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Hot Tub Brings Health Benefits to Leading Children’s Hospital

August 6th, 2012 by


SLC, Utah (PRWEB) August 03, 2012

Bullfrog International, manufacturer of Bullfrog Spas, an innovative luxury hot tub brand, recently donated a 8-person hot tub to raise money for Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Primary Children’s Medical Center is the premier children’s hospital in Utah, serving children from Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, and beyond in cases of severe illness and critical trauma.

The large hot tub, a Model 682 Bullfrog Spa valued at over $11,000 was on display at a charity golf tournament hosted by Smith’s Food and Drug. The charity tournament in Midway, Utah was followed by an auction where the hot tub was awarded. All of the proceeds from this auction go to Primary Children’s Medical Center to fund their critical medical and recovery programs for children.


Not only will the funds raised from the hot tub be a benefit to the children’s hospital and kids who require their services but it will also benefit the health of the lucky auction winner.

Recent studies published by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute show that therapy in hot tubs can provide important physical and mental health benefits. One of the most important findings in this research is that spending time immersed the warm waters of a hot tub can bring the autonomic nervous system into balance. This leads directly to improved physical and mental function. This creates a sense of balance and peace that can lead to better overall health.

About Primary Children’s Medical Center

Founded in the early years of the twentieth century as a church-sponsored institution, Primary Children’s Medical Center is now owned and operated by Intermountain Healthcare, a charitable, community-owned, nonprofit health care organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Primary Children’s is the Intermountain West’s only full-service children’s hospital. Located on the beautiful campus of the University of Utah overlooking the Salt Lake Valley, the hospital cares for children with acute and chronic medical needs from Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, and beyond. The hospital is equipped to treat children with complex illness and injury and is recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States. For more information on Primary Children’s Medical Center or to make a donation please visit

About Bullfrog International

Bullfrog International produces the world’s only hot tubs with JetPaks, which are modular jetted spa seats. This technology allows the user to customize, interchange, and upgrade their spa’s jetted massages at anytime. JetPaks are backed by six U.S. patents with other U.S. and foreign patents pending. Because of the efficiency advantages of the JetPak System, Bullfrog Spas are more powerful and are extremely energy efficient. To learn more about Bullfrog’s patented JetPak Technology or to design a custom hot tub online, please visit

Hot Tub Safety Tips

July 20th, 2012 by

Hot-Tub-Safety by Pool Gear Plus

Your Health: Hot tub safety tips

by Terry Hollenbeck, M.D.

Hot tubs, also known as spas, Jacuzzis and soaking tubs, have long been enjoyed by people seeking relaxation, stress reduction and a way to soothe aching muscles.

In my research for this column, I could find no scientific studies relating to the safe use of hot tubs. Most literature I reviewed states that if you have health questions relating to safe use of your hot tub, you should consult your physician.

Well, folks, because of the lack of medical research data, this physician — and most of my colleagues with whom I have spoken — can’t give any scientifically proven guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs. What advice we can give falls along the lines of experience and common sense.

With that being said, here are my guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs:

  • Shower with soap and water before and after use of a hot tub.
  • Do not heat your tub hotter than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and use an accurate thermometer to determine the temperature. Even if you’re in good health, do not soak longer than 20 minutes at a time.
  • A temperature of 100 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes is safer for those with heart disease or chronic medical problems and during pregnancy. It would be best not to use a hot tub during the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Children should be at least 5 years old and soak no longer than 10 to 15 minutes — and always under adult supervision — in a tub no hotter than 100 degrees.
  • Avoid hot tub use if under the influence of alcohol or drugs such as tranquilizers, antidepressants or sleeping pills.
  • Slowly exit the tub after soaking. Sit on the edge for a few minutes before standing upright. This should prevent the possibility of passing out because of the tub lowering your blood pressure.
  • Keep the tub clean and well maintained.

One way to prevent overheating is to not submerge your entire body in the hot tub water. Keeping your arms and shoulders out of the water is a good way to avoid getting too hot.

