MAY 19 - 29, 2017
Your poor feet!
Even if your feet don’t ache, think about their lot in life. Your feet are packed into tight shoes, often at unnatural angles for 10 or more hours a day. And all other whiny body parts should consider that your feet bear your full weight all day long. Ironically, the more fit and active you are, the more your feet take a pounding.
Your feet deserve a break. Your feet deserve a massage.
Often, when we think about feet and foot massages, the word ‘reflexology’ pops up. Essentially, it’s a type of massage to relieve tension and treat illness. It’s based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and head linked to various parts of the body. Its claims are substantial. However, that’s not what we’re talking about.
If you accept the idea that reflexology can effectively reduce pain, anxiety and provides relief for a host of medical conditions, remember that the practice is highly specific and delivered by trained practitioners. If you’re interested in what the research says about reflexology, we recommend you look at this University of Minnesota article.
Instead, we’re simply touting the fact that a good foot massage not only feels great, it can therapeutically help a great deal.
Your feet are probably the least pampered part of your body while taking most of the pressure. An American Podiatric Medical Association survey shows that a majority of Americans (77 percent) have experienced foot pain, but that most people don’t do anything about it.
You’re probably not in a position to pay for a foot massage each and every day, yet in many models of Caldera hot tubs, a daily, thoroughly relaxing foot massage is exactly what you can get. You’re in control of it, because you can adjust the volume of the water flow that feels right for you. Once you select your customized foot massage setting, just sit back, relax and enjoy the sensation as you revive your tired feet.
A hot tub foot massage feels amazing! Maybe that’s enough, but it is benefiting you in other ways.
In general, a hot tub foot massage can loosen those tense, compacted muscles, ligaments and tendons that are under a great deal of stress, pressure and weight for most of every day. As the massage relieves the pressure stored in the tissues of your feet, your foot’s flexibility and movement can increase.
When your foot is under stress, blood flow is limited. Just like any massage, a hot tub foot massage improves circulation, allowing blood to transport oxygen and nutrition to cells. Waste and toxins are cleared. As stress is relieved throughout the foot, the flow of blood increases, helping to restore your tired dogs.
In a Caldera hot tub, each station is a relaxing seat with jets aligned to focus on massaging those same muscle groups. You can adjust the intensity of that massage at any station from a gentle sensation to a deep, penetrating massage. Sole Soothers® jets massage the bottoms of your feet.
A daily massage can also help relieve some of the aches and pains you may experience in your feet. However, foot pain shouldn’t be considered normal, and if yours is ongoing, it’s important to see a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat foot problems.
Interested in more information on foot massage? Check out these resources:
In the course of your day, do you experience severe foot problems or pain? Or do they simply ache after you’ve been on your feet all day? We’d especially like to know if your hot tub jets are positioned for a foot massage and what effect you think it has. Do your feet feel revived after a hot tub massage? Have you noticed a reduction in pain or an increase in flexibility? We’d love to hear about your experience so we can pass it on, especially to new customers considering a spa with jets that can deliver a foot massage.
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