Backyard Spas: A new old way to chill out

Backyard Spas Tucson

Backyard spas are a fantastic way to chill out, on top of their health benefits and the value they add to your home. We predict a large increase in the number of satisfied ‘ahhhhhhs’ uttered in your day! Cimarron Circle creates backyard spas that are a (wide) cut above the discount lot versions often seen along America’s highways, and your aching muscles will thank you each time they are massaged by swirling water jets.

General Health Benefits of a Spa

Joint Care
Many physicians and rehabilitation specialists acknowledge the use of warm water therapy. The National Institutes of Health organization cites the ability of hydrotherapy to relax tense muscles, a source of pain and stiffness. The Arthritis Foundation considers hydrotherapy an important component of arthritis therapy. According to this organization, warm water and massaging jets help muscles to relax, which allows greater flexibility due to increased blood flow.

Fight Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain affects a high percentage of American people. They may escape “the knife” but they will often continue to struggle with back pain. Soaking in warm water provides a much needed relief. A recent study reported in Med Care in 1998 seems to prove this: a group of 224 patients suffering from lower back pain were recruited in order to track down an effective treatment. 112 of the patients were treated with hot tub therapy and 112 were not. The researchers examined the patients after three weeks of treatment and again three months after the treatment ended. Their examinations focused on flexibility. Patients were also surveyed on flexibility, quality of life and pain intensity. Those having used the hot tub therapy showed significant improvement over those who didn’t follow a hot tub therapy.

Helping With Diabetes
According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, soaking in hot tubs can help lower high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes. This information seems to be supported by a study conducted by the McKee Medical Centre in Loveland, Colorado. This research is at its preliminary stage and further study is continuing.

A New Old Therapy

Hot tubs and spas are nothing new. We are just rediscovering them some 2000 years after the Roman civilization strewed the urban landscape with ‘thermae’, large bath buildings which were centres not only for bathing, but also socializing. Roman senators and business people used to transact business and strike political alliances in the thermae while enjoying spas with hot and cold water and a good steam bath.

The word ‘spa’ itself comes from the Belgian city of Spa, known for its Roman thermae and its mineral springs. It is attested in the English language in 1610. Hungary is another European country with a very rich tradition of public hot baths. Hungarian spas are very large swimming pools where entire families meet for fun and well-being.

The tradition of hot tubs and mineral springs can be found even further away: in Japan, the word ‘onsen’ describes a geothermal spring of volcanic origin, and a resort created around the spring. Onsen are public baths where people come not to wash themselves (they shower before entering the onsen) but to relax in very hot water and let the sulfur of the spring work its way in their system. Japanese onsen are frequented for both their therapeutic benefits and social purposes.

Spas were imported to America towards the mid-18th century. The oldest spa (or “gentlemen’s pool house”) was built in Warm Springs, Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson was a patron. The democratization of private spas (jacuzzis) as we know them today is a more recent affair: the Jacuzzi brothers reintroduced hydrotherapy in the 1950s, and the craze for pool spas started in the 60s. Aquamagazine has published a well-researched article on the topic.

Let’s conclude this brief history of the backyard spa and its ancestors with a disclaimer: hot tubs should not be assumed to be acceptable therapy for the above-mentioned medical conditions and do not replace medical treatments and exercise as recommended by personal physicians. Although there appears to be some medical benefits to hot tub use, consumers should check with their personal physicians before using a hot tub. You have been disclaimed.

Note: Cimarron Circle builds all kinds of spas but stays clear of vinyl hot tubs. Just a matter of style. Click here to discover a gallery of spas created and built by Cimarron Circle.