One of the main reasons to own a hot tub is to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy and massage. The basic idea back when the Jacuzzi brothers were introducing hot tubs, is that a pump move water to jets that provide a soothing massage.
A warm water massage is invigorating and helps get blood flowing. Water stores and carries heat and energy. Relieve tired, aching and sore muscles with a massage provided by the spa jets.
There are various jet configurations in each seat type to help vary the pressure points and areas of the body to receive the beneficial massage treatment.
Even a single jet with water flowing through its orifice can provide some degree of stimulation and relaxation, but a cluster of jets is even better for treating larger areas of the body. Foot jets can even reach the soles of feet while ankle and leg jets provide a soothing massage to calfs, thighs and legs. A full body massage lounger such as the wave lounger found in GT500, Cozumel Ultra and Paradise Ultra spas provide scores of jets to benefit the entire body with a dynamic massage controlled by a separate panel.
Whether your spa has a full-blown digital whole body moving massage or clusters of ideally placed spa jets, the hydrotherapy benefit is much greater than the single jet type hot tubs often found in hotels where only 1 jet near the center of the back provides the massage.
This is one of the benefits of portable spas vs. inground spas, is that you will find many more jets in the portable spa varieties. It is rare an in-ground hot tub will have more than about a dozen jets. Some do offer an air system with air injectors, but the primary hydromassage comes from the water jets which moves water towards the body and not just air bubbles, although air bubbles can feel relaxing too.
A turbo charged air system is one in which there is duplicate plumbing so that air from the blower can be introduced into the water jets, creating a more powerful stream that provides an invigorating hydromassage. This in contrast to the simple Venturi air that is provided by a topside air control that allows more air to flow along with the water from a particular jet or jet group. Venturi is not forced air, but merely accompanying air that glides in as the water is flowing. The blower-powered turbo systems actually move the air forward and create a more powerful water stream in turbo-charged systems such as QCA Spas hot tubs that come with turbo air blower systems.
The actual hydrotherapy or alternative medicine water treatments used by occupational and physical therapists is a similar concept to hydrotherapy found in hot tubs. Moving hot water stimulates blood circulation and can actually treat symptoms of certain diseases.
The basis of hydrotherapy goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Public baths have been a mainstay of many societies around the world. Natural hot springs often provide moving hot water through vents with hot water streams emerging from the Earth. Some of that water is too hot to actually sit in front of.
With a hot tub, we have the luxury to control the water temperature and also the strength of the water massage.
If your heater is no longer working, you can still try Cryotherapy (cold water immersion) until you get a new heater shipped out asap from Hot Tub Outpost.
Hot tub Hydrotherapy massage benefits from a hot tub are delivered through a variety of multi-jet placements. Some jets such as the 14 Nozzle Turbo Jet actually are 14 jets in 1 with 14 streams of water providing a wide area of coverage.
Selecting a hot tub is based on size and budget, but also on the variety of jet configurations the spa provides. Once 30-40 jets are in a hot tub, it is best to operate the spa with 2 independent spa pumps, allowing for up to 80 or more jets to provide an even massage.
Jets can be different colors and styles as well, with some looking like grey or white plastic types while others are adorned with the stainless steel look. Some jets have single, stationary nozzles while other spa jets have rotating single or dual nozzles. Some jets have large faces and some have small faces, but the size of the actual orifice or hole in the jet determines the water stream.
Some jet types of the same size are actually interchangeable/replaceable. This means if you have, say, a 3 1/2″ rotating jet and would like a stationary one there, just swap out the jets with a similar size model that has the rotating or stationary feature you like.
To remove most spa jets, just turn them counterclockwise past the detente position and they unscrew completely, allowing the new jet insert of the same type to replace it quite easily.
Other jets such as fixed Euro jets cannot be replaced.
The benefit to having a larger spa with 2 jet pumps is that you typically get more jets and more clusters so as you move from seat to seat you can vary your hydrotherapy experience.
Look for neck jets or should jets in some models, and a wide variety of jet placements that are sure to please.
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