Each seat or position in a Caldera Spas hot tub is intended to provide a deep massage to a different muscle group. As you move from seat to seat, jets focus on those muscle groups one at a time, including your neck and shoulders, the large muscles of your back, lower back, hamstrings, calves and feet.

Should You Follow A Prescribed Course Or Improvise?

Your approach is entirely up to you. You can follow our recommended course through your hot tub or focus on the areas that need the most help. You also have the flexibility to adjust the intensity of the jets in order to specify anything from a deep, penetrating massage to a soothing, relaxing touch. Stay at each station as long as you feel it’s necessary. You’re completely in charge.

What Are The Stages?

The arrangement of seats and jets in different models varies, so our trip through the spa won’t follow a specific map. In your model, you’ll be able to determine which seats focus on the appropriate muscle groups. Typical moves and treatments will include these stops.

  • Start with a massage to your neck, shoulders and middle back in the lounge seat. Two rows of jets work on both sides of your spine, focusing on the latissimus dorsi, the rhomboid muscles and the trapezius. Some Caldera Spas models have jets for your hands and your calves. While you’re in the lounge seat, Sole Soothers® jets massage the bottoms of your feet.
  • Selected models have independently controlled jets above the water level that massage downward, giving additional attention to tired neck muscles.
  • Move and work on the lumbar area of your lower back. A pair of larger jets focuses on the low part of your back where tension accumulates and where many lower back problems develop.
  • Move again and continue to focus on the back as a high-volume jet delivers a swirling effect.
  • Move to one of the other areas where jets focus on the long muscles on the back of the thigh. While jets work on your hamstrings, others are at work on your knees, calves and feet.

Once you’ve experienced the range of massage delivered in the seats throughout your Caldera Spas hot tub, you’ll begin to determine which order works best for you.

What Are The Benefits of Hot Tub Circuit Therapy?

In about 20 minutes every day, you can get a restorative massage that relaxes tense, tired muscles, increases circulation and reduces aches and pains. Try it several days in a row and note improvements in how you feel and move.

Have you tried Hot Tub Circuit Therapy?

In what order do you treat muscle groups?

What benefits did you see from using all stations in your Caldera Spas hot tub?

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 2

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 2

This is the second post in a two part series on how a hot tub can improve your fitness routine. Read part one here.

A fully integrated workout strategy should go beyond the actual workout to include important essentials such as nutrition, rest and recovery time.

Can I Stretch In My Hot Tub?

Dynamic stretching is the preferred method of preparing for a workout. But in a hot tub, muscles relax and loosen, allowing for some light static stretching. While hot tubs are not designed as a stretching station, you can perform some gentle stretches and movements to help muscles loosen and elongate.

What Are The Mental Recovery Benefits?

Part of the recovery process involves managing stress and developing a proper mental state. Time in a hot tub can help you relax and clear your mind, allowing you to combat some of the stress factors common to athletes.

By relaxing and creating a positive attitude you’re likely to perform at a much higher level, according to Dr. Michael Roizen, Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer and co-author with Dr. Mehmet Oz of the best-selling YOU series of books.

Time in a hot tub can also help improve sleep which is an essential part of the recovery process.

Do Hot Tubs Help Injury Recovery?

In general, a hot tub can help your body recover from injury in the same way it helps you recover from a workout. Increased circulation helps carry nutrients to an injured area to assist in the healing process. In many cases, alternating ice and heat can help even more.

However, every injury is different and may require a different recovery strategy. If you have an injury, check with a physician to find out how hot tub therapy can benefit your individual healing process.

Remember, a fitness strategy and routine involves far more than exercise. In fact, what you do when you’re not exercising can play a huge part in helping you progress and succeed. Time in a Caldera Spas hot tub can become an essential, daily routine to help you reach your goals, stay limber, avoid injuries and stay relaxed and focused.

Do you currently use your Caldera Spas® hot tub as part of your fitness routine and how does it help you?

How soon after a workout do you use your hot tub to massage tired muscles?

Does the mental relaxation you get from using your hot tub help your fitness routine?

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 1

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 1

A fully integrated workout strategy should go beyond the actual workout to include important essentials such as nutrition, rest and recovery time.

This is the first post in a two part series on how a hot tub can improve your fitness routine.


