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Back Pain? Hot Tub Hydrotherapy Works

A close friend of mine suffers from chronic back pain. He does the exercises recommended by his doctor (sometimes) and uses medication to relieve the pain when it gets bad. I was talking to him at a barbeque recently, and mentioned that a hot tub hydro-massage could help. "I know it feels good," he said, "but does it work?" Well, hydrotherapy does work, by doing a lot more than just making your back feel better during a warm-water therapy session. Hydrotherapy – the combination of heat, buoyancy and massage – relieves lower pain by triggering positive effects on the body. The best hot tubs, like our Sundance Spas models, deliver an effective combination of the key components of hydrotherapy:

Heat helps to open blood vessels to improve circulation and loosen muscle tension, both of which reduce pain.

Buoyancy lifts the weight of the body, providing relief for sore muscles and joints, and improving the ability to move around.

Massage eases inflammation, reduces muscle tightness and increase blood flow. According to a study covered in the New York Times, experiments showed that massage reduced the production of cytokines (they cause inflammation) and stimulated the process of cell function and repair.1

To relieve back pain in a hot tub, it is essential for the body to be positioned comfortably in the seat. This is where Sundance Spas stands above the rest: our seats are engineered to fit people of different heights and builds. Every seat delivers a variety of hydro-massage types and intensities while supporting the body. The best hot tubs are sure to have seats designed for back pain, from low back pain to neck pain. For more information about hydrotherapy and back pain, visit your local Sundance Spas dealer showroom. You can sit in the showroom models, and find the one that will really "work" on relieving your back pain.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/how-massage-heals-sore-muscles/

 

Studies Prove: Thinking About a Calm Place (Your Hot Tub) Can Ease Stress

Hot tub owners, you may not need to be sitting in your spa to enjoy its stress-reducing benefits. You only have to think about it! A simple form of relaxation called "guided imagery" has been shown in more than 200 studies to help reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain, enhance sleep and help you feel more in control. Guided imagery is a traditional technique of focusing your imagination on calm, peaceful images (like spas and hot tubs) to experience a "mental escape." Apparently, daydreaming about soaking in a Sundance Spas hot tub may help you more easily cope with daily frustrations and work demands. Studies have proven that the mind has powerful effects on the body. Visualizing yourself resting your head on the hot tub's pillow, feeling the warm-water jets massaging your back and neck, without seeing or feeling the water, your brain is telling your body to relax. Of course, there is no substitute for being at home, enjoying a hydrotherapeutic massage in your own Sundance spa.

• Many of the benefits of guided imagery and hydrotherapy are the same – relaxation, relief of arthritis pain and insomnia, and improved circulation.

• A drawback of guided imagery: it takes practice, and it can be difficult to focus in some situations.

• Spas and hot tubs are easy – they take you on a mental and physical escape every time you're in the warm, soothing water.

To learn more about guided imagery, we've listed some links below. To experience real Sundance Spas relaxation, locate a dealer near you and ask about taking a "wet test." You won't have to think about de-stressing – it just happens!
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00468/Guided-Imagery-Therapy-Dr-Weil.html http://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/integrativemedicine/guided_imagery_facts.aspx http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12134377

 

EMPTY NEST FULL OF LIFE

Behind the Scenes: Sundance Spas was invited into the home of this lovely Cameo spa installation. We captured video footage of these empty nesters using Sundance hydrotherapy to help facilitate their active lifestyles. "Health and fitness are important to Lisa and I. Over the years, we've noticed more aches and pains after exercise. Soaking in our Sundance spa helps round out the corners on soreness. We are able to remain active daily by incorporating hydrotherapy into our recovery routine." 598568_539783386033269_1559605236_n Soak in the morning to warm up the body before the day begins and slip into the spa before bed to facilitate a a solid night's sleep. 546656_539393806072227_276029377_n
William and Lisa enjoy waking up and enjoying a soak in the spa and a morning run before their work days begin.
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Serve Festively Refreshing Drinks This Season

What Are Your Guests Sipping On, In and Out of the Spa?

