For centuries, people have recognized the rejuvenating, healing powers of warm water. Today, Sundance Spas takes an innovative approach to the art of warm water healing, or hydrotherapy. Strategically placed jets, advanced heating systems and ergonomically correct seating work together to create an ideal place for practicing a variety of calming, comforting and healing routines. Spend just a few moments in your Sundance on a regular basis, and you’re likely to experience less stress, improved circulation, better sleep, and fewer symptoms of arthritis and back pain. Over time, soaking in a Sundance becomes a healthy habit that feels good.
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The three elements of Sundance hydromassage
Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, hot tub hydrotherapy provides both relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation.
Heat: Improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue.
Buoyancy: Reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine.
Massage: Relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.
The healing benefits of hydrotherapy.
The healing benefits of hydrotherapy have been known to all of the world’s great cultures, with a history that dates back thousands of years.
Ancient Egyptians bathed in heated waters treated with flowers and herbs, while the Greeks believed that water therapy was essential to optimal health. In India, hydrotherapy was an essential ingredient to well-being, with treatment that included inhaling steam to optimize the respiratory system.
The Romans were famous for their hot spring baths, and developed architecturally magnificent healing centers built around the use of water for wellness. Much like today’s spas, the Roman baths included heated pools used in conjunction with steam treatments. Japan and Germany have historically used natural hot springs for hydrotherapy in an attempt to treat medical conditions, enhance beauty, and promote healthy aging.
In its modern form, hot tub hydrotherapy has been found to be effective in treating muscle pains and stiffness, inflammatory disease, and the symptoms of daily stress. Particularly effective are spa hydrotherapy treatments that combine the components of heated water, water massage, and reduction of pressure on sore joints by decreasing body weight through buoyancy.
Today, Sundance continues these centuries-old traditions by enhancing the restorative properties of water. Sundance spa hydrotherapy uses massage, heat and buoyancy to accelerate your body’s natural healing process, and promote physical and mental well-being.
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Renew your spirit, soothe your soul with SunScents fragrances
Luscious aromas can spark so many remembrances. An intimate dinner at a rustic mountain retreat. Strolling through a flower garden in the moonlight. A deer running through pine trees.
Explore your aromatherapy universe. Drop a SunScents basket into the SilentAir dispenser in your Sundance spa and twisting on the cap (selected models equipped for aromatherapy). The fragrance is dispersed through the air injector jets. Instant indulgence.
Choose from eight distinctive scents:
Pina Colada: Imagine tropical breezes blowing on the island of your dreams.
Honey Mango: Indulge your senses with this perfect blend of nature’s nectars.
Ylang-Ylang: Experience the magic of the Orient with a blend that calms the spirit while energizing the mind.
French Lavender: Relax your body as you picture the flowering fields of Provence.
Eucalyptus: Settle in while this deeply penetrating aroma work its magic on stiff and tired muscles.
Tahitian Vanilla: Recall your favorite moments in bubbling comfort.
Summer Rain: Unwind from the stresses of the day to enter a world of pure tranquility.
Midnight Jasmine: Evoke the first blush of romance with this rich and exotic aroma.
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Arthritis and hot tub hydrotherapy.
Over the years, hot tub hydrotherapy has evolved from "simply relaxing" to "physically therapeutic" for several medical conditions, among them arthritis.
Arthritis, which is an inflammation of the joints, causes pain and swelling as well as decreased range of motion. Researchers believe that time spent in a hot tub can help ease the aches and pains of arthritis while allowing the joints a higher degree of mobility.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, gentle stretching exercises should be done every day to help strengthen muscles and bones and increase flexibility. Further, the Foundation states that flexibility exercises can help protect joints by reducing the risk of joint injury; daily exercises can be done in water such as a hot tub, and are particularly useful for easing stiff arthritic joints in the morning.
Additionally, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that in the small number of controlled studies done on hydrotherapy for rheumatoid arthritis, many have reported benefit.
The buoyant warm water hydrotherapy of a Sundance hot tub makes it the ideal environment for relieving arthritis symptoms while improving overall range of motion.
Feel better with regular Sundance hydrotherapy sessions
When arthritis strikes, simple activities of daily living, like buttoning a shirt or starting the car, become difficult due to stiff joints and decreased mobility. Even minor arthritis pain can interfere with your daily routine.
Sundance Spas' hydrotherapy can help relieve arthritis symptoms:
• The heat from the warm water relaxes the entire body as it increases blood flow.
• The massaging action of the jets loosens muscle tension and soothes sore joints.
