5 Great Reasons to Buy a Spa While Pregnant

dreamstime_xxl_42851575As a soon to be new mommy in my late 30’s – I’m a true born believer in the benefits of Swimming and soaking in warm water while pregnant – and at all other times as well of course. My husband and I have had a hot tub of our own now since last summer – and while we didn’t purchase it purposefully FOR the pregnancy – I can say with no reservations that it has been one of the BEST “accidental” pregnancy pain and stress relief solutions that I could have hoped for. Us prego’s know that it can be rough during pregnancy – we’re not allowed to use strong pain relievers,  massages are practically off limits, there is no alcohol, we have limited flexibility and of course, a reduced ability to work out. In short – there are more pains and muscle strains happening, but we have less options to deal with it.  For these reasons, and many others, a Hot Tub during pregnancy can be your best friend. I have put a lot of thought into this list of “Great Reasons” to buy a spa while pregnant – because I would love to see other expectant mommies enjoy the relaxation and relief that comes with having regular access to a hot tub or swim spa during or after pregnancy. I would also like to see more COUPLES enjoying the ongoing health benefits – lower blood pressure, joint and muscle relief, faster muscle recovery from training, injuries that heal faster, help with lupus, arthritis or MS symptoms…the list is long, and it’s the real deal. So here is a well thought out, great list of reasons to buy your hot tub NOW while you’re pregnant. 
  • Aquatic Therapy and Flexibility. Relaxing fully immersed in warm water lets your aching body experience true buoyancy. You can completely relax your muscles and stretch unimpeded in an environment where you are more naturally flexible. This will help you stay loose and limber, even as your muscles cramp, and tighten and your joints shift or swell during the course of your pregnancy.
  • Hot Baths Leave You Lukewarm – in a traditional bathtub – it’s often too tough to regulate the temperature. You need to make sure the water in your tub is between 98-100 degrees. Getting that bathwater to the right temp is tough – it’s usually too hot – and then it cools off too quickly. Plus, bathtubs are usually too narrow or shallow to allow you to be covered with water and you miss out on many of the benefits of stretching and actually being able to float in the water. Typically, your poor baby bump gets left out in the cold while the rest of you overheats…it can actually be more annoying than relaxing.
  • Bust out the water weights and get toned! If you get a hot tub with 4 or more seats, you will be able to have enough space to use in water weights for your arms and ankles, and do some aquatic toning exercises to keep up your muscle mass and tone during your pregnancy. It’s relaxing because it’s low impact exercise, but it’s still effective because of the water resistance – plus you’re working out in luxurious warm water – a win win situation.
  • Stress Reduction – everyone tells us we’re supposed to relax and not worry when we are pregnant. “Stress is bad for the baby!” they say, meaning well, not realizing that they just helped up our dose of anxiety a little bit. Taking time out of your busy schedule, away from your “to do” list, and disconnecting from the constant stream of pregnancy data available on our electronic devices – will help you get true peace of mind. Leave the cell phone and ipad inside and soak in the warm water while you stargaze with your sweetie. You don’t even have to talk about baby names – just chill out and relax together.
  • Invest NOW in your FUTURE health. As soon as your precious babe is born, you and your partner are going to be entering one of the most stressful phases of your life – investing the cash in a hot tub NOW before the onslaught of medical bills, busy schedule and sleepless nights –  will assure that you continue to this heavenly habit to connect to each other and relax your tired bodies and brains on a regular basis – at home – where you will be stuck hanging out together for a while.
You’ve probably heard of the “babymoon” idea, aka a trip you take right before the baby is born.  Or maybe more recently you’ve heard the term “Push Present” – something I just heard about for the first time last week and thought was funny  – it’s a present you can supposedly get during or immediately following labor – from your husband. If you’re considering either of these OR just in a buying mood and want to pamper yourself with the BEST gift you will ever invest in (pregnancy or no pregnancy), a gift that will keep on giving to you and your family for YEARS to come, you need to seriously consider a hot tub NOW. Not one of my customers has ever said “I wish I hadn’t bought my hot tub.”  Want to learn more about our hot tubs and swim spas in person from a mommy to be Spa Expert this weekend?  Come pick my brain at the El Paso home show this Saturday and Sunday March 11th-12th at the Convention Center.  Check out www.BigSpaExpo.com for a $1000 savings coupon and directions to the Spa Show! 
Me at 6 months with 2 of my El Paso Customers

The author – Ali, at 6 months with 2 of our El Paso Spa Customers from earlier this year. 

