Among the options for heat therapy available, a home spa or hot tub may be the most enjoyable and convenient method of immersive therapy. Promoting healing for your body and mind, hot tubs offer an ideal addition to your healthy lifestyle. We’ll tell you how that can happen.
The Power of Heat Therapy
Relying on the basic scientific principle that the warmer the particles, the faster they move, heat therapy can help bring your body from feeling stiff and tired to feeling energetic and rejuvenated. In fact, current research shows that contrary to former assumptions, hot tubs actually help muscles recover better than cold therapy does.
Heat helps to increase blood flow and relax muscles, as well as reduce overall stress (more about that, later). One of the greatest benefits you can experience from your hot tub is through using it before and after your regular exercise regimen. A hot tub can help your muscles both to warm up before exercise and to cool down afterward, complementing your body’s inherent stress/recovery cycles.
Exercise & Hot Tub Session Recommendations
As far as the exercise program or routine that’s best for your body, be certain to consult a health care professional and/or personal trainer. Regardless of your fitness level and workout goals, a hot tub can become a helpful aspect of it. Before your workout, a soak in your new hot tub can help loosen up your muscles and get your blood flowing throughout your body. After a 10 to 20-minute soak, we recommend spending about 10 minutes stretching your already warm muscles; if you desire, you could combine part of your stretching routine with your hot tub session.
Following your workout, you can help your heart rate return to normal and your muscles relax by taking a slow walk and doing more stretching, allowing your heart rate to calm down. After your initial cool-down routine, another hot tub session can help you relax and stimulate your body’s recovery process, soothing your tight, sore muscles. Of course, the built-in jet massage provides added benefits as well!
Innovative Options for Immersive Therapy
Today’s “hot tubs” aren’t always limited to providing heat therapy; some can also provide cold water therapy. For instance, Hot Spring® CoolZone™ technology offers the potential of transitioning between a hot tub and a cold soak, taking water temperature down to 60 degrees when desired. This allows you to expose your body to the soothing effects of water while also easing your heart rate back to its normal levels and cool down heated and stressed muscles. Especially if you aren’t in the market for a swimming pool and a hot tub, this kind of multi-use tub may be the right fit for you.
Instead of seeing a hot tub as an end in itself, consider it a means to an end, enabling you to do more of what you love.
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