Watsu Therapy in Bay Area Hot Tubs

t0731chi-spa_feat4_1Like most people, you’re probably wondering what watsu is. Harold Dull created watsu in 1980 when he combined water with the practices of shiatsu he learned in Japan . Watsu is water shiatsu therapy and it has recently become very popular with hot tub users. Watsu is a combination of shiatsu massage, accupressure, and gentle stretching that is supposed to help regenerate and align the body while helping you relax. The reason Watsu has become fairly popular with hot tub users is because the heat and buoyancy of hot tubs helps the body relax and release tension much easier. Here are some of the benefits of Watsu:

  • Release of tension and stress
  • Treats simple everyday ailments and stress related issues
  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces pain and fatigue
  • Improved posture, alignment, awareness, and breathing
  • Increased flexibility and range of motion
  • Relaxation and release of emotional stress

Watsu helps you take time out of your day to stop, slow down, relax, and free the mind of all stress and obligations for a short period. Done regularly, watsu can improve health and well being. If you combine the therapeutic jet massage of hot tubs with Watsu, you are sure to notice an increase in health, flexibility, and relaxation.

Fibromyalgia Relief with Hot Tub Therapy

Fibromyalgia_SpasFibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by sensitivity and pain in the joints, tendons, and muscles all over the body. The disorder is also accompanied by sleep issues, headache, fatigue, memory problems, and mood problems. These symptoms of Fibromyalgia are long term and affect the whole body, so you can see how Fibromyalgia might be fairly debilitating. So how is fibromyalgia related to hot tubs?

Hot tubs relieve much of the pain associated with Fibromyalgia, and many sufferers have claimed that hot tubs work miracles for their pain. Here is how it works:

  1. All of the muscle tightness and soreness is relieved by the hot water increasing circulation while relaxing the body. In addition, the hydrotherapy and massage action of the jets helps release any tension associated with the condition.
  2. The buoyancy of the water reduces any pressure placed on joints, tendons, and muscles due to either weight or gravity.
  3. Light activity and stretching in warm water or hot tubs can be beneficial to increasing strength and mobility while in an environment that minimizes pain that is usually associated with activity.

Hot tubs are sometimes even prescribed by doctors to help people who suffer quite badly from Fibromyalgia. It is difficult to know if the treatment will help you, so the best option would be to try a hot tub somewhere before investing in something so expensive. Gyms and community pools frequently have hot tubs you can try. Or if you are truly interested in an investment in a hot tub, come in to one of our 8 locations in the Bay Area and wet test one of our amazing Sundance or Jacuzzi hot tubs. Experience for yourself, the amazing sensations of the jets and heat as they melt away your stress and pain.

For any questions about how hot tub therapy can help you, call us or visit us today! One of our expert customer service technicians would be happy to help answer your questions.

Swim Spas: The Most Versatile Hot Tub

6343935875_1e234e9e0d_bParadise Valley Spas specializes in hot tub and saunas, but we offer one of the best hybrid products out there, as well. The Swim Spa, by Endless Pools, is the combination of a hot tub and a pool put together.

The compact size of the more basic Swim Spas allow almost anyone to find space for this product in their backyard. The water is warm to hot, with seats and jets in one area of the spa designated for those looking to kick back and relax. At the same time, someone can turn on the current in the swim spa and get a workout by swimming against the current. The current can be adjusted to many different strengths and speeds to suit everyone’s needs.

The current can be used for much more than just swimming. You can run in place too! Not to mention, the swim spa can be hooked up with different exercise equipment to get a full water workout experience.

Anyone with injuries would definitely benefit from a Swim Spa in their home. Pools and hot tubs are a great place to rehabilitate muscles, because of the low impact on the joints and muscles. The warm water would help with being more limber and keeping the muscles ready to move. After a good workout in the swim spa, you could jump in one of the seats and get a full body massage instantly! Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?

For more information on Swim Spas, Hot Tubs, or Saunas contact Paradise Valley Spas today! Our wonderful customer service specialists will help you with anything you need!

