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Hot tub health benefits

Feel the hot tub health benefits with the ancient tradition of hydrotherapy

For thousands of years people have recognised the healing benefits of hot water and devices such as hot tubs meaning that everyone can now enjoy the therapeutic properties of a warm water massage.

Hydrotherapy, the practice of using water for pain relief, is very popular and with a hot tub from Alfresco Life you can wash away your aches and pains from the comfort of your own home. Top of the range hot tubs, like those produced by Sundance Spas, can promote health and wellbeing.

Less stress and better sleep

The technologically advanced jets and modern seat designs ensure that Sundance Spas hot tubs provide the following benefits:

  • Less stress
  • Better sleep
  • Relief from muscle soreness
  • Fewer symptoms of arthritis and back pain

Simply sit in your hot tub in you Cheshire garden, adjust the jets to get your perfect massage and feel the amazing results for yourself! Gain a feeling of calm, relieve pain and feel your energy increased after taking a dip in your very own hot tub from Sundance Spas.

Too much time on the couch?

A Sundance soak can revive your energy level – hydrotherapy

Not in the mood?

Perk up. Add an evocative SunScents fragrance to the water – aromatherapy

Wound up?

Our jet massage can loosen some of the 7,000 nerve endings in your feet – reflexology

Workout weary?

An Accu-Ssage therapy seat takes care of aches and pains – workout

Relax, recover and rejuvenate with hydrotherapy from Sundance Spas

Enjoy the hydrotherapy experience from the comfort of your own home with a hot tub from Sundance Spas. Immerse yourself in the comforting warm water to increase blood flow to help heal sore tissue and take the pressure off your joints. Feel your muscles and pressure points being soothed by the massaging jets and let the stresses of the day wash away.

Regular hydrotherapy can be an effective way of easing the symptoms of stress and relieving the pain caused by arthritis, so if you’re suffering from any of these conditions, investing in your own hot tub from Sundance Spas could help you. Contact your local dealer to try out a hydrotherapy spa today and out more information on the health benefits.

The elements of a Sundance Hydrotherapy spa

Spa hydrotherapy can have a number of benefits, from providing some much needed relaxation after a stressful day to healing effects to help you recover from injuries and sooth ailments, and there are three elements to a hydrotherapy spa from Sundance –

  • Heat: Improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue.
  • Buoyancy: Reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine.
  • Massage: Relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.

The healing benefits of hydrotherapy

The healing benefits of hydrotherapy have been for thousands of years, with every great civilisation taking part in some form of water healing.

In Ancient Egypt they would bath in heated waters treated with flowers and herbs, whilst the Greeks believed that water therapy was essential to optimal health. In India, hydrotherapy was a key part of well-being, with treatment that included inhaling steam to help the respiratory system.

The civilisation arguably the most famous for hydrotherapy was the Romans. They developed stunning healing and well-being centres around hot springs to use heated pools alongside steam treatments, and similar treatments are found in modern spas. The Germans and the Japanese have historically used natural hot springs for hydrotherapy to treat medical conditions, and they also believed that it would help promote beauty and encourage healthy aging.

Hot tub hydrotherapy is still widely used today and has been found to be effective in helping with sore muscles and stiffness, as well as the symptoms of inflammatory diseases and stress. Hydrotherapy treatments are so effective due to the combination of hot water, massage jets and the reduction of pressure on sore joints due to the decrease of body weight whilst in the water.

Sundance Spas continue these traditions to help promote physical and mental well-being, and allow you to relax and rejuvenate from the comfort of your own home with your very own hot tub.

Heighten the senses with fragrance

For hundreds of years people have known that the oils of plants could ease stress and relax the muscles, and aromatherapy is now more popular than ever before. From triggering memories to influencing your mood to sharpening your mind, there are many benefits to the practice of aromatherapy. The innovative SunScents spa aromatherapy from Sundance Spas was the first of its kind in the industry, and allows you to experience the twin benefits provided by both aromatherapy and hydrotherapy.

The SunScents system sends fragrance into your hot tub using air rather than liquids using the SilentAir injection method. This keeps the water clean whilst allowing you to experience the benefits of aromatherapy so you can rest your mind or invigorate your senses from the comfort and privacy of your very own hot tub.

Smells can invoke memories in a way that no other senses can, and with SunScents you can enjoy a rich aroma to help you relax and remember. Simply drop a SunScents basket into the SilentAir dispenser in your Sundance Spas hot tub and enjoy the fragrance as it is dispersed through the air injector jets.

