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Monthly Archives: May 2019

  1. Ease the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis with a Hot Tub

    Say the word ‘arthritis’ and your mind probably conjures up images of the elderly, but arthritis can affect younger people too. Joint swelling, pain and even restrictions to your lifestyle are common in sufferers of the condition.

    As with most chronic pain conditions, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be difficult to find effective pain relief. Heat therapy is commonly cited as an effective complementary therapy to easing joint pain, and RA sufferers are no exception. Unlike other pain medication, soaking in warm water has none of the nasty side effects – only leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed and more like your old self.

     

    How does a Hot Tub Ease RA Symptoms?

    Before we answer this, it’s important to know that your doctor will most likely recommend weight loss & exercise and encourage a positive mental attitude to help you manage the pain of Arthritis.

    Of course, if you do suffer from Rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis, you should speak to your doctor before using Hot Tubs as a pain-relief therapy.

    Arthritis Research Centre of Canada Our Hot Tub Manufacturer, Coast Spas, is a proud sponser of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. All of our Hot Tubs focus on delivering an uncompromising hydrotherapy experience - perfectly suited to people with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.

     

    Hydrotherapy

    Hot Tubs are renowned for their hydrotherapy massage. Carefully placed massage jets will palpate specific areas on your body, leading to a release of endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller.

     

     Hydrotherapy massage from Hot Tubs is beneficial to Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

     

    Warm Water

    Hot Tubs are exactly that: Hot! Soaking in warm water is a type of heat therapy, which is recommended for people with RA. Warmth helps to alleviate joint stiffness as well as improving circulation.

     

    Water Buoyancy

    If you’ve ever been in a Hot Tub, Swimming pool or even just a bath, you’ll know that being in water gives you the feeling of weightlessness. The buoyancy of the water relieves pressure on your joints, which will ultimately reduce pain. You’ll never want to leave your Hot Tub!

     

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    Water Resistance

    Just like the Doctor ordered, you’ll be able to stretch and exercise as comfortably as possible in a Hot Tub. The natural resistance of the water alongside the gentle endurance from the massage jets will improve your circulation, reduce stiffness and help with weight loss.

     

    Hot Tub Therapy

    Okay, we may have just made that one up, but the theory is still true! Regular soaking in a Hot Tub leads to higher endorphin release, better quality sleep, and improved mood. This will lead to a more positive outlook which will help with pain relief – trust us!

     

    Regular Hot Tub use leads to a more positive outlook

     

    The thought of drugs being your only source of pain relief is enough to make anyone despair. People with RA are fully entitled to have the highest quality of life possible despite the pain, and our Hot Tubs from Coast Spas make this possible!

     

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    Speak to one of our expert sales advisors to find the perfect Hot Tub for you, or Download our Free Buyer's Guide for more helpful guidance on finding the right Hot Tub.

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  2. Swimming Pool or Swim Spa?

    It’s no secret that both swimming pools and swim spas are a major investment – so you want to get it right. Both have great benefits to keeping you active, spending more time outdoors and reconnecting with family; but which is a better choice for you?

     

    Space

    If you’re going to be using your pool for swimming, it’s not going to be small.

    You’re going to need a lot of space in your garden if you’re going to be swimming regularly. A 20-foot swimming pool would mean you have to turn 260 times just to swim 1 mile – I’m dizzy just thinking about that!

    If space is more limited in your garden and you want to swim seriously, a Swim Spa is the way forward. With the use of powerful current jets, you can swim continuously for a more authentic swimming experience. If your Swim Spa comes with an Infinity Edge, you’ll have unobstructed views of your surroundings, giving you the true feeling of swimming in open water!

     

    An Infinity Edge Swim Spa feels like you're swimming in open water

     

    Cost

    Depending on the size, you will be looking at spending upwards of £25,000 to around £100,000. Swimming pools tend to be larger than Swim Spas as you’ll need the extra space for swimming.

    Good-quality Swim Spas are also not cheap! Our Swim Spas are manufactured by Coast Spas, producing the World’s best-built Spas. Our Swim Spas start at £13,995 and are fully customisable to suit you.

    You should also consider the cost of maintaining your pool or spa. You should expect a swimming pool to cost you between £10-15 per day to run, compared to the £6-8 per day for running a Swim Spa.

     

    Download your Free Swim Spa Buyer's Guide

     

    Hydrotherapy

    A huge benefit to having your own private pool or Swim Spa are the hydrotherapeutic effects from regular sessions. Our Swim Spas are specifically designed to give you a targeted hydrotherapy massage, helping to ease muscle tension and joint stiffness – as well as being the perfect warm-up or cool-down after exercise!

     

    Swim Spas have built-in hydrotherapy massage jets

     

    Moving to a New House

    If you’re thinking of investing in a swimming pool or Swim Spa, it’s likely you’re not looking at moving house very soon. What about a few years down the line?