Bay Area Spa Service Discusses New Evidence that Hot Tubs May Help with Autism

Autism Day 1In recent news, results of a new study have found that those suffering from autism can find relief from certain symptoms through the use of hot tubs or spas. At Paradise Valley Spas, we always keep our customers in mind, and we feel it is our duty to report this ground breaking news regarding autism symptom relief in an effort to aid those suffering and those with loved ones suffering with this difficult disorder.

The research garnered from the study was recently discussed at the American College of Neurophsycopharmacology Annual Meeting stating that disruptions in the body’s inflammatory response may contribute to the early onset of autism.

Dr. Eric Hollander of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine supported this evidence by stating that, “a third of autistic children have relief from symptoms when they have a fever.” The body’s natural response to fever is to release anti-inflammatory agents into the body. This may explain why some parents state that when the child is in the throws of a fever above 98 degrees, symptoms of autism dissipate.

In the clinical test, Dr. Hollander used hot tub therapy to mimic a fever in patients. By using the hot tub to raise the core temperature of autism sufferers to 102 degrees, patients’ symptoms decreased. Hollander stated that, “When the patients were at 102 degrees for a half hour, there was an improvement,” noting that repetitive behaviors ceased and social communication increased.

The CDC states that autism affects 1 in 88 children in the United States. Currently there is no cure for this difficult disorder, many find relief applying different holistic treatment methods. For some, using the hot tub for relief from some autism symptoms may help improve a loved one’s quality of life.

For the very best in Bay Area Spa Service and hot tub supplies, please contact the experts with Paradise Valley Spas. Our knowledgeable and dedicated staff is here to help with all of your home spa needs.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/12/12/how-parasitic-worms-and-hot-tubs-may-treat-autism-symptoms/

Swim Spas and Therapeutic Recreation Month

swim-spa-arctic-swim-jets-arialFebruary 1st marks the start of a significant, month long holiday. It is none other than National Therapeutic Recreation Month. The holiday is designed to place the importance of activities like adapted aquatics and hydrotherapy into the spotlight. So as a San Francisco spa dealer, we wanted to share our thoughts on swim spas.

Swim spas have a history of being used for therapeutic recreation. That’s because swim spas offer such beneficial features as underwater treadmills, resistance jets, adjustable currents, retractable security covers and stairs with built-in railings. The treadmills, resistant jets, built-in cool down areas and currents are all helpful when it comes to developing therapeutic recreation routines that are easy on the body’s joints. The retractable security covers and stairs, on the other hand, make using the swim spas easy.

Paradise Valley Spas has many locations that offer Endless Pool Swim Spas that have those features and more. Some of the swim spas are 6 feet deep. They are ideal for running in place and engaging in deep water workouts. Other swim spa models sport a depth of 39 inches, which make them great for swimming in place. Speaking of which, we’ve also got swim spas that are suitable for maintaining a :50/100 yard swim pace. That tends to make them perfect for athletes looking to train for adaptive sporting events. On top of that, the spa cabinets and shells that we have at our San Francisco spa dealership tend to come in two different colors. Thus, customers may opt to match the swim spas’ aesthetics to their outdoor living space’s design as well.

The other thing about swim spas that our San Francisco spa dealers can attest to is that there are spa accessories available that may help liven up exercise routines even more. Examples include wet bells, aromatherapy products, pool noodles, disco-style lights and spa bolster seat cushions. To learn more about swim spas and related items that may be incorporated into a therapeutic recreation plan, pleasecontact us at (800) 837-3529.

San Francisco Spa Dealer Discusses National Thyroid Awareness Month

Stress Relief with hot tubsHave you ever heard of National Thyroid Awareness Month? It takes place every January. So in commemoration of the event, we wanted to talk about spas and what those diagnosed with thyroid disorders need to know about them.

Although there are several different thyroid disorders, there are two that our San Francisco spa dealership’s staff wanted to touch upon. The two disorders are hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease. Both conditions cause the diagnosed person to be sensitive to water temperature and bromine. He or she may also experience muscle soreness, muscle weakness and fatigue.

The good news is there are products available through our San Francisco spa dealer that may help those diagnosed with one of the two disorders. The list of potentially helpful products includes Sundance Hydrotherapy Spas, bromine-free spa products, spa cover lifters and AquaChek TruTest Digital Readers.

