We hope you are warm and happy this beautiful fall day. This time of year is full of good things like holidays, family, leaves crunching beneath your feet, and …. pumpkin spice lattes-yes! Many people really enjoy this time of year. Some especially look forward to using their hot tubs with the full benefits of Waters Choice enzymes.
A Long Standing Tradition
Did you know that relaxing soaks in a hot tub or spa have a lengthy historical tradition? As far back as 2000 BC, wealthy Egyptians used the therapeutic qualities of hot water in baths, adding flowers and essential oils for aromatherapy.
The Japanese used “hot tubs” called ofuro, or personal wooden soaking tubs, for centuries. Contrary to what you may think, these square sided tubs were not used for cleansing. Instead, ofuro were used for meditation. Additionally, they were used for the many benefits of the restorative properties of water. It was also believed that the elder members infused their wisdom into the water for younger bathers to absorb. Native Americans used hot springs as sacred meeting places as well.
Later, Resort Spas rose with popularity all over the United States. In fact, President Franklin D. Roosevelt owned a resort in Warm Springs, Georgia he called the “Little White House”. Partially paralyzed at an early age, he regained some of the use of his legs by swimming at the springs and returned there for hydrotherapy annually for over 20 years.
Hot Tubs in the States
After WWII, American troops brought back the Japanese bathing culture of Onsen and the wooden ofuro tubs inspiring the first wooden tubs in the United States. Using discarded winery equipment like barrels and wine vats, vineyard workers and migrant “flower children” began creating hot tubs in the 1960’s. They make these home-made hot tubs with wood-fired heating systems. Unfortunately, these early hot tubs were leaky and without filtration enabling harmful bacteria, algae, and mold to take hold.
Fiberglass and acrylic spas came onto the scene after multiple health issues were associated with wooden tubs. These newer spas still had their own set of problems. However, as time moved forward, so did the evolution of the hot tub. What we now have in our own homes is an incredible, relaxing, and healthy personal spa environment.
So Many Benefits
Cultures as diverse and illustrious as Roman Britain, ancient Egypt, Japan, and the United States have been aware of the healing properties of water for many years. In our opinion, bathing in hot tubs will always be an effective means to better health. Hot tubs soothe away the pressures of the day, treat joint and muscle pain, circulatory issues, and many other ailments. Not surprisingly, many people are starting to see the numerous benefits of hot tubs beyond a simple relaxing soak. Hot tubs have certainly come a long way. I, for one, really enjoy this amazing piece of history and technology.