    Swimming pools are usually quite literally a hole in the ground. If you move away, you can’t really take the hole in the ground with you! While it may be a great selling feature to increase the value of your property, you then can’t take it with you and continue to reap the benefits.

    Swim Spas are portable and can be moved from one home to the next. Of course, you could also leave it at your old home to increase the value, but why would you want to miss out on regular hydrotherapy massages?

     

    Swim Spas are portable and can move house when you do

     

    It’s pretty clear that we love our Swim Spas – but that doesn’t mean a swimming pool isn’t the right choice for everyone!

     

    Download a Free Hot Tub & Swim Spa Brochure

     

    If you think Swim Spas are the right choice for you, check out our Full Range, Download a Free Buyer’s Guide or Get in Touch with us to arrange a Free Home Site Survey.

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  4. What Happens When You Order a Hot Tub from us?

    Ever wonder how we get our Canadian-made Hot Tubs delivered and installed into your garden? Today we’re looking at the journey a Coast Spas Hot Tub will make to get to you!

     

    Step 1: You order your dream Hot Tub

    You’ve done your research. You’ve compared models, features, seating and running cost. There isn’t a lot you don’t know about Hot Tubs! You’ve been into your local Award Leisure showroom or placed your order online/via the phone. Your job is done!

    And it’s time for us to get to work.

     

    Step 2: We order your Hot Tub with Coast Spas

    With a 75,000 sq ft warehouse based in the Midlands, we have over 50 Hot Tub models in stock at any one time – if your dream Hot Tub is sitting in our warehouse, skip to Step 6  as you can have your Hot Tub delivered and installed in a matter of days.

    If your Hot Tub is custom-built for you with all the features and upgrades that you want, you’ll have to wait just a little longer. We promise it’s worth the wait!

    We send over your exact specifications to our manufacturer, Coast Spas in Canada.

     

    Coast Spas will manufacture the Hot Tub to your specifications

     

    Step 3: Coast Spas starts production

    Once the order is confirmed with Coast Spas, your Hot Tub is put into production. This will take around 5-8 weeks to fully go through the process and pass all the quality checks.

    This will ensure that your Hot Tub is up to the high standards that make Coast Spas the Best Built Spas in the World!

     

    Step 4: Your Hot Tub is shipped to our Warehouse

    Your Hot Tub will see the sights of the Canadian landscape as it spends up to a week travelling by train to the docks.

    Once there, it will be loaded onto a container ship where it will spend between 10 and 14 days travelling over the Atlantic Ocean to the UK.

    Once on British soil, your Hot Tub will travel to our Warehouse in the Midlands.

    Your Hot Tub will travel from Coast Spas Manufacturing to our Warehouse in the Midlands

    Step 5: We carry out our quality checks

    We are confident in the quality of our Coast Spas Hot Tubs, but we still carry out our own quality checks just to make sure nothing got lost or damaged along the way!

     

    Step 6: Home delivery and installation

    We have our own team of Hot Tub experts that will install your Hot Tub for you.

    No access? No problem. If we can’t get your Hot Tub around the side of your house, we can arrange for a crane to lift the spa over your house!

     

    We can crane your Hot Tub over your house to get your spa into position

     

    Step 7: Spa School

    Once your Hot Tub has been installed and checked over by our engineers, it’s time for you to go back to school!

    We go through everything you need to know about running and using your Hot Tub, from common troubleshooting, to chemicals. We want you to enjoy your Hot Tub for years to come, so we equip you with all the knowledge to make your Hot Tub journey as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

     

    Step 8: Enjoy

    Once the water is warm and the chemical levels are optimum, you can enjoy relaxing in your spa whenever you like! Invite friends and family round for a catch up, or just enjoy the therapeutic benefits of your Hot Tub’s hydrotherapy massage.

    With your own private Hot Tub, you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits whenever you want!

    Your Hot Tub goes on an impressive journey to get to your home – but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Coast Spas are truly the Best Built Spas in the World, with a build quality and hydrotherapy massage that is second to none. If you want to learn more about the Coast Spas range, Contact Us for a Free Brochure!

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  5. 6 Easy Steps to the Best Pizza You’ve Ever Tasted

    From greasy takeaway, to convenient frozen – pizzas are the best. How do you get better than the best?

    Freshly made pizzas from a Wood Fired Pizza Oven.

    The smokiness of the wood, to the crispiness of the dough and flavour of the toppings – I’m salivating just thinking about it!

    While it sounds amazing, it also sounds like a lot of work, am I right?

    I’m here today to tell you: making fresh pizzas in a Wood Fired Pizza Oven is not as difficult or as time-consuming as you think.

    We stock a range of different Wood Fired Pizza Ovens, so we know a thing or two about them. That’s why we’ve broken it down for you today, to show you just what you need to do to create pizza masterpieces in a Wood Fired Pizza Oven every time!

