Endless Pools Swim Spas Offer the Best of Both Worlds

SwimSpaRemodeling your home or just moving into a new one? In the market for a hot tub or swimming pool but having trouble deciding if you want one, the other, or both? We have the exact solution for you! Swim Spas!

A swim spa, by Endless Pools, is a pool and a hot tub in one. The main portion of the swim spa is a warm pool with an adjustable strong current that allows you to swim laps. Swimming against the current allows you to swim laps without moving, which eliminates the need for a large lap pool. The other third of the swim spa is a high quality hot tub. Just like any other hot tub, there are controls for jets and multiple seats to get just the massage you need. After a good swim workout in the pool, you can simply swim into the hot tub potion of the swim spa and relax! It couldn’t be more convenient or appealing!

Swim spas offer a wonderful balance of a space to get exercise, and a space to unwind. They come in a variety of sizes and models which gives you options to customize the swim spa to your needs. You can even get swim spas with underwater treadmills so you can do low resistance jogging.

A few of our locations in the Bay Area carry swim spas in the showroom. If you are in the market for something like this, feel free to stop by and try one out! We’d be happy to show you how the swim spa works. Contact us for more information or to find out where to try one!

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Bust Hot Tub Myths Before Buying a Hot Tub: Part 1

Hot tubs restless leg syndromeIf you’re interested in buying a hot tub, then you should probably bust some hot tub myths before you choose which hot tub is best. Each sales person has different tactics to try to get you to purchase their hot tub, but many of these are myths that you should know about to make a better informed decision. What do all the specifications mean and is more always better? These are some of the questions we will answer for you.

The higher the price, the better the quality: MYTH

Just because the price is really high, it doesn’t make that particular spa better or even the right spa for you. Consider that it may be more expensive for the accessories it comes with, which you may not need. Make sure to ask for the baseline prices of hot tubs without any special features to asses the different aspects of quality. Sometimes brands like Jacuzzi can speak for themselves with the legacy of creating the original jetted bath, and continuing to lead the industry with the newest technology.

The more jets, the better…MYTH

If your salesperson is trying to wow you with the number of jets the hot tub has, don’t get too excited. Remember quality over quantity. Sundance and Jacuzzi spas may not have more jets than some other brands, but they have patented technology on the massaging techniques different jets use. Each seat may offer a different type of massage, and the quality of these fewer jets will have you feeling better in the end. And make sure to check the placement of the jets because having them in all the right places counts too.

A hot tub that cleans itself…What? MYTH

If someone tries to tell you that their hot tub cleans itself, think again. Some modern hot tubs have technology like Ozone and UV Sanitation that helps kill bacteria during water circulation and this may be what people are referring to. Salespeople may even try to sell you on a hot tub using this reference, so fully investigate and find out what they mean. These features are great because they do help sanitize the water, but no hot tub can fully clean itself. In addition to these features, hot tubs still need a little more sanitizer, pH balance, and shock.

Hot tub covers are unnecessary as long as you clean your tub: MYTH

Hot tub covers do more than just keep debris out of your hot tub. Sure you may not acquire as much debris if you have a cover, but there are more important reasons why covers are so highly recommended. Hot tub covers insulate the spa, and by keeping the heat in you are actually saving money on your electrical bill. The spa doesn’t have to keep using energy to reheat the spa, instead the heater will only have to work a minimal amount to keep things heated.

So there you have it! Some myths have been busted so you can make a better decision about buying a hot tub. If you want to know about more hot tub myths then check in to our blog next week and read part two of this series.

If you have any more questions about hot tubs then feel free to call our customer service department or your nearest Paradise Valley Spas dealer and we’d be happy to help you out!

Hot Tub Pillows: Clean and Condition or Replace?

pillowsIf you’ve had a hot tub for a while, then you might start to notice that some of the parts are wearing out or are beginning to look old. If you get the chance to inspect your hot tub pillows, you should check to see if you can salvage them by conditioning and cleaning them or if you would have to replace them to restore your hot tub’s beauty. Here are some tips for evaluating your hot tub pillows:

  1. Are they peeling and disintegrating? If so, then you may want to replace the pillows. Some pillows tend to be more sensitive to the chemicals and it can cause deterioration faster. A tip for helping these particular pillows last longer: leave the hot tub cover open for the duration of circulating the chemicals. Many people will throw chemicals in, turn on the jets, then close the cover. What happens is the evaporated chemicals and fumes get trapped between the water’s surface and the hot tub cover and can eat away at the parts showing like the pillows or even the cover. Leaving the cover open will hopefully eliminate any of this damage.
  2. Are the pillows just slightly discolored or dirty? Then you can probably just clean and condition the pillows. Look at  your hot tub manual to figure out how to remove the pillows and clean them with something like an all purpose hot tub cleaner. Rinse them off and then let them dry. Then proceed to condition them with a product of your choice. We recommend 303 Aerospace protectant, Cover care and conditioner, or gel gloss. Any of these three should help return the shine to the product and hopefully make them look cleaner. Using these products and cleaning your pillows regularly in this fashion will help make them last longer!