The SunScents range has eight distinctive aromas available, each of which can enhance your mood.

  • Relaxing: French Lavender
  • Calming: Midnight Jasmine
  • Invigorating: Apple Orchard
  • Energising: Cherry Blossom
  • Soothing: Eucalyptus
  • Sensual: Tahitian Vanilla
  • Refreshing: Summer Rain
  • Uplifting: Lemon Fresh

Feel the healing benefits of a hot tub from Alfresco Life

The healing benefits of warm water has been known around the world for hundreds of years, and our hot tubs by Sundance Spas take this tradition to a new level by incorporating hydrotherapy techniques featuring colour, light, scent and music.

Hot tubs by Sundance Spas are perfect for enjoying the benefits of alternative therapies such as reflexology, chromatherapy and watsu.


The foot jets in many of our models are ideal for the massaging foot work involved in Reflexology.


The multi-coloured SunGlow lighting in 880 Series hot tubs, as well as the optional coloured lights in the 780 and 680 Series hot tubs, can create mood-enhancing shades.


Practice this healing art in one of our larger hot tubs

Why try different therapeutic approaches?

With a hot tub by Sundance Spas you have a choice of seats and jets in every model. This allows you to explore the various hydrotherapeutic techniques and get the most out of your spa sessions. You can learn how to target specific muscles and joints, find out which combinations of jets relax you the most and enjoy a new experience each and every day.

Add soothing sounds to your hydrotherapy experience

Music and Sundance Spas go hand in hand. Built in stereos are available as options for most of our hot tubs, so you can relax listening to your favourite music or throw a hot tub bash with some party tunes!

Sundance spas bluewave stereo system


Ease tension with the art of Watsu

Watsu combines the Japanese art of Shiatsu with warm water, which can help remove tension and enhance relaxation. Shiatsu is a form of “finger pressure” massage, which is applied to the body’s energy channels, and combining it with water has been found to be very effective.

The art of Watsu was developed in 1980 by Harold Dull who travelled to Japan to study Zen Shiatsu. When he got back to America, he promoted the benefits of this art combined with water and it is now practised in spas and therapeutic clinics all over the world.

A hot tub is the ideal place to practice Watsu

A warm spa (35 to 37 degrees C) is a perfect environment for a Watsu session. Floating in water supported by the Watsu practitioner, the Watsu receiver is gently stretched, turned and glided back and forth. As well as having specific pressure points manipulated, the receiver also becomes more aware of taking each breath at a slow and gentle rhythm, which helps towards the goal of complete relaxation.


Enjoying the soothing power of reflexology with Sundance Spas

Reflexology involves applying deep pressure to energy channels, or reflex points, in the hands and feet to heal the whole body. It is believed that reflexology can loosen calcium obstructions and free nerve pathways to bring about total relaxation.

A form of reflexology was first used over 5,000 years ago in ancient China, India and Egypt. Practitioners manipulate specific points on the hands and feet based on energy channels (known as the qi or chi in Chinese and Japanese medicine or the prana in Hindu), and these can affect healing in other areas of the body.

Reflexology in a Sundance Spa

The jets used in each Sundance Spa target the specific pressure points. The powerful foot jets massage all the areas of the feet, which contain more than 7,000 nerve endings. Some models also feature the reflexology foot dome which contains jets ideally placed to reach the sensitive areas of the feet.

Selected models also feature jets for the wrists and palms which help to remove tension in the nerves and muscles of the hands and wrists, and can also help with the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome.


Light up your life with Sundance Spas

Our moods can be affected by light and colour, and just as we need exposure to sunlight we can also benefit from exposure to certain colours in the spectrum. Each colour in the spectrum has its own wavelength, meaning it can provide a different effect on us.

Many models of hot tub from Sundance Spas feature multi-coloured in-spa lighting, so you can set the lighting to invoke a soothing environment and improve your mental well-being.

Chromatherapy: Colours to promote wellness.

