If you’re a proud sauna or steam room owner, or are considering buying one for your home, the relaxation benefits are clear. If you’ve ever enjoyed a spa experience with a sauna or steam room, the appeal is obvious for enjoyment and relaxation, but does it actually do your body any good? Here is some of the science behind the way that saunas and steam rooms benefit our bodies…

Science #1 – Sweating out impurities

The obvious effect of the heat of both a sauna and steam room is that it causes your body to sweat. This has multiple physical benefits including opening the skin’s pores. This allows salts to be sweated out and remove impurities from your body.

Science #2 – Heat and blood pressure

Heat from steam rooms and sauna use also improves circulation within the body, which allows greater oxygen flow around the body, which aids relaxation. It also causes your blood vessels to dilate. This affects the body by lowering your pulse and blood pressure, which is not only relaxing, but also can relieve certain conditions such as hypertension, congestive heart failure or post-myocardial infraction.

Science #3 – Pain relief

Steam rooms and saunas can also act as a form of natural pain relief. The heat and steam can ease pain in joints, including increased mobility for those with rheumatic disease or arthritis. Although it is not a cure, regular therapy can reduce joint pain significantly by triggering an adrenaline release in the body, as well as cortisol and growth hormones. These act as anti-inflammatories, whilst the heat also triggers the release of endorphins, which are the body’s form of natural pain relief.

Science #4 – Steam as a decongestant

As well as raising body temperature, steam rooms and saunas can also improve your breathing, since breathing in the steam acts as a decongestant. This is especially beneficial for those suffering with asthma or bronchitis, who may find it gives temporary relief from breathing difficulties, however research also suggests that using a steam room or sauna on a regular basis, such as twice per week, can actually halve the risk of catching a cold.

Science behind the benefits of saunas and steam rooms

The science behind the effects of saunas and steam rooms on the body clearly demonstrate why it is that we find them so relaxing. The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company has a wide range of saunas and steam rooms to suit a variety of requirements so why not get in touch today on 0208 300 4003 to find out which would be the best fit for you.

So, you’ve decided to get a swim spa, but where should it go? There are many reasons why you might choose to have your spa outside, but there are benefits to having it inside too. Largely it depends on the use you intend it for and where you live. So how can you assess the pros and cons of each and decide whether to choose an indoor or outdoor pool for your home?

Maintenance and cleanliness

It can sometimes be easier to maintain the cleanliness of your pool if it is indoors, simply because the surrounding area is likely to be cleaner, for example tiled instead of grassy surround. There is a lower chance of dirt getting in, which can make it easier to maintain, however The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company offer unique self-cleaning technology which means this process is much easier whichever you choose.

Additionally, a good cover should help to minimise the dirt that gets into your outdoor pool.

Weather considerations

Obviously your indoor swim spa is beneficial because it can be used in the same way regardless of the weather, no rainy day will deter you from wanting to relax and unwind! However, at the same time, having it inside means that when there is sunny weather your spa is not outside for you to enjoy in the heat.

Some people enjoy sunbathing next to their spa, or sitting in the sun with their feet in the cool water, whereas others would much prefer to have consistent use indoors without the worry of what the weather will be like. For this reason, it is purely subjective as to which option is preferable – outdoor or indoor.

Pool as a central focus

An outdoor or indoor spa can become the centre of a social gathering so your home location and garden will impact where you want your pool to be. For example, if you have a stunning green outdoor space, this could be the perfect place for BBQs with friends and enjoying this space, but if you have a smaller outside space or feel it may be overlooked, it might be that you’d prefer to make the most of the privacy that an indoor swim spa offers instead. Perhaps inside you may even have an adjoining sauna, but it is important to also be aware of possible condensation that can form if your room is not well ventilated.

Choosing the pool for you

It may be clear to you that you would prefer either an indoor or outdoor swim spa, but there are other options to consider to help you decide if you’re not yet sure. For example, The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company offers a wide range of enclosures which can provide shelter for your outdoor spa if that might change your decision.

To discuss your requirements, give The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company a call today on 0208 300 4003.

Swim spas are becoming more and more popular as an increasing number of families and individuals are choosing to use them. From something that originated as a tool to facilitate training for swimmers and athletes, the swim spa has become more widely used for recreational use and exercise by a wide range of people.

Private fitness training

Above all, swim spas offer an environment that is ideal for private fitness training. There is no queue, or people sharing the space that could compromise swimming performance. This makes it the ideal location for anyone looking to boost their fitness or improve technique in their own private space. Settings can even be adjusted to provide an experience of swimming against different pressures to allow swimming at set speeds, which can help to build pace and stamina over time for those training for a competition or race.