Here are some favorite festive spaside beverages our Facebook followers suggested:
  • Eggnog
  • 
Sparkling Water with a slice of lime
  • Vodka on the rocks
  • Wine, any kind
Holiday entertaining in your hot tub is one of the joys of the season. No get together would be complete without beverages for your guests to sip on both in and out of the hot tub. Provide a variety of drinks to appeal to all your guests as they soak, socialize and relax. There are plenty of festive hot beverages to choose from including the hot toddy, seasonal teas, egg nog and mulled cider. These are all great drinks to enjoy after a soak, when your body temperature has cooled down. But when soaking in warm water, there’s nothing like a cool beverage to whet your whistle and keep you feeling comfortable while providing hydration. For your upcoming holiday gathering that involves having guests soak in your spa, we recommend this chilled spiced toddy recipe. This is a twist from the traditional “toddy”, as it is non-alcoholic and served chilled, not hot. Spiced Apple Hot Tub Toddy To get the full flavor, it’s best to prepare this mulled cider recipe on the stove, and serve it slightly chilled. Ingredients- Serves 6
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • Orange peel strips
  • Lemon peel strips
  • Cinnamon-flavored syrup
Directions: Bring apple cider and spices to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and remove spices and lemon peel. Refrigerate or pour over ice, and add cinnamon-flavored syrup just before serving.  

 

Gratitude is a Healthy Habit

Thanksgiving – It’s Not Just the Food That Makes Us Feel Good

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? It’s long been known that expressing gratitude is good for your peace of mind and emotional wellbeing. A heartfelt “thank you” makes the receiver feel good, too. This year, new scientific studies show that people report associating gratitude with feeling more healthy and happy. According to researchers working together at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Miami, studies have also shown that gratitude can account for “greater alertness, enthusiasm and goal-attainment.” People with neuromuscular diseases who participated in gratitude exercises reported feeling more energetic and sleeping longer and better. The researchers called gratitude the “forgotten factor” in happiness research. The Mayo Clinic also says that positive thoughts and activities promote good feelings that lead to thankfulness – an attitude that becomes a habit. Eventually, people make better life choices and find their relationships are better. Gratitude seems to feed on itself in a good way! At Sundance Spas, we’re believers in anything positive that encourages wellbeing, more energy and enthusiasm, and better sleep. Research shows that hot tub hydrotherapy can promote these beneficial effects, as well. This Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for learning how positive changes in our everyday routines – like being grateful – can enrich our lives. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

Hot Tubs and Spas

Hot Tubs and Spas – What's the Difference?

hot tubs and spas I'd consider most hot tubs to be spas, but spas are definitely not always hot tubs. Spas can be a lot of things. Just try an Internet search for spas, and you’ll quickly see. READ MORE >

 

Family Hot Tubs (& Friends!)

Hot Tubs – Your Source of Family Fun

 family hot tubs For ages, spas have been at the center of social life. Starting with Roman baths, communities have continued to gather and bask in the relaxation and entertainment that a spa can bring to daily life. A spa is an excellent way to break old routines and rejuvenate leisure activity by bringing together family and friends. READ MORE >

 

Active Aging Week

September 25 - October 1, 2011

active aging week Active aging means living life as fully as possible. The best spas, like those made by Sundance, can promote health and wellness with hydrotherapy.  With a combination of high-performance jets and advanced seat designs, Sundance moves water in new ways, delivering the following positive hot tub benefits: READ MORE >

 

Afraid You’ll Buy a Hot Tub and Will Never Use it?

Hot Tubs Become an Integral Part of Your Lifestyle

Sundance Spa Many people use their hot tubs in the evening, before bed. Hot tubs raise the body’s temperature for an extended period of time, producing cleansing and relaxing effects. The buoyancy of the water creates a sense of weightlessness, inviting restful sleep. Because spas relax you, relieve tired muscles and aching joints, and ready your body for sleep, they are excellent sleep aids. READ MORE >

 

Taking the Waters

The History of Water Therapy Around the World

You've probably heard the popular phrase, "taking the waters." The term has long been used to describe the practice of using water therapy as a healing ritual. Taking the waters also calls to mind the centuries-old global tradition of people gathering at warm water springs and baths for social and cultural rituals. Here at Sundance Spas, we're carrying on the long history of water therapy, including all its luxurious and entertaining aspects. The best part is that now the spa is right in your own backyard! Bubbling warm water springs and pools go way back in history: READ MORE >

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