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Archive for June, 2012

Modern Hot Tub Covers

June 29th, 2012 by

 

Some of Our Hot Tub Covers

I found some great hot tubs pictures which clients are always looking for for new ideas.  The hot tubs actually have hot tub covers which we made here at hottubworks. The wooden tub has a roll top cover which work great if your hot tub is gas heated. If you have an electric heated hot tub then the insulating hot tub cover is the best choice.

Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do. Some awesome homes in these pictures. If we’ve made your spa cover, send us a picture!
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If you had your hot tub or spa cover made by Hot Tub Works, leave your picture in the comments below. I’d love to post it to this page!

 

Hot Tub Brings Joy To Little Boy

June 26th, 2012 by

Warm water spa therapy helps Eddie Davis enjoy life more

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When the hot tub’s water bubbles and swirls around Eddie Davis, he’s comfortable, content, and getting the help he needs.

For Eddie, 7, the spa isn’t a frivolity, although he definitely enjoys it.

It’s therapy, and the local wish-granting charity Gotta Dream of Yuma made it happen.

 

Eddie has a profound form of cerebral palsy, a result of brain damage during his birth. His family has devoted itself to his constant care, but they couldn’t afford the spa that now sits on their back patio for the soaks he gets twice a day most days.

Eddie’s spasticity, or the rigidity of his muscles as a result of his condition, is severe. His father, Jeff, said it’s like having a charley horse all the time.

The spasticity is degenerative — “for us, it’s a losing battle,” Jeff said — but constant kneading and stretching is tremendously helpful, and that’s easier to do when he’s loose.

Nothing makes Eddie loose, and happy, like warm water.

It was always obvious that he loved bath time. With a family member cradling him, he’ll lay back until the water reaches his temples. His muscles will unknot, taking stress off his bones, joints and organs. But as he grows, the tandem bath arrangement becomes a tighter fit.

On a lark, his grandmother, Susan, wrote to Gotta Dream after reading about the charity in the Yuma Sun. She explained how Eddie could truly use the spa or hot tub.

About a month ago, the therapeutic spa, which would have cost the family about $6,500 without Gotta Dream’s help, was installed.

Against the odds

Alma didn’t know her son would be different until the day he was born. At her 38-week checkup, Eddie showed an alarmingly low heartbeat. Alma was taken in for an emergency Cesarean section, and when Eddie was born, he had no heartbeat.

His doctor spent 11 minutes trying to resuscitate him. For 11 precious minutes Eddie was getting no oxygen to his brain, but the doctor kept working. The boy was otherwise flawless. He was so pink, the doctor couldn’t let him go.

Technically, the term is multicystic encephalomalacia — in other words, because he was without oxygen for a critical time, Eddie’s brain liquefied. About 85 percent of his brain — almost all except for his brain stem, the part that controls basic functions like breathing and heartbeat — was damaged.

Doctors didn’t know how long he’d survive after that, but the prognosis was grim. At first it was hours, then days. He received his baptism and last rites sacraments at the same time, in Yuma Regional Medical Center, at four days old.

Eddie continues to face many physical challenges. The spastic arching of his back puts pressure on his heart, and the twisting of his trunk can be hard on his lungs. Because his swallowing ability is poor, he’s prone to inhaling irritants that could give him life-threatening pneumonia.

The Davises give him everything they can now.

Alma learned a lot about acceptance not long after Eddie was born, when she asked his sister Kelsie, then 6, if she would like another little brother or sister, one that she could play with.

Kelsie, who would excitedly tell her mother’s belly about taking him camping and teaching him to swim, said no.

“I asked God for a perfect brother, and he gave me one,” she said.

In his happy place

Eddie is not verbal, but he is vocal. He gurgles happily, and he hums.

“A lot of kids with his brain damage don’t make any noise,” Susan says, with pride. “He does.”

He has challenges with swallowing, but he can enjoy the taste of a Popsicle. pressed against his tongue. He is nearly blind, but he seems to know when “Barney” is on TV. With a hearing aid, he can hear pretty well. His big brown eyes track his family’s voices.

As everything is with Eddie’s care, spa time is a family effort. Kelsie will sit in the tub with Eddie on her lap, and as the heated water relaxes his body, his parents and grandparents will work his limbs.

Breezy or smoky days aren’t good for his spa sessions, as pollen and other particulates can get into his delicate lungs, but he still takes dips at least five days a week.

His giggle-gurgle comes out, or he gets so mellow that he falls asleep right there.

For this, the Davises are grateful.

“They say that blind kids are afraid of the water,” Alma said. “Not this one.”

7 Hot Tub Safety Tips

June 26th, 2012 by

 Seven ways to Improve Hot Tub Safety

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A woman was found dead in a hot tub last week in Nevada. No foul play is suspected, it seems that she may have just slipped under the water.

Spas are very relaxing and can sometimes be too relaxing!

It seems to me to be a good time to provide some helpful spa safety tips for spa and hot tub owners.

