Benefits of a Spa
A prescription for good health:
Slip into your spa and say “Aaah”
Discover what ancient cultures knew millennia ago – immersion in hot water can be good for your body, mind and spirit. Besides providing a relaxing hydro massage experience, a long, soothing soak in your spa could be just what the doctor ordered. A body of well-documented research suggests that hot water immersion can lower your blood pressure, increase blood circulation, loosen tight muscles and release endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Here are just a few benefits you may experience from hot tub hydro massage therapy:
A natural remedy for insomnia
- Increased joint mobility, flexibility and range of motion
- Reduction in joint stiffness and swelling
- Decreased anxiety
- Better, more rejuvenating sleep
- Arthritis pain relief*
*The use of hot water or heat is recommended for many people with arthritis but not all. Consult with your doctor first.
Lowering Electricity Consumption
Reducing your spa’s electricity cost is really very simple. You will definitely see a significant impact on your electricity account if you follow just a few basic steps:
Controlling Your Controls
37 degrees centigrade is the recommended temperature setting, this being normal body temperature, however by setting the temperature below 30 degrees when not in use will in itself save you even more on your electricity account. Ensure that your spa blanket is in position; your spa cover is properly fitted and let natural heat from the sun heat the water.
Your cover can save you money
Ensure that your spa blanket is in position; your spa cover is properly fitted and let natural heat from the sun heat the water.
The most significant energy saving option is the spa cover. Heat rises, so your spa cover can have an enormous impact on heating costs. Spa covers have different insulation values, but the basic rule of thumb is the denser the core of the cover and the thicker the cover, the better the heat retention.
A Few Additional Tips for Conservation
- Ensure that your Spa Thermal Blanket (Blue Cover) is in good condition as this cover helps keep heat in and cuts down on evaporation.
- Control your water temperature, setting the temperature a few degrees lower can really save energy (and money) over time.
- If your spa does not have an updated digital system, consider upgrading to one.
- Make sure you clean the filters when necessary, replace them when they need to be. Dirty filters can strain the equipment and cause the spa to use excessive energy.
- Replace your spa cover (Sagex) if it gets heavy over time. A heavier cover means that it is taking on moisture and losing insulation value.
Consider the alternatives
Solar Heating – Cheap to run and uses the sun’s energy to heat the water, however most of the time that sun is only available in warmer months.
Heat Pumps – Similar to an air conditioner except the heat pump takes the heat out of the natural air and puts it into the water. This will result in a 75% saving in electricity.
Gas Heating – Gas can be expensive too but the benefit is that the water can be heated up very fast. Your spa can be heated from cold to warm in 30 minutes.
Winter can be downright dreary sometimes. Unfortunately, this can have a negative effect on our mood & attitude.
One of the most interesting benefits to using a spa is that soaking in the hot water releases natural endorphins. Using a spa in the winter months will not only leave you physically feeling better but it can help mentally as well.
After a long day of work, many of us can use some “boosting”. What better way to do that than to hop in your spa and let the hot water & jets work out your day’s aches & pains?
Benefits of spas
Arthritis benefits of spas
Many people are affected by some form of arthritis. Although there are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, most are characterized by inflammation of the joints which causes swelling, pain and stiffness, often resulting in loss of joint movement or function.
Many people affected by arthritis seek relief by soaking in the warm, soothing water of a spa. A spa can provide the warmth, massage and buoyancy needed to both relax and exercise joints and muscles in the convenience and comfort of your own home.
For more information regarding arthritis and the health benefits of spas, visit the Arthritis Foundation website
Diabetes benefits of spas
For the many people who have diabetes (Type 1 or 2), help may be as close as the nearest spa. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that soaking in a spa can be beneficial for people affected by Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and sheds light on the advantages of spa ownership.
With this type of diabetes, people can often control their condition with regular exercise and a good diet. Unfortunately, some diabetics are physically unable to endure rigorous activity and maintain a steady weight. Soaking in a spa may contribute to:
- An increase in overall sense of well being
- Improved sleep
For more information regarding diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website at
* Source: (2007). New England Journal of Medicine, * Source: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007). National diabetes fact sheet. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Retrieved from here.
Sleep benefits of spas
Sleep researchers believe that many cases of insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles. The results of sleep deprivation are varied and may cause battered nerves, grogginess, lapses in memory, depression, and erratic mood swings. Soaking in a spa prior to going to bed can help allow for important stress relief and relaxation, leading to a deep and more peaceful sleep.
According to a study in the scientific journal Sleep, a drop in body temperature can help to ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.
- Therefore it is suggested to take a 15-minute soak in a hot bath or hot spa (39 degrees Celsius) approximately 90 minutes before bedtime. This causes the body’s internal thermostat to pull the body’s temperature down, enabling sleep to set in with ease.
- Spa-induced relaxation and sleep is a natural remedy, unlike alternative sleeping aids such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and alcohol, which can make a person feel groggy and have other adverse side effects.
- The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll and found that many people suffer from sleep disorders including mild to chronic insomnia, pauses in breathing and snoring.
- The poll found that 48 percent of women and 38 percent of men suffer from insomnia more than one night a week. This number is on the rise as evidenced by the growing number of sleep disorder centers across the nation.
- According to a sleep therapy centre, insomnia is the second most prevalent reason people go to the doctor (after pain).
For more information on the health benefits of spas, visit the National Sleep Foundation’s website
*Source: Helping yourself to a better night’s sleep. (1999). National Sleep Foundation,
The hydro massage experience
There are three factors at work in a spa: heat, buoyancy and massage. Together, they create a relaxing, soothing hydro massage experience.
Immersion in a spa raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation. The buoyancy of the spa water reduces body weight by approximately 90%, which relieves pressure on joints and muscles and creates the relaxing sensation of weightlessness.
The massaging action of a spa is created by sending a mixture of warm water and air through hydro massage jet nozzles. This “energized” stream of water loosens tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.
* Source – Hot Spring portable spa website