Moving? How to Take Your Hot Tub With You

moveIf you’re moving to a new home and have a hot tub, you may be debating whether or not it’s worth taking the big thing with you. Just remember, the stress of moving may have you wanting your hot tub at your new place when you get there. Let’s weight your options…

If you use your hot tub all the time and it has become essential in living a stress free life, you’ll probably want to take it with you. If you take good care of a hot tub, it can last you many many years. We know customers who have been enjoying the same hot tub for over 20 years.

If you don’t use your hot tub as much as you thought you would, don’t want to deal with it, or if it’s not in the best condition, you should probably leave it. Luckily, for the people this applies to we have a solution. Paradise Valley Spas will buy back used hot tubs in decent condition. Just give us a call and find out our policy on this, because it’s pretty specific in terms of the requirements.

For those people who may want to give it a shot and take your hot tub to your new home, here are our suggestions:

  1. Evaluate the ease of removing it: If you have it sunken in a deck or have to have it craned over your house to get it out, then this may require more thought. Getting a hot tub out of a deck can require a lot of labor, and a lot of money. The same goes for hiring a crane company to move it. Shop around and find the cheapest price. If it seems too expensive then weigh that cost against the potential of buying a new hot tub. Remember that rolling the tub on it’s side on a dolly will be the easiest.
  2. Estimates: If you are using moving companies, make sure you have multiple companies come and give you an estimate on moving your items. Make sure you point out that you are thinking of moving your hot tub with you. If they are willing, ask for 2 estimates: 1 for just moving your main stuff and 1 that includes the hot tub as well. Sometimes normal moving trucks can’t hold the load of a hot tub so a larger truck may be necessary.
  3. Clean it Out: If you are for sure taking your hot tub with you, make sure you fully clean it before moving it. Drain it and make sure you suck out all the excess water in the pipes of the hot tub. Use a dry vac if you have one, or hire one of our maintenance technicians for a one time service and we will do it all for you. Leaving water in the pipes can cause damage to the hot tub, so try to be careful with this one.
  4. Moving Padding: Figure out what you need to cover the hot tub entirely to move it without damaging the cabinet or acrylic. Thick cardboard, shrink wrap, and moving blankets will probably do the trick.
  5. The New Home Wiring: Look at where you want to place your hot tub at the new house. Does it have a 220V box available for the hot tub? Most places don’t so you’ll have to make sure you get an electrician out to hook one up. If you’re willing to wait to use your hot tub, this can always be done after you start to settle in.
  6. Location: Where is the new hot tub going? If it’s on a second story deck or rooftop then you should definitely have a structural engineer or contractor come and make sure your location is safe for a hot tub. Hot tubs are extremely heavy and you’ll want to make sure that the hot tub won’t collapse anything its on.

The last step is to just fill the hot tub up and start up the chemicals like new! Hopefully this post helped you think about some of the details of taking a hot tub with you. It isn’t always the easiest task but it can certainly be worth the extra money and effort to have it at your new home. If theres one thing your hot tub can help with, it’s melting away the stress of moving.

Contact us for more information on moving with your hot tub or selling it back to us!

Stress Related Illness: How Hot Tubs Can Help

J200_R4K2164Everyone has a little bit of stress in their life. Most people can recover from it before it takes a hold of their life, but some people need an extra boost. The degree of stress can have a lot to do with how someone will bounce back, but no one should have to suffer! Stress and cause and contribute to the following 10 illnesses and disorders, but there are many more that are linked to stress. Go through the list and see how many affect you regularly and which affect you from time to time.

  1. Insomnia
  2. Depression
  3. Headaches and Migraines
  4. Eating Disorders
  5. Anxiety
  6. Tension and Pain
  7. Circulatory Issues
  8. Colds and Viruses
  9. Diabetes
  10. Heart Problems

All these can be linked back to stress and stress can become a vicious cycle. You stressing about your stress can cause even more stress. What can you do to deal with it? We have one suggestion…Hot Tubs!

Hot tubs can be an expensive commitment, but we think the benefits of having a hot tub will greatly outweigh the cost in the long run. Your health is extremely important and hot tubs that help relieve stress can be your ticket to overall better health and well-being. Lets take a look at how hot tubs might helps with a variety of these issues.

The high temperature of hot tubs can help increase circulation in your body. Increased circulation is going to help with issues like heart problems, diabetes, muscle pain, viruses, and so much more. Hot water has been known for centuries to have extremely relaxing and cleansing qualities. As you sink into a hot tub, you could wash away all your woes. This relaxation and warmth also prepares the body for rest and sleep, helping reduce insomnia. The massage of the jets can work out all the tension and pain you have in your body.

As you can tell, hot tubs are basically a cure for stress. Stress causes a lot of illnesses. So hot tubs can thus help cure those illnesses! If you don’t believe us, then come into one of our 8 Bay Area locations to test out one of our Sundance or Jacuzzi hot tubs yourself. We’d be happy to show you just how relaxing and life changing a hot tub can be.

Capri_Woman_RelaxFeel free to contact us about any questions you have about relieving your stress with hot tub therapy.

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.


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.