As we continue our father-inspired topics this week, we visit one of Dad’s favourite back yard features – the hot tub. It does not seem to matter whether we are vibrant zoomers, broken boomers, or young and fit – hot tubs are a luxury that more and more households are opting to include in homes for reasons of comfort, therapy and recreation. As home designers, we know that these units may be placed in various locations from the master bath to indoor/outdoor rooms that spotlight the hot tub as a social centre or hub of backyard recreation.
Julie Ann-Amos of Hot Tubs ‘N Home Spas.com, provides an excellent article on the history and health benefits of hot tubs.
For many years, hot tubs and home spas were the exclusive luxuries of the wealthy. They were expensive to buy, expensive to operate and not very reliable. With the onset of better manufacturing and better materials, and lower prices, however, the popularity of hot tubs and home spas began to soar.
Spas Throughout History
History gives us many examples of spas being used as integral parts of life for many civilizations. The Romans are perhaps the most famous for their bathhouses, which became centers of social life and a common daily activity for the elite classes. Other cultures made use of spa-like hot baths as well, including the ancient peoples of China and Japan.
What did these civilizations know that others didn’t? Setting aside technological differences, some of the earliest spa enthusiasts appreciated the health benefits of using hot water to relax the body, open the pores of the skin, and generally promote better health. Cleanliness was considered healthful and a sign of prosperity – after all, you had to be pretty well off to afford the bath facilities themselves and to have the leisure time to partake of their benefits.
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