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Archive for the ‘Consumer Research for Best Hot Tub’ Category

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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”.
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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.

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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 Exercise Bike

September 13th, 2012 by

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

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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 Hottubworks.com 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
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VISTA, Calif., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Hot Spring® Spas, the world’s number one selling hot tub brand, announces a significant enhancement to HotSpring.com, 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 www.HotSpring.com 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 HotSpring.com for more information and dealer locations.

SOURCE Hot Spring Spas

PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1nayc)

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.

Causes

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.

Features

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.

Precautions

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.

 

References

  • 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
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By Dana Green.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/139672-hot-tubs-back-pain/#ixzz266UuHEJI

Hot Tub Staycations

August 28th, 2012 by

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Kristin Danley-Greiner  From Demoines Register

The concept of a “staycation” coupled with a slowdown in the home construction market spurred members of the Kohles family of Johnston to open Aqua Oasis Pool and Spa.

“With a custom building background, we wanted to cater to customers as a one-stop-shop, keeping in mind the ‘staycations’ people were taking,” A.J. Kohles said. “As people were building three- and four-season rooms, they might want to put a hot tub in there or a pool in their backyard instead of going on a family vacation to Florida.”

Being a family-owned business from the Johnston area, Kohles said they strive to offer the best quality product at the most affordable price around town. They recently showcased their products at the Iowa State Fair.

“There were seven different companies inside and outside the Varied Industries building,” Kohles said. “It’s definitely busy at the fair, especially since a lot of manufacturers offer special incentives or perks during fair time. We deliver to customers in a 50- to 60-mile radius. We’ve also taken on some new lines from companies, so we have even more to offer customers.”

Kohles shared more about the pool and spa business with the Register:

Q: Who are the majority of your customers seeking pools and hot tubs?

From families to baby boomers. Families want to swim at home while some baby boomers seek hot tubs for their hydrotherapy that aids in relieving arthritis and joint pain relief. They’re also popular simply because people want a nice hot tub to entertain in.

Q: How are hot tubs popular year-round?

Ninety percent of our customers put them outside. Because they are portable spas and pre-plumbed, all you have to do is run electric to them. The best time to get in them is in the fall, winter and spring evenings. We love it when people tell us they used their hot tub one night when it was 10 below and snowing and how it was one of the best experiences they’d had.

Q: What is the most popular hot tub?

It really depends upon the use, whether for entertaining or health reasons. People want to get into a hot tub at the cheapest price while still having a quality tub. We offer a really sharp hot tub that no one else in the area offers.

Q: What is the most popular pool?

Above-ground pools are more popular than in-ground, simply because of the price point more than anything. You can get into most above-ground pools for under $10,000 and most in-ground pools start at $25,000. Above-ground pools also can be partially submerged into the ground.

Q: What has changed about pools and hot tubs?

If people haven’t owned either one in the last 10 years, they are now very energy efficient. A lot of hot tubs are virtually close to being a maintenance-free system and it doesn’t take as much upkeep as one might expect. There’s also different chemical systems that make things easier when owning a pool. A lot of people are putting in a chlorine generator, which basically is a saltwater system. It takes sodium chloride and the generator turns it into chlorine, so it’s continuously being treated. The technology has evolved in the last five or 10 years with pools, too, and they really aren’t that expensive or difficult to maintain.

 

Round Hot Tub Wins IDEA Design Award

August 10th, 2012 by

Bullfrog Spas Round Hot Tub Wins IDEA Design Award

Round hot tubs have a certain feng shui, don’t you think? Sure, a large square spa will hold more people, but for many people sensitive to the shapes used around their home, this round hot tub is a real winner!

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Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 10, 2012

Bullfrog Spas was recently honored with a 2012 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for product design excellence. The award was given specifically for the design of the SportX Model 151R round hot tub.

Bullfrog Spas, in collaboration with Rocketship Design, an industrial design firm located in Salt Lake City, Utah designed a round hot tub that hearkens back to classic California redwood and Japanese oforu spas of days gone by while including cutting edge JetPak Technology and clean modern details.

The IDEA Awards are presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) each year as “a celebration of design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts.”

2012 Jury Chair Rhys Newman, head of advanced projects at Nokia commented on the thought process that went into the award selections. “This year’s jury awarded products that brought together hardware, software, service and experience. While there are many well-designed, innovative products, the exciting future is in the convergence of disciplines and expertise that span the digital and physical divide, ultimately resulting in useful and beautiful products for people.” (Source: IDSA http://www.idsa.org/2012-idea%C2%AE-winners-reflect-best-design)

In addition to the retro-modern design of the SportX 151R hot tub, Bullfrog’s innovations in spas and hot tubs include patented JetPak Technology, a modular hot tub jetting system that allows spa owners to customize the massages in their spa and interchange them at any time.