Recovery refers to techniques and actions taken to maximize your body’s ability to repair itself. There are many facets to recovery, including hydration, stretching, stress management and developing the proper mental state.

How Can A Hot Tub Help Physical Recovery?

Your Caldera Spas hot tub can assist recovery in a variety of ways. While ice baths can help relieve pain and inflammation from a difficult workout, heat is also an essential component in the recovery process. Full immersion in hot water, combined with targeted jets can massage, loosen and recharge fatigued muscles.

How? Time in a hot tub will raise your body temperature, which dilates blood vessels. This process results in increased circulation, purging toxins and supplying nutrients that help cells and tissues regenerate.

Many hot tub users also report that time spent in their hot tub helps relieve joint pain and increases flexibility.

How Does Massage Help?

Massage has always been a major component of athletic recovery, but not everyone has access to a daily masseuse. However, those with a Caldera Spas hot tub do. With more powerful motors and strategically placed jets, our hot tubs can deliver a targeted, deep tissue massage to release tension from overworked, tight muscles or knots, soothe muscle spasms and diminish aches and pains. Caldera Spas hot tubs are designed with the power to deliver the type of deep massage some muscles require.

For a full-body, holistic approach, our hot tubs are also strategically designed to deliver Hot Tub Circuit Therapy, a seat-to-seat approach that targets all major muscle groups in the same way personal trainers construct a full-body workout. As you move about your hot tub, you can spend a few minutes on neck and shoulders, central back muscles, lower back, calves and thighs and even the bottoms of your feet.

Control the intensity of your spa by adjusting the jets. Ranging from a deep forceful massage to a gentle, relaxing sensation, pick the perfect setting for you.

What Can I Do With My Hot Tub Water When It’s Time To Change It?

What Can I Do With My Hot Tub Water When It’s Time To Change It?

There’s a great deal of attention on water conservation and smart water use, especially in areas of the country where rain or snowfall are below normal levels.

Here are some tips to using your old spa water wisely.


The water in your hot tub can be recycled for use around your home, decreasing the amount of fresh water you need.

Here are answers to some common questions when it comes to recycling spa water:

Is Recycled Hot Tub Water Considered the Same As Water from a Tap?

No. Spa water is classified as “gray water,” similar to water from baths, showers and bathroom sinks.

Using gray water serves two purposes:

  1. It can the reduce amount of fresh water needed for some household tasks.
  2. It lessens the amount of water entering the waste treatment system.

Can Water From All Hot Tubs Be Recycled?

Some hot tub brands use salt water systems that may damage lawns or shrubs, so it’s not recommended for use on plants.

Does the Water Need to Be Treated in Any Way Before It’s Used?

Most sources recommend waiting for three days after chemicals were last added to your hot tub, turning off the spa and allowing the water to cool. Chlorine should dissipate quickly, especially if you leave the cover off. After three days, test the water to make sure that the chlorine level is at zero. The pH should be between 7 and 8 to be safe for plants.

How Do I Get The Water From My Hot Tub To Where It’s Needed?

Most portable hot tubs drain by gravity from a valve at the bottom of the spa that can connect to a garden hose. Using the hose, you can apply the water where it’s needed. However, it only works if you’re level with the hot tub or downhill from it. You can always collect water to be recycled in buckets that are easily moved to areas of use.

You can also purchase an inexpensive submersible pump for $50 to $100 (make sure it connects to a garden hose where the water comes out or has an adapter). With it, you can pump water into storage barrels or apply it directly to the task at hand.

What Are Some of the Best Uses for Recycled Hot Tub Water?

Recycled hot tub water can be used in a variety of creative ways, such as…

  • Water the lawn, shrubs, ornamentals, flowers and trees. It’s best to use it on well-established plants. Do not use it on edible plants.
  • Wash your car.
  • Wash your patio furniture, grill, lawn mower and other outdoor equipment.
  • Wash out your garbage cans.
  • Rinse down the patio and driveway.
  • Use it to flush toilets, pouring it directly into the bowl rather than the tank.
  • Store it for later use in barrels or clean trash cans.

Is It Safe to Use Recycled Spa Water on Vegetables and Other Edible Plants?

We do not recommend using your old spa water on your vegetable garden.

Are There Restrictions Governing How I Recycle Water?

Potentially, yes. All recycled water uses are ultimately governed by local jurisdictions, and those take precedence over any of the above suggestions.

