How a hot tub can improve your mental health

It’s mental health awareness week – an annual event which increases awareness about mental health and gives us the opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health. Throughout this blog, we discuss some of the ways spending time in a hot tub can improve your overall mental wellbeing.

 

Increased “happy hormones”

 

The hydrotherapy massage and warm water in a hot tub creates a pleasurable experience, which releases “happy hormones”.

 

Our hot tubs are designed with different massage types in each seat, using traditional techniques for healing and relaxation. We know that precisely locating the correct size jet and massaging action where it is most effective is key to relax the body and mind. According to 2004 research, both serotonin and dopamine levels increase after massage. Serotonin is associated with feelings of happiness, focus, and calm, whilst dopamine is associated with feelings of rewards, motivation, and being productive.

 

Being submerged in warm water is also therapeutic as it triggers the release of endorphins into your blood. “Your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin,” says Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist based in New York. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reliever and increase feelings of relaxation.

 

Get a good night’s sleep

 

Soaking in a hot tub around 90 minutes before bed could help you get a good night’s sleep. Around bedtime, our body temperature starts to drop, hitting its lowest level as we sleep, then rising again as we prepare to wake up. Although it seems contradictory, soaking in warm water causes blood circulation from the internal core to the peripheral sites of the hands and feet. This can help remove body heat and get the body temperature to go down which signals the pineal gland to start producing melatonin – a hormone that helps control your sleep patterns.

 

 

Create long-lasting memories

 

Nowadays, we spend more time on our phones and less time talking to each other. Hot tubs bring family and friends together and give us the opportunity to talk to each other about how we’re doing. By having a space to escape to with no distractions, we can re-connect with loved ones and create long-lasting memories.

 

Spend more time outdoors

 

Hot tubs motivate you to leave the sofa and go outside. Fresh air, sun, trees. Nature is a magical thing and can have strong wellness benefits – such as reducing stress, enhancing mood, and improving focus. Soaking in a hot tub is a form of escapism, it’s somewhere you can nestle away from the stresses of everyday life. The warm water and massage jets relax your body while the fresh air clears your head.

 

 

A hot tub will improve your life

 

A high-quality hot tub can improve your life in many ways. Soaking in a hot tub regularly improves your overall health and wellbeing. But it is SO important that you choose the right hot tub so you can experience these benefits. A hot tub that doesn’t work properly, requires constant repairs, or uses energy inadequately will only add more stress to your life. Get in touch today and we will help you find your dream hot tub – we only work with reputable manufacturers with exceptional warranties and guarantees.

 

Ordering hot tubs during continued lockdown

As a non essential business our showroom remains closed to the public at the moment and we are of course looking forward to being able to open again on 12 April with all the other non essential retail if we are permitted to do so under government guidelines.

We are still very much open for business though even if you can’t view hot tubs in person in the showroom.  One of the team is in the showroom answering the phone and taking click and collect orders during our published opening hours.  This is why if you google us it says we are open even if you can’t come inside the showroom.

We have Covid safe working methods for site surveys, installations, call outs and services so its very much business as usual.

Get in touch if you are interested in a hot tub or any of our other outdoor leisure products.  We have loads of great content and video material!

Give us a call on 0121 389 2758

Someone will answer or call you right back during these hours:

Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 6pm

Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday 10 am to 4pm

Since we work Saturdays and Sundays the team take a well earned rest day on Mondays.

We are still open for business even though showroom is closed

The Award Leisure Birmingham SHOWROOM IS CLOSED until 02 December

IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES

AWARD LEISURE BIRMINGHAM IS STILL TRADING IN ORDER TO SUPPORT OUR CUSTOMERS WITH MAINTAINING THEIR WATER SAFETY

 YOU CAN ORDER CHEMICALS AND ACCESSORIES BY PHONE, PAY BY CARD AND HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO YOUR DOORSTEP OR COLLECT  FROM THE SHOWROOM DOORSTEP AT PRE ARRANGED TIMES

 CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH YOUR HOT TUB WE CAN ADVISE OVER PHONE AND IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES WE CAN DO CALL OUTS OR REPAIRS

 HOT TUB AND OTHER PRODUCT SALES CAN STILL HAPPEN OVER INTERNET OR PHONE AND CAN BE DELIVERED WITHOUT CONTACT IN LINE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND GUIDELINES

 WE CAN DO VIDEO OR FACETIME DEMOS OF HOT TUBS AND WE CAN STILL SURVEY YOUR GARDEN IN LINE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND GUIDELINES

Call on 0121 389 2758 or click to contact us

Remember your hot tub is a safe place to be during this lockdown period for you and other members of your own household.  Advice  that chlorine or bromine will remove the Covid-19 virus can be seen here 

Showroom re opens Wednesday 17 June

We are very pleased to be able to open our showroom again on Wednesday 17 June following the government lifting of restrictions for non essential shops.

