Whatever generic name it might also go by---whirlpool, plunge bath, hot tub, spa---a jacuzzi tub provides the benefits of warmth, water and relaxation. Benefits abound for those who enjoy a soak in the swirling water of a whirlpool.
Hydrotherapy---the therapeutic use of water---is beneficial to those under physical, emotional or mental stress. The buoyancy of water alleviates tension in the body, and the relaxing effects of sitting in a warm pool are emotionally and mentally calming. According to the National Sleep Foundation, hydrotherapy improves insomnia by easing the body, and thus the mind, into a deeper sleep.
Sitting in a pool of warm, swirling water surrounds the body with the healing power of heat. Often, after injuries have been iced, a follow-up heat treatment is recommended; the warmth relaxes sore muscles and helps with poor circulation.
The movement of the water in a jacuzzi, either in the form of jets, aerated bubbles or whirlpools, massages the body. The water's motion aids in relaxation and loosens tension in the muscles. Coupled with the heated water, joint and muscle injuries benefit from soaking in a hot tub.
Soaking in a whirlpool bath helps to wash away daily tensions. A hot soak encourages the body to release endorphins, which minimises the effects of stress. The rapid swirling of jet water helps dilate blood vessels, which combats headaches. And the combination of warmth, movement and water induces restful sleep.
Using a jacuzzi is beneficial year-round and to people of almost any age and physical condition. A soak in a whirlpool can take the edge off of a cold winter's day and ease exercise-related muscle soreness any time of year. A spa can help arthritis sufferers by providing the heat, massage, and buoyancy necessary to relax and exercise muscles and joints. It can ease body tensions for those with such diseases as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cerebral palsy. And it can encourage family or couple bonding by providing a close, relaxing space.