• The water's buoyancy makes you feel lighter, with up to 90% of your body weight lifted.
Sundance controls let you set the water temperature. You can get a customized massage from adjustable jets, such as the patented Fluidix Nex and Pulsator jets, which are particularly effective in troublesome areas such as the neck and wrists. The best part is you can take advantage of your Sundance hot tub every day, and enjoy effective, hydrotherapeutic pain relief.
To find out why Sundance jets are the best for providing therapeutic relief, request a copy of our full-color brochure.
Hydrotherapy and Type 2 Diabetes
The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study (08-16-1999) regarding the benefits of physical exercise and therapy from the use of hot tub spas. As reported, patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus were studied using a hot tub 30 minutes a day, 6 days per week. After only 10 days, patients required reduced doses of insulin, lost weight, showed distinct decreases in plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin, and benefited from improved sleep and an increased general sense of well-being.
The study also reported of benefits for patients who are unable to exercise. These patients would specifically benefit from increased blood flow to skeletal muscles. Once again, if you have this condition or other medical issues, you must consult with your physician prior to starting any hydrotherapy program.
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Unblock the flow of energy with Sundance reflexology jet-action
Reflexology involves the application of deep pressure to energy channels or “reflex points” in the hands and feet. The benefits go beyond comforting relief for just those areas. Reflexology is said to loosen calcium obstructions and free the nerve pathways; one of its goals is to bring about relaxation.
• Used over 5,000 years ago in China, India and Egypt
• Manipulates specific points on patients’ feet and hands to
affect healing in other parts of the body
• Based on energy channels (qi or chi in Chinese and Japanese
medicine, prana in Hindu) that flow through specific meridians
or zones in the body
• Dr. William Fitzgerald, in the early 1800s, identified each channel’s
“reflex points” and their corresponding muscles, organs and
functions and plotted detailed maps of the hands and feet
Reflexology in a Sundance.
Sundance jets can target specific pressure points used in reflexology. Powerful foot jets massage all areas of the feet, which contain more than 7,000 nerve endings.
The Reflexology footmound on selected models contains jets that are perfectly positioned to reach the sensitive areas of the feet.
Jets for the wrists and palms, on selected models, pinpoint nerves and muscles in the hands and wrists to loosen tension and ease blocked energy. The jet action can also help alleviate the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Chromatherapy: Sundance lights the way to good feelings.
Light and color have a profound effect on our moods and peace of mind. Just as we all need exposure to sunlight, we benefit from the specific properties of the individual colors in the spectrum. Each color has its own wavelength and energy vibration.
The varieties of multi-colored in-spa lighting on different Sundance Spas models can help to create a soothing environment, a place to go for rejuvenation. The acrylic and cabinet colors of your hot tub play an important role in establishing the atmosphere in your backyard. Consider planting colorful flowers, using brightly colored furniture and a spa umbrella, or surrounding your Sundance with shady trees. You really can set the mood with color!
Colors to promote wellness.
RED: Stirs passion and the desire for transformation; increases self esteem.
YELLOW: Stimulates the intellect and inspires optimism; counters moodiness.
WHITE: Simplifies and adds clarity to the moment; repels dark feelings
GREEN: Creates a feeling of satisfaction with living in the moment; helps relieve insomnia.
BLUE: Bestows a sense of tranquility, peacefulness and contentment; promotes healing processes.
TEAL: Facilitates a balance of logic and emotion; balances emotions.
VIOLET: Promotes feelings of intimacy and inspiration; calms anxiety.
PURPLE: Invigorates creativity and appreciation of the arts; relaxes and soothes.
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WatsuEase tension with Watsu.
Watsu combines water with Shiatsu, a form of Japanese "finger pressure" massage applied to the body zones defined by chi, or the body’s energy channels.
Watsu was developed in 1980 by Harold Dull, who traveled to Japan to study Zen Shiatsu, a form of massage using stretches and touchpoints to release blockages. Back in America, Dull promoted the benefits of performing Shiatsu moves and stretches in warm water. Watsu, like reflexology, can enhance feelings of well-being and relaxation. It is practiced in therapeutic clinics and spas throughout the world.
Your Sundance can be a good place to practice Watsu.
A warm spa (95 to 97 degrees F or 35 to 37 degrees C) is a perfect environment for a Watsu aquatic bodywork session. Floating in water supported by the Watsu practitioner, the Watsu receiver is gently stretched, turned and glided back and forth. Specific pressure points are manipulated and the receiver is encouraged to become more aware of taking each breath with a slow and gently rhythm. The goal is to help achieve a state of complete relaxation.
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