We are operating social distancing within government guidelines so please be aware that we have the following systems in place:

  • only one customer allowed in store at a time (one customer could be one person or a couple who are together) Maximum 2 people requested at once.
  • Please wait by front door to be served
  • Please observe the in store signs and floor footprints to observe social distance
  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided on arrival
  • Please note that it is recommended to book private appointments for hot tub viewings to ensure you will get as much out of your visit as possible.  Appointments will take priority so if you come to store without an appointment and  another customer’s appointment is already underway when you arrive we will ask you to book for a later time or to wait.  Also display stock is more limited than usual due to high demand we may need to arrange to meet you at one of our other showrooms depending on which model you are interested in.

To arrange an appointment or to request a brochure and see the current offers click here

When are we open again?

We are getting a lot of calls asking us if we are open at the moment, even people turning up to the showroom asking to come in.   Yes we are open for business, and during the Covid-19 lockdown period we are working at the showroom behind closed doors during our normal working hours.

Unfortunately however this doesn’t mean we can open the showroom to the public.  We are in the category of shops that may be allowed to open to the public again on  15 June if the government eases lockdown rules further.

As many of our valued customers know already we are here to look after your hot tub requirements in a number of ways:

  • We can supply hot tub and pool chemicals via collection from store door or home delivery.  Chemicals must be ordered in advance and paid for by card over the phone and collected at pre -arranged times.
  • Private appointments to view hot tubs can be arranged under some circumstances – please call the store in advance so we can explain the requirements and book an appointment.
  • We can deliver and service hot tubs following Public Health England safe working guidelines.

The demand for hot tubs has never been higher – so if interested don’t be put off by the closed sign on the showroom door!  We are taking orders for our new range of British Hot Tubs now for July/August delivery.

Whilst our showroom is closed we are still operational

The Award Leisure Birmingham SHOWROOM IS CLOSED

IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES

AWARD LEISURE BIRMINGHAM IS STILL TRADING IN ORDER TO SUPPORT OUR CUSTOMERS WiTH MAINTAINING THEIR WATER SAFETY

 YOU CAN ORDER CHEMICALS AND ACCESSORIES BY PHONE, PAY BY CARD AND HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO YOUR DOORSTEP

 CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH YOUR HOT TUB WE CAN ADVISE OVER PHONE AND IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES WE CAN DO CALL OUTS OR REPAIRS

 HOT TUB AND OTHER PRODUCT SALES CAN STILL HAPPEN OVER INTERNET OR PHONE AND CAN BE DELIVERED WITHOUT CONTACT IN LINE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND GUIDELINES

 WE CAN DO VIDEO OR FACETIME DEMOS OF HOT TUBS AND WE CAN STILL SURVEY YOUR GARDEN IN LINE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND GUIDELINES

Call on 0121 389 2758 or click to contact us

Remember your hot tub is a safe place to be during this lockdown period for you and other members of your own household.  Advice  that chlorine or bromine will remove the Covid-19 virus can be seen here 

Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs?

As long as your hot tub is properly maintained and the water chemical levels correctly managed your hot tub or swim spa is a great place to spend self isolation, quarantine or lock down during the pandemic.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the following guidance:
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs?

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.  Source material is available here

The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) advised the same after consulting with Public Health England.  They do remind people of course to practice social distancing and to avoid gatherings with friends and family which would perhaps imply that you should keep your hot tub or swim spa use to members of your own household.  You can see what they had to say here.

At Award Leisure we remain open for new and existing customers who need our support with their hot tubs and spas.  We have introduced new working practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff.  You can read more on that here.

Some of the ways we can help find your new hot tub or look after your old hot tub include home visits and surveys (practicing social distance), video consultations,  personal appointments at the showroom (have it to yourself), contact free installations and contact free hot tub services and call outs.   Contact us to find out more