Not just for summer parties. Did you know, hot tubs and hydro spas also offer a ton of amazing physical and mental health benefits?
After the hustle and bustle of a long day combined with all the uncertainty and worry that this year has brought, a soak in your inflatable spa is just what you need to escape it all. Aside from comfort, this getaway may actually be doing a lot more good than you realise!
Here’s some of our favourite inflatable spa benefits:
Improved Emotional Health
We know a soak in your inflatable spa brings a deep sense of relaxation, but did you know soaking can also help improve your sleep quality, reduce stress, and improve mental clarity?
Studies testing body heating as a treatment for insomnia in adults found that hot baths significantly affected sleep quality and restfulness. Hot tubs help to raise your core body temperature which in turn helps you relax and fall asleep easier.
A soak in your spa eases tension while bubble jets massage away mental stress to bring a sense of calm and balance.
Hot tubs can improve overall circulation, and that includes increasing blood flow to the brain. It’s been said that increased blood flow to the brain can assist with cognitive functions.
A simple soak in your spa can help to raise your heart rate and lower blood pressure. A study conducted on 21 patients showed a significant drop in blood pressure, putting hypertensive patients back in normal ranges, from just 10 minutes of soaking.
Soaking also promotes good circulation as the hot water increases your body temperature and dilates blood vessels helping to carry vital nutrients to your cells and organs.
Doctors and physical therapists may suggest a relaxing soak to help ease muscle and joint pain and relax muscle tension. Some health conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia may also benefit from warm water therapy.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
Love working out? Your inflatable spa can benefit muscle recovery and rehabilitation so you can get back to it fresher than ever. Increased blood flow and circulation promotes healing of injured tissues and rehab of damaged muscles and joints.
While it’s no total replacement for exercise, some studies show that soaking in a bath may burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk. A soak in your inflatable spa might help metabolism and is a great option for those days you are unable to get your walk or run in.
Despite all these benefits, it’s important to evaluate your current health and unique circumstances. If you are not sure if an inflatable spa is right for you, be sure to consult your general practitioner.
Please consult your general practitioner if you have heart disease, heart complications, open wounds, infection, or are currently pregnant.
Hot Tub Safety
Before using any inflatable spa, ensure that it is clean and has been properly maintained. Check out our last blog, 5 Tips for Owning an Inflatable Hot Tub, for how to keep your spa in top condition.
To maximize your benefits and ensure you are getting the most out of your hot tub soaks:
Keep it short. At high temperatures, you’ll want to limit your soaks to under 15 minutes, even less if you’re just starting out. If you feel any lightheadedness, nausea, skin inflammation or difficulty breathing you should get out of your spa immediately.
Set a comfortable temperature. There’s no need to burn yourself in hot water to benefit. In fact, doing so is more detrimental than good! Keep water under 40°C to stay safe.
Hydration, hydration, hydration. It’s hot in there! Make sure you drink ample amounts of water before and during your soaking sessions.