Ten Health Benefits of using a Sauna - October 30, 2012
Fall has arrived! Bringing wonderful colors to the trees but has brought chill to the air as well. This is when a warm relaxing sauna came to mind.
Here are 10 health benefits of using a Finnleo Sauna! Please visit our Finnleo Sauna page!
1. Saunas relieve stress.
Not surprisingly, sauna bathers most frequently cite stress reduction as the number one benefit of sauna use. Medical studies often determine that stress in our daily lives can negatively affect our health. In fact, the vast majority of disease (i.e. heart disease) is at least partially stress-related. Heat bathing in a sauna provides stress relief in a number of ways. It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside. As we like to say, "Step into a Finnleo sauna, and close the door on the rest of the world." The heat from the sauna relaxes the body's muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s all-natural "feel good" chemical, and their release provides a truly wonderful "after sauna glow.”.
2. Saunas relax muscles and soothe aches/pains in both muscles and joints.
Under the high heat provided by a sauna, the body releases endorphins (see health and wellness benefit #1). Endorphins can have a mild, enjoyable "tranquilizing effect" and the ability to minimize the pain of arthritis and muscle soreness other from, say, an intense physical workout. Body temperature also rises from the heat of the sauna.. This causes blood vessels to dilate, therefore increasing blood circulation. This increased blood flow in turn speeds up the body’s natural healing process via soothing aches and pains and/or speeding up of the healing of minor bruises or cuts. After participating in physical sports, use the heat and/or steam of a sauna to promote muscle relaxation by helping to reduce muscle tension and eliminate lactic acid and/or other toxins that may be present.
3. Saunas flush toxins.
Many - if not most - of us do not actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating, however, has multiple proven health benefits. Benefits derived from a deep sweat can be achieved via regular sauna bathing.Due to the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. The blood vessels then dilate, causing increased blood flow (see above). As heat from the blood begins to move toward the skin's surface, the body’s nervous system then sends signals to the millions of sweat glands that cover the human body. As the sweat glands become stimulated, they produce sweat. Sweat production is primarily designed to cool the body, and is composed of 99% water. However, deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemical - which are all toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments.There is no shortage of books from Doctors and practitioners, who describe the benefits of detoxifying our bodies regularly. As many doctors will agree, a big reason for the popularity of saunas is that they are one of the best ways to detoxify our bodies.
4. Sauna cleanses the skin.
Heat bathing is one of the oldest beauty and/or health strategies in terms of cleansing one's skin. When the body begins to produce sweat via deep sweating, the skin is then cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced - keeping your skin in good working condition.Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve the capillary circulation, while giving the skin a softer-looking quality. Dr. Ben H Douglas, a professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and author of "Ageless: Living Younger Longer,” attests that "Sweating is a way of energizing the skin almost the way exercising a muscle energizes it.” He goes on to explain that, when you sweat, the rush of fluid to the skin "bathes skin cells with a liquid rich in nutrients,” which "fills in the spaces around the cells” and even "plumps up" tiny wrinkles. He also mentions that the nutrients and minerals in sweat "are essential to maintaining the collagen structure of the skin.” Bathing skin in sweat on a fairly regular basis, therefore deters collagen breakdown that can ultimately result in wrinkles and sags. By continually flushing body waste through individual cells, one eventually brings back vitality, tone and a healthy glow to the skin. Sauna usage is certainly not a cure for acne, but it can very often help - due to the deep cleansing it provides from a deep sweat (that is, cleaning the pores from the very inside out - instead of just cleaning the top of the skin).
5. Saunas can induce a deeper sleep.
Research has shown that a deeper, more relaxed sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins (see above), body temperature is raised in the late evening only to fall once bedtime comes around. This slow, relaxing decline in endorphins is key in facilitating sleep. Numerous sauna bathers worldwide recall the deep sleep experiences that they feel after bathing the the calming heat of a sauna.