Requires less space than a pool

There are also other practical benefits to using a swim spa instead of a pool – the most obvious being that it takes up far less space and therefore is great for installation at home either outside or even indoors. The short length and current mean that there is no need for swimmers to slow pace and interrupt their flow unlike pools which require users to turn around each time one length is completed.

Support while exercising

Swimming itself is a great way to get fit, even for family use and non-professionals. In fact, it’s a safe environment to teach children to swim as it is not as deep as a pool may be, and can be stopped at any point. As a whole, swimming is a great way to exercise if you suffer from pain or joint problems too, as the water provides buoyancy that offers support to your body. This can allow you to exercise more easily without strain on your body. A swim spa gives you this luxury at home and can be fitted to make access easier too, such as being built in at floor level, or with a step up if you would prefer.

Relaxation and rehabilitation

As well as the initial exercise and building of swimming skills, swim spas also offer benefits for rehabilitation and relaxation after exercising. The warm water is an oasis to soothe sore muscles and prevent damage and pain, and it can aid sleep and muscle healing, as well as pain relief from existing conditions. This makes it ideal for the whole family or for athletes recovering from injuries.

If you’re interesting in hearing more about our swim spas, please feel free to give The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company a call today on 0208 300 4003.

Despite the obvious relaxation benefits, regular hot tub use also has many mental and physicals health benefits. Here are just the top 4 benefits of hot tubs:

 

Therapeutic pain relief

The warm water temperature of hot tubs means that it acts as a form of therapy to reduce pain. The heat can ease join and muscle pain as well as cramping, or even some relief from pain caused by more serious conditions like arthritis, sciatica and rheumatism. Sitting in the warm environment regularly can increase circulation which then relaxes muscles and can reduce any swelling, whilst the buoyancy of the water takes the pressure off of joints to support the body.

 

Leads to great skin

Hot tub use can also have beneficial effects for the skin. Warmth opens up the skin’s pores to allow toxins, bacteria and dirt to be released. This acts as a detox and sweats out any impurities, helping your body to complete this natural process in a more efficient way that helps your glands to do their job. As a result, your complexion will be clearer and have a healthy “glow”.

 

Stress relief in busy life

When life is busy and stressful, your hot tub can be an oasis of calm and relaxation. This not only provides enjoyment but can reduce the stress you feel. There are physical effects of this stress such as hormonal imbalances and other health problems, so regularly using your hot tub for downtime and as a relief from the stresses of life can be a fantastic way to help your body to relax and rejuvenate. Hydrotherapy can also help you to sleep more easily and reduce anxiety levels.

 

Get an immunity boost

When your body is run down, your immune system can struggle to fight infection and illnesses easily. You can become prone to viruses and feel tired and unwell. However, hot tubs can help to boost your natural immunity by improving blood circulation and cleansing your body from impurities through your skin. This means that you not only feel better, but help your body to fight infections more quickly.

Overall, hot tubs provide a wide range of health and relaxation benefits to regular users. Whether you suffer from a long term condition that causes you pain, or think you could simply benefit from having some time to relax and unwind from busy life, you can get in touch with The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company to discuss what you are looking for today on 0208 300 4003.

Water has been used for forms of relaxation and rehabilitation for hundreds of years, and hydrotherapy is still commonly practiced today. Hydrotherapy is effective because of the soothing effects that it has on the body, whilst being completely non-invasive and comfortable.

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is used for many health reasons since water is effective at relieving pain through cold and hot temperatures. A great example of this is how athletes use ice baths and then hot baths following intense exercise, which helps to aid muscle healing and calm and soothe the body. It can also reduce inflammation.

Spa culture and relaxation

The benefits of hydrotherapy are so well recognised that many spas offer hydrotherapy treatments such as hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. These provide heat and sometimes massage the body, which provides some of the many health benefits of hydrotherapy to the body and aids relaxation, such as:

Pain and tension relief

Pain and tension can be relieved through the warmth of the water combined with the buoyancy that it gives the body. Both of these things support the body to ease movement, reduce tension and help with the healing of sore muscles or joints. Endorphins are also released by the body during hydrotherapy sessions, which acts as a natural pain reliever for the body, even for long-term incurable illnesses like arthritis.

Injury rehabilitation

Heat from the water during hydrotherapy is good for the body as it raises the overall body temperature of the bather, which increases their blood flow and circulation. This also reduces pain and is especially useful in cases of injuries or rehabilitation following a sports or recreational injury where the muscles or joints need to heal. In fact, hydrotherapy may even be recommended as part of your official rehabilitation and recovery treatment.

Immunity and detoxing

Other ways that hydrotherapy is good for the body include increasing circulation, which in turn causes white blood cells in our immune system fluids to move throughout the body more quickly and efficiently. This can boost the speed at which your body can fight off a cold or similar illnesses by helping your body’s natural processes to become more efficient. At the same time, therapy through other methods such as saunas or steam rooms helps to cleanse the body by flushing toxins out through the skin and removing impurities as the heat causes the body to sweat.