In our opinion, Sundance Hydrotherapy Spas make an ideal choice for thyroid disorder patients because the units come with water temperature controls. Therefore, the person can adjust the spa water’s temperature based on his or her unique needs. In addition, the spas feature seats with built-in hydrotherapeutic massage elements, adjustable neck jets and comfortable headrests. The Sundance Hydrotherapy Spas can also be paired with spa cover lifters. They will go a long way in addressing muscle problems and improving circulation.

The AquaChek Tru Test Digital Reader and bromine-free spa products, on the other hand, will help thyroid patients avoid chemical sensitivity issues. That’s partially because the digital reader is designed to provide information about the spa’s water chemical composition in as little as 15 seconds. It also records up to nine test results at a time. Therefore, the individual could compare the readings and make adjustments in the spa’s water quality as needed.

For more information about these products and others that may help people with assorted medical conditions, please contact our San Francisco spa dealer at (800) 837-3529.

3 Healing Elements of Hydrotherapy Sundance Spas

spa-womanWhether you’ve had a long day at the office, or a killer workout at the gym, nothing feels better than to relax and treat yourself by soaking in one of the various models of Sundance Spas. If just feeling nice and relaxed isn’t enough of a treat, hydrotherapy has healing properties as well that have been known in various cultures dating back thousands of years.

The first hot tubs were called calderas, which were cauldron-like formations made by volcanoes, filled with water and then heated with the use of hot stones. The Romans made great use of their baths, having 3 different types. The balnea, or house bath was just that; the bath they had in their homes, balnea privata, or private bath; which were mostly used by the rich to meet with other businessmen and discuss the days events and deals, and the balnea public, or public baths; which were basically for the poor. The 1940′s is about the time when hot tubs were introduced to the United States, inspired by the Japanese.

  • Heat relaxes and soothes sore, stressed muscles and also improves circulation thus allowing the blood to take its healing properties throughout the body to your damaged tissue.
  • Buoyancy decreases your body weight and therefore reduces any negative pressure put on your joints and spine. The biggest joint in our body is our knee and each step we take puts a tremendous amount of pressure on it. Hanging out in a hot tub for an hour or so takes pressure off and allows the heat and jets to do their magic.
  • Massage alleviates stress and reduces muscle tension. Positioning the jets in the right areas, right on that sore muscle allows the fast, energized stream of water to loosen up sore muscles and stimulate the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain killers.

Sundance Spas are the largest manufacturer of acrylic hot tubs in the world. For more information on purchasing a Sundance Spa, or maybe you’d like a Jacuzzi Hot Tub or a Nordic, we can supply you with whichever you choose. Please contact us for more information. We look forward to meeting your hot tub needs.

The Benefits Of Spas To People Who Suffer From Arthritis

20130809-211537.jpgFor a very long time, spas have been used in the treatment of all sorts of disorders including arthritis. Even in history, there are some societies that can be proven to have used hot springs as a medicinal tool to cure all sorts of diseases. One of the most common of these was arthritis, a condition that can still be treated today using such spas. If you suffer from this condition, investing in a spa is therefore one of the best things you can do for yourself.

How does it work?

In the treatment of arthritis, spas have a number of beneficial effects. For one, the fact that you will be submerged in water will reduce your weight, and this in turn means that you will exert much less effort on your joints. The pathology associated with arthritis is normally attributable to mechanical pressures in addition to an inflammatory reaction, so getting rid of the former is likely to drastically reduce the amount of pain that you feel.

In addition to that, the fact that spas have warm water can be very soothing, which in turn reduces the pain associated with the condition. The combination of these two effects is synergistic ensuring that anyone who suffers from the condition will greatly benefit from a few sessions in a hot spa.

How can you gain the most out of this form of therapy?

The best way to ensure that you benefit fully from these effects is making sure that you use your spa regularly. In addition to that, it’s important that the spa be well taken care of so that it provides the kind of service that you want. For instance, you need to have it serviced regularly to keep it in good condition. It’s also recommended that you get a spa cover for it to reduce the risk of debris falling into the spa and leading to complications such as having the drainage system blocking. The use of such covers also makes the spa much safer since it reduces the risk of children and pets falling into the spa when you are not around.