After using your spa’s water for months to treat tired muscles, relieve pain and help you rejuvenate, you can potentially get even more use from that water. And that makes your hot tub one the most efficient water users in your home.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

As we learn more and more about water conservation efforts, we’d like to hear how you’re taking action. Are you already conserving or recycling water in your home? Would you make the effort to use recycled hot tub water for decorative plants that aren’t getting enough moisture?

We’re also very interested in what other uses you can think of for your recycled spa water. Please leave us a comment so others can take advantage of your ideas. Thank you! 

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Is A Test Soak Helpful Before Buying A Hot Tub?

Is A Test Soak Helpful Before Buying A Hot Tub?

At first, it seems a little odd – you narrow down the list of hot tubs you’re interested in, then go to the dealer, slip into your swimsuit and climb into a hot tub, right there on the showroom floor.

If your dealer offers a test soak, take advantage of it. It’s a great way to understand what you’re buying and to compare models you’re considering.

Of course, there are many factors to consider when learning about hot tub options, including brand reputation, quality, energy efficiency, customer service, warranty and projected daily operating costs. However, some impressions are best realized through experience.

OK, I’m in. It Feels Great. Now What?

Sure, enjoy the sensation and see how it feels to relax deeply. But you’re here to learn far more than that.

Here’s what to look for as you test a hot tub:

  1. How powerful are the jets? You may not always want a deep tissue massage, but when you do, you need powerful motors to deliver it.
  2. How easy is it to adjust the massage jets? Can you easily dial in the massage you want at that moment from gentle and soothing to one that works a muscle deeply?
  3. Are the seats comfortable and do they fit your body type?
  4. Can you sit stationary in the seat as you relax, are there foot ridges, or do you tend to float out of it (which causes you to constantly engage muscles rather than relaxing them)?
  5. Are there options for different types of massage in different seats for different parts of the body?
  6. Do the jets massage major muscle groups? Are they directionally adjustable so that you can customize the massage to your needs?
  7. Are the controls within easy reach and easy to adjust? Test any features the model has or any optional features you’re considering.
  8. What’s your most likely massage need? Yes, look for a model that can work all parts of your body, but if you have a problem area, make sure the spa will deliver.

What Else Should I Know?

  1. Test more than one spa! Every spa will probably feel great at first, but there are huge differences that you won’t notice until you experience a spa in action and then compare. If possible, test your options on the same day so that the experience and memory are fresh.
  2. Don’t be seduced by appearance. Just because a spa has dozens and dozens of shiny jets doesn’t mean it will perform well. If it doesn’t have a powerful enough motor to deliver a deep massage, you’ll eventually be disappointed. Remember, you can always get a gentle massage from powerful jets. But you’ll never get a powerful massage from underperforming motors.

Caldera Spas dealers nationwide will help you at every stage of the shopping and preparation process. To find a Caldera Spas hot tub dealer visit http://www.calderaspas.com/shopping-tools/find-dealer. Once you’ve found one near you, don’t forget the test soak.

What Do You Think?

We’ve outlined some reasons taking a test soak is a great idea. So would you? How comfortable are you testing out a hot tub in a dealer’s showroom? Would you prefer to take the soak with someone, and if so, who? A family member? A friend? And when you take a soak, which features are the most important to you?

We’d love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment and tell us how you might approach a test soak. Thank you!

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Invest In Your Wellness Success –20-Minutes at a Time

Invest In Your Wellness Success –20-Minutes at a Time

When life gets busy—and it always does—it’s easy to let our wellness routines become anything but routine.

And while taking some time for ourselves can be a challenge, it doesn’t have to become an afterthought.  Activities like exercise, meditation and personal reflection may very well be the missing ingredient to jump-starting productivity and regaining a positive outlook on our day-to-day lives.

The next time your schedule has you feeling out-of-sorts or maybe just a little overwhelmed, remember to carve out some time for you. Try challenging yourself to one of the activities below – they’re only 20-minutes and the benefits will truly start to add up. These quick breaks are perfect for weaving into a busy schedule and will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life has in store.   Give it a try. Whether you make time for one or time for four, the important thing is you’re taking control by making time for what’s important. You.

Here are a few ideas to start with, but remember to choose what makes you feel the best.

20-Minute Spa Session

Give your body the renewal it craves.

