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AUSTRALIAN MADE SPAS, IS IT TIME TO DIP YOUR TOES IN?

AUSTRALIAN MADE SPAS, IS IT TIME TO DIP YOUR TOES IN?

Australian Made Spas, Is it time to dip your toes in?

We’ve all become more conscious of the time we’re spending in our homes lately. For many of us, this means investing in our space to ensure it’s an enjoyable place to be.

As the leading spa company in Australia, it’s no surprise that we’ve noticed a growing demand for home spas over the past few months.

Whether you’re a first-time spa owner or have enjoyed the wellbeing benefits of a spa before, there’s a few important considerations to note before you invest in your own. Let’s take a look…

What is a home spa?

A home spa, or a hot tub as you might know it, is a unit filled with water for relaxation, rejuvenation and wellbeing. With self-contained plumbing, they are easy to install in outdoor spaces, such as backyards and gardens. Many homes have spas installed as a wallet and space-friendly alternative to swimming pools, with a range of added benefits that pools just can’t offer.

Home spas can vary in size and purpose, so it’s worth doing some research before spending your cash. Let’s take a ‘deep dive’ so to speak and look at this in more depth!

What different types of spas are there?

Before you invest in a home spa you need to consider who it’s for and where it will be located. This will determine the most important factor – the size of the spa. These can range from compact couple sizing through to large family 12-seaters.

Typically speaking, there are three main spas:

Hydrotherapy spa

Used by sports people and those with certain physical ailments, like joint pain and muscle tears, hydrotherapy spas offer therapeutic care through soaking in warm water. The important jet features hone in on pressure points like the neck area, to provide therapy and massage. These are popular with people who suffer with back pain or compete in sport of any level.

Relaxation and entertainment spa

Very similar to the above, except that its intent is for leisure use. As such, there’s plenty of space to invite guests in for entertaining. Whether you want to soak your stresses away, or catch up with friends in informal surroundings, this is one of our most popular choices.

Swim spa

These larger spa units are intended for both relaxation and stretching out, allowing you to capitalise on the space. They feature jets to circulate the water, providing a current for the swimmer to swim against. Ideal for anyone who wants to do a few strokes but doesn’t have the space or budget for a pool.

Finding the right size spa

There’s a number of factors to consider when opting for the right size spa. Budget aside think about the intended purpose for the spa, your space and what features are important to your family’s needs.

If you have a smaller space to fit your new spa, but still want all the luxury features we recommend these sizes,

- Up to 2m x 2m
- Up to 2.4m x 2.4m

 

If you're planning to entertain or you want the whole family to enjoy spa time at once, check our range with these number of seats,

Forget about the gym or public pools, if you're wanting to get a workout in or find a spa that has all the benefits of a pool and more, a swim spa is a perfect option for you.

See our swim spa range

Let’s talk jets and pumps

From basic to luxurious – jets are an important feature that can level-up your spa experience. Using air, they circulate water around, providing massage benefits, as well as adding to your enjoyment.

If you suffer with a certain ailment, look at the jet positioning to ensure it’s targeting your affected area.

As a general rule, the larger the spa, the more jets you can expect. For instance, some of the bigger spas have up to 71 jets, compared to two or three that the smaller versions carry.

Therefore, if you want jet action- go big - or opt for a hydrotherapy spa.

It’s also worth knowing that jets are powered by pumps. They circulate water through the filter and heaters (if applicable) and play an important role.

Keeping it filtered

Much like any large water-based appliances, your spa needs to be maintained for the maximum enjoyment. This means filtering out natural dirt and debris that comes with lounge time. Look for a spa that offers filtration, for keeping the water as clean as possible, without having to use chemicals.

Putting the hot in hot tub!

Even though we’re lucky to live in a warm climate, evening dips in the spa can get a little chilly in winter. All our spas have heaters, meaning you can enjoy your investment all year around. This might be particularly beneficial if you have young children who may be more sensitive to cold water or may only spa when the sun goes down.

Spa Covers

Don’t forget to invest in a cover. Not only in many states are these mandatory for safety, they also offer protection from leaves and foliage, as well as unwanted critters all have a way of finding themselves going for a dip. A secure cover is the best way to prevent unwanted debris floating around. It will also mean your filtration needs to do less of the heavy lifting.