There are many benefits that people with arthritis can reap from the use of such spas. In addition to simply relaxing, it is also very effective in reducing the pain associated with this condition. The end result of this is that you will end up having a much better quality of life when you use it. Contact us for more information about the potential benefits of spas.

Bay Area Baby Boomers Benefit from Hot Tubs and Saunas

babyboomersThe number of Baby Boomers in the Bay Area is growing rapidly, keeping pace with the trend in the national numbers. The statistics show that this demographic- born between 1946 and 1964- is working later in life, aging in place, and more likely to live longer lives after retirement age. The keys to successful retirement living are likely not ones that past generations would have considered.

Take, for example, aging in place. Past generations did this in a different fashion- typically by moving in with their children. Today’s seniors are making adjustments to their homes or moving into homes that will fit prospective future health needs. A recent article in U.S. News and World Report refers to the phenomena as ‘staying put’ and cites a sharp decline in those over-65 moving out of the area, let alone out of state or country.

Also up-for-grabs are jobs. Experience can be a very tempting prospect for employers, and many are offering retraining or on-the-job tutorials to bring seniors into the technological age of employment. The San Francisco Health Service Agency (SFHSA) provided a report in 2008 that hails “San Francisco Baby Boomers- A Breed Apart” because of their hesitance to participate in ‘typical’ senior center programs or ‘suggested’ aging processes. Today’s Bay Area seniors would much rather keep working and enjoying an active lifestyle.

Finally, health and fitness enter the story. Although some reports predict seniors living with chronic conditions for longer periods of time, they also are more active, better educated, and willing to take charge of their health. The benefits of exercise, such as new and innovative programs that include exercising in hot tubs or cardio in the pool, are far reaching for supporting both body and mind health. The use of hot tubs and saunas allows participants to have relaxation spaces and can be installed at home- again supporting the age-in-place attitude.

Regardless of the source, most reports and articles agree that Baby Boomers need a full team of supporters to work with them toward a healthy, active retirement lifestyle. Whether the choice is to continue working, volunteer, move away, or stay put, the basic needs of health will remain present. We invite you to contact us to discuss how we can partner with you in your quest for healthy retirement living. Our full line of Sundance Spas and Jacuzzi Hot Tubs are sure to meet your relaxation needs!

Bay Area Hot Tubs for Insomnia, Muscle Relaxation, Pain and Fatigue

20130809-211537.jpgSure, Bay Area hot tubs are great for relaxation and chilling out after a long day. They also feel amazing after a workout. But did you know that hot tubs actually have medically proven benefits for those suffering from insomnia, muscular aches and pains and chronic pain and fatigue? Read on to learn more about how you can use hot tubs to cure such ailments.

Insomnia

If you suffer from insomnia, a Bay Area hot tub can be a godsend. Soaking in a hot tub relaxes you mentally and physically, and once you’re relaxed, you’re a lot more likely to drop off to sleep. However, medical studies also show that a drop in body temperature can put a person to sleep. When you soak in a hot tub, your body temperature rises, and when you get out of the hot tub, it starts to fall. This has been proven to have a beneficial effect on insomniacs, and doctors recommend soaking in a 103 degree hot tub for 15 minutes prior to going to sleep.

Muscular Aches and Pains

You must have noticed that your aches and pains are minimized after soaking in a hot tub. This is the reason why soaking after a workout feels so good. Especially if you have hot tub jets such as the kind found in a Jacuzzi, you relieve the pressure on your muscles and even your nerves. Immersing your body in water also reduces body weight by 90 percent, and this takes the pressure off your joints, benefitting those with arthritis and other kinds of joint pain.

Chronic Pain and Fatigue

Hot tubs can also help people with conditions that involve chronic pain and fatigue such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Hot tubs are relaxing to the muscles and help you get better sleep, thus breaking the cycle of pain and fatigue. Once your body starts to rest enough, the pain and fatigue are alleviated.

So if you are suffering from any of these ailments or if you’re just looking for a great way to kick back and relax, contact us today and we will take care of all your hot tub needs.