Simply envisioning time in a hot tub is enough to allow most people to relax and loosen up. But actually bathing in the hot tub’s warm waters has physiological effects that can also influence your state of mind. Although stress is often considered part of your mental makeup, it can be traced back to physical afflictions as well If you’re looking to get rid of stress with a hot tub you might want to look into what it’s doing for your physical being first.
Soothe Sore Muscles
Sore and aching muscles can be relieved by soaking in a hot tub. The warmth of the water increases the blood flow to your muscles which allows them to loosen up while speeding up the healing process. When your mind isn’t dealing with the pain caused by overworked muscles you’ll be more likely to relax in comfort which will result in lowered stress levels. If you’ve overdone it with a workout or other physical activity, try soaking in your hot tub to increase your peace of mind.
Release The Endorphins
Relaxing in warm water will also promote the release of endorphins. These hormones mainly function to inhibit the transmission of pain signals within the body, but they’re also linked to promoting the perception of pleasure. So not only does soaking in a hot tub relieve your sore muscles by increasing blood circulation, but it will also release neurotransmitters that block pain and increase feelings of comfort. The result is lowered stress levels and a decrease in anxiety.
It’s been found that soaking in water with a temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will promote full body relaxation by balancing the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Along with this increased relaxation comes an improvement in memory, concentration and other cognitive functions which, in turn, reduce the amount of stress you experience.
Spending 15 or 20 minutes in a hot tub is a good way to get away from the general commotion of everyday life. It can be the perfect time to practice meditation or just experience a bit of quiet in what is otherwise a pretty noisy world. A few moments of solitude may be all that you really need to reduce your stress levels and be able to face your problems with a fresh perspective.
Improve Your Sleep
Soaking in a hot tub can make it easier for you to not only fall asleep but stay asleep throughout the night. On top of promoting mental relaxation, the warm water will lower your heart rate and blood pressure which will bring you closer to the resting state you’ll need to be in before you fall asleep. Lack of proper sleep only exacerbates stress and makes you more prone to volatile reactions to the outside world.
About the Author
Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years. As a sales manager in the leisure industry, he knows hot tubs inside and out.
Right now he works sales while writing about hot tubs, pools, and spas on his blog, www.scottbland.ca