If someone with heart disease has been cleared by a doctor as well enough to exercise, they are probably at no risk when using a hot tub according to the above guidelines. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no evidence for increased risk of a heart attack while relaxing in a hot tub.

Hot tub folliculitis is a common pimple-like rash that will afflict some people after the use of a tub with a low chlorine level. It can be avoided by properly maintaining the tub and by showering after tub use. Unless severe, this rash will usually heal itself without the need to seek treatment from a doctor.

Enjoy your hot tub — that’s what it’s for.

Terry Hollenbeck, M.D., is an urgent-care physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz in Scotts Valley. Readers can view his previous columns on his website,, or e-mail him at Information in this column is not intended to replace advice from your own health care professional. For any medical concern, consult your own doctor.

NOTE- Many safety issues arise when the hot tub is not use, please use a locking hot tub cover to secure hot tub when it’s not in use.

Hot Tub Health Benefits – Spa Therapy

July 17th, 2012 by

 Hot tubs and their therapeutic benefits



I have chronic low back pain, neck pain and migraine headaches. I feel sure that most of the pain is due to a car wreck in my thirties. I was stopped at a red light to make a left-hand turn when a drunk driver plowed into the back of my car. I did have on my seat belt, but it was before the days of air bags, so I suffered quite a jolt. My car was pushed through the light and into a parking lot on the other side of the street.

I wasn’t injured (at least not in a visual way), and I was so angry I didn’t go to the hospital. I just wanted to scream at the lady. Which I did. It helped me emotionally, but not so much my back and neck.

Last year, my husband and I were talking to our doctor about physical therapy, and we came up with the idea of installing a hot tub for hydrotherapy. Let me tell you, I was all over that idea.

Well, my wonderful husband went and bought me a hot tub almost immediately. And we have both reaped the benefits. It has been great at relieving my back and neck pain. When I wake up with a backache and the beginning of a headache, it is the first place to go. The backache goes away and the headache usually calms down dramatically.

Here’s what the health specialists have to say about hot tubs and their benefits: hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in hot tub spas, consists of three main healing ingredients: heat, buoyancy and massage. Hot tub hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure.

Stress, headaches and sleep

As for stress, warm water massage stimulates the body to release endorphins that reduce stress. Also, a hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. When it comes to nightie-night time, a 15-minute soak in a hot tub will have you sleeping like a baby. Soaking in hot water about 90 minutes before bedtime lowers your temperature, thus helping those with difficulty sleeping. This all-natural sleep aid can also be achieved by soaking in a tub of warm water – it doesn’t take a hot tub!

Muscles and joints

Hot tub and spa use by athletes has soared to repair injured muscles. Tennis Magazine said, “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” and if muscles are injured, “a soak in a hot tub or whirlpool increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage.”

The Arthritis Foundation found that warm water hydrotherapy can help those with arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation “The soothing warmth and buoyancy of hydrotherapy makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Using a spa adds another component to the therapy – massage.”

Doctors and researchers have also found healing benefits for those suffering with diabetes. A Colorado study at the McKee Medical Center showed that patients who spent 30 minutes per day in a hot tub reported a 13 percent decrease in blood sugar levels, improved sleep and a higher sense of well-being. A hot tub is a natural and successful in stress relief, blood pressure, headaches and the acceleration of the healing process.

The muscle relaxing and joint loosening benefits of hot tubs help those with depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, scoliosis and bursitis. Thermo spas hot tubs have even been known to provide significant help for those afflicted with diseases as serious as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

So, the verdict is in: you can’t go wrong with a hot tub or Jacuzzi if you are suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia – the list goes on. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years. It’s a natural therapy, safely used by hospitals, physiotherapists and health spas around the world. And now it is used by me. I will be the first to say that it relieves back pain and headaches.

Caution: If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or any other medical condition, you must consult with your physician before beginning any hot water therapy program. Infants and children are more sensitive to the effects of heat, and experts recommend shorter soaking times. Always consult your doctor.

