When do you use your spa?
When you use your spa is really down to personal preference, but for many people the ideal time to step into the warm depths of a hot tub is in the evening after work. Read on to find out what benefits soaking in a hot tub can bring!
Psychologically and physically, the warmth, the sound and feel of the water on your skin and the sheer sense of floating will relax muscles and encourage fraught nerves to switch off. Many people use a spa as a way to induce relax, clear the mind and get the mind and body ready to go to sleep.
Spending 15-30 minutes in a hot tub at the end of a busy working day will help you switch off, forget work, put aside any tensions and concentrate on re-balancing yourself.
A morning dip
Conversely, many people like a spa session in the morning. As a way of preparing for the day ahead, a few minutes spent clearing the mind, wakening the body and getting ready mentally and physically for all the day has to offer, can be achieved while sitting in a hot tub. This is your time, with no distractions, and combined with a cup of coffee, it is a great way to start your working day. The warm water will encourage blood vessels to open widely and this, in turn, will increase circulation. This is good for people with circulation problems, but is also good for everyone as it allows the body to work more efficiently, transporting blood and oxygen effectively and strengthening your heart and lungs. It also leaves you feeling invigorated and refreshed.
Soaking away aches
For people who have just exercised, or taken part in strenuous activity, such as a mammoth gardening session, decorating or DIY, then a soak in a hot tub is a brilliant way to ease sore and aching muscles. The warm water acts as a gentle deep tissue massage, breaking down toxins and allowing muscles to come out of spasm and relax. Certainly, if you have picked up a sports injury, a few sessions in a hot tub will help your body recover quicker.
Healthy body and mind
For some people, time spent in the hot tub is a time to repair the body and heal the mind. As such, any time of the day or night might be appropriate. Medical studies show that the warmth of a hot tub can have a very positive effect on many medical conditions, including osteoporosis or weakening of the bones and many forms of arthritis. Arthritic Care UK recommends that people with some arthritic conditions can use a hot tub before exercise to warm their joints. While exercise is good for people with arthritis, sometimes the pain in the joints is a real demotivator when it comes to even starting an activity. Who wants to go for a work out when every movement hurts. By spending some time in a hot tub first, this will warm up the muscles and tendons around the bones enabling the person to exercise with less pain, allowing them to exercise for longer and at a higher intensity.
A time for friends
Of course, one of the best times to use the hot tub is with family and friends. Sitting in the warm temperature sipping a drink or simply chatting is a great way to relax, unwind and socialise in an informal setting. While there are all the usual precautions and advice about not drinking too much, which should be heeded closely, there is no more chilled way to get together with friends than over a glass of bubbles in a hot tub.
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