     

Pregnancy, Swimming & Hot Tubs

dreamstime_xxl_26947163There is no shortage of articles out there about hot tubs, swimming, and Pregnancy safety – believe me, I’ve been reading them ALL the past 7 months! As a woman in my late 30’s pregnant with my first child – I’m definitely one who wants to be informed as to the safest practices for my unborn kiddo. Then again, as a pregnant woman, 7 months in – I’ve also got a LOT of weird and intense muscle aches and pains happening – more and more every day. Obviously, I want to be able to relieve this pain in the most natural of ways, relax and sleep better, and know that I’m doing it in the healthiest possible way.  Let me tell you – that swimming regularly combined with warm water and the light aquatic massage of jets in a hot tub – is a fantastic combination!
Now, I just so happen to work for a hot tub and swim spa dealer in Las Cruces New Mexico. I’ve also been a swimmer for years – and enjoy regularly swimming in our swim spas in the Las Cruces showroom after hours – it’s not only a great workout, it’s extremely relaxing and I don’t have to share lanes with anyone at the public pool!  Because of my job, I know a LOT about hot tubs and swim spas. I know about pool chemicals, water care, and I know about our Master Spas brand – that our ecopur filters and ozone treatment allows us to use BARELY any chlorine in the water – so I have felt safe swimming in the water – even since I found out about my little pea in the pod 7 months ago.
Me at 6 months with 2 of my El Paso Customers

Me at 6 months with 2 of my El Paso Customers

But the hot tubs I did more research on. There is evidence of HOT water in early pregnancy (first trimester) being a potential cause of spinal cord defects in infants. Obviously -we want to avoid something like that. I consulted with my physician and with my acupuncturist to get more details on things to avoid.  Turns out the list is pretty short – and here it is for your convenience!
  •  Keep the water at 98-100 degrees – no hotter. It still feels REALLY good at this temperature – to get in an soak. Just the buoyancy alone is a fantastic feeling let alone being in a LARGE water vessel and being able to float in warm water.
 
    • If you turn the jets on in the tub – turn off the ones on the balls of your feel, middle of your back and over your shoulders – these are pressure points you want to avoid – because they can stimulate early labor (especially in the 3rd Trimester)
 
    • Soak for 10-15 minutes at a time, then cool off.
 
    • Wait a day if you add chlorine or chemicals to the water – water that smells like chlorine is not that enjoyable anyway.
 
    • Use the cool Spazazz Aromatherapy crystals to add additional ambiance and a lovely scent to the water – the lavender ones are highly recommended.
Ali Hot TubFortunately, the Hot Tub I own at home has adjustable jets – so I was able to turn them on and off in each area of my body. The ones on my calves when I’m sitting in a lounge seat have been my all time  favorite so far!
Swimming in the store swim spa has also been a terrific source of pain relief, and has helped me stay flexible and toned throughout my pregnancy! I have been able to swim regularly, use the pilates resistance bands and do gentle walking and stretching in the water against the current – to keep my muscles working – but able to do it in a low impact water environment which is easier on my joints – especially my hips and lower back muscles. I have a lot of clients who have purchased swim spas to help with arthritis.
At the beginning of my pregnancy I weighed 204 – now 7 months in, I weigh 205 – AND in the past 7 months, with the help of my swim spa exercise and eating healthy –  I have converted much of my previous “wine & cheese weight” to an adorable baby. My doctor told me it is fine that I haven’t gained weight – he even advised me in the beginning that I didn’t need to gain any – so I’m thrilled at what we have dubbed “The baby diet”. Once the baby is born, I’ll actually weigh less than pre-baby AND have more muscle. So I’m planning to parlay that into more swimming – to get in better shape.

