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Hot Tubs, Spas, Whirlpools & Jacuzzis

If you’re shopping around for a hot tub, you have probably heard several different terms used. For all practical purposes, there’s no real difference between a hot tub and Jacuzzi. Both terms describe tubs of hot water which use jets of forced air to produce currents and bubbles, for both therapeutic and/or pleasurable purposes.

Jacuzzi is actually a brand name and therefore refers only to hot tubs and spas manufactured by the Jacuzzi company. Roy Jacuzzi created the first whirlpool spa in 1968, which was based on the hydrotherapeutic pumps built into a standalone unit. Roy brought this invention to the entire country, taking advantage of our obsession with cleanliness. His product was so successful that the brand name has now become synonymous with the invention itself.

Strictly speaking, a hot tub is often seen as different from a Jacuzzi or spa because it lacks jets. Almost any hot bath or basin of hot water could then be called a hot tub. Usually though, the term referred to wooden barrel hot tubs, which had a wood-burning stove for heating. Today it is common to treat hot tubs and Jacuzzis as one in the same. Technically, however, the term “hot tub” can refer to any tub of hot water, while Jacuzzi or spa would refer to hot tubs with jets.

Hot Tubs and Spas offer Many Therapeutic Benefits

Hot tubs and spas are used for hydrotherapy, also known as warm water therapy. Hydrotherapy needs three main healing ingredients; heat, buoyancy, and massage. These come together to facilitate an experience that is very relaxing and healthy. Hot tub hydrotherapy, if used regularly, can provide many health benefits that go well beyond relaxation and pleasure.

Water seems to be so pure and simple, but it can also do some amazing things for us. You may have joint or muscle pain, sleeping troubles, or be experiencing stress. Spending time your hot tub or spa can provide therapy and healing benefits for all.