The ancients knew the many health benefits of spas.

The ancients knew the many health ben­e­fits of spas.

Do you know where the word “spa” comes from? No, it’s not short for “spaghetti” or “spasm.” It’s actu­ally an acronym for the Latin phrase “salus per aqua,” which trans­lates to “health from water.” The health ben­e­fits of spas are famous: the Egyp­tians, Greeks, and Romans used spas both for relax­ing and for heal­ing ther­apy and relaxation.

In the early part of the 1900s, Port­landers who could afford it trav­eled to places like Bre­it­en­bush Hotsprings—still a hot­springs resort—for the ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits of the waters. In the 1970s spas and hot tubs earned a party rep­u­ta­tion but the rea­sons they feel as good to you as they did to the ancient Romans remain the same: Heat, Buoy­ancy and Hydrotherapy.

1. HEAT. As your body warms up, your blood flow increases, your blood ves­sels dilate and your blood pres­sure goes down. Your mus­cles relax and your warm blood cir­cu­lates through your body—bringing that heat to places it nor­mally doesn’t go. The result? Pain relief.

2. BUOYANCY.  Your joints get weary hold­ing up your body weight all day… even if you are slim! Even if you’re not in pain, your joints have been work­ing hard for you–standing, sit­ting, work­ing, typ­ing, etc. When you sit in your spa, the water’s buoy­ancy sup­ports approx­i­mately 90% of your weight…and your poor ol’ joints breathe a sigh of relief.

3. HYDROTHERAPY. Your spa’s puls­ing streams of water are like a ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage you can con­trol… mak­ing it gen­tle or intense. There are many dif­fer­ent jet designs in dif­fer­ent hot tub mod­els, and they can be arranged to tar­get par­tic­u­lar body parts. Smaller groups of jets will hit pin­point mus­cles around your neck or wrists. Larger ones focus on your back or sweep up and down your entire back, just to the sides of your spine. Tiny jets will spin around your wrists. Other jets will aim for your calves, feet, or arms and soothe the mus­cles that need soothing.

Ready for “health from water?” Con­tact us if you’re inter­ested in finally hav­ing your own spa.

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