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In summary – using a hot tub daily, at lower temperatures throughout my pregnancy at home has been a HUGE physical relief to me. It has helped me reduce stress and
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It has helped soothe my back muscles, leg muscles, tight belly cramps, headaches, neck aches, and allowed me to relax and get some peace and quiet both at the beginning and the end of the day on a regular basis over the past 7 months.
Having space to move around in a hot tub, enough water to actually “float” in and do stretching in warm water has been great. A bath tub is JUST not the same when your belly is 3x as big as it used to be. There isn’t enough water to cover your baby bump – so it’s left out there all cold and alone. You end up feeling like you’re wedged into a butter dish with some lukewarm water filling in the gaps.
One last benefit I cannot emphasize enough – taking time to connect to my honey -is a HUGE one that I didn’t even really consider before I started using the hot tub during pregnancy.
We have a busy life – and taking time to sit and soak together in peace and quiet at the end of the day – and gaze at the stars and moon in our hot tub  – while getting our minds ready for a peaceful night of sleep  – is a treasure I could not possibly put a price tag on. These are the last months of our “freedom” as a married couple without kids -and important months for bonding together and getting on the same page as partners. I want to appreciate every moment we have before our kiddo comes along and turns our life upside down. Spending time each day talking, holding hands and laughing together away from electronics, the TV or other distractions has been an enormous benefit, and a habit I’m sure we’ll continue after the baby comes along.
Whether you are currently pregnant and seeking pain relief, or looking for an exercise option during AND after pregnancy –  I can personally recommend hot tubs and swim spas during pregnancy – AND LONG AFTER – as a huge value added health and stress relief bonus in your life. There is really no other past time, hobby or habit that gives you the opportunity to connect to the people around you in the same way AND adds health benefits on a daily basis in the long run.
Come see us at the El Paso Home Show this weekend March 10th-11th or email us for more details about our spa models!
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How to claim your hot tub as a medical expense deduction on your taxes

We all know that April 15th is tax day.  A visit from our accountant this morning brought the impending date into stark awareness.  Taxes are no one’s favorite topic unless you’re an accountant or work for the IRS.  You want to pay your fair share, but why pay more than you have to, right?  It’s always wise to be aware of possible deductions that will reduce your overall tax bill.
IRS regulations may allow a deduction for your hot tub purchase if your doctor recommends hot water therapy for a medical condition.
We’re hearing more frequent reports that one of the reasons for purchasing a Hot Tub is a medical condition for which a hot tub will provide relief.
Those who suffer from arthritis,  RLS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, back pain or other medical problems typically find that their aches and pains are alleviated by hot tub soaking. There are many medical conditions for which a hot tub purchase may qualify for a medical deduction including injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
A doctor’s prescription can turn your hot tub into a piece of deductible medical equipment, as long as you satisfy a few IRS conditions.  Remember that a written recommendation is the first and most important step in the deduction process.
Look for IRS Publication 502, which covers medical expenses. 
  According to IRS Publication 502, medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes. However, medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness. They do not include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health.
Deducting Capital Improvement Expenses
You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay for special equipment installed in a home, or for improvements, if their main purpose is medical care for you, your spouse, or your dependent. The cost of permanent improvements that increase the value of your property may be partly included as a medical expense. The cost of the improvement is reduced by the increase in the value of your property. Only the difference is a medical expense. If the value of your property is not increased by the improvement, the entire cost is included as a medical expense. Actual increase in value to the home is best determined by an appraisal.
You’ll find a good discussion of the IRS regulations and helpful hints for obtaining this deduction at Hurt911.org The Center for Accident and Injury Insurance. 
It’s not too early to start lining up qualified deductions before you do your taxes. 
** This post is no substitute for consulting your own tax preparation expert for assurance that you qualify for using the hot tub as a medical expense under IRS rules.** Let us know  about your own success with taking a medical deduction for your own home hot tub.  

Medical Benefits of a Hot Tub or Swim Spa

If you’re thinking about purchasing your very own hot tub or swim spa, get ready to take the plunge! Having access to one in your backyard will help ensure everyone in the family can relax and have fun, but there are also significant medical benefits. Instead of paying money to your doctor or to a hospital, studies prove that an investment in a hot tub or a swim spa can help everyone in the family can feel their best.

