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Hot Tub Film Festival

September 20th, 2012 by

The UK is becoming the hot spot for hot tubs. They top the status list, hot tubs are in all the big box stores, and the British are very creative in their use of spas.

Movies In a Hot Tub

No popcorn at this event……but I sure hope there is fresh spa filters and spa chemicals.

Hot Tub Cinema may be the most relaxing way to watch a good flick. London movie fans have had the unusual opportunity to blend the enjoyment of the outdoors with motion picture entertainment. There is no known equivalent permanent viewing experience in the United States, but perhaps the success of the London rooftop theater will prompt a creative entrepreneur to open up similar venues across America.

Young moviegoers looking for something different to do on a Saturday night flock to the outdoor movie theater. The fun experiment has now grown into a successful business which currently boasts 12 spas that are always occupied on viewing nights.

hot-tub-cinema in London

Asher Charman, one of the masterminds behind this splashtastic endeavor, had this to say about the Hot Tub Cinema during a Sky News interview:

“We wanted to watch a movie, we wanted to use the hot tub, and we just thought, why don’t we project it out of the kitchen window onto a bed sheet on the washing line, and see what the results will be, and that was how it was born. About a year ago we thought, you know what, it’s about time we’ve grown our garden here, we’ve got three or four tubs, it’s time to take the step up and here we are now.”

Movie buffs are treated to a glass of champagne before stepping into either the six or eight person spa. Watching a cool flick is just part of the fun at the rooftop cinema. After patrons watch a colorful London sunset from their prime vantage point, water relays, dancing bikini-clad women, and socializing once the credits stop rolling are all part of the exciting atmosphere at the outdoor theater.

Wine And Green Tea Hot Tubs

September 18th, 2012 by


Once per year, a spa resort in Japan fills it’s pools with wine, offering guests a chance to soak in a blend of wine and water. The powers that be at the spa, claim that bathing in red wine is a rejuvenation treatment for the body – a belief that was popularized by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.

wine spa in japan


The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun offers guests the chance to stew in large ponds of green tea, coffee, sake or red wine all in the name of healthy and well-being. Touted as more of a water amusement park than a health spa, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun only opens the wine pool for 12 days a year.

The most popular type of wine in Japan is the Beaujolais Nouveau, and for the last four years, the spa has been providing a yearly opening of the wine pool in which Beaujolais Nouveau is piped into the pool via an oversized wine bottle that is filled with eager bathers.
wine spa in japan


For those of you who are sad to hear of the wasted wine, fret not – the bathers are tended to by a sommelier who is ready to fill up their glasses with the same wine they are bathing in out of a fresh bottle.

green tea spa


The Green Tea spa features teas from the Tanzawa and Hakone mountains and the spa area features a giant 2m tall tea pot. The aromatic green tea contains Catechin, a powerful anti-oxidant that fights tumors and enhances the immune system.
green tea spa


Bathing in a large vat of coffee (coffee grinds mixed with natural hot spring water) is effecting in treating skin suffering from fatigue and the aroma of the coffee will “perk up the senses”.
coffee spa, japan


And finally, bathing in a sake-filled tub will improve the beauty of one’s skin…or at least that’s what the folks over at the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park & Spa Resort say.

sake hot tub in japan


Hakone, Kanagawa is home to the most popular spa centre in all of Japan for a period of 12 days every year. What makes this outdoor hot springs and spa resort so popular, you ask? Well, the sheer ridiculousness of it all, of course. Leave it to the Japanese to exaggerate spa-based practices to the point where they are quite comical (and efficacy of treatments become questionable).


Additional amenities at the spa include the Mori NO YU resort zone that allows guests to enjoy the hot springs in a secluded area that is designated as a nude bathing zone.


Now I know I’ve heard it all …

Hot Tub Covers and Bears

September 17th, 2012 by

We have seen reports of bears in spas a few times. We have also had a few of our hot tub cover clients need to reorder their hot tub covers because the local bears have chewed up the covers.

You can protect your hot tub cover from bears. Our solution is to use our spa cover conditioner and protector on the spa cover. As the article below states, the bears smell the vinyl as it grows old and they think it’s an ant hill, so they eat it. Spa cover care products will protect the spa cover vinyl from producing the smell and make the vinyl last longer in the process.