 

  1. If you have a medical conditions, check with a doctor, and invite a buddy to join you. Safety in pairs.
  2. Hot tubs will increase blood flow and heart rate, so if you have issues with either, be careful.
  3. Don’t stay in the spa for too long. 30 min max. Get out and cool off every 15 minutes is best or keep tub at lower temp.
  4. Stay hydrated with water. Booze is not a good mix with hot water. Alcohol hits you quicker in a spa.
  5. When not using Hot Tub, always place a locking hot tub cover on the hot tub.  This will protect you and little ones from harm.
  6. Never allow children to use the spa or hot tub unsupervised.
  7. Ensure that your spa drain covers are secured properly to prevent entrapment

I know that these seem like common sense points about hot tub safety yet everyday we see reports of people ingnoring these simple guidelines.

Best Diet Ever – Hot Tub Diet

June 12th, 2012 by

 

The Hot Tub Diet

hot-tub-dietFor Bridget Praytor, every woman’s magazine on the supermarket checkout line rack and every weight loss book on the Internet promised magic: a perfect body in a month, if she just followed this week’s fad diet.

But how long could someone eat only grapefruit, only beef, or only cabbage soup? At the drugstore, boxes of “magic pills” promised “Lose 10 Pounds in a Week!” in a huge font that nearly—but not quite—distracted her from the tiny “may cause death or permanent health problems” warning.

The gym promised her health and happiness—so why after torturing herself on the treadmill two hours every day, did she feel fat and miserable?

And then, after spending most of her adulthood giving in to the seductive call of convenience-store powdered donuts (small, cute, and six to a cellophane package), drinking twelve-packs of diet soda to try to fill herself up, taking diet pills, buying every kind of magic protein shake imaginable, running in a marathon without training for it, training three hours a day for an Ironman just to try to lose weight, and spending hours at the gym because she felt guilty about her weight (followed by evenings of guilt-eating because all that gym time cut into being with her family), Bridget’s life changed in an instant.

Rear-ended by a driver who hadn’t noticed the light had turned red, Bridget was devastated to learn that she wouldn’t be able to exercise strenuously for months. No more ironman. No more treadmill. No more no-pain, no-gain excessive workouts.

The only thing she could even do at the gym (where a little free childcare—salvation for a mother of three children under four—came with the membership) was sit in the hot tub. And so she sat. And listened to people talk as they sat next to her. And started to think.

Beautiful women were calling their toned bodies “saggy.” Buff men were pinching invisible fat. Women who had just worked out for two hours were spending the next hour talking about how they hated the very bodies that they’d just worked out, the bodies that had birthed their children, the bodies that took them where they needed to go. How could all these people think such negative things about their bodies? Bridget wondered. And then, How can I say and think such terrible things about mine?

Over the course of the next several months, as Bridget changed her mindset about her body, her weight, her goals, and the meaning of “healthy,” her body changed, too, pounds melting away. The “magic” she’d been searching for didn’t exist in a fad diet, a pill, a surgeon’s office, or even the gym. The magic had been inside her all along. And it’s inside you, too.

The Hot Tub Diet is a book for anyone who is tired of diets that don’t work, tired of punishing exercises, tired of buying shoes because only accessories “look cute” on you, and tired of feeling bad about yourself—and anyone who is ready to change your mindset, feel confident, and finally have a body you love. The Hot Tub Diet is now available on Kindle as well as paperback on Amazon.

Be sure to get your hot tub cover from HotTubWorks.com for full diet effectiveness…. ;)

Jacuzzi Buys Thermo Spas

June 1st, 2012 by

Jacuzzi Continues on its Acquisition Track

jacuzzi-thermospasCHINO, CA–(Marketwire – May 31, 2012) – Jacuzzi Group Worldwide, parent company to both Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs and Sundance® Spas, announces today that an affiliated company has acquired the assets of ThermoSpas®. ThermoSpas is a manufacturer and seller of hot tubs, which began operations in 1983.

“We are very pleased to welcome ThermoSpas’ employees, suppliers and spa owners to the Jacuzzi Group family,” said Bob Rowan, president of Jacuzzi North America. “ThermoSpas’ ability to generate interest in the hot tub category combined with a cutting-edge system of managing leads will prove to be a significant benefit to our network of Jacuzzi and Sundance dealers and our corporation. Additionally, ThermoSpas’ reputation for innovative, great quality products makes them a great fit with our current business.”

President Andy Tournas in 1983 founded ThermoSpas, based in Wallingford, Conn. The company will continue operating independently of the Jacuzzi and Sundance organizations, with Tournas serving as president.

“I am personally thrilled to enter this new chapter for ThermoSpas under the ownership of Jacuzzi Group Worldwide,” said Tournas. “Their expertise and resources will enable ThermoSpas to provide outstanding service to our customer base, and I’m certain that ThermoSpas will provide some significant enhancements to the Jacuzzi and Sundance businesses.”

About Jacuzzi Group Worldwide

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Jacuzzi Group Worldwide is a leading global producer of branded hot tub and bath products for residential, commercial and institutional markets. Its products include hot tubs, whirlpool baths, air baths, soaking baths, showers, sink and toilet suites and are marketed under a widely recognized portfolio of famous brand names, including JACUZZI® and SUNDANCE®. For more information, visit jacuzzi.com.