6. Saunas bring about recreational and social benefits.
While the social benefit is rarely talked about, it's really actually quite important. The sauna can be a private, personal area of relaxation and solitude. However, it can just as easily be a relaxing environment for socializing with family, friends and soon-to-be friends. The sauna room environment is conducive to open, intimate and quiet conversation.
7. Sauna improves cardiovascular performance.
In the high temperatures of a traditional or infrared sauna, skin heats up and core body temperature rises.In response to these increase heat levels, the blood vessels near the skin dilate and "cardiac output" increases. Medical research has told us that the heart rate can rise from 60-70 bpm (beats per minute) to 110-120 bpm in the sauna (140-150 with more intensive bathing), and can often sink to below normal after the cooling off stage. With regular sauna useage, we not only train our heart muscles and improve the heart rate/cardiac output, but we also help the body's regulatory system.Even more cardiovascular conditioning takes place when the sauna bathing is taken in multiple "innings”, with sessions in the sauna separated by a cool shower or a quick dip into a cool pool or lake. Each time you rapidly change temperature (from hot to cool or vice-versa), your heart rate increases by as much as 60%, which is very comparable to the increase experienced during moderate exercise..
8. Saunas burn calories.
Outlandish claims are often made by some sauna sellers (primarily those who sell infrared saunas) to promote saunas as an end-all weight loss tool. While some individuals may experience high amounts of calorie burn at first - particularly those individuals in poor shape to begin with - over the long term, saunas are simply treated as one of many tools in our arsenal when it comes to burn additional calories.The sweating process itself requires a notable amount of energy. That energy is derived from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates in a bodily process that burns up calories. According to U.S. Army medical research (Ward Dean, M.D.), "A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna in a single session, consuming nearly 300 calories in the process.”The body consumes said calories due to the acceleration of heart activity (the cardiovascular section). As heart activity increases and as these processes demand more oxygen, the body begins to convert more calories into usable energy.
9. Saunas can help fight illness.
German sauna medical research shows that saunas were able to significantly reduce the incidences of colds and influenza amongst participants. As the body is exposed to the heat of a sauna and steam (in the case of traditional saunas), it produces white blood cells more rapidly, which in turn helps to fight illnesses and helps to kill viruses.In addition, saunas can relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of sinus congestion from from colds or allergies - especially when used with steam (tip: add eucalyptus to the water for added benefit and overall enjoyment). The steam vapor action helps to clear up unwanted congestion and is a wonderful aspect of the Finnish sauna experience.
10. Saunas just feel good.
A sauna not only feels good, it’s good for your body. Whether it’s the physiological changes that occur during the warmth of a sauna, or if it’s simply the time spent in the calming and still retreat of the sauna, every seasoned sauna bather agrees - it feels wonderful! As we progress through our stressful everyday lives, the sauna provides a pampering retreat - where we can relax and restore body and soul. Sauna bathing truly makes you "Feel Better”, "Look Better” and "Sleep Better”!
Thank you Finnleo Sauna's for providing an amazing easy to use sauna and providing Pool World with wonderful information!
Hot Tub Cover - October 29, 2012
What does your Hot Tub Cover look like? Does it look as bad as this cover looks?
Winter is coming and this is when it takes a lot of neglect and abuse. Having a quality hot tub cover affects the experience you receive to the cost of heating and maintaining your hot tub. Here are a few things to take into consideration.
How old is your hot tub?
A quality cover typically last from 4 to 6 years. If regular maintenance of washing the dirt and debris off your cover and adding a vinyl conditioner and UV protecting cream is added, a covers vinyl will be softer and will help extend the life of the cover. It will help protect the cover against freezing cold and blistering heat.
How the condition of your cover?
Most covers are tugged, pulled, dropped, dragged, leaned on, lifted and even sat and sunbathed on. This all means that the covers take a beating on and wear out. If you see steam pouring out around your cover, its leaking heat and moisture and needs to be replaced.
Come into one of our four store locations to find out about a new hot tub cover! Check out our variety of different cover lifters that are available to make enjoying your hot tub a little easier! Please visit our Hot Tub Page for more ideas for your back yard!
Drain and Refill Hot Tub - October 26, 2012
How is your spa doing? When was the last drain and refill?