Yet another bear sighting in a Lower Mainland neighbourhood. This 400-pound bruin was spotted in the Deep Cove area.

Tony Webb with the North Shore Black Bear Network says they need to fatten up before the winter.

“A big bear like that will need the equivalent of about 30 hamburgers a day, a lot of calories, before going into hibernation,” he explains.

Besides the usual food aromas, bears are attracted to the smell coming from hot tub covers.

“The vinyl starts to break down and releases formic acid that emulates an ant’s nest and will attract a bear,” Webb warns. “One technique to get rid of the smell is to wipe the cover weekly with a strong ammonia solution.”

If you see a bear in the neighbourhood, keep your distance, not because the bear might attack, but because bears might lose their fear of humans if it gets used to seeing people.

A bear had to be tranquilized after found wandering in North Burnaby on Thursday.


How to Keep Bears Away from your Spa Cover


Our specially formulated Spa Cover Conditioner and Protector helps keep your cover looking new. Now with added UV protection to help extend the life of your cover!

Maintain the beauty and service life your your new Hot Tub Works spa cover (and spa pillows too) with our Spa Cover Conditioner and Protector. Specially formulated to work with marine grade vinyl in harsh environments. Easy to use. Includes UV blocker. Also helps to restore the luster to your vinyl.

And, it prevents the smell of aged vinyl, so delicious to bears!




Hot Tub Exercise Bike

September 13th, 2012 by

$18,000 ‘Flushable Jacuzzi’ Bike, Made in USA


Biking in Hot Water? Jets spray your legs and your rear end as you ride. A digital display counts off the miles. When you’re done, the unit flushes, discarding your sweaty workout water down the drain.

This invention seems to be inspired by forces beyond, the FitWet Bike, says the company, “combines the effects of biking, water resistance, & jets to improve results 10 times faster than an average bike.”



I don’t think that would endorse this product. For that kind of money I would look at a swim spa by Artesian Spas which has a lot more options for fitness and hot tubbing.pool-bike

There are also a few types of exercise bikes meant for swimming pools. Just place them on a flat surface in the shallow end of the pool, plug in your iPod, and get your workout on!

What do you think of the Hot Tub Bike? Would you like to have one of these exercise bikes to workout while underwater?


Hot Spring Spas Goes Mobile

September 13th, 2012 by

World’s leading hot tub manufacturer first in industry to deliver website for today’s “on the move” consumer

VISTA, Calif., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Hot Spring® Spas, the world’s number one selling hot tub brand, announces a significant enhancement to, mobile optimization.

Optimization ensures that consumers find readable, relevant, local information on their smart phones or tablet computers, quickly. Hot Spring is the first major hot tub brand to fully optimize its site for mobile consumers.

According to Google 53% of American consumers use their smartphones to access search engines at least once a day1. By 2015, 81% of U.S. cell users will have smartphones2 and one in three will own a tablet computer.

“We know our customers are looking for us on their mobile devices,” said Kacy Rivers, Brand Manager for Hot Spring. “Our commitment is to deliver the information they need, when they need it – whether they are in the car, the store, or anywhere they are considering a hot tub-related purchase.”

The optimization of includes the introduction of features designed specifically with the mobile consumer in mind.

Location. Through geo-location (when enabled by user) the site is populated with information about the Hot Spring dealer nearest to them automatically.
Navigation. From easy-to-read fonts, thumb-friendly buttons, and a “less is more” approach, the mobile site is easy to navigate on any device.
Content. Mobile customers are looking for specific product information, often from inside the store4. Using a combination of QR codes on in-store displays and/or user-friendly, interactive product pages on the mobile site, customers will easily access information on any Hot Spring product.
Ratings. Ratings and reviews are a key product feature demanded by today’s educated mobile consumer, especially when considering a long-term, purchase for their home.

“Mobile optimization isn’t a trend or a gimmick, it’s a consumer revolution,” said Brian Glass, Marketing Manager for Watkins the manufacturer of Hot Spring Spas. “Within a year or two, we believe mobile will be a touch point for virtually every Hot Spring hot tub purchase.”

Mobile optimization is the most recent in a series of enhancements to the Hot Spring online platform which, in spring 2012 included new “quick-click” icons for categories, such as jet therapy, energy-efficiency, easy water-care systems; product & lifestyle videos; a 3-D deck design tool; and ratings & reviews.