Get the benefits of hydrotherapy at home

Even if your body is healthy, hydrotherapy is fantastic at relieving stress and allows your body to fully relax. You can enjoy these benefits at home with your own Hot Tub which gives you all of the same effects as hydrotherapy spa treatments can.

Take a look at our full range of Hot Tubs today or give us a call on 0208 300 4003 if you have any questions.

In recent years, as the popularity of residential hot tubs has continued to rise and the technology has developed, hot tubs are becoming more and more energy efficient, to the point where many can operate for as little as pennies per day. However, it is still worth considering simple opportunities that can improve efficiency even further and ensure you are receiving the best value out of your investment.

Investing in a hot tub cover


When it comes to hot tubs, the majority of heat loss occurs through evaporation, which takes place through the open top of the spa, where the water meets the air. Investing in a quality hot tub cover serves to prevent this by protecting the hot tub from the outside, cooler air, significantly reducing the rate at which heat can be lost and consequently decreasing the amount of energy needed to maintain a consistent water temperature. This helps lead to an overall more efficient spa.

Hot tub enclosure


Another great way to improve the efficiency of your hot tub is to invest in a hot tub enclosure. Ranging from a stylish gazebo to a bespoke, hand crafted cedar pavilion, a hot tub enclosure does not only insulate the hot tub from the outside weather, but also creates an incredible spa environment which promotes a premium relaxation experience. This can be perfect for hosting social events and facilitating for friends and family, as well as creating a private space to spend some time unwinding after a long day.

Optimising your hot tub use


If you are going on holiday and your hot tub will be going without use for an extended period of time, there are a number of ways in which you can optimise the hot tub settings to increase its efficiency whilst keeping it up and running. One way of achieving this is to set all of the jets, lights and blowers not to run whilst not in use, as well as turning down the temperature in the thermostat settings to reduce the amount of energy being consumed at idle in your absence – our spas call this ‘economy mode’.

All of these steps help to reduce the energy usage and improve the efficiency whilst unused, whilst still keeping the hot tub operational. This is important as it allows the hot tub to regulate and clean itself and to stay ready for use as soon as you return.

The effects of improved efficiency


Ultimately, the effect of improving the efficiency of your hot tub is to preserve energy. By opting for a quality hot tub cover or enclosure and optimising your hot tub use, you can reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain your desired hot tub temperature, which consequentially reduces the operating costs.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can purchase a hot tub for your home, speak to one of our specialist team on 0208 300 4003.

So, your hot tub is installed, and you’ve just discovered the sheer bliss that is the hot tub experience. The chances are, all you want to do right now is relax. The wonderfully warm water works wonders to help you unwind and relax after a stressful day, or an intense work out. Here’s how you can improve upon perfection to enhance your hot tub experience with some invigorating elements.

Underwater lighting


One of the most interesting and creative ways to make your hot tub stand out and enhance your spa experience is with a bespoke underwater lighting arrangement. Many hot tub users enjoy taking a dip after work or before bed, relaxing in the soothing warmth of the waters as the sun sets around them. This is where some hot tub lighting can really add a whole new element of personal expression, creativity and a real sense of luxury.

Why not upgrade to our Northern lights package, which offers a range of colours and effects including illuminated waterfall jets, creating a stunningly unique atmosphere.

Hot tub environment


Another great way to add to your hot tub experience is by shaping the area around your hot tub. There are many ways to do this, from a complete landscaping project featuring a bespoke enclosure, to a simple setup with some lighting and furniture. If you are the proud owner of one of our self-cleaning and Serenity hot tubs, you can utilise the deluxe LED and garden effects lighting, which extends your lighting effects to cover the perimeter of your hot tub cabinet.

Music


There’s nothing quite like some soothing music to add to your relaxation experience. Why not use a sound system built right into your hot tub? There are a range of options for adding sound into your hot tub, and some models even come with built in sound solutions.

Enhancing the experience further


Although the options we have explored above are all incredible ways to enhance your hot tub experience, there are so many more options that can help create a personalised relaxation environment. From aromatherapy oils, to hot tub accessories, there are so many options to explore! Have a look and find something that you like, after all, your hot tub should reflect your personal style.

If you are looking at purchasing a hot tub and want to explore the options available to you, or if you already own a hot tub but want to add that special something to enhance your experience, speak to one of our expert team by calling 0208 300 4003.

There’s something about a hot tub that is just truly irresistible. Whether it’s the incredible sensation of the warm water gently enveloping you after a long day, or the sensation of pride and luxury of owning such a stunning spa - everyone has their own reasons for wanting one. For those of you who might be unsure, or aren’t aware of the benefits of such an investment, here are some of the incredible benefits that you can enjoy with your new hot tub!