Since the weather is getting colder and it’s heading into winter, Pool World recommends draining and refilling your hot tub before the temperatures get below freezing. Here are some helpful hints to get you on your way!
Draining Hot Tub
1. Disconnect the spa from the power supply by tripping both of the GFCI breakers located in the subpanel or by unplugging from the outlet.
2. Locate the drain valve for the spa and remove the drain cap. Connect a garden hose to the drain valve and route the outlet of the hose to an appropriate draining area.
(This will prevent you from flooding of the foundation surrounding the spa)
Note: Spa water with a high sanitizer level may harm plants and grass.
3. Open the valve by turning the knob. The spa will drain by gravitational flow.
IMPORTANT: All Hot Spring spa models will drain almost completely through the main drain valve and the secondary drain. Equipment such as the jet pump and heating system will drain.
4. Most of the water to drain through the main drain.
5. Remove threaded cap from secondary drain. This will drain the remaining water (about one gallon) from the rest of the system.
6. Close the drain valve and reinstall the drain cap.
7. Reinstall threaded cap onto secondary drain.
8. Refill the spa through the filter compartment BEFORE restoring power.
Note: Refill water temperature must be between 50° - 70°F to avoid high-limit tripping.
IMPORTANT: Always clean and rotate the filter cartridges each time the spa is drained for cleaning.
CAUTIONS • Do not fill the spa with hot water, as tripping of the high-limit thermostat may result.
• DO NOT CONNECT POWER TO AN EMPTY SPA. Power to the spa automatically activates critical components within the spa, such as controls, heater, and other systems. If power is supplied to these components prior to the spa being filled, the components will be damaged, and this may result in a non-warranty component failure.
• Do not use your spa after filling until steps listed below are completed.
Start Up and Filling your Hot Tub
1. Close all drains and fill the hot tub with water by putting the hose down the center of the gray standpipe in the filter compartment. This will minimize airlocks in the equipment by filling through the heater, pumps and jets, pushing most of the air out of the lines . The water level of your hot tub should be maintained at a level of 1½ inches above the highest jet.
IMPORTANT: Watkins® Manufacturing Corporation does not recommend that the spa be filled with “softened” water, as this may damage the spa’s equipment.
2. AFTER the spa has been filled with water and the equipment compartment door is secured, power must be applied to the spa.
115 volt models: Connect the GFCI to the waterproof receptacle and push the RESET button on the GFCI.
230 volt models: Vanguard, Sovereign, converted Prodigy & converted Jetsetter - reset the 20 amp GFCI breaker first & verify system is primed by pushing the JETS hardbutton once, than the JETMAX soft button to make both jet pumps run on high for 1 minute. Than reset the 30 amp breaker.
Vista, Grandee, Envoy or Aria models - reset the 30 amp GFCI breaker first, verify the system is primed as outlined above, then reset the 20 amp breaker.
3. The spa will achieve a partial prime as the spa is filled. This will include jet pump(s), heating system and all internal plumbing. Once the jet system is fully operational (indicated by strong, non-surging jets), priming of the spa is complete.
4. Test the spa water’s chemistry and adjust as needed. Or an easier way, head to your closest Pool World and take advantage of our free water testing for our customers! More information will also be listed in the “Water Quality and Maintenance” section of the Owners Manual.
5. Set the temperature control to the desired temperature (between 100°F and 104°F), then place the thermal cover on the spa and allow the water temperature to stabilize (approximately 24 hours). Make sure you secure the cover in place using the cover locks. Periodically check the spa water temperature.
Hot tubs on 110V may take up to 36 hours to heat
Hot tubs on 220V may take up to 12 hours to heat on average
Drain and Refill your Hot Tub 3 - 4 times a year. Do not drain your hot tub in temperatures below 40 degrees due to the possibility of freezing.
I want to thank Dan M., Mgr of the Country Homes North Store, and his staff. They are always very professional and helpful. Recently, I had a problem with my Hot Springs Spa. Dan went out of his way to help me toubles...read more