Since its launch Hot Spring models have achieved an average rating of 4.6 on a scale of 5 stars.
“Until recently the idea of shopping for a hot tub on a mobile phone sounded pretty far-fetched, but not anymore,” said Rivers. “Today we know that it isn’t the size of the purchase, it’s about providing our customers with the resources they need for any purchase in a way that is convenient for them. At Hot Spring this has always been our commitment.”

About Hot Spring Spas
Hot Spring Spa is the world’s leading brand of Hot Tubs and are sold through a network of more than 700 independent dealers throughout North America and 60 countries globally. Hot Spring Spas provides customers with the highest level of quality, innovation, energy-efficiency and customer support to deliver the absolute best hot tub ownership experience. Hot Spring Spas are manufactured by Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company whose products include such trusted brands as Delta® faucets, KraftMaid® cabinets and Behr® paints. Visit for more information and dealer locations.

SOURCE Hot Spring Spas

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Hot Tubs Melt Away Pain

September 10th, 2012 by

For thousands of years, in cultures as diverse as the ancient Greeks, Russians and Japanese, hot baths have been used to reduce pain, encourage blood flow and circulation, and promote relaxation. For back pain sufferers, a hot tub can be one of the few sources of relief from crippling pain, discomfort and stiffness. But you may be wondering whether it would be worth spending thousands of dollars on a hot tub system for back pain relief.


Americans shell out more than $50 billion each year fighting back pain, according to the National Institutes of Health fact sheet on back pain. Back pain is also the most common cause of missed work days and disability claims. A bulging disk, sciatica, an acute injury or osteoporosis can all cause pain in the spinal region.

Helpful Heat

Doctors will prescribe physical therapy, medications, ultrasound and other treatments when back pain strikes. But two of the most vital treatments are ice and heat. Ice, according to the NIH, should be used for 48 to 72 hours, then patients can move to applying heat.
Although heating pads and hot packs are effective, a hot tub or bath is an effective way to apply heat to a large area of the body. Heat works by relaxing surrounding muscles, which can reduce muscle spasms; it also dilates the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and promoting healing in the injured tissue. As the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases states, heat also “alters the sensation of pain”—in other words, it feels good and provides much-needed relief for acute or chronic back pain.

Marketing Health

Hot tub manufacturers are certainly marketing their products directly to back pain sufferers: The Olympic Hot Tub Co., for example, cites studies published in the British Journal of Rheumatology that showed that patients treated with spa therapy showed more improvement, from mobility to reduced pain, than a group of patients treated with medication only.
The company even encourages customers to get a prescription from their doctors for a hot tub; some states will eliminate sales tax on a hot tub with a doctor’s note.


If you’re buying a hot tub for hydrotherapy, the Hot Tub Guide recommends you look closely at the following features: jet type, seating, pumps and water pressure, and heating controls.
Look for jets that can be positioned directly onto the back, particularly the area that is in pain. You can also choose from a wide variety of jet types, from massage jets that move back and forth to whirlpool jets that concentrate water pressure in a focused area. With moldable plastic shells, jet position is highly customizable in today’s tubs.
Modern fiberglass shells have also moved far beyond the old-style bench seating. Hot tub buyers looking for back pain relief can look for lounge-style seats, with full immersion and jets directly positioned on the lower back area.


Hot tub hydrotherapy is one way to not only treat and relieve lower back pain and other injuries, but also to increase circulation, reduce stress and promote relaxation. However, hot tub users should keep in mind a few simple precautions: Do not use a hot tub for any medical condition without reviewing it with a physician. Do not use a hot tub if you are taking drugs that could make you sleepy or drowsy. Finally, do not exceed the time limit or temperature recommended by the manufacturer. By following those few simple rules, your back pain relief could be just a soak away.



  • National Institutes of Health: Low-Back-Pain Fact Sheet
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: Back Pain Handout
  • Hot Tub Bliss: Back Pain? A Hot Tub Can Help!
  • Ezine Articles: The History and Health Benefits of Hot Tubs does not sell Hot Tubs but does offer everything you need to take of a hot tub. We offer the best hot tub covers, and quality spa filters at the best prices online.

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