  • RED: Stirs passion and the desire for transformation; increases self esteem.
  • YELLOW: Stimulates the intellect and inspires optimism; counters moodiness.
  • WHITE: Simplifies and adds clarity to the moment; repels dark feelings
  • GREEN: Creates a feeling of satisfaction with living in the moment; helps relieve insomnia.
  • BLUE: Bestows a sense of tranquillity, peacefulness and contentment; promotes healing processes.
  • TEAL: Facilitates a balance of logic and emotion; balances emotions.
  • VIOLET: Promotes feelings of intimacy and inspiration; calms anxiety.
  • PURPLE: Invigorates creativity and appreciation of the arts; relaxes and soothes.

We all need stress relief

Stress is a normal part of everyday life and occurs in many situations. Feelings of frustration, anger or anxiety are produced and it can come from many scenarios, including being stuck in traffic, overloaded at work or required to speak in public, so we can all recognise the symptoms and effects of stress.

It can be helpful to get stressed, as it may spur you on to make a change or meet a deadline, but there are effects on your health if you get stressed too often. Unnecessary muscle tension, headaches, aches and pains, and irritability are problems stress can bring about and in the long term, it could also lead to depression and heart disease.

Hot tub stress relief: It’s vital to find ways to remove stress to keep you healthy and happy. For hundreds of years, warm water therapies have been used for relaxation and healing and today we know that using hydrotherapy effectively can improve both your physical and mental well-being. Enjoy a few moments in a hot tub from Sundance Spas on a regular basis to help relieve the systems of stress by promoting relaxation, decreasing muscle tension and helping you get a good night’s sleep. Your local Sundance Spas dealers can give you more information on all the features that make hydrotherapy in one of our hot tubs so effective.

How hydrotherapy can help counter the effects of stress

Hydrotherapy in a Sundance Spas hot tub can help you reduce your stress levels every day. Simply enjoy a warm water massage to make yourself feel good day after day! Relaxing in your very own hot tub after a hard day is a great reward to yourself, and the combination of buoyancy, heat and massage will help you reduce stress.

  • Effective hydrotherapy increases blood circulation, which can help relieve tension headaches caused by stress.
  • Massaging jets, such as our patented Fluidix Nex jets, can directly soothe tightness in stress-prone areas, like the neck and shoulders.
  • Warm, massaging water helps stimulate the body’s natural production of endorphins, which reduce feelings of pain and anxiety.

Many people find they simply don’t have the time to relax and chill out, but with a hot tub from Alfresco Life in your Cheshire garden you can easily make the time. Discuss the day’s events with your loved ones, listen to your favourite music or just enjoy some me-time with your very own Sundance Spa!


Relieve the pain of arthritis with a Sundance Spa

Over the years, hydrotherapy in a hot tub has evolved from something to help you relax to a practice which can be therapeutic for a number of medical conditions including arthritis.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints which causes pain and swelling, as well as limiting movement. Medical researchers have found that spending time in a hot tub can help ease the aches and pains associated with arthritis and helping sooth joints to allow for more mobility.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, gentle stretching exercises should be done every day to help strengthen muscles and bones and increase flexibility. These exercises can also reduce the risk of joint injury, therefore protecting the joints, and doing these sorts of exercises in a hot tub can help ease stiff joints in the morning.

The American National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says that in the small number of controlled studies done on hydrotherapy for rheumatoid arthritis benefits have been reported.

Regular hydrotherapy can help with arthritis

Arthritis can make every day activities difficult, and when the pain strikes it can often be debilitating.

Sundance Spas’ hydrotherapy can help relieve arthritis symptoms:

  • The heat from the warm water relaxes the entire body as it increases blood flow.
  • The massaging action of the jets loosens muscle tension and soothes sore joints.
  • The water’s buoyancy makes you feel lighter, with up to 90% of your body weight lifted.

With Sundance Spas, you can set the water temperature and get a customised massage with the patented range of jets available, so you can sooth the areas which are troubling you. Owning your own hot tub from Sundance Spas means you can take advantage of it every single day and have effective pain relief always at your disposal.

To find out more information on hydrotherapy for arthritis in a Sundance Spa, contact your local dealer or request a brochure for more information.


Hydrotherapy and Type 2 Diabetes

The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study (16-08-1999) regarding the benefits of physical exercise and therapy from the use of hot tubs. As reported, patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus were studied using a hot tub 30 minutes a day for 6 days per week.

After only 10 days, patients required reduced doses of insulin, lost weight, showed distinct decreases in plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin, and benefited from an increase in their sense of well-being and better sleep.

The study also reported of benefits for patients who are unable to exercise. These patients would specifically benefit from increased blood flow to skeletal muscles. Once again, if you have this condition or other medical issues, you should also ask your doctor before starting any hydrotherapy program.


