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  • Aromatherapy in the Hot Tub

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    Autumn is here! Can you feel it? Many of you across the country are getting the first peek at autumn's cool mornings, crisp air, and orange leaves. With the cooler temperatures, the hot tub is calling to us, and there's no reason not to take the hot tub experience and ramp it up a notch with a little aromatherapy.

    Aromatherapy is loosely defined as the art of using natural essences to promote the body's health. Many believe using aromatherapy in your hot tub can facilitate psychological, physiological, and spiritual health.

    Additional benefits
    Implementing aromatherapy into your hot tub experience can enhance your mental and physical state. Advocates of aromatherapy have reported the experience alleviates stress; corrects skin irritations; battles depression; and curtails anxiety.

    Olfactory Aromatherapy
    Aromatherapy can take place using a few methods, yet hot tubs use 'olfactory aromatherapy.' When inhaled, the brain's limbic system is stimulated. The nervous, endocrine, and immune systems can be influenced, which elicits bodily responses. Depending on the scent, particular body parts and areas can be stimulated or relaxed.

    Different scents, different response
    Using particular aromatherapy scents can elicit different responses in one's body. Here is a handy list taken from the Essortment Web site, three brief scents and effects:

    • Vanilla scents can lower your stress levels and heart rate
    • Peppermint, jasmine, and citrus can make you feel invigorated and recharged
    • Green apple can help with headaches

    Maybe explore the olfactory world a little and put together some scents for the season: pumpkin, spice, cedar, pine, cranberry, or apple.
    About Aromatherapy - Source: NAHA.org
    Aromatherapy Overview - Source: WebMD

  • Hot Tub Cover Basics

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    Is it really necessary to cover a hot tub? Couldn't you just scoop out debris and call it good? The answer is yes, you really do need a cover and no, you can't just scoop out debris. A hot tub cover does so much more than simply keep out leaves and bug. It's a very essential part of hot tub ownership and maintenance.

    It keeps unwanted elements out
    Yes, basically a cover keeps stuff out of the tub. No one wants to relax in their hot tub with dirt, leaves, insects, and other undesirables. In addition, living entities such as birds, squirrels, and the neighborhood kids will also be kept at bay. But this is just the cover's most basic purpose.

    It keeps wanted elements in
    Now we're talking: using a cover keeps in water and temperature. This saves you money. You refill the tub less often and it takes less energy to maintain the water temperature.

    What kind of cover do you need?
    The cover of your tub needs to fit tightly all the way around. Remember - you don't want heat escaping or bugs and other unwanted elements getting in. Choose a well-made cover. You don't want to host dance parties on your cover, but it should be able to support the weight of mischievous pets and children. Insulation is gauged by an "R Value," so find a hot tub cover with a high value.

    Maintenance
    Covers serve the purposes of covering and insulating. Direct sunlight can deteriorate your cover; over time, look for signs of dilapidation. Washing the cover with warm water and soap, then hosing it down, can prolong the life of the cover. Keep your cover and the inner liner dry; if they become wet, it will decrease the cover's ability to insulate the hot tub. If your cover becomes heavier over time, it is probably wet. The inner lining will need to be detached and left to dry.

    Most of our hot tub models come with the covers included, but if you have a tub already and need a cover, you can view our available models here.

  • How to Hot Tub Safely

    The idea of needing to be safe while relaxing in a hot tub may initially seem silly, but a little care and caution is mandatory. It can actually be quite easy for a hot tub to become the site of unfortunate accidents. Whether you own a small tub or a large multi-person tub, following a few simple tips can keep everyone safe.

    Safety Tip 1 – Supervise Hot Tub Use

    Anyone using a hot tub should be supervised, and not just children; adults can inadvertently come to harm while soaking. Children should be directly supervised at all times and if you can't soak with a buddy, at least make sure another adult knows where you are and when you got into the tub. Groups of teenagers and the elderly also require a cautious eye to prevent mishaps due to carelessness or health.

    Safety Tip 2 – Limit or Ban Drinking

    Drink responsibly (or not at all) while using your hot tub! The hot water can cause lightheadedness or dizziness. Combine that with alcohol and you have a recipe for a terrible accident. Inebriated tub users can easily pass out and suffer from increased heart rate or may even drown.

    Safety Tip 3 – Be Aware of the Tub’s Structure

    All hot tubs are not created equally. For example, a Free Spirit hot tub may differ in shape in comparison to a BellaGrande hot tub. Make users aware of the location of drains, jets, filters, and other elements of your hot tub in order to avoid burns and suction injuries.

    Safety Tip 4 – Respect Mother Nature

    We know – the chances of getting hit by lightning are slim to none. Well, we would rather see you win the lottery, so we encourage you to please stay out of the hot tub before, during, and immediately after a storm. Also probably a good idea to avoid the hot tub during weather events such as hurricanes and blizzards.

    Safety Tip 5 – Be Prepared

    Keep a first-aid kit somewhere close to your hot tub. Make sure it is stocked with burn cream. In addition, knowing CPR would not be a bad thing. It is best to seek certification, but even just knowing the basics would be good. Keep emergency numbers close at hand, as well.

    As we head into the cooler weather, we know many of you will eagerly uncover your hot tubs and start enjoying the benefits of long soaks. Just stay safe, and you'll be enjoying your hot tub for years to come.

  • Getting Back to the Spa Post-Partum

    With the Royal Baby finally making his appearance, we've all got a case of baby fever! Which leads us to wonder about hot tubs and pregnancy care. It's known that using hot tubs while pregnant is not advised, due to a variety of concerns for the developing fetus. However, what about post-pregnancy?
    While sitting in a warm bathtub after labor can be therapeutic, caution is encouraged when using a hot tub. The water isn't drained after every use, the only way it would be safe before six weeks post-partum is if the tub is meticulously clean. (We have some great cleaners here!)You don't want to risk an infection during the early weeks while you are still healing. There is also a risk of contamination and creating a health risk for others, too, if you are still bleeding.

    So wait at least six weeks after giving birth to get back in the hot tub. Luckily, cooler autumn temperatures are on the way, which will make the reunion with your hot tub that much more enjoyable.

    Check out our line of hot tubs with great lounger seats here at Spas and Stuff.

    Read through some reviews on our website to pick one that is right for you.

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