     

    Download a Free Pizza Oven Brochure

     

    #1: The dough

    I guarantee you; this is the longest step you need to take – so its good that we get it out of the way first right?

    You can obviously cut corners and buy pre-made pizza dough from the supermarket, but if you want to have the true Italian pizza experience, you can have your own dough risen and ready to use in about 90 minutes.

    We make our dough using a tried and tested recipe that everyone loves – and now we’re sharing it with you on our dedicated Pizza Oven website!

    Create fresh pizza dough with just a few simple steps

     

    #2: Lighting the fire

    All you need is a bit of kindling and your favourite wood logs –trust me, you will have a favourite!

    We’ve broken down the lighting process into 4 easy steps:

    1. Make a kindling pile and light it.

    This doesn’t have to be huge, just enough to make a handful. Light a match and place inside the pile of kindling.

    Create a pile of kindling and light it

     

    2. Place 5 logs around the lit kindling

    Arrange the logs by placing one to the left, one to the right and another over the top of the kindling. The last two logs are stacked at the front of the pile, one above the other.

     Place logs around the lit kindling pile

     

    3. Move the fire over to the side

    This gives you space to cook your pizzas in the chamber. No need to worry about fighting fire, just use a poker from our pizza oven accessory set to easily move all the wood over!

    move the fire over to the side of the pizza oven

     

    4. Wait for it to get up to 500°C

    While this may sound like it will take ages, it really doesn’t!

    It should take around 20 minutes to get up to temperature – you can easily check this with a laser thermometer to take the guesswork out of it.

     Check the oven is up to temperature with a laser thermometer

     

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    #3 – Creating your pizzas

    The dough has risen, and the oven is hot. You’re ready to create your pizza masterpieces!

    Obviously, you need a good tomato sauce base to layer your toppings on.

    Just like your dough, you could buy a ready-made supermarket sauce; but if you want to go 100% fresh, we’ve got the perfect sauce recipe for you.

     Follow our recipe for the perfect pizza sauce every time

     

    #4 – Add your toppings

    Here’s where your inner artist comes out – it’s your time to shine!

    Bacon, sweetcorn, chilli, anchovies, chicken… If you can imagine it, you can probably put it on a pizza.

     

    #5 – Cook in the oven

    Using the peel from our pizza oven accessory pack, just place your pizza in the cooking chamber and take it out after about 60 seconds for pizza perfection – we’re talking crispy bases and bubbling, stringy cheese!

    You're only 60 seconds away from perfectly cooked pizzas!

     

    #6 – Repeat again… and again

    Once you’ve tried an authentic, freshly cooked pizza from a wood fired pizza oven, you’ll never go back to a frozen pizza.

     

    Pro Tip: If you make your dough in batches and let it rise fully, it can then be frozen for up to 3 months. Just remember to get it out to thaw the night before so its fully defrosted when you’re ready to use it.

     

    If you pre-make your dough, you can be enjoying freshly cooked pizza within half an hour of firing up your pizza oven – so you can enjoy it any day of the week, not just weekends!

     Cooking pizzas in a wood fired oven are easier and quicker than you think!

     

    Take your wood fired oven to the next level

    Pizzas are amazing, but they’re not the only meal you can make in your oven. Our staff regularly enjoy jacket potatoes out of our wood fired oven for lunch!

     

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    There are endless sources of recipes on the internet for cooking in a wood fired oven. Check out our archive for our favourite recipes for you to try in your own wood fired oven

    Roast meat in your Wood Fired Oven for your Sunday Dinner

    Still not convinced?
    We get it, sometimes you need to experience it for yourself. That’s why we regularly fire up our Wood Fired Pizza Oven at Award Leisure Warwickshire to give our complimentary pizza and prosecco to customers to enjoy while visiting.

    Enjoy complimentary freshly cooked pizza at Award Leisure Warwickshire

     

    Now is the best time to dive into the world of Wood Fired Pizza Ovens with our fantastic new offer – find your perfect pizza oven with 15% off AND get half price accessories when you buy online!

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  6. The Hidden Costs of Hot Tubs: Revealed

    Hot Tubs are a significant investment – but most people don’t anticipate the costs afterwards. By knowing what to expect, you can make a more informed choice, so you can live happily ever after with your Hot Tub!

    You’ve heard from us for a long time now, that Hot Tubs are not cheap! To ensure you enjoy your Hot Tub for years to come, you need to invest in a good quality model with a long warranty, so you’re covered.

    But what about afterwards?

    Most people don’t think too far ahead with how much their Hot Tub will cost. Sure, they’ve thought about the running costs, but what does that include?

    The first running cost: electricity.

    Your electricity bill will increase – you need to know by how much.