Other important features

As a side note, there’s a few other notable features to consider in your purchase decision, such as:

  • Made in Australia – to guarantee the quality of your spa, you may wish to shop Australian. As one of the leading countries in spa production, it also means you can speak to the supplier direct in the unlikely event of encountering problems
  • Warranty – after care is an important part of your product. Look for trusted businesses that offer a guarantee or warranty with the purchase. Also ask them what their maintenance fees or call-out support is like.

Spas make a wonderful addition to any home, and will transform your space into a relaxing centre of wellbeing that you’ll enjoy spending time in. Just be sure to do your homework first, to ensure you’re investing in a spa that’s right for you.

Eager for more? Read our Spa Benefits here.

Top 3 Health Benefits Of Owning A Swim Spa

Top 3 Health Benefits Of Owning A Swim Spa

Top 3 Health Benefits Of Owning A Swim Spa

Spas have long been considered a luxurious addition to the family home, an add-on for leisure and entertainment. Going for a dip in a spa is recognised world-over as a bit of a treat, perhaps an opportunity for relaxation after a hard day’s work or a great excuse to have friends over in the summertime (hot tub party anyone?). Of course, their wide range of benefits aren’t restricted to entertainment and socialising, particularly when it comes to swim spas. With the spaciousness and set-up to allow for exercise and hydrotherapy, the list of health benefits that a swim spa can provide are only as limited as your creativity - but for now, we’ve put together a list of our top 3 health benefits that swim spas can provide.

Remedial and therapeutic treatment

Swim spas are the perfect at-home station for hydrotherapy, a gentle and accessible method for treating issues like chronic pain and neuromuscular conditions. Using hydrotherapy as a treatment for ongoing medical issues has quickly become a preferred method for many recovery and rehabilitation programs, from those for acute pain and injuries all the way to rheumatic conditions like fibromyalgia.

This is due to the water’s buoyancy, allowing for body weight to be significantly reduced along with supporting the body to move more easily and with balance. The warmth of the water aids joints and muscles in loosening and relaxing as well. This gives everyone - from senior citizens to children, to professional athletes - a great option for healing and treatment where traditional physical therapy may not be as effective.

Those with muscular problems, in particular, can stand to gain significant relief from hydrotherapy in a swim spa. Due to swim spa jet streams, water pressure can be manipulated and used to provide hydro-massage treatment for targeted pains. People with muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis can utilise swim spas for a much more encouraging environment to treat symptoms and mobility, enabling them to perform exercises and movements that may be difficult, painful or even impossible on land. A swim spa enables a more supportive environment to slowly practice movements and help relieve pain and discomfort and can instil confidence in those with neuromuscular or nervous system issues to continue with courage in their treatment.

Mental health, stress and social wellbeing

While we may write off the social and relaxation aspect of a swim spa as more of an indulgence than a health benefit, it would be a discredit to dismiss the countless mental health benefits they can provide.

With everyone being home so much more in the year 2020, more often than not it can be hard to find a place to truly have “me-time”. A swim spa allows you the luxury of full relaxation at home at any time without needing to leave the house, pay for access or share with anyone else! You have full control over your setting, which means you can light a candle, play some music, adjust the jet streams and relax in your own privacy (whether it’s at 10 am or 10 pm). On the other hand, a swim spa also provides a family-friendly solution for socialising thanks to its safety and security. The size of a swim spa, as opposed to a normal spa, means there’s plenty of room for everyone to spend some quality time together, and being in the water means there’s no phones, games or gadgets to distract from enjoying each other’s company and conversation.

Mental troubles such as anxiety and stress can show up in many physical forms, from soreness and fatigue to migraines and muscle tension, which is why it’s so important to have an accessible option for treating those bodily symptoms as well. The heat of the water from your swim spa can help to loosen up tight joints and increase blood flow to problem areas, soothing and accelerating your healing process. This can contribute to your overall wellbeing and quality of life by providing a reassuring comfort when the day’s stresses are stacking up. Going for a swim in your swim spa also means that you can work on improving your energy and stamina levels, which may have the flow-on effect of improving other areas of your life including your immune system and sleep health.

