Stress can play a role in our lives from time to time. Some stress is even beneficial by motivating us to perform our best, for example during a big presentation or interview. But too much stress can lead to health problems such as headaches, muscle tightness and pain, poor digestion, bad sleep patterns, and even a compromised immune system.
Luckily, there are ways to manage stress effectively. So, if you could use a little less stress in your life, why not consider a hot tub?
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Warm water immersion, also known as hydrotherapy, has been proven to regulate your nervous system. Essentially, sitting in your hot tub can increase your body’s relaxation response while decreasing your stress response.
Heated water is also associated with your body’s production of so-called “happy” hormones. Studies have shown that warm water immersion encourages the release of both endorphins and dopamine. Both of these hormones combat stress by relaxing your body and calming your mind.
If you’d like to intensify the benefits of regular hot tub use, read on for three great tips about how your home spa can help you combat stress.
One of the best ways to de-stress is by making time for yourself. If you’re constantly working or looking after your family and home, it’s easy to put your well-being on the back burner. To be at your best, however, it’s important to take time each day just for yourself. And there’s no better way to do that than by enjoying a daily 20-minute soak. Put on your favorite music and lay back and relax. To enhance the experience, close your eyes and take a few minutes to breathe evenly and deeply. Breathe slowly inward through the nose and exhale out your mouth. Repeat 10 times for ultimate relaxation.
If you aren’t able to take time out of your day to see a masseuse, not to worry —you can enjoy all the benefits of hot tub massage right in your own backyard. High-quality hot tub jets are designed to apply pressure to the parts of your body that carry the most stress — neck, shoulders, back and legs. Jet massage, when combined with the heat of the water, works quickly to relax your body and melt away stress.
You likely already know working out is one of the best ways to reduce stress. But did you know your hot tub is the ideal place to fit in exercise? As the heated water increases circulation, your muscles warm, making it a great time to get in some yoga moves, toning exercises or stretches. Warm muscles are much more supple, enabling a greater range of motion when performing your exercises. Regular stretching in heated water can greatly improve your flexibility, helping to combat the tension and stiffness that stress can bring to your muscles.
Mountain Leisure Hot Tubs
If you’re ready to add hydrotherapy to your routine, we can help. Here at Mountain Leisure Hot Tubs, we only stock the best hot tubs with quality features and technology. Not only do we have the best hot tub prices in North Carolina, but our expert staff can help you find the spa that’s a perfect match for your needs and budget. Visit our Arden showroom and take a look at the hot tubs for sale.