  •    Release muscle tension and relieve joint pain
  •    Improve circulation by 102%
  •    Flush toxins out of the body

http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/20-minute-renewal/power-water-top-5-benefits-water-immersion

http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/power-warm-water

http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/20-minute-renewal/live-dry-recover-wet-magic-hot-tub-hydrotherapy

http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/20-minute-renewal/live-dry-recover-wet-magic-hot-tub-hydrotherapy

20-Minute Walk, Hike or Run

Get out there and soak in the sun.

  • Burn 75 calories by walking just 2 mph
  • Reduce stress and improve your mood with the release of endorphins
  • Improve bone health with Vitamin D from the sun

http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/20-minute-renewal/walk-little-faster-burn-lot-more-calories

http://www.tescoliving.com/health-and-wellbeing/fitness/2013/october/top-10-health-benefits-of-walking-everyday

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

20-Minute Meditation

Find a little inner peace.

  • Manage stress and reduce blood pressure
  • Improve focus throughout the day
  • Sleep deeper and go to sleep faster

http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/20-minute-renewal/need-relax-take-deep-breath-or-several

http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/meditation/objectives.aspx

http://www.project-meditation.org/a_wim1/statistics_on_people_who_meditate.html

http://blog.bufferapp.com/how-meditation-affects-your-brain

20-Minute Yoga Session

Get in shape and loosen up those muscles.

  • Release muscle tension.
  • Build strength and gain flexibility
  • Reduce cytokine by 41% to energize and boost mood

http://blogs.yogajournal.com/goodlife/archives/2011/07/5-surprising-benefits-of-yoga.html

http://www.self.com/body/fitness/2012/03/benefits-of-yoga-slideshow/7

20-Minute Mind Challenge

Sharpen your mind with brain-teasers and logic puzzles.

  • Improve your memory.
  • Develop your logic and reasoning skills
  • Increase focus and strengthen concentration

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/improve-memory-tricks_n_3922173.html

http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2012/05/02/1010311_11-reasons-to-do-jigsaw-puzzle.html

 

20-Minute Reflection

Write a story, poem, or journal entry about your day.

  • Enhance your memory with expressive writing
  • Get a handle on stress by venting your emotions
  • Enjoy the benefits of having a record of your life

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-should-keep-a-journal-and-how-to-start-yours-1547057185

http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/reduce-stress-through-journaling/

http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/11/5/338.full

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To Stay Connected, Try Being Less “Connected”

To Stay Connected, Try Being Less “Connected”

When people talk about staying connected to one another these days, we tend to think first of social media.

With Facebook and Twitter, we can stay connected all day, every day. In fact, you’ll learn what people are having for breakfast, where they’re “checking in” and see adorable photos of their pets drinking from the toilet. And after a while, a gnawing realization begins to sink in.

Ready for it?

Having information about someone is NOT the same as being connected to them. Getting together and looking in someone’s face for even a few minutes trumps months of social media. That’s not to say social media is bad. But it should be put aside for the real thing now and then.

Toyota did an ad for its Venza a while back that is the prefect embodiment of that idea. A young woman complains that her parents only have 19 friends on Facebook, while she has 687. As she sits alone in front of her laptop, she says in a monotone voice, “This is living.” Meanwhile, the ad cuts to scenes of her parents mountain biking with just a few of their living, breathing friends.

If you really want to stay connected, realize that it takes some time and effort. After all, this person is your friend, right? Remember, a Facebook “friend” is not the same as a friend.

Here are a couple ideas, most of which used to be painfully obvious.

Resist the urge to text

Pick up the phone and call when you have time and when you’re not on the run. Don’t try to catch up while you’re driving the kids to soccer (for everyone’s benefit). Do it when you can concentrate only on that conversation. Speak with and listen to and honest-to-goodness human voice.

Write a letter

Not a wall posting. Not a tweet. Not an email. While an old-school email is better than the first two, why not go older school? When’s the last time you got a letter in the mail? These days, it can be an amazing personal gesture.

Keep a calendar with birthdays, just like mom used to do

Or at the very least, keep birthdays on your electronic calendar and have it alert you several days ahead of time. Send a printed birthday card with a handwritten note. A small, inexpensive gift is also a good way to let someone know they’re important to you. Compare that to posting “Happy BD!” on their wall with the other 686 friends.