The hot tub experience


You might have heard of the incredible hot tub experience, but if you’ve never felt it for yourself, you might be unfamiliar. The hot tub experience refers to the indescribable feeling of coming home after a long day at the work or an intense work-out, and letting the invitingly warm waters of your hot tub ease your aching muscles, as you unwind, releasing the day’s stress as you relax in complete bliss.

The feeling of unwinding in the gentle warmth of your new spa as the light begins to fade is something that truly cannot be rivalled. Another great way to enhance this experience is to share it, whether it’s your partner, your family or your friends, the hot tub atmosphere creates the perfect environment for spending time with the people you love.

Improved health and wellbeing


As well as the incredible relaxation and social benefits, your hot tub is also especially beneficial for your health. The hydrotherapy jets and the warmth of the water provide a range of unique benefits, helping soothe aches and pains and providing a chance to release stress for a better night’s sleep and an overall more comfortable and confident mind.

If you are heavily involved in sports, or suffer from any physical afflictions that cause deep pain, such as arthritis or back pain, a hot tub can help ease any discomfort as the buoyancy of the water creates a low impact environment that allows you to exercise at a pace that suits you as the warm water helps ease pain and keep your muscles supple and flexible.

To find out more about how you could benefit from your own hot tub, speak to a member of our friendly support team on 0208 300 4003, who will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you come to an informed decision to suit your requirements.

Keeping your hot tub operating at maximum efficiency is a great way to guarantee its longevity and ensure you are getting the best value possible from your hot tub. The best way to achieve this is with some basic maintenance. With our self-cleaning hot tubs, maintenance requirements are drastically reduced, but below are a few simple things you can do to further enhance your hot tub experience!

Testing methods


There are a range of different ways in which you can ensure your hot tub is running at maximum efficiency, including using various chemicals and testing strips to check the quality and acidity of the water. Our Insta Test Strips make this process extremely quick and efficient. By dipping the strip in your spa water you will see that the four pads instantly change colour. Line them up with the colour scale on the back of the pot and you will obtain an accurate reading on your waters chlorine, alkaline, pH and hardness level. Be guided by the ‘OK’ regions on the scale to know whether any of the levels need rebalancing.

Why test the pH of your water?


Unbalanced pH levels can impact the quality of the water and your hot tub experience. For this reason, having correctly balanced and neutral water in your hot tub ensures the longevity of your spa, as well as protecting your experience! It is important to know that when your pH is at 7.2, the other chemicals will be working at their optimum. The pH of our eyes is also at 7.2, so you will find that your eyes may become irritated to start to sting if the water becomes too acidic or alkaline.

No foam!


In addition to maintaining the correct chlorine//bromine and pH levels, it is also important to ensure that all spa users shower without using any products before bathing. The reason for this is simple! Our everyday shampoos and skin products can interfere with the quality of the water by making it become foamy. It is also recommended that you do not use any detergents when washing any bathing costumes. However, if you find that your spa does become foamy there is no need to worry! Using our EzBubbleBurst product your spa water will be crystal clear again in no time.

Our engineers are able to advise you about which methods are best for your hot tub or swim spa. To learn more about hot tub products, maintenance and servicing, speak to a member of our team on 0208 300 4003.

There’s nothing quite like a hot tub, and one of the best ways to enjoy your hot tub is with family. Time spent in the hot tub makes for perfect family time, catching up on the day’s events and spending time playing with the kids.

Engaging and socialising with your kids

Whether it’s the TV, the computer or the phone, many parents struggle to pry their children away from their electronics. With your own hot tub or swim spa, this will be a thing of the past. Your children will be looking forward to coming home and relaxing in your hot tub or swim spa. This presents the perfect opportunity to get the family together and spend some valuable time bonding and catching up on the day’s events.

You can enjoy this family time all year round, whether it be sunny or cold outside. In fact, lots’ people use their hot tub as part of their Christmas day tradition as well as for warm summer evenings.

Not only this, but the chances are your children are going to want to bring their friends over, presenting a great opportunity to socialise with other parents!

Young children will also love swimming and relaxing with you in the gentle warmth of the hot tub or swim spa. This will help to increase their confidence in the water as they can practice swimming with you in a controlled environment.

Staying active and healthy

Hot tubs and swim spas are also perfect for teaching children to swim and encouraging them to stay active. Swimming regularly is a great way to stay in shape, stay healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As your children grow up, it’s important that they take up some form of regular exercise, as this allows them to develop naturally and grow a healthy body and immune system. This also acts as an excellent opportunity for them to make friends and develop relationships that can last a lifetime.

This is not just important for your kids either. Regular exercise can reduce the risk and symptoms of more than 20 physical and mental health conditions, even going as far as to slow down the body’s natural aging process to help keep you feeling and looking young and healthy.

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