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HOT TUBS AND MENTAL HEALTH

Admin | 0 comment  | Reasons to Own a Hot TubHealth Benefits of Hot Tubs |

Hydrotherapy is the use of water for healing purposes and has been a common practice in many cultures throughout history.  The very first hot tubs date right back to the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians.  In fact, the word spa itself comes from he Latin acronym Salus Per Aquam which means 'health from water'.  So it's not surprising that bathing in a hot tub can help to improve not only your physical health, but your mental health too. 

Mental health can often come under a great deal of strain and the impact of this can be huge.  From small day-day stressors such as traffic and queues in the supermarket to bigger work, family and money worries, these things can add up and really take their toll. 

Let's look at the way that hot tubs can help.

Hot tubs help you sleep better

A good night's sleep is essential to good health as it allows the body to repair and heal.  When we feel stressed or anxious, it can be difficult to switch off at the end of the day and this can lead to interrupted sleep.  During a soak in a hot tub,  the body's temperature increases which helps the mind to relax and ultimately will help to achieve a deeper sleep. 

Hot tubs help to ease pain

We all know that when we are in physical pain, it's pretty hard to feel happy.  If a particular pain continues for a period of time, this will obviously have an impact on how we feel mentally.  Hot tubs help to relieve a variety of pains including headaches, joint and muscle aches. 

Hot tubs help to balance hormones

Studies suggest that soaking in hot water can result in a  combination of increased blood flow and relaxed breathing.  This in turn causes an increase in levels of hormones such as serotonin and dopamine which are often referred to as "happy" hormones.  It can also decrease cortisol and epinephrine or "stress" hormone levels.  Creating this balance of hormones can reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. 

Hot tubs offer a perfect place for meditation

If you're looking to clear your mind and fully relax, a hot tub can be a great place to achieve this.  Set aside some time every day to distance yourself from any distractions such as work or technology.  Breathe in some fresh air and be at one with nature in our own personal retreat. 

It's important to remember that if you are suffering from any health complaints, mental or physical, it's always a good idea to seek advice from a medical practitioner. 

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