Reposted from the Daily Record – Health Corner by Kay Bona does not sell hot tubs but rather all the supplies needed to care for your hot tub; hot tub covers, spa filters, and hot tub supplies.

Bullfrog Hot Tubs Fighting Cancer

July 9th, 2012 by

Fighting Cancer with Frogs and Hot Tubs


Bullfrog Spas supports cancer research by fielding team for Relay for Life, a charity to benefit the American Cancer Society



Bullfrog Spas will be participating in the Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society on July 13 and 14. The relay event itself is located at River Front Park in South Jordan, Utah, just a few miles from the Bullfrog Spas headquarters and factory.

Relay for Life is a charity event organized to benefit cancer research and outreach. Individuals and corporations commit to raising funds and circling a track non-stop to commemorate those lost to cancer and to show strength to those now battling the disease.

As one or more team members walk, the other members of the team camp out around the track and all take turns walking laps throughout the night.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma WA colorectal surgeon, decided to run for 24 hours to raise awareness and funds for his local American Cancer Society. Today, inspired by this early all-night and all-day run, Relay for Life events are held across the nation to raise money for cancer research and awareness.


Sean McKinney, Director of Manufacturing at Bullfrog Spas, along with Patti Mahon, Bullfrog Executive Administrative Assistant, have been leading the company-wide efforts to raise money in fun and creative ways.

Bullfrog has held contests, played games, charged good-natured fines for misspoken comments at meetings, and has provided some rather interesting contests to get company executives and managers to do all kinds of craziness when donation goals are reached.

It’s nice to see companies become involved in a cause. It’s good for the cause – and the company, as a morale builder, it brings people together.


Note: There is no affiliation between and Bullfrog Spas.  We just respect these efforts and wanted to help spread the word. Of course, we do make replacement hot tub covers for Bullfrog spas! ;-)

Hot Tub Brings Joy To Little Boy

June 26th, 2012 by

Warm water spa therapy helps Eddie Davis enjoy life more


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.”

Use Locking Hot Tub Covers – Stop Hot Tub Crashers!

April 13th, 2012 by

Lock your Hot Tub Cover – Prevent Unauthorized Soaks!

I saw this funny story (a little sad too) about a guy who used a hot tub to get warm. I think he was using it more as a warm bath.

Here’s the short story:


Maybe the judge thought it was an anemic defense claim. A man told a Broward County judge he was found trespassing and in a hot tub at a luxury beachfront condo in Hollywood because he got chilly due to his anemia.

Torey Leonard, 23, was charged with trespassing Tuesday after taking an early morning dip in a hot tub at The Diplomat Oceanfront Residences, 3535 S. Ocean Dr., according to a Hollywood (Florida) police report.

According to the report, Leonard jumped over a fence and was found bathing in the hot tub sometime before 8 a.m. Leonard, who has no local address, was forced from the tub after refusing to get out, police said.

Leonard told the judge he was just trespassing because he was cold: “I’m anemic,” he said.

“Can you take care of your anemic condition without going into the hot tub at The Diplomat?” Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley asked.

“I didn’t do nothing but trespass,” Leonard said.

He remained in jail Thursday on $25 bond.

What this story does point out that a locking hot tub cover would have solved the issue. We produce thousands of locking hot tub covers for facilities just like the Diplomat.  They may be calling us any moment.

Hot Tubs Are Thriving In Branson, Mo

April 11th, 2012 by

Hello again;

I like positive stories about people or companies achieving some level of success.

In the past 5 years many hot tub dealers have had a tough time, so when one does well it’s newsworthy.

- Jack

Hot Tub near Branson, Missouri

Hot Tub near Branson, Missouri


Branson Tri Lake News

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:33 pm

By Stephen Herzog |

A down economy doesn’t appear to be hurting Branson Hot Tubs & Pools.

The business, which opened in 2002, recently expanded its showroom after acquiring 1,500 square feet of the building next door.

The expanded showroom includes 12-16 hot tubs and two additional above ground pools.


