How a Hot Tub Can Improve Your Mental Health
It’s mental health awareness week - an annual event which increases awareness about mental illness and gives us the opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health. Throughout this blog, we discuss some of the ways spending time in a hot tub can improve your overall mental wellbeing.
Increased “happy hormones”
The hydrotherapy massage and warm water in a hot tub creates a pleasurable experience, which releases “happy hormones”.
Our hot tubs are designed with different massage types in each seat, using traditional techniques for healing and relaxation. We know that precisely locating the correct size jet and massaging action where it is most effective is key to relax the body and mind. According to 2004 research, both serotonin and dopamine levels increase after massage. Serotonin is associated with feelings of happiness, focus, and calm, whilst dopamine is associated with feelings of rewards, motivation, and being productive.
Being submerged in warm water is also therapeutic as it triggers the release of endorphins into your blood. “Your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin,” says Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist based in New York. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reliever and increase feelings of relaxation.
Get a good night’s sleep
Soaking in a hot tub around 90 minutes before bed could help you get a good night’s sleep. Around bedtime, our body temperature starts to drop, hitting its lowest level as we sleep, then rising again as we prepare to wake up. Although it seems contradictory, soaking in warm water causes blood circulation from the internal core to the peripheral sites of the hands and feet. This can help remove body heat and get the body temperature to go down which signals the pineal gland to start producing melatonin – a hormone that helps control your sleep patterns.
Create long-lasting memories
Nowadays, we spend more time on our phones and less time talking to each other. Hot tubs bring family and friends together and give us the opportunity to talk to each other about how we’re doing. By having a space to escape to with no distractions, we can re-connect with loved ones and create long-lasting memories.
Spend more time outdoors
Hot tubs motivate you to leave the sofa and go outside. Fresh air, sun, trees. Nature is a magical thing and can have strong wellness benefits – such as reducing stress, enhancing mood, and improving focus. Soaking in a hot tub is a form of escapism, it’s somewhere you can nestle away from the stresses of everyday life. The warm water and massage jets relax your body while the fresh air clears your head.
A hot tub can improve your life
A high-quality hot tub can improve your life in many ways. Soaking in a hot tub regularly improves your overall health and wellbeing. But it is SO important that you choose the right hot tub so you can experience these benefits. A hot tub that doesn’t work properly, requires constant repairs, or uses energy inadequately will only add more stress to your life. Get in touch today and we will help you find your dream hot tub – we only work with reputable manufacturers with exceptional warranties and guarantees.