Say goodbye to sleep problems

Studies have found that many of us are suffering from sleep problems, with recent research from the University of Glasgow finding that as many as 51% of people in the UK have trouble getting to sleep. Not getting enough rest each night can affect you the next day, with many people reporting that being sleepy during the day time can make every day activities a struggle.

The Better Sleep Council recommends establishing a relaxing bedtime routine, and this includes soaking in hot tub or a warm bath to help maintain a healthy sleep cycle. The gentle and soothing water of a Sundance Spas hot tub is the perfect place to establish your night time routine.

Sleep Benefits of Hot Tubs: Whether it’s difficulty falling asleep or episodes of waking up and being unable to easily go back to sleep during the night, you probably experience a less-than-good night’s sleep from time to time. When lack of sleep becomes a chronic problem, it can start to affect you in many ways.

How important is a restful night’s sleep?

Studies show that:

  • Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory.
  • Chronic sleep loss affects the way the body processes and stores carbohydrates, which may lead to weight gain.
  • Tiredness from poor sleep can play a part in car accidents.
  • Lack of sleep can make you irritable and make it hard for you to concentrate.
  • Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension.
  • Eventually, chronic sleep loss can diminish the disease-fighting capabilities of the immune system.

You can improve your ability to fall and stay asleep at night time by learning to relax beforehand, and hydrotherapy in a Sundance Spas hot tub can not only help to promote relaxation but can also ease tension. Buoyancy reduces body weight by up to 90%, relieving pressure on joints and muscles, and massage helps to reduce stiffness and muscle soreness.

As well as these benefits, spending some time in a hot tub can also encourage your body to produce endorphins which stop pain and stress signals from reaching your brain. The effects of this can stay with you after you have completed your spa session so you’re content and ready to get yourself off to sleep.


The massage options provided by Sundance jets can help you ease stress and tension. For example, the patented Fluidix Nex jets focus on the neck muscles which is a common location for tension, and the different massaging actions available ensure you get the perfect massage for your needs.

You could also consider using the aromatherapy options that are available with certain spas to make you feel rested and ready for sleep and certain fragrances, such as Summer Rain from the SunScents aromatherapy collection, have qualities that calm the mind and enhance relaxation.

Sooth post-workout aches with Sundance hot tubs

Athletes have long been aware of the benefits of hot tub therapy for the relief of muscle soreness, strain and injuries caused by training and even if you’re not an athlete you can be left with some aches and pains from taking part in activities such as walking, tennis, cycling and gardening. For most people, the pains come from overuse or not being conditioned for a particular activity, rather than an accident, and this is where hot tubs can help.

Owners of Sundance Spas hot tubs can experience the benefits of post-workout hot tub therapy from the comfort of your own garden, and cultures from across the world recommend the benefits of hydrotherapy for pain relief for aching muscles and certain injuries.

Whatever activity you’ve been taking part in, you might find yourself feeling more tired than usual and ending up with some muscle aches and pains. Spending time in a Sundance Spas hot tub could be a great way to relieve the discomfort as the combination of heat, buoyancy and massage jets will deliver a highly effectively hydrotherapy spa.

Hydrotherapy is used to “treat injuries and aid in the rehabilitation of the athlete,” according to the book, Principles of Manual Sports Medicine by Steven J Karageanes. Writing about the effects of a warm-water whirlpool, Karageanes states, “It is believed that the circulating water causes mechanical stimulation to the skin, which causes a reflex anaesthetic effect and a decrease in muscle spasm.”

There are many after workout benefits from Sundance hydrotherapy, and it also has the ability to:

  • Ease the symptoms of muscle strains, sprains, and other injuries
  • Increase blood flow and circulation
  • Help with back pain
  • Ease the symptoms of arthritis
  • Help restore motion
  • Bring the body into a more calm state

For the relief of aches and pains in the neck, shoulders and back, the Accu-Ssage spa therapy seat is usually the best seat in the spa and you can also choose to stretch out in a full-body lounge for an overall massage (selected models). The patented Fluidix jets are especially designed to create therapeutic massage styles and sophisticated engineering allows them to move water with distinct variations, from swirling to pulsating. After an energetic workout, nothing feels better than a massage by Sundance.

Contact your local Sundance Spas UK dealer to find out more about choosing the right hot tub for your requirements.