Go have coffee at a coffee shop

Yes it takes time, and yes, you have to fit it into your schedule, and yes, it’s hard to find that time to fit it into your schedule. THAT’S THE POINT!

Many people connect to old friends through LinkedIn

It’s a fantastic way to break through the ice formed over many years. But aren’t you disappointed when you receive the auto-invite from them? Personally, I find it insulting, lazy and insincere. Really, how genuine can you possibly be when you push a button that immediately produces the line “.… I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Oh, please. Yes, you can write your own personal invitation, and no, it’s not difficult to figure out how. After you’ve connected, take the opportunity to continue communicating.

Execute a drive-by baking

Or as Betty used to say, “Bake Someone Happy.” Four cupcakes and a note left on the front porch can make someone’s day. Put the treat in a container to keep from feeding the neighbor’s cat. You’ll have to get your container back later. By the way, that’s a positive, not a negative.

Food is the original social medium

Sure, you already have people over for dinner, so mix it up a bit.  Why not a few friends for a laid-back, participatory dinner. A taco bar, for example. Or hoagie bar or a pizza bar (personal pizzas made on the grill). Open cold beverages and get caught up. No sweat.

Movie night

Invite a friend over for a movie. If you can borrow a digital projector from work and show a movie on the wall, that can make the event feel unique.

Go for a walk

If you live near your friend (which certainly doesn’t imply staying connected any more), go for a walk. You’ll get some exercise while you get caught up.

Once you get rolling, you’ll have your own ideas. Still, the essential point is to show you’ve taken the effort to connect, one friend to one friend. Whether it’s through a gesture or a personal get-together, you’ll have broken through and re-energized a friendship and reminded one another why you became friends in the first place.

Family Fun: Connection & Conversation in the Hot Tub

Family Fun: Connection & Conversation in the Hot Tub

In this day and age of texting, Facebook, smartphones and the Internet, it becomes harder to unplug and spend quality time with people you love.

Or at least it is for me. Anyone else? Various studies (a few which are outlined in this Forbes article) describe how being constantly “plugged in” takes a toll on us physically, emotionally, and relationally, which can make it hard to connect in person, even with those living in the same house!

One way to recharge relations is spending quality time together in a spa. Caldera spa owners have shared that their hot tub inevitability becomes a family gathering place and conduit for conversation. Sans devices, the warm water becomes a safe haven for honesty and bonding. Caldera owners can hardly believe the positive effects a hot tub naturally has in bringing their own families together (see below).

“Another great benefit was getting the family unplugged and all together, just to talk and hear about their day as we soak in the spa. Every family needs some time like that and this product helped bring us together.”
– JM13 from New Hampshire

“This was a great choice for my family of 5. We use it 3-4 days a week. Gives us time to have family time.”
-Fdkfenn from Connecticut

Once a routine focused around meeting in your hot tub is established, conversation will spark naturally. To maximize the time together as a couple or a family, we’ve listed a few of our favorite communication tools from various experts.

Group Reflection

As an evening ritual, gather everyone in the hot tub, and ask them to share the highlight of their day, as well as a low point or challenge. Then, invite each family member to share if they need help accomplishing a goal. This could be anything from making lunches for the next day, to picking up supplies for a science project, or reading a bedtime story. Communication rituals that focus on each member of the family cultivate connection and bring everyone closer together, according to Barbara Fiese, PhD., Chair of Psychology Department at the University of Syracuse.

Ask Feeling Questions

Instead of just asking questions about school, friends or events, ask how that experience made them feel. Kids want to feel that their voices, opinions and feelings matter. By asking “how did you feel about that” you will likely get the answer you are really interested in, and your children will share more than you ever expected.

Communicate Respect in Times of Conflict

Hot tub time is an opportunity to model appropriate behavior when it comes to having a different opinion. When disagreements arise, institute a rule that responses must be communicated in the following way: “While I respect your opinion that [summarize the opposing view], in my experience [communicate perspective].” Sara Gable, a specialist in Human Development indicates that maintaining this respect, will allow you to also maintain your relationship with your child, especially through their teenage years.