If you have any other questions about whether to condition or replace your hot tub pillows feel free to come by one of our 8 Bay Area locations and consult our salespeople. Some hot tub pillows come as separate pieces so you can even just get certain pieces and not others if replacement is necessary.

Please contact us regarding any hot tub pillow questions you may have!

Refurbished and Last Season Hot Tub Clearance

imageParadise Valley Spas offers a large selection of refurbished, last season, and used hot tubs at clearance prices in our Richmond Showroom. If you are trying to get a good deal on a hot tub, then definitely visit our showroom in Richmond to find out what choices you have. The options are always changing, so regular visits will offer you the best selection.

A refurbished hot tub from our company typically is one that has been purchased back from a hot tub customer that bought a new tub, moved, or didn’t want it anymore. Our certified technicians work on these hot tubs to get them sparkling and working like new again. We change out the parts, deep clean and detail the hot tub all over and then make it available for sale in Richmond.

“Last Season” hot tubs are ones that were sitting in showrooms for the duration of the year and need to be sold to make room for the new year’s hot tubs that will be on display. These hot tubs are in perfect condition, and are technically brand new. Hot tubs that were filled with water in showrooms and used as demo spas are often even more discounted.

If you are a customer who already has a hot tub but would like to upgrade to a new one, then we also have a program for that type of purchase. Your old hot tub can be sold back to us for a credit that will offer you that price off of a brand new hot tub. We will haul away the old one and install the new one for you.

Our clearance center in Richmond is also a great spot to get hot tub accessories on sale. We have excess covers that get sold there, as well as cover lifters, steps, and more. Most of the accessories are older items that need to be filtered out of our system to make room for new products. This showroom is a great spot to get a discounted cover or check our full list of discounted covers available at the warehouse.

If you have any questions about the hot tubs or hot tub accessories we offer on clearance, then contact us!

Memorial Day Weekend Savings!

LX_Romance_couple_patioThis weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and Paradise Valley Spas is having one of the biggest sales of the year! We have special pricing and financing options for all our hot tubs. If you’re trying to score a deal on a hot tub, then definitely visit one of our 8 locations. Our salespeople are hot tub experts and will be able to answer any of your questions about our hot tubs. We carry Sundance Spas, Jacuzzi Spas, Nordic Spas, and Endless Pools Swim Spas, as well as Finlandia Saunas. With so many options, you’re bound to find something you like.

Jacuzzi is the best known brand in the industry, and also has a long history with hydrotherapy. Each one of our Jacuzzi stores has history boards and one of the original single jacuzzi jets that would be placed in hot tubs. The brand has definitely come a long way from that. Our Sundance and Jacuzzi brand hot tubs now offer features like UV Sanitation systems and Ozone Sanitation Systems for the hot tub water. They have patented jet systems that offer body hydrotherapy unlike any other brand in the business.

If you’re really interested in one of the hot tubs we carry, we have several models in our showrooms that are filled with water and ready to use. Stop on by and experience what the hot tub is like before you purchase it! Our salespeople would be happy to give you a demonstration.

If you have any questions about our Memorial Day Sale, then contact us today!

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.

The Hot Tub Diet, Archimedes’ Epiphany and Other Facts About Bay Area Hot Tubs

Hot Tub DietThe Hot Tub Diet by Bridget Praytor

The Hot Tub Diet is a book written in 2012 by Bridget Praytor in which the author talks about her personal experience with hot tubs and how they helped change her life.  Bridget Praytor used to be a gym fanatic working out for two hours everyday but eating unhealthily.  However, due to a car accident, she was unable to work out for six months and instead spent her time in the gym’s hot tub with a number of other women.

The hot tub lounging became a fun activity, and the women started talking to each other about their problems and the ways in which they were all dissatisfied with their bodies.  Eventually, the author recognized how she had been ill-treating her body by filling it with junk and then doing extreme workouts.

Although Praytor doesn’t actually lose weight by chilling in a hot tub, she does change her life due to the epiphany that comes to her in a hot tub.  An engaging read, this book should be part of every hot tub aficionado’s collection.

