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  1. The Science Behind How a Hot Tub Can Help Relieve Stress

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    In today’s hyper-production and incredibly busy society, it’s easy to become overly stressed. Thankfully, science has proven that a short soak in the steaming and massaging waters of a hot tub at the end of a long day can help you greatly reduce a lot of that stress.

    Why Is Stress Bad for Us?

    Before we get into how exactly hot tubs help to relieve stress, it’s important to look at the negative effects of stress. According to the Mayo Clinic,1 stress can affect your thoughts, feelings and behavior. Stress can wreak havoc on your body and mood, causing chest pain, upset stomachs, headaches, depression, anxiety, angry outbursts and social withdrawal. What’s worse, if your stress is left unchecked, you can develop some serious health problems. Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, depression, problems with your memory and concentration, weight gain, digestive problems and problems sleeping, according to the Mayo Clinic.2

    The Science Behind How a Hot Tub Can Help Relieve Stress

    Warm Water Immersion for Deep Relaxation Immersing yourself in warm waters at 102 degrees F has proven to put your body into a deeply relaxed state. During his research, Dr. Bruce Becker, a physician and research professor at Washington State University, found that the sympathetic nervous system3 (which increases when you’re stressed) and the parasympathetic nervous system (which helps your body to calm down), balance out when you soak in warm water. Your nervous system reacts to warm water in the same way that it reacts to meditation or other relaxed states. During his studies, Becker found that stress levels were decreased in all subjects who immersed their body in warm water. Water Buoyancy Reduces Physical Stress The weightlessness of your body in a hot tub can also help to relieve physical stress. A study by E. J. Sung and Y. Tochihara4 analyzed how soaking in warm water improved sleep. The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF)5 suggests that this sleep improvement may be a result of the water’s buoyancy. The water, supports approximately 90 percent of your normal body weight, relieving stress from your joints and muscles and making you feel weightless. Massages Work The Stress Away Along with the stress relief you receive from water buoyancy and warm water immersion, therapeutic massages from hot tub jets help to relax your body and mind. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center,6 massages reduce stress hormones and promotes the body to release endorphins, which are natural mood elevators and painkillers. The American Cancer Society7 also states that massaging water jets provide relaxation and stress relief. Quiet Relaxation for Stress Management Taking just 15 or 20 minutes every day to sit quietly, relax and breathe deeply can help you cope with stress, according to the American Heart Association8. A hot tub is the perfect place for tranquil solitude, giving you the alone time you need to focus on yourself and relax. Dr. Michael R. Irwin, director of UCLA’s Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the Mindful Awareness Research Center, also states9 that taking time to relax everyday significantly improves your life. In an interview with the LA Times, he says that stillness and being present in the moment causes profound relaxation by resetting your physiology, regulating your stress hormones, helping with concentration and reducing tension. As you can see, soaking in a hot tub is an incredible way to help you manage the stress in your life. Not only are hot tubs fun and enjoyable, but they can also help to give you a happier and more pleasant life through relaxation. If you’re interested in learning more about hot tubs, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-876-0158. We would love to be a part of helping you transform your life for the better. Sources:

    1 “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.” Mayo Clinic. July 19, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    2 “Chronic Stress Puts Your Health at Risk.” Mayo Clinic. July 11, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    3 Popke, Michael. “Research Lends Support to Long-Held Notion That Warm-Water Immersion Does a Body Good.” Athletic Business. February 1, 2010. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    4 Sung, Eun-Jung, and Yutaka Tochihara. “Effects of Bathing and Hot Footbath on Sleep in Winter.” Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science 19, no. 1 (2000): 21-27. Accessed February 18, 2015.

    5 Batter, Laurie. “The Science Behind the Soak.” National Swimming Pool Foundation. August 1, 2009. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    6 Ehrlich, Steven D. “Massage.” University of Maryland Medical Center. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    7 “Hydrotherapy.” American Cancer Society. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    8 “How Can I Manage Stress?” American Heart Association. January 1, 2012. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    9 Dawson, Alene. “Soak Your Cares Away – It’s Terrific and Scientific.” Los Angeles Times. January 24, 2014. Accessed February 13, 2015.

  2. Healing Scents – How Aromatherapy Can Boost Your Mood and Calm Your Emotions

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    Aromatherapy has been used for over 6,000 years across the globe. Holistic Health Practitioners today believe that essential oils can be used to treat ailments such as headaches and muscle-aches and to relieve stress and fight depression.

    Adding essential oils directly to your hot tub water is an excellent way to diffuse the healing scents. Depending on the size of your Thermospa, you will use between 6 to 10 drops of oil. Make sure that the essential oil of your choice is in a non-diluted form. Carrier oils could damage your hot tub.

    There are many essential oils readily available in health food stores and online. We have compiled a list of 4 popular oils known for their aromatherapy benefits on our post, Here’s A Quick Way to Enhance Your Hot Tub Experience.

  3. Healthy Sleep Tips – National Sleep Foundation

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    Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.

    A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep. Avoid arousing activities before bedtime like working, paying bills, engaging in competitive games or family problem solving.

    Some studies suggest that soaking in hot water (such as a hot tub or bath) before retiring to bed can ease the transition into deeper sleep, but it should be done early enough that you are no longer sweating or over-heated.

    If you are unable to avoid tension and stress, it may be helpful to learn relaxation therapy from a trained professional.

    Finally, avoid exposure to bright before bedtime because it signals the neurons that help control the sleep-wake cycle that it is time to awaken, not to sleep.

    2009. National Sleep Foundation