Communicate by Listening

Remember being a teenager and ranting about your parents not listening or understanding your viewpoints? The one and only perspective that mattered was yours. Although your role in the situation has changed now, your teenager’s need to be heard has not. Instead of interrupting with your opinions, answers or solutions, listen. Family counselor, Carol Maxym, PhD, recommends a “50% rule” where parents limit what they would normally say by 50%. By focusing on listening to how a child describes their day and their feelings, you have the opportunity to better acknowledge their experience.

With these tips in mind, implement a schedule and aim for at least a few 20-minute sessions in the hot tub with your family each week with no technology. Have you seen communication thrive during your time in a hot tub? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below!

Hot Tub Benefits for Your Fitness Routine

Hot Tub Benefits for Your Fitness Routine

If you’re physically active like I am, I’m sure you’ve dealt with workout plateaus or slow recovery time due to sore, fatigued muscles.

If you’re facing these issues, it’s time to ramp up your total fitness strategy. And you can start right in your Caldera hot tub.


Physical benefits of hot tub use.

Water is a powerhouse for recovery. The healing benefits of water have been known since 5th century B.C. when the Greek physician Hippocrates, widely considered the Father of Medicine, documented the therapeutic uses of water (hydropathy).

As an athlete, you already know that ice applied to sore muscles will temporarily relieve pain. But did you know that the combination of full immersion, heat and targeted jets can massage and recharge your muscles?

Time in a warm spa, especially those equipped with soothing jets, increases circulation so the blood can supply nutrients to help cells and tissues regenerate.

Mental benefits of hot tub use.

By implementing better, more mindful recovery strategies into your routine, such as hot tub therapy, you’ll combat everyday stressors and the stressors that are common to athletes, such as performance anxiety.

Hot tub hydrotherapy as part of your workout regimen will add a new facet to your mind-body connection.

When you have a positive attitude, you’re likely to perform at a much higher
level, according to Dr. Michael Roizen, Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer and co-author with Dr. Mehmet Oz on the best-selling YOU series of books.

In other words, a clear head plus revitalized muscles can give you the competitive edge you’re chasing.

Caldera Spa benefits.

Your Caldera Spa is specially equipped with targeted jets and optimally designed seats so you can navigate the entire hot tub, spending a few minutes at a time on all your muscle groups from the bottom of your feet all the way up to your shoulders and neck. We call this Hot Tub Circuit Therapy.

Control the intensity of your spa by adjusting the jets. Ranging from a deep forceful massage to a gentle, relaxing sensation, pick the perfect setting for you.

Overall, this concentrated attention aids in recovery between runs or games, offers you a more restful sleep, and helps release mental tension—a full recharge, allowing you to start fresh the next day.

If you have major injuries, check with a physician to find out how hot tub therapy can benefit your individual healing process.

No pain, no gain? Quite the opposite.

A healing-yet-energizing circuit in your hot tub may make the difference in your fitness regimen, allowing you to beat your personal best or reach goals you never thought possible.

What are your fitness goals? Have you tried hydrotherapy in your hot tub? We’d love to get your take!

– See more at: http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/20-minute-renewal/hot-tub-benefits-for-your-fitness-routine#sthash.vR8tRDw7.dpuf

The 10-Day Experiment. Are You In?

The 10-Day Experiment. Are You In?

We’re hot tubbers. We know that using a hot tub as part of a daily routine leads to positive results for the mind and body.

We believe the best hot tub benefits come with frequent soaks and we want to “test the theory,” so to speak. So we’re looking for a few volunteers to join us.


The Benefits of Hot Tubbing

The Circulation system begins to change. 60,000 miles of veins, arteries, and capillaries begin to open up, allowing white blood cells to better defend and protect. Red blood cells carry more oxygen and nutrients while toxins are carried away. Muscles are fed, and the circulatory system is revitalized. As a result of increased circulation, pain is reduced, flexibility is increased and you sleep better.

Hydrotherapy – The combination of heat, buoyancy and massage lessens harmful stress hormones and triggers the release of endorphins that dull pain by binding to nerve receptors. Lactic acid is moved from muscles and recovery time is reduced.

Range of Motion is increased, helping you become more agile and more active. In a Mayo Clinic study featuring 141,000 participants, water exercise resulted in a 12.8 decrease in pain and a 18.2 percent decrease in perception of difficulty.

Simulates Exercise – One study showed that time spent in a hot tub increased heart rate 25.7 beats while lowering blood pressure. In the American Heart Journal, a study significant improvement in mood, physical capacity, enjoyment, and less heart failure related symptoms.

