Embrace the Rain by Soaking in Your Hot Tub!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

So…fall is here. With that comes the usual onslaught of rainier days and nights. Don’t let a rainy day dissuade you from using your hot tub! It’s absolutely one of the best ways to ward off any gloomy feelings gray days can bring on for many.

All you need to do is be ready for a rainy hot tub soak! Here are a few smart ways to make sure you can embrace soaking in the rain.

  • Shield yourself. Oregonians have perfected the portable umbrella—it’s called a ball cap. Pop one on your head when you trot out to the tub for a soak. It’ll help keep your head warm and shield you from the rain.
  • Soak with a friend! It’s pretty great to have someone join you in the tub during a rainy night. It’s a great time to sit and chat—or just relax and listen to the pitter patter of raindrops on the surface of the water and the surrounding foliage.
  • Have something toasty to drink. Get your favorite insulated travel mug, fill it up with some yummy spiced cider or hot cocoa and sip it during your soak. You’ll have the hot tub warming up your body, and your drink getting you warm and cozy on the inside.
  • Plan ahead before your soak. Toss your favorite robe and towel into the dryer on low heat. They’ll be warm and welcoming when you come inside from your soak and will absolutely feel terrific!
  • Make it fun! Add aromatherapy to the water, play your favorite music, bring water-proof playing cards to the tub for a good ol’ card game…there’s plenty you can do to make the most of a rainy day soak.

Is it raining right now…? Must be time for the hot tub!

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Five Ways a Swim Spa Will Improve Your Life

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has reported that getting about 2½ hours per week of aerobic activity can greatly reduce the risk of experiencing chronic illness and disease.

A swim spa is an excellent way to get that aerobic activity in each week, and will allow you to do so with less stress on your joints and less likelihood of any injury. We at Oregon Hot Tub have heard from our customers how their Hydropool Swim Spas have improved their quality of life. Here are just five examples of what swim spa use can do for you!

  1. Energy boost. Using your swim spas gives you a good overall body workout while getting the aerobic benefits at the same time. Utilizing the buoyancy you’ll get from being in the swim spa will help keep you on track to get the full benefit of the aerobic activity, and will release newfound energy in your body as a result. You’ll love how you feel!
  2. Emotional boost! A terrific benefit of any exercise is the resulting endorphin release, that critical “feel good” chemical your body will produce. Exercising in your swim spa will definitely give you terrific endorphin production. The resulting feeling euphoria is known to be a stress reliever, boost self-esteem and aide in improving sleep. Who doesn’t need that?!
  3. Ditch pain. If normal workouts and aerobics (never mind daily life!) cause aches and pains along the way, a swim spa will not create impact on your joints that could induce “ow” moments. Your swim spa will also help lengthen muscles for greater flexibility and mobility.
  4. A stronger, healthier body. Your swim spa will work out your muscles, your respiratory system, your circulatory system, your heart—and you can lose weight to boot. Weight loss will help out both your bones and joints in better condition, helping to ward off opportunities for injury.
  5. Escape…release…peace of mind. Once you complete your exercise in your swim spa, spend time to float, relax, and let your mind wander. It’s an excellent opportunity to let your mind enjoy a chance to turn off for a bit and become better prepared for whatever lies ahead. It can be your own personal Zen retreat if you allow it!

Swim spa your way to a stronger healthier you! You’ll be amazed at how your life will transform.

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Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Your Traditional Sauna Session

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The sauna craze is growing more each year in the United States. In fact, there are now more than a million saunas nationwide! Yet, many Americans still don’t know exactly how to make the most of their sauna session. We’d like to offer some tips.

  • Shower first. Get your body ready for detoxifying by cleansing your body of hair gels, deodorant, cologne, perfume, and make up. A shower will also help increase your circulation a bit to get your body ready for the session ahead.
  • Absorbent towels. Bring an absorbent towel to sit on the bench during your session, or a sauna seat cover. It will be great to sit on, but also great to help absorb sweat to minimize bench staining and keep ongoing maintenance easy.
  • Water for hydration! Be sure to bring water into the sauna in something insulated that won’t become hot to the touch.
  • Start at the top. Traditional steam saunas have an upper and lower bench on purpose. Sitting on the top bench maximizes your exposure to the heat rising from the sauna heater and gets your sweat on sooner. You’ll get your circulation going and start expelling toxins sooner.
  • Essential oils for your sauna water. Our favorite is Eucalyptus. Some drops of it in your sauna water will really energize your respiratory system and help open up your sinuses when you douse the sauna rocks with water and breathe in that fragrant steam.
  • Get a good sweat going. This can take at least 5-10 minutes. Once you do so, step out of the sauna and spend a few minutes cooling down. (Great time to also hydrate.)
  • Employ a brush, birch or a loofah. Once you start a sweat, a sauna brush or birch branches are excellent to stimulate your skin and rid your body of dry dead skin cells. Do this with each sauna session and you’ll be stunned with the appearance of your skin over time! It will absolutely look healthier and have a much more youthful look. If you don’t have a sauna brush or birch, a loofah is a good substitute.
  • Round two! Once you’ve had a cool down period, head back inside the sauna for the next inning. If you’re tolerating the heat well, start on the top bench again, and move to the lower bench once you begin to really heat up. It will allow you to stay in the sauna a bit longer for the second round.
  • Once you’re done… Another nice lukewarm shower to help your body begin cooling down. Give your body a chance to cool down before getting dressed, and continue to replenish your body with water or another refreshing post-sauna beverage.

There you have it! These tips will help you enjoy your sauna sessions to their fullest, and really give you some outstanding results.

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