Soaking Tub or Whirlpool?

Whirlpool Soaking Tub

Whirlpool Soaking Tub

When it comes to the bathtub, people can pretty much get anything they want. From whirlpools offering various massage cycles to colorful chromatherapy, the bathtub has become automated and can even be operated via remote control. However, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, homeowners may be trading their high-tech whirlpools for something a little more simple: the soaking tub.

“The trend began in the mid-1980s with the physical fitness and health craze, as well as the cocooning trend,” said a source from the Wall Street Journal. “In the ‘90s, we saw the trend surge and evolve into an interest in yoga and day spas. Now the trend is moving into the home.”

With wellness and alternative medicine becoming more popular, several studies reveal the many health benefits of soaking tubs. For instance, they are said to reduce stress, alleviate insomnia, and lower blood pressure. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic showed that soaking in hot water reaps the same benefits as exercise. And the National Sleep Foundation found that soaking in a bathtub filled with 104 degree Fahrenheit water for 15 minutes before bed is helpful in promoting restful sleep. The warmth and buoyancy that soaking provides can also help alleviate arthritis symptoms.

Bathtub manufacturers have introduced several different styles of soaking tubs for Zen peacefulness in the bathroom. From the deep, full body immersion models in sleek stainless steel inspired by the Ofuro bathtubs of Japan to the ones that allow you to float chin-high – there is something for everyone. Some soakers even feature a unique overflow design, allowing the bather to be fully immersed, with any displaced water trickling over the sides of the tub, creating a haven for relaxation and therapy.

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2 Responses to “Soaking Tub or Whirlpool?”

  1. Tyrell says:

    I prefer the whirlpool tub over any. I chose this Rain forest Steam Shower because it has a shower and a whirlpool tub. I can hook my Ipod up to this thing too. So I go with the whirlpool steam shower.

  2. Arun Jacksun says:

    I like this Whirlpool tub: http://www.mybath.biz/servlet/the-398/14-Jet-Corner-Whirlpool/Detail. It comes with a 9″ LCD TV, 3 Cushioned Headrests, FM Radio, and Ozone Sterilization.


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