Regular hot tub users often comment that they feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Some say their joints and muscles feel more flexible. Others use the time to quiet their thoughts while relaxing their bodies. Still others used the time to simply catch up with the people in their families and begin to reconnect in a meaningful way.

These  kinds of positive changes are why most people invest in a Caldera hot tub and why they use them on a regular basis.

You might have also noticed the name of our blog, “The 20-Minute Renewal.” It’s filled with ideas and topics that allow you to make positive changes in your life with just a minimal investment of time. It’s an idea that began with our belief that time spent in a hot tubis one of the easiest, fastest and most enjoyable ways to create substantial positive change.

With that in mind, we’d like to propose an experiment and we’re inviting you to participate. Are you a daily hot tub user? Have you been out of the routine of hot tubbing and want a reason to start again? Here’s your opportunity. For the next 10 days, take a daily 20-minute soak and note any changes you notice.

Did you feel better? Sleep better? Were you feel more relaxed, limber, less stressed and ready to take on the world from a fresh perspective? Did you experience fewer aches and pains? Were there other benefits you’ve noticed?

If you’ve never tried a 20-minute soak every day, that’s even better!

We’re encouraging you to give it a try, once a day for 10 days straight. And then, we invite you to share your experience with our other readers. In addition to changes you noticed, please let us know what time of day you chose. Mornings for a fresh start? Evenings as a way to unwind at the end of the day? Right before bed?

You may discover a new approach to each and every day that delivers great dividends. Share your story with us here or on Facebook. We look forward to hearing your story.

The Power of Water: Top 5 Benefits of Water Immersion

The Power of Water: Top 5 Benefits of Water Immersion

For centuries people have sought the wellness benefits of immersing themselves in water.

From the Roman baths to today’s Caldera hot tub our attraction to water continues to help us think and feel our best. Whether it’s to soothe aches and pains, or to calm a restless mind, the transformative effect of water is quite powerful.

Simple to experience, many people are surprised to discover the restorative benefits of water. While soaking in warm water, the body experiences both psychological and mental changes. As our circulation improves we begin to think more clearly.

The next time you feel tired or stressed, experience a 20-minute soak in warm water, and usher in the pure comfort of your Caldera hot tub. Here are the top-5 ways a soak will help you:

1. Lower Stress.

Busy and hectic lifestyles increase stress levels and put our health at risk. From high blood pressure to heart disease, the effects of stress on our bodies have been well documented. Soaking in a hot tub allows you to escape from daily stressors, like work and multitasking. Time reserved for yourself helps you recover emotionally and maintain a positive outlook on life.

2. Build Relationships.

Whether you have a teenager who has grown distant or you’re craving alone time with a spouse or loved one, a hot tub can be your solution. The removal of smart phones and distracting gadgets opens the door to conversation.

3. Speed Muscle Recovery.

The buoyancy of water reduces the impact of gravity on skeletal and muscle tissue, alleviating tension on the body. Combined with warmth, buoyancy in a tub of water loosens muscles before a workout, or soothes them afterward.

4. Improve Sleep.

Getting enough quality sleep is vital to our good health and well-being. The Sleep Foundation recommends developing a relaxing routine before bed. Spending time in a hot tub or hot bath prior to going to sleep will help separate the day’s activities from the night of rest ahead. Some studies suggest that soaking in hot water can ease the transition into a deeper sleep by reducing tension and stress.

5. Remove Toxins.

Soaking in warm water causes our body temperature to increase and blood vessels to dilate. The improved circulation brings in nutrients and oxygen while displacing toxins in areas of weaker flow. As the body regulates its internal temperature our pores release moisture that carries away internal chemical waste.

Thankfully, the benefits of water immersion don’t take long to achieve. A 20-minute soak can improve how you think and feel. That’s time well spent each and every day.

Soak Yourself to Sleep: A Natural Sleep Aid

Soak Yourself to Sleep: A Natural Sleep Aid

Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep. Other times, I’ll wake up and can’t get back to sleep.

It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it seems to stick around for a while. Both situations are frustrating, especially when the alarm clock goes off in the morning.

Evidently, I’m not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders more than one night a week.

I’ve always found that a 20-minute, late-night soak in my hot tub acts as a natural sleep aid and helps me sleep deeper and longer. So, whenever sleep becomes elusive, I take a soak before bed.