Exercise and overall health

One truth that has always stood the test of time is that consistent exercise leads to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life. Even without any ailments, any one person stands to gain so much from keeping fit and maintaining an exercise routine. With a swim spa, it’s easier than ever to do just that. Whether it’s aerobic endurance, weights, cardio or yoga, you can incorporate and enhance many of your usual exercises with the water buoyancy and warmth a swim spa provides - not to mention make it a lot more fun! As a low-impact alternative to exercising on land, added benefits can include lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar levels. Even by soaking in your swim spa for just 15 minutes, studies have shown blood pressure can lower significantly due to higher blood flow and increased oxygen in your bloodstream. Elements to your physicality like flexibility, coordination, balance and stamina can all be improved upon through regular exercise in a swim spa, helping you to achieve an overall level of fitness you can be proud of without even leaving the house.

With so many different options for exercise, treatment of specific conditions and lightening the mental load, a swim spa can be a useful, versatile and (most importantly) fun and engaging way to maintain great overall health. Whether in a group or by yourself, a swim spa means you can engineer your workout or indulge in its therapeutic benefits whenever and however you please. The excellent effectiveness of hydrotherapy combined with the advantages of a large-scale spa with jet streams means that anyone can freely enjoy keeping fit from the comfort of their own home - an ideal solution for anyone and everyone!

Eager for more? Read our Spa Benefits here.

Spa Water

Spa Water

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE

Owning a swim spa feels like having the best of what the world has to offer. But the secret to achieving its therapeutic purpose is finding the right balance for your spa water. This is where some spa owners hit a snag. How do you find the right balance for your spa? Wait, what do we even mean by balance?

Spa water balance is the relationship between different chemical measurements in your spa. Now let’s get back to our initial question, “How do you find the right balance for your spa water?”

WATER BALANCE

Water balance is an important part of enjoying your spa and it is not about becoming a mad chemical scientist. It refers to the pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness level of the spa water. These act together and have an effect on water quality, equipment, and sanitising. They should be checked and maintained in accordance with your spa manual. Generally, water is regarded as either balanced, corrosive or scaling.

Balanced water refers to water whereby the correct pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness levels are achieved. Corrosive water usually refers to water with a low pH that is acidic. This will shorten the life of equipment in your spa and may also make water uncomfortable for bathers either in aggressive fuming or skin irritation. Scaling water refers to the water where the pH is generally too high and can lead to cloudy water and calcium deposits forming in pipes and around equipment.

So how do you know what your water balance is? It is as simple as using your test strips or better still, take a spa water sample into your Just Spas shop and have them test it for you or your local pool professional, leaving you to just enjoy your spa.

Keeping it simple …

  • pH is a measure of the how acidic or alkaline spa’s water level is. The ideal level is between 7.4 and 7.6
  • Total Alkalinity acts as a buffer for pH and gives you the ability to better control your pH levels, which is why it is essential to balance total alkalinity before looking at pH levels. The ideal level is between 125ppm and 150ppm
  • Calcium Hardness is the measure of how hard or soft your spa water is. It measures the amount of dissolved calcium in the water. Just like pH and Total Alkalinity, it is important to keep the calcium hardness balanced to prevent your hot tub water from becoming corrosive or scaling. The ideal level is between 200ppm and 245ppm

Filtration

There is no magic stand-alone product that can provide crystal clear water. No matter your level of sanitiser or water balance, Filtration is the final in the trilogy to maintaining healthy, safe and sparkling water. Your filtration run times and maintenance of your microban filters is critical. Your filters remove oxidised organic debris and suspended matter from the spa, providing clear, sparkling water. Speak to your Just Spas professional for your filtration run times and remember these may need increasing when you are enjoying your spa more. Clean your cartridges regularly with SPA FRESH ULTRA™ INSTANT FILTER CLEAN & replace annually. We recommend a 2nd set of filters to rotate weekly

Why You Should Test Your Spa Water

Testing your spa tells you a lot about your water. In fact, it is the only way to know the health of your spa. Crystal clear looking water does not necessarily mean is it healthy or safe to use. As a spa owner, one of the important things you can do is to test your water, or have it tested for you.