    How much your electricity bill will increase by is entirely dependent on how well-constructed your Hot Tub is: if you invest in a high-quality, well-insulated model should only cost you around £30-£40 per month, adding up to £420 per year…

    However, the cost of running a cheap, poorly-insulated Hot Tub could cost you upwards of £100 per month – totalling at least an extra £1,200 per year!

    Prepare for your electricity bill to go up and remember: the more you invest in Hot Tub insulation at the start, the less you’ll pay in running costs.

    High-quality Hot Tub insulation will save money in the long run

    What about keeping your Hot Tub clean?

    Hot Tubs keep the water constant at a toasty 37-40°C; the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other nastiness.

    That’s where your chemicals come in!

    There are various chemicals that you need to know about to keep your Hot Tub safe and comfortable – there’s a little more to it than just sprinkling in a bit of chlorine!

    Want to learn more about what chemicals to use? Check out our related content:

    Do I Need Chemicals in my Hot Tub?

     

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    The main chemicals you need to stock up on are:

    • Sanitiser: Either Chlorine or Bromine to kill bacteria.
    • pH plus/minus: Adjust the pH to allow the sanitiser to work properly.

    You’ll also need to make sure you’ve always got test strips to hand so you can test your water!

    While pH and sanitisers are super important, the chemical fun doesn’t stop there. We also recommend adding these chemicals into your maintenance routine to ensure your Hot Tub is as clean and as comfortable as possible:

    • Shock: Also known as oxidising, using a shock will help to reduce the amount of sanitiser you use by destroying odours and other nastiness!
    • Filter Cleaner: A dirty filter won’t clean your Hot Tub as efficiently. Keep your filter clean to prolong its life and keep your water as clean as possible!
    • Water Sparkle: Your filter cannot catch all the tiny particles, eventually leading to cloudy water. Using Spa Sparkle will restore your beautifully clean water.

    If you’re testing and adjusting your water every day, you should budget for around £60 on chemicals per month.

    Of course, the less you test and dose your Hot Tub, the less it will cost you in chemicals. This is not a great way to save money!

    There are so many nasty bugs that thrive in poorly sanitised Hot Tubs, it’s not worth the risk just to save a few quid each month. Need more proof? Read our related content on whether you need to use chemicals in your Hot Tub!

    “My Hot Tub is self-cleaning; I don’t need chemicals!”

    Self-cleaning Hot Tubs are amazing for reducing the time it takes to maintain it. HOWEVER, you will still need to test your water to make sure that the inline dosing system is releasing the correct amount of chemicals.

    Self-cleaning Hot Tubs use pressurised filtration, which is faster and more efficient than conventional filtration. Having pressurised filtration will help to reduce the amount of sanitiser you need, saving you money in chemical costs!

    Just like with insulation, investing in high-quality pressurised filtration will save you running cost money in the long run.

    Self-cleaning Hot Tubs will keep your water clearer for longer

    Are chemicals the only maintenance I need?

    Chemicals are great for maintaining your Hot Tub water, but what about the Hot Tub itself? Much like other machines, Hot Tubs have lots of moving parts. It is super important to get your Hot Tub regularly serviced.

    You can drain and refill your water yourself, usually about every 3 months or so. However, you should also get your Hot Tub checked out by a professional every 12 months to ensure everything is working as it should.

    Obviously, getting your Hot Tub serviced is going to cost you – our full Hot Tub service costs £399 and includes a full deep clean and a complete engineer checklist, just like a car service. While that may seem expensive to some, our many years of experience have showed us that regularly serviced Hot Tubs are much less likely to run into unexpected breakdowns.

     

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    By joining our Peace of Mind Plan, you can enjoy your Hot Tub knowing that if anything goes wrong, our engineers will come out to fix your Hot Tub without incurring any extra charges – and if you don’t need any repairs, you receive a free Hot Tub service!

    If you decide that regularly servicing your Hot Tub is not worth it, you should prepare for the cost of unexpected repairs – ranging anything from a £50 replacement part to thousands of pounds in major repair work.

    Pro Tip: Always buy your Hot Tub from a well-known supplier that has been around for a long time! They are much more likely to be able to honour the Warranty on your Hot Tub to give you that extra bit of security.

    Buy from an established Hot Tub company that can honour the warranty

    That wasn’t so painful, was it?

    Hot Tubs are an investment, both for your time and money. By cutting corners and saving costs at the initial investment, you’ll end up paying for it later. Essentially, how much your Hot Tub is going to cost is down to you.

    The easiest way to keep the cost of Hot Tub ownership down is by investing in a high-quality model that is fully insulated and self-cleaning. Get your Hot Tub serviced regularly, follow all instructions and you’re on your way to a happily-ever-after with your dream Hot Tub!

    To find out everything you need to know about buying a Hot Tub, Download our Free Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide so you’re armed with the right knowledge to make an informed Hot Tub purchase.

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