Submerged up to your neck in warm bubbling water, without the encumbrance of artificial lighting and looking at the inky black sky with its millions of stars and planets is a very relaxing way to help you prepare for sleep or just an enjoyable and therapeutic way to bring down your stress levels, overcome anxiety and relax after a busy or stressful day!
Washington State University’s resear-chers at the National Aquatic & Sports Medicine Institute, are pursuing the theory that this comes about because hot water immersion, helps balance and improve the operation of subsystems of the autonomic nervous system, the bodies control system that acts largely autonomously to regulate the functioning of cardiac, respiratory, muscle, bone, kidney and neurologic operation!
For those who suffer joint pain, including lower back pain and arthritis, the heat of the water in a hot tub can help minimise inflammation and swelling while boosting blood circulation and the buoyancy of the water helps reduce the pressure on limbs and joints as identified by the Arthritis Foundation, it can also help with some circulatory problems, however you should consult your doctor to ensure that it is ok to use the hot tub and likewise anyone suffering from heart problems or high blood pressure should also take medical advice. If you’re recovering from a sports-related injury soaking in hot water, starting three or four days after the initial injury, can improve healing, the heat will dilate the blood vessels, promote blood flow, and help sore and tight muscles relax and improved circulation will help eliminate the build up of lactic acid waste, that occurs after some types of exercise, heat is also psychologically reassuring which can enhance its analgesic properties.
Taking quality family time in the hot tub with children, grandchildren or both is a great opportunity for talking whilst relaxing, as smart phones and tablets are thankfully not yet designed for use in water temperatures in the high thirties, so you enjoy the chance to mingle with your relations, your favourite choice of non alcoholic drink at hand, in plastic glass of course!
It should be noted however that infants and toddlers should not use a hot tub at all due to the risk of overheating or dehydration, so the usage should be planned whilst they are sleeping to give the parents some relaxing together time!