Maintain your spa’s water balance and sanitiser will help not only protect you, family and friends but also the lifespan of your spa giving you many years of enjoyment and protecting your investment.

Eager for more? Read our benefits of owning a spa here.

Benefits Of Owning A Spa

Benefits Of Owning A Spa

Why you need a spa in your life.

Right back to the traditional round hot tubs of the swinging sixties to the most advanced modern-day models. Spas have always oozed absolute fun and absolute luxury. They are considered the dream purchase, the object of extreme relaxation. But why are they so popular and what benefits can they add to your life?

We like to think of spas as something to enhance your lifestyle, a little extra splash of leisure in your own backyard. Spas are more than just what meets the eye. They are a wellness centre along with being the entertainment hub of the home.

Therapeutic benefits of spas date back to ancient Egyptians. Archaeologists have evidence that shows men had used hot water baths for health benefits during this period, along with King Phraortes of Persia requesting a spa be made from solid granite during 600 B.C. for his personal use.

Since then the technology of spas has come leaps and bounds, with immense features, quality construction and powerful jets, this just adds to the overall modern-day spa experience. There are so many reasons why spas have now become a permanent fixture in many Australian backyards. Here are just a few points for why we think you need a spa in your life.

What you need to know about spas hydrotherapy Benefits

A big reason for the continued popularity of spas in the hydrotherapy benefits they offer. Your favourite athlete or sports stars most likely use some form of hydrotherapy, post-game or in recovery for injuries.

The three factors that work within a spa are heat, buoyancy and massage. These combined can help promote overall wellness that can have a positive effect over the body and mind.

The weightlessness you feel when you’re in a body of water can help relieve tension in your muscles allowing your body to move with ease within the water.

Soaking in hot water can also raise your body temperature. This can increase blood flow, helping alleviate pain along with helping heal and rehabilitate damaged muscles or joints.

When you raise your body temperature, you will naturally start to sweat. This is the way of your body eliminating toxins and flushing out impurities out. This can help with detoxing and cleansing your body, getting rid of any nasties.

Invest in a deeper, more restful sleep

Ever been jealous of the dog snoring away while you’re struggling to get to sleep? Did you know soaking in a spa for 15 minutes an hour before bed could help you have a better night’s sleep?

Sleep plays such an important factor in not only our health but also our wellness. Lack of sleep can impact our bodies ability to repair itself and can also have an effect on the overall health of the body and mind.

By submerging your body in hot water, such as a spa, can help promote relaxation by raising your body temperature. This allows your muscles to hold less tension, making you feel more comfortable. By adding some spa time into your bed routine, may be helpful to your ability to drift off to sleep easier along with aiding in a deeper, more peaceful sleep.

Find fitness in your own backyard

You may be thinking can I really get a workout in a traditional spa? Yes, you can. Working out in water can have less strain on your body than a traditional land workout. This is due to the fact that water supports some of your weight, having a lower impact on your joints along with reducing the chance of injury.

With water reducing the effects of gravity, this allows a wider range of motion increasing flexibility. Making a spa the perfect place for stretching workouts such as yoga that can improve joint mobility, cardiovascular health and a healthy mind.

The natural resistance of water allows you to get much more out of water exercises. Working your core through torso twists, flutter kicks or even reverse crunches can offer low impact workout that can be far more effective than the traditional option.

Bring entertainment and family fun home

Iconically Australian, backyards are the heart of the home and the hub of family fun. Spas offer the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends and are the ultimate party addition. Don’t get us wrong spas are great for relaxing, but did you know they are great fun too?

The kids will love spending time in the spa and can bring in fun floats, play water games and splash around. When the kids are finished playing and are in bed, why not have a romantic night in with a little champagne along with adding some LED candles around the spa… The best part is you don’t even have to hire a babysitter.

It all sounds pretty good, right? What’s not to love! From fitness, wellness to keeping the kids entertained a spa can do it all. Although it can seem like a big investment, with the technology advances around construction, spas have a much longer lifespan than ever before. Add more value to your family’s life and turn your backyard into your own little getaway.

Eager for more? Read our Swim Spa Benefits here.