Back Pain

Back PainBack pain can be greatly reduced by spending regular time in a hot tub or a swim spa. according to the British Journal of Rheumatology, a controlled clinical trial proved that spa therapy provided positive short-term results and moderate long-term results in patients who suffer from chronic pain in the lower back. Patients reported they had more flexibility in their back, the length of time they were in pain was reduced, and they no longer had to take as many anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics after using the spa therapy treatment.

Diabetes and Weight Loss

Patients diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus were asked to use a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, six days a week. The results were astounding! After only 10 days on this plan, patients lost weight, required lower doses of insulin, and they had distinct decreases in plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients also said they slept better and had an overall feeling of well-being.

Arthritis

Regular sessions in a hot tub or a swim spa are a great option to keep joints moving, especially if you suffer from arthritis. Heat therapy has numerous benefits, including protecting your joints from further damage. When you’re in the spa, you restore the strength and flexibility you once had in your joints, and you also feel comfortable enough to exercise (which improves your endurance, coordination, and self-esteem). The Arthritis Foundation reports that hot tubs and swim spas are the perfect treatment option for arthritis sufferers, because, “The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stress on the joints and encourages freer movement. Water exercises may even act as a resistance to help build muscle strength.”

Heart Health

Heart HealthTime spent in a swim spa or a hot tub actually simulates exercise. That’s because your heart rate increases like it would if you were working out. However, with spa treatment, your blood pressure doesn’t increase. The Mayo Clinic reports that many patients actually reported a decrease in blood pressure when they made soaking part of their regular routine. That means you get the same health benefits of exercise without the stress that exercise can sometimes cause for your heart. It’s a win-win scenario for heart patients.

Sleep Better

Even if you don’t have health concerns, you can still reap medical benefits from a hot tub or a swim spa because time spent soaking in hot water actually helps you sleep better. The National Sleep Foundation says that a hot soak before you go to bed can help your body transition into deeper, more restful, sleep. After going to bed, you can achieve a state of deeper sleep when there’s a drop in your body temperature. When you soak in your spa for 15-20 minutes before you go to bed, your body’s internal thermostat kicks in to lower your body temperature. That’s what makes it so easy to fall asleep, and enjoy the best kind of deep sleep, after you soak in a hot tub or a swim spa. We have swim spas and hot tubs to match all types of budgets and space requirements. We’ll do whatever it takes for you to find the spa you need so you can enjoy the medical benefits provided by a quality swim spa or hot tub. Give us a call today and let us find the right model for you.

3 Reasons to Invest in a Spa This Holiday Season

A spa is the perfect purchase for the holiday season. Here’s why!

They Fit All Sizes and All Budgets

Whether you need a spa for two people, or one big enough for 10 people, there’s a model for you. As long as you have about 60 square feet of space, you have enough room! Even if you want the perks of a large swimming pool, you can opt for a swim spa instead and still get everything you need in a small space. Competition among brands and efficient manufacturing procedures means you can get your own spa for an affordable price. With high-end features available at lower price points, it’s the perfect time to buy.

   

Open All Year Long

Spa02   When you own your own spa, you don’t have to abide by inconvenient hours or season when it’s closed. It’s your spa, and you control when you use it. No matter what climate you live in, you can use your hot tub year round. In fact, sitting in a warm, bubbly hot tub in the winter is when many owners enjoy it the most! Whether you are soaking to get relief from aching muscles and joints, reducing your arthritis pain or recovering from a surgery, your hot tub with the high quality Jets and massage features will help reduce inflammation, make you sleep better and reduce your blood pressure and thus your risk of heart attack and stroke. If you are swimming in your swim spa daily, or just walking or rowing against the current you will see your muscles becoming more toned and those stubborn pounds finally coming off your body! This will reduce the pressure on your joints and help you sleep better and gain more flexibility and muscle tone which is critical as we all get a little older each year.

They’re Easy to Maintain

Spa03 New technology makes just about everything in life easier, including hot tub maintenance. It takes just a few minutes a week to keep your water clean and clear, and automated systems will do a lot of the cleaning for you. So what’s keeping you from taking the plunge? Stop by our showroom or give us a call today and help us make your holiday dreams a reality.

The Health Benefits Of Hot Tubs

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