“By the grace of God, I guess,” David Foraker said of his business’s ability to thrive in the current economy. “We’ve got a good crew — decent people, as honest as can be.”

He said he thinks word of mouth and reliable service has helped them remain strong in an industry that might not normally be considered “recession proof.”

“We have a lot of local customers and we have a lot of people from Arkansas,” he said. “Our reputation has grown and we just work on taking care of customers.”

He said the company has developed relationships with many people in the community through “pool schools” in which he coordinates several experts to provide information at local resorts, camps or hotels about maintenance and efficiency.

He said information includes things like the best use of chemicals, motor maintenance, energy efficiency and current and upcoming regulations.

“We’re not trying to sell them anything,” Foraker said. “We’re just trying to educate them. It’s not a sales pitch.”

The added showroom space takes the business to about 4,500 square feet all together, and Foraker said he believes it’s an investment that should pay for itself.

But he also doesn’t expect this growth to be the start of something new.

“I’d like to stay where I’m at,” he said. “This space was made available because we worked out a good deal with the landlord, but I’m not looking to keep expanding.”

The business will be celebrating its 10th anniversary Saturday with an open house from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The event includes hot dogs and cupcakes, with hourly door prizes and a water care class at 1 p.m.

Branson Hot Tubs & Pools is located at 800 Missouri 248 in Branson, Missouri.

Our Hats are off to Branson Hot Tubs and Pools. Their approach at providing free spa and hot tub education for their surrounding community has resulted in a loyal customer base. It’s not a new strategy, but may be the best one in a down economy. It’s also a core belief at Hot Tub Works. Through this blog, our Hot Tub Toolbox, our Videos and Spa Repair Forum, our mission is to answer all of our customers spa care and repair questions.

If you are looking for spa parts, spa filters, or spa covers please visit

- Jack

Birthday Surprise from a Super Customer

July 26th, 2011 by

birthday-balloonsHere at Hot Tub Works we in customer service aim to give all our customers “over the top” customer service -  the extra mile for to give them the caring human touch that they would receive if they were speaking to us face to face.

Let me share an experience I just had with a customer going going the extra mile.

On Tuesday 07/12/11 I had the pleasure of speaking with a new customer and during the course of our conversation she told me her birthday was the next day and she would be turning 86. Coincidental we share the same birthday. We both thought this was really neat and we ended our conversation wishing each other Happy Birthday.

I was not in the office on the 13th but had a wonderful surprise waiting for me when I returned the next day. Thursday morning I was listening to my voice messages and the first one I listened was a sweet voice singing me happy birthday. This wonderful, sweet lady took time to call me on her birthday to sing happy birthday to me! I can not fully express how wonderful this felt. I have been smiling ever since!

Here’s to “over the top” customers!


Hot Tub Monkeys

June 23rd, 2011 by

Almost 60 years ago, Japanese tourists starting feeding these monkeys who used their new free time on new ways to entertain themselves. One of them was hot tubbing in the volcanic pools of hot water. Pretty smart monkeys!


Here’s a great video of the hot tub monkeys of Nagano, Japan – enjoying a hot tub soak!

Hot Tubs and Watermelons

June 16th, 2011 by


A San Jose man allegedly charged patients $300 an hour for treatments such as eating watermelon and soaking in a hot tub, according to prosecutors.

Eugene Vasin, 54, had no medical license and only brief training before treating Ronelle Kotter, of Belmont, for the illness between 2009 and 2010.

Vasin told Kotter she did not have MS and had Lyme disease instead, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Alternative treatments to his alternative diagnoses included reducing the medications given by Kotter’s real doctors, injections of vitamin B-12, and hot tub treatments to aid her kidneys, according to the newspaper.

Vasin also treated Kotter’s daughter. Some of his treatments worked, she said, and Ronelle Kotter believed in them whole-heartedly.

Kotter’s family, however, had to fight Vasin to convince Ronelle to pursue traditional medicine. They eventually reported him to police, after he billed Ronelle Kotter for everything from sending e-mails and receiving phone calls to driving to her home, the newspaper reported.