Hydromassage tubs are the ideal place where to relief from daily stress and keep away the tensions that jeopardize our psycho-physical balance. Buying a hydromassage tub for domestic use today is not out of range any longer. There are plenty of solutions suitable to any space or budget on the market. Be it destined to your spa or house, the choice of hydromassage tubs require some technical considerations. Archiproducts will guide you throughout the choice of the top quality product matching your needs!
Hydromassage tubs: a guarantee of relax
A hydromassage tub should be selected based on its functions and the options it offers. It is possible to have air massages or water massages in a hydromassage tub and according to their combination you can have soothing, reinforcing, stimulating or therapeutic massages. With air massages, the flow comes from the tub bottom for a relaxing and therapeutic effect, whereas with water massages, the flow comes from lateral nozzles. Some models have nozzles placed behind the back for lombar massages, or at the feet level for plantar massage. Nozzles are swiveling so to direct the jets and the intensity can be adjusted. The most technologically advanced hydromassage tub models feature hidden taps and touch screen controls, recessed in the tub edge for a smooth-contour design. Extra comfort can be ensured by bathtub headrests, allowing to lay down without slipping on the tub bottom. Eventually, to enrich your multi-sensorial experience, you can integrate in your hydromassage tub extra accessories, such as a system for aromatherapy, lamps for chromotherapy or a bluetooth stereo system to listen to your favorite music while taking a bath.
Hydromassage tubs. What are they and how do they work?
Hydromassages are bathtub endowed with nozzles, meant to reward oneself with a full body massage. Thanks to its hydrotherapeutic action, hydromassage tubs can relax all muscles and release stress and tensions. How does a hydromassage work? Hydromassage work is based on the physics principle of the Venturi effect. A pump allows the water to be sucked and let circulate again through pipes and is then emitted to the tub again through the nozzles. Inside the nozzles which are manually or automatically adjustable, water and air mix to generate the massaging jet. The air microbubbles issuing from the strong water flow compress the different tissues producing a micromassage that acts on the blood circulation and on the muscles. Hydromassage works thanks to a perfect combination among temperature, pressure and the water movement. The ideal temperature for a relaxing bath is between 32°C and 37°C, while pressure needs to be moderate to avoid breaking superficial capillaries. Hot water (37°-38°C) is decontructuring and benefits blood circulation while cold water has a tonic-stimulating effect and can bring up blood pressure. It is therefore not advised to take a too hot hydromassage bath or to soak for a long time in case of low pressure or cardiovascular diseases. It is recommended to use hydromassage tub a few times per week and for a maximum of twenty minutes. After the bath it is advisable to lay down for ten minutes, wrapped up in the bath robe so to restore a normal pressure.
What benefits do hydromassage tubs carry?
Following compression, capillaries dilate, thus increasing the peripheral circulation speed. While the tissues are prompted to re-balancing their metabolism, muscles tone up and blood vessels strengthen. Inferior limbs get lighter thanks to liquids draining and the skin becomes more elastic and firm, thus improving the cellulite imperfections. From a therapeutic point of view, hydromassage tubs help recovering from minor traumas like sprains, contusions, muscles contractures. Hydromassage leads to an overall sense of wellness and of relief from stress and tiredness; it is thereby very useful to retrieve psycho-physical energies. As it dilates the pores, heat favors the absorption of beneficial substances for the skin such as vegetables extracts or salts. Not least important, hydromassage brings benefits to the mind too as it contributes to unleashing endorphins, with a positive impact on the level of fulfillment and the sense of wellness.
How to choose the perfect tub for your bathroom
The size and shape of the space will be pivotal to select the shape of your hydromassage tub. In small bathrooms, for instance, it is advisable to install compact rectangular hydromassage tubs that can be positioned along a wall, depending on the available space. The market offers compact models of 140x80 cm, with a larger depth so to allow even taller people to have enough room to soak entirely. For a medium size bathroom you can opt for an angular hydromassage tub, suitable to spaces with a square plant and two free orthogonal walls. The size of an angular tub can start from 120x120 cm and reach up to 165x165 cm; the larger models can accommodate two people at the same time. For large bathrooms spaces, you can freely opt for any shape; from the modern rounded hydromassage tubs - in their freestanding version to obtain a mini-pool effect, or recessed to evoke a spa atmosphere -, to the comfortable oval hydromassage tubs – round-shaped so to ergonomically envelop the body. The must-have of the moment are certainly freestanding hydromassage tubs, that dominate the scene transforming the bathroom in a space of charm. Due to the fact they can be freely installed, freestanding hydromassage tubs come in a variety of shapes; however for their installation it is necessary to place both the drain and the water adduction system on the floor and equip the fixture with floor standing taps. Therefore this type of installation implies higher initial costs.
Getting oriented in the choice of hydromassage tub materials
Acrylic hydromassage tubs are the most popular thanks to the contained cost, the simplicity of their production process and their hygiene. Sanitary acrylic is suitable to any geometry, resistant to UV rays, cleaners and mechanic stresses and can be easily smoothed and polished in case of scratches and abrasions. Once finished, an acrylic tub can weigh around 25 and 35 kg; therefore it needs to be carefully installed, in order to avert the walls or base to bend excessively. In a way to mitigate the exceeding flexibility of the tub, acrylic is often reinforced with glass fibers. As an alternative to sanitary acrylic, there are hydromassage tubs in Corian®, robust and hygienic thanks to their plane and non-porous surface, but definitely more expansive. As for the freestanding versions, it is of utmost importance to also carefully choose the external shell. Be it laminate, wood, acrylic stone, the tub shell needs to merge harmoniously with the surrounding environment and finish it in a resolute but discreet way.
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