There appear to be two theories as to why it might be true.

One notion is that the warm water simply relaxes a person so a transition to sleep is just a natural progression.

Another idea is that when you leave the hot tub, your core temperature cools, which signals to your body that it’s time to sleep.

Soaking studies of natural sleep aids

So, true or false: Does a warm soak really work as a natural sleep aid?

Evidently people in Japan think so. Since many homes don’t have central heating, it’s a common practice to take a hot bath to warm up before bedtime in order to sleep better.

The idea was also tested in a study by the Journal of Physiological Anthropological Applied Human Science. In the study, one group soaked in hot water before bed. Another group soaked their feet in warm footbaths, and a third control group did neither.

The study found that those who soaked in a bath or soaked in a footbath fell asleep faster, moved less during sleep and had higher quality REM sleep.

Honestly, though, only nine people were tested, so you can place trust in the results as you see fit.

Other surveys back up the findings, though. A Gallup poll with 1,000 respondents found that bathing was commonly used as a natural sleep aid. A Consumer Reports survey found that that a warm bath was listed as one of the most common remedies for mild sleep disorders.

As with most things, it comes down to the individual. Will it work for you? It’s pretty easy to find out, so test it yourself. It works for me, and it eliminates the need to get a prescription and take a pill at night.

While looking around, I found that a hot soak isn’t the only way to help you sleep. Stay tuned for part 2 of this series, where we discuss more natural sleep aids.

– See more at: http://www.calderaspas.com/health-wellness/20-minute-renewal/soak-yourself-sleep-natural-sleep-aid#sthash.u5uVTdV9.dpuf

Can My Hot Tub Improve My Sleep?

Can My Hot Tub Improve My Sleep?

Sleep is normally preceded by a drop in body temperature. If that’s true, how could a hot tub help?

First, soaking in a hot tub helps you relax mentally while the water’s buoyancy helps decompress your joints. Your circulation increases while your blood pressure and heart rate decreases, helping you reach a resting state. In the hot tub, your body temperature rises. Yes, rises.

What happens after that relaxing soak also helps. You maintain the sense of calm and relaxation that naturally helps you fall asleep. But now, your core body temperature begins to drop as you cool down, signaling to your body that it’s time to sleep. Whatever the science, soaking before bedtime seems to be a universal remedy for helping people sleep.

Lack of sleep can leave you feeling nervous, groggy and depressed or cause erratic mood swings. Because sleep researchers believe that insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles, relaxing in a spa regularly can help.

By taking a 15-minute soak in a hot tub about 90 minutes before attempting to sleep, your body temperature can drop to enable a better night’s sleep naturally without the grogginess sometimes caused by prescription remedies.

In Japan, it’s common practice to warm up with in a Furo bath in order to sleep better. A Gallup poll of a thousand respondents found that bathing is frequently used as a natural sleep aid, and a Consumer Reports survey found that a warm bath was listed as one of the most common remedies for mild sleep disorders.

Of course, there’s a disclaimer that comes with nearly any piece of advice: Individual results may vary. Try it out. What do you have to lose other than a few unwanted hours of wakefulness? What Else Helps?

Soaking isn’t the only way to help you sleep better.

Keep A Cool Room

You can assist the cooling process that helps you sleep by keeping your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Sleep Foundation (http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips). Your room should also be free of noise and other distractions.

Exercise

Getting regular, vigorous exercise any time of day can help you sleep better. A study at Appalachian State University also found that early morning exercise is best for reducing blood pressure and improving sleep.

Read or Listen to Soothing Music

Reading can help you shift into sleep mode, but for some people, it’s best to avoid electronic sources such as a laptop or a bright reader. The particular light emanating from the screen can activate the brain and keep you awake.

Stick to a sleep schedule, even on weekends

A regular schedule will help you establish a body rhythm and maintain a regular sleep cycle.

Avoid eating and drinking before bedtime

And avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed. All of them cause sleep disruptions. To learn more about sleep disorders and what to do about them, we suggest visiting SleepFoundation.org and Sleep.org by the National Sleep Foundation. It may also be time to talk to your doctor.

  • How many nights a week do you experience restlessness while sleeping?
  • Has soaking in warm water helped you sleep?
  • What tips and tricks do you have for falling asleep?

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