Bullfrog is honored by the IDEA award and inspired to continue to strive for excellence in usable and sustainable designs and technologies in our hot tubs.

About Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and Bullfrog Spas are sold through Bullfrog Authorized Retailers across the US and Canada and in several international markets, including Brazil and Europe. Bullfrog executives, including CEO, Jerry Pasley, are available for interview.

To learn more about Bullfrog Spas or to design a custom hot tub online, please visit bullfrogspas.com.

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.

Bullfrog Spas Wins Best of State Award

May 24th, 2012 by

Bullfrog Spas wins Best of State award – for the 9th time!

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Bullfrog Spas, manufacturer of quality portable hot tubs, was recently awarded the 2012 Best of State Award for the Pool and Spa category. This is the 9th time Bullfrog Spas has won the award since 2003.

 

 

 

The Best of State Organization has a goal of recognizing the best organizations, individuals and companies in Utah based on the following criteria*:

  • The overall excellence, superiority and quality of a nominee’s products, services or performance.
  • The creativity which nominees display to differentiate themselves from their competition.
  • The nominee’s accomplishments to improve the quality of life in their community and state, and their efforts to make the world a better place.

Bullfrog Spas continues to lead the hot tub and spa industry in quality and innovation as reflected in these accomplishments:

  • 100% wood-free composite spa support structure, no rot or warping
  • Made in the USA with non-polluting, green methods, using 25% recycled materials
  • Best energy efficiency in their class according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission
  • Lowest failure rate shown by warranty claim data and verified by technicians

Bullfrog’s innovations include the patented JetPak System, which uses modular jetted hot tub seats, or JetPaks, that allow spa owners to customize the massages in their spa and interchange them at any time.

Bullfrog’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Bullfrog Spas are sold through Authorized Retailers across the US and Canada and in several other international markets, including Brazil and Europe.

Hottubworks.com sells hot tub covers, hot tub filters, and hot tub chemicals for all Bullfrog Spas Models.

Hot Tubs Keep You Healthy

May 17th, 2012 by

Hot Tubs help fight hypertension & diabetes

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Quote startRegular hot tub bathing may help fight hypertension & diabetesQuote end

Gatwick, UK (PRWEB UK) 17 May 2012

We always knew that hot tubs were a great place to relax with family and friends, and to get a heavenly, soothing massage, but research shows that they are also good for your health, helping fight off serious diseases like hypertension and diabetes, according to hot tub specialists Waterstream Hot Tubs, regional distributors for respected American hot tub manufacturer Spa Crest Hot Tubs.

The UK has seen a huge rise in numbers diagnosed with diabetes, rising from 1.4 million in 1996 to 2.9 million today. Estimates suggest that over four million people will have diabetes by 2025 with most cases being Type 2 diabetes, due to the rise in the numbers who are obese and an increasingly ageing population. More than ever there is an acute need to find ways to combat type 2 diabetes.

According to a report in this week’s ‘The Guardian’, the newspaper of the University of California at San Diego, results of numerous studies catalogue the positive health benefits of regular hot-tubbing, in particular Dr Philip Hooper noted in a 1999 article in the New England Journal Of Medicine that tests on diabetic patients showed significant reductions in blood glucose levels, after only three weeks of hot tub bathing for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week!

In 1962 in Pavia, Italy, Ferruccio Ritossa accidentally discovered the ‘heat shock response’, while studying molecular genetics. A fellow student increased the temperature of his drosophila (fruit fly) incubator to higher than normal. When Ritossa examined the drosophila cells, he noticed changes in a way that makes DNA more accessible to be copied, or transcribed, which he discovered was being caused by the increase in temperature. Last year, Drs Virginia Vega and Laura Alexander from UCSD demonstrated that the heat shock response improves the condition of non-obese diabetic mice.

Coupled with other benefits such as a reduction in blood pressure, reduced weight due to buoyancy, and lowered stress on the joints, Alex Kemsley, managing director of Waterstream Ltd based in Handcross nr Gatwick says that the public are welcome (by appointment) to bring along their bathing costumes so that they can try out the superb Spa Crest range at their showroom to experience the benefits for themselves. And best yet, because they recirculate and filter their water, hot tubs are exempt from the hosepipe ban!

If you need spa filters, hot tub covers, or spa chemicals; please visit www.hottubworks.com

Sources:
University of California at San Diego (http://ow.ly/azfbp)
Diabetes UK (http://ow.ly/azfqd)