Archimedes’ Epiphany in a Hot Tub

Hot tubs have been known, since historical times, to help people clear their thoughts and come to certain realizations.  This happened to the ancient scientist Archimedes who understood what has now come to be known as Archimedes’ principle while lounging in a hot tub.  Archimedes was just taking a break from work and had put all thoughts of physics out of his mind when the answer just suddenly came to him in the tub, and he ran out shouting “Eureka” (I’ve got it).

Stretching and Resistance Exercises in a Hot Tub

Not only is a hot tub the perfect place to clear your head, but it can also be used to exercise your body.  When you submerge your body in water, your body weight becomes less, and it’s easier to make certain movements and stretch in certain ways than it is on land.  This can be especially therapeutic for those with arthritis or fractured bones as well as those who are overweight.  The resistance provided by the water is also a great substitute for using weights and can be use to strengthen your muscles.

Contact us for more information on how a bay area hot tub can clear your mind and heal your body.

How to Use Your Sundance Spa to Relieve Migraines

migraineMigraines are more common in women than men and generally last 4 to 72 hours during which time the sufferer may experience pain on one or both sides of the head, photophobia (sensitivity to light), phonophobia (sensitivity to sound) and nausea.  However, if migraines are caught early, they can be avoided by using hot tubs and alternating hot and cold therapy.  Read on for a few tips on how to use your Sundance Spa to alleviate migraines.

1.  Soak Your Feet: If you just place your feet in the hot tub, this can have a beneficial effect because it dilates the blood vessels in your feet and draws the blood away from your head towards your feet.  Another way to increase this effect is by placing a cold compress on your head at the same time.  Once you’ve relieved the headache, you can put on thick socks so that the effect continues.

2.  Use the Massage Feature: Turn up the jets in your Sundance Spa as high as you can take them.  Many migraines are brought on by tense muscles and a massage relaxes those muscles, relieving stress.  Try to use this massage feature for at least twenty minutes.  When you get out of the hot tub, apply a cold compress to your head for fifteen minutes.

3.  Alternate Massage and Cold Pack: This is similar to the previous method but, instead of getting an entire twenty minute massage at one go, you alternate it with a cold pack on your head.  So get into the hot tub and turn on the jet streams for about five minutes.  Then, turn them off and apply a cold compress for five minutes.  Continue to do this three to four times, until you feel that the throbbing in your head has stabilized.

So the next time you feel a migraine coming on, don’t just settle into a dark corner of the house and avoid everyone and everything.  Take matters into your own hands and use your hot tub to combat the pain immediately.  You’ll feel the relaxation of your muscles right away and the alternation of hot and cold therapy will draw the blood away from your head to other parts of your body, giving you relief.  Contact us for more information about the beneficial effects of hot tubs.

 

Fibromyalgia Relief with Jacuzzi Hot Tubs

attractive woman relaxing in a whirlpool jacuzziIf you experience the pain and life-limiting discomfort of fibromyalgia, you’re not alone. The American College of Rheumatology estimates that between 3 and 6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. But some recent studies suggest that for many fibromyalgia sufferers, Jacuzzi hot tubs can provide therapeutic benefits and relief from pain.

One such research study treated one group of fibromyalgia patients with five sessions in a heated pool per week for three weeks. These patients reported less tenderness and pain than the control group which had no such treatment. In fact, the pain relief lasted up to six months after the study had ended. Another study involving exercise in heated water yielded similar results.

And it makes perfect sense that bathing in warm water would be beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers. Stress, which has been known to exacerbate fibro symptoms, just melts away in a jacuzzi. The warm environment and gentle jets massage muscles, relieving the “clench” that fibromyalgia patients often experience in muscles when they spasm.

According to WebMD, many factors which contribute to the worsening of fibromyalgia symptoms can be alleviated by soaking in a jacuzzi.  Restless sleep, emotional or physical stress, and anxiety can all be improved with rest and relaxation – and there’s no better place to relax than in your own heated Jacuzzi hot tub.

In addition, the warmth and gentle massage in a hot tub increases overall circulation which can relieve joint and muscle pain. The buoyancy of the water takes the pressure off of tired joints and makes exercise easier and more comfortable.

Fibromyalgia patients have a chronic condition that causes overall pain and can often interfere with work and other daily activities. Getting effective relief for the pain and tenderness of fibromyalgia can mean a greatly enhanced quality of life for fibromyalgia patients.

If you would like more information on installing your own Jacuzzi hot tub, contact us.