The Benefits To Spending Time In a Spa
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Along with the relaxation you experience when in a hot tub, studies have shown that the combination of the water, the massage from the jets and the feeling of weightlessness can massively reduce both mental and physical stress and decrease anxiety.
Reduces Arthritic Pain
For people suffering from skeletal ailments such as arthritis, tendonitis, and sciatica, spending time in a hot tub can provide some much-needed relief.
Due to the buoyancy created by the bubbles, we can feel our own weight disappear, this combines with the heat helping our blood circulation and our muscles become less tight, meaning heightened flexibility, strength and a wider range of physical motion. This is especially good for back, knee and other joint problems.
Reduces Blood Sugar
While further studies are still recommended, initial research indicates that spending time in the hot tub may actually lower the blood sugar level of people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
In one study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, it stated in short that the hot temperatures in the tub simulate some of the effects of physical exercise – which has proven to be an effective form of treatment for sufferers of type 2 diabetes.
Just like taking a bath a hot tub can be relaxing or rejuvenating. When your body gets cold your sleeping pattern can be disturbed but when you are warm you tend to fall asleep quicker and rest through the night with fewer disruptions.
Lowers Blood Pressure
When you get in the tub and the temperature is hot, your heart works harder and faster so that your body can disperse excess heat.
In the process, your increased blood flow is producing extra oxygen and your cells are being revitalized. While there may be an initial uptick in blood pressure, your increased warmth will cause cells to dilate, decreasing resistance against the heart and lowering your overall blood pressure.
As mentioned above, regular use of a hot tub has shown to lower levels of stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are leading causes of premature aging, which means the hot tub can be a tool to help combat premature aging.
Furthermore, when you’re experiencing increased circulation in the hot tub, that means your blood is more efficiently delivering vital oxygen and nutrients to your skin – giving you a healthy, youthful glow.
Migraine sufferers often report experience tension headaches right before a migraine. In the hot tub, your muscle isn’t contracted, your aches and pains subside, and you feel overall more relaxed – thus decreasing the chance of experience a tension-triggered migraine.
Also, sufferers of sinus and cluster headaches experience episodes when they’re stuffed up; spending time in the steamy hot tub – along with using nose drops and drinking fluids – is a good way to fight congestion and prevent these types of headaches.