One great way to practice relaxation techniques in your home is to regularly use a jacuzzi or hot tub for hydrotherapy. Here is a guide to how and why to use hot tubs for this purpose.
Relaxation Benefits of Hot Tubs and Jacuzzis
There are many reasons that hot tubs and jacuzzis can be used for therapeutic treatments. When you're immersed in hot water, your blood pressure and pulse rates begin to drop almost immediately. The water's heat can help to improve your circulation, which will begin to replenish your muscles with needed nutrients to reduce stress. Muscles respond well to jacuzzis as well, since the heat can help them to expand and relieve tensions or aches and pains that come from over-exertion. The noises, sights, and smells of the water can also have a calming affect on your senses, helping you to stop ruminating on negative issues and clear your mind.
How to Rig Your Jacuzzi for Relaxation
Not all jacuzzis are created equally when it comes to relaxation benefits. Ask your pool contractor to help you customize the tub specifically to your needs.
Size is one thing that matters a lot. When you get a standard hot tub, it's meant to accommodate people of all sizes. So, there may not be a perfect fit for you in terms of the seat sizing and legroom. Getting a pool custom fitted is easy with a hot tub repair specialist; they may devise a special seat that adjusts the pool for your height.
Jet repositioning or addition can also affect the relaxation effects of your tub. If the jets are hitting you in an uncomfortable place, you may need a hot tub repair person to reposition the panel, reduce the speed of the jets' water, or add additional jets to make a more pleasant experience for you and your guests.
When you're designing a custom hot tub, you may get to choose where to position the jets and how many speeds of jet power to install. It's important to actually sit in the tub and mark off where the jets would hit your upper and lower back for maximum massage effect.
It can be tempting to put different aromatherapy salts and bubbles into your hot tub, but this may be one relaxation technique that's not recommended. Some tubs can handle these added chemicals while others can't, so check with your pool contractor to make sure you don't do any damage to your tub by using them.