Will 20 Minutes In My Spa Really Matter?

Will 20 Minutes In My Spa Really Matter?

We truly believe it will. At Caldera Spas, we believe it because we live it, and 20-minute renewal is part of our daily lives.

From personal experience, we believe that 20-minutes a day can help you release tension, relax muscles and let go of all the clutter in your head.

Science seems to concur. Recently, studies have emerged on the effects of spa use—also called warm water immersion—particularly in 20-minute intervals.

Two researchers—Dr. Bruce Becker of Washington State University and Dr. Doreen Stiskal of Seton Hall University—have focused studies around 20-minute sessions. According to Dr. Stiskal, “the body gains the maximum benefit of warm water therapy within 20 minutes.”

Dr. Becker has conducted many studies, all focusing on immersion of 20 – 24 minutes with a temperature range of 94°– 102°. His observations include the following:

  • The buoyancy of the water relieves gravity and takes pressure off joints, providing relief to arthritis sufferers.
  • Immersion in water makes the respiratory muscles work harder by 60{d08558500d8945c62f975d7fb1313ca24132852f79c1e304564c6cb4e5b45d98}, strengthening and building endurance in the muscles associated with breathing.
  • A 20 – 24 minute warm water immersion affects the nervous system in much the same way as meditation. Dr. Becker’s research points to 20 minutes as the ideal length of time spent immersed. Soaking longer is fine, but the benefits don’t increase after 20 minutes. As always, be sure to stay hydrated no matter how long you decide to stay in.

We suggest you try using your hot tub daily and consistently for a week or more and pay attention to how you feel, how you think, whether you feel more flexible and relaxed. After all, the results of your own personal investigation are what matter most.

Whether you pay attention to them or not…you’ve got about 600 muscles. They reward you when they are warm and nourished, and seem to punish you when they’re not. Bottom line, how you care for your muscles will likely determine how ‘young’ you live…or how old you act. Learn more with Scott Iverson.

To learn more, spend a little time looking at the resource links below:

Ask yourself these 3 questions…

  • Yes or no – do you think 20 minutes in a spa each day would relax and rejuvenate you?
  • Can you spare 20 minutes per day in your hot tub?
  • What daily activities do you perform just for you?

The 10-Day Experiment. Are You In?

The 10-Day Experiment. Are You In?

We’re hot tubbers. We know that using a hot tub as part of a daily routine leads to positive results for the mind and body.

We believe the best hot tub benefits come with frequent soaks and we want to “test the theory,” so to speak. So we’re looking for a few volunteers to join us.

The Benefits of Hot Tubbing

The Circulation system begins to change. 60,000 miles of veins, arteries, and capillaries begin to open up, allowing white blood cells to better defend and protect. Red blood cells carry more oxygen and nutrients while toxins are carried away. Muscles are fed, and the circulatory system is revitalized. As a result of increased circulation, pain is reduced, flexibility is increased and you sleep better.

Hydrotherapy – The combination of heat, buoyancy and massage lessens harmful stress hormones and triggers the release of endorphins that dull pain by binding to nerve receptors. Lactic acid is moved from muscles and recovery time is reduced.

Range of Motion is increased, helping you become more agile and more active. In a Mayo Clinic study featuring 141,000 participants, water exercise resulted in a 12.8 decrease in pain and a 18.2 percent decrease in perception of difficulty.

Simulates Exercise – One study showed that time spent in a hot tub increased heart rate 25.7 beats while lowering blood pressure. In the American Heart Journal, a study significant improvement in mood, physical capacity, enjoyment, and less heart failure related symptoms.

Regular hot tub users often comment that they feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Some say their joints and muscles feel more flexible. Others use the time to quiet their thoughts while relaxing their bodies. Still others used the time to simply catch up with the people in their families and begin to reconnect in a meaningful way.

These  kinds of positive changes are why most people invest in a Caldera hot tub and why they use them on a regular basis.

You might have also noticed the name of our blog, “The 20-Minute Renewal.” It’s filled with ideas and topics that allow you to make positive changes in your life with just a minimal investment of time. It’s an idea that began with our belief that time spent in a hot tubis one of the easiest, fastest and most enjoyable ways to create substantial positive change.

With that in mind, we’d like to propose an experiment and we’re inviting you to participate. Are you a daily hot tub user? Have you been out of the routine of hot tubbing and want a reason to start again? Here’s your opportunity. For the next 10 days, take a daily 20-minute soak and note any changes you notice.

Did you feel better? Sleep better? Were you feel more relaxed, limber, less stressed and ready to take on the world from a fresh perspective? Did you experience fewer aches and pains? Were there other benefits you’ve noticed?

If you’ve never tried a 20-minute soak every day, that’s even better!

We’re encouraging you to give it a try, once a day for 10 days straight. And then, we invite you to share your experience with our other readers. In addition to changes you noticed, please let us know what time of day you chose. Mornings for a fresh start? Evenings as a way to unwind at the end of the day? Right before bed?

You may discover a new approach to each and every day that delivers great dividends. Share your story with us here or on Facebook. We look forward to hearing your story.

Can My Hot Tub Improve My Sleep?

Can My Hot Tub Improve My Sleep?

Sleep is normally preceded by a drop in body temperature. If that’s true, how could a hot tub help?

First, soaking in a hot tub helps you relax mentally while the water’s buoyancy helps decompress your joints. Your circulation increases while your blood pressure and heart rate decreases, helping you reach a resting state. In the hot tub, your body temperature rises. Yes, rises.

What happens after that relaxing soak also helps. You maintain the sense of calm and relaxation that naturally helps you fall asleep. But now, your core body temperature begins to drop as you cool down, signaling to your body that it’s time to sleep. Whatever the science, soaking before bedtime seems to be a universal remedy for helping people sleep.

Lack of sleep can leave you feeling nervous, groggy and depressed or cause erratic mood swings. Because sleep researchers believe that insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles, relaxing in a spa regularly can help.

By taking a 15-minute soak in a hot tub about 90 minutes before attempting to sleep, your body temperature can drop to enable a better night’s sleep naturally without the grogginess sometimes caused by prescription remedies.

In Japan, it’s common practice to warm up with in a Furo bath in order to sleep better. A Gallup poll of a thousand respondents found that bathing is frequently used as a natural sleep aid, and a Consumer Reports survey found that a warm bath was listed as one of the most common remedies for mild sleep disorders.

Of course, there’s a disclaimer that comes with nearly any piece of advice: Individual results may vary. Try it out. What do you have to lose other than a few unwanted hours of wakefulness? What Else Helps?

Soaking isn’t the only way to help you sleep better.

Keep A Cool Room

You can assist the cooling process that helps you sleep by keeping your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Sleep Foundation (http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips). Your room should also be free of noise and other distractions.


Getting regular, vigorous exercise any time of day can help you sleep better. A study at Appalachian State University also found that early morning exercise is best for reducing blood pressure and improving sleep.

Read or Listen to Soothing Music

Reading can help you shift into sleep mode, but for some people, it’s best to avoid electronic sources such as a laptop or a bright reader. The particular light emanating from the screen can activate the brain and keep you awake.

Stick to a sleep schedule, even on weekends

A regular schedule will help you establish a body rhythm and maintain a regular sleep cycle.

Avoid eating and drinking before bedtime

And avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed. All of them cause sleep disruptions. To learn more about sleep disorders and what to do about them, we suggest visiting SleepFoundation.org and Sleep.org by the National Sleep Foundation. It may also be time to talk to your doctor.

  • How many nights a week do you experience restlessness while sleeping?
  • Has soaking in warm water helped you sleep?
  • What tips and tricks do you have for falling asleep?

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