Five Amazing Facts About Spas and Hot Tubs
The outback sun cascades in shimmering halos of apricot, lilac and charcoal until the last remnants of the fiery orb disappears below the horizon. In the background is Uluru and vast expanses of tranquil desert nothingness. You watch this spectacular vista from within your own spa, that's pushing out lovely, pleasant jets onto your back and sides, kneading away knots and work-day stress from the very fabric of your soul. The champagne your holding is similarly effervescent in your hand and slides down your throat like liquid gold. A more complete or serene Australian scene would be hard to imagine. The key here to this picture is the spa!
Just in case you weren't aware, a spa is the key to unlocking true luxury in any given context, whether it's in a home, leisure centre, hotel or a resort. A spa, jacuzzi or hot tub (depending on your terminology) has the power to transport a mere mortals into a playground of enjoyment worthy of gods and goddesses.
In case you aren't yet convinced of the merits of a spa, here's some quirky facts to further intrigue you.
1. The Word 'Jacuzzi' Comes From The Jacuzzi Brothers
The word Jacuzzi, although snazzy, isn't actually marketing lingo thought up by some bright spark. Instead it has its more prosaic origins in the namesake of seven brothers who emigrated from Italy to the USA in the early 20th Century. Clever aircraft engineers, the brothers pioneered the invention of propellers, machining pumps and the first ever enclosed monoplane that was used originally by the US Postal Service. They also invented the world's first ever portable pump the J-300. It was invented to help the son of one of the brothers who was ailing with rheumatoid arthritis. The original pump was created to create a whirlpool effect in the bathtub to sooth the pain of the young boy. Fast-forward another 100 years into the future and the word Jacuzzi has become synonymous with spas and hot tubs.
2. Spa Filters Are Made from Ancient Fossils
Certain spa filters such as Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters are comprised of elements that are millions of years old. Planktonic Diatoms have been around since before the dinosaurs. They are the microscopic fossils of hard shelled algae and are found in abundance in oceans,fresh water, soil and on damp surfaces. This fossilised substance is incredibly effective at trapping molecules of water. Nowadays they are used in studies of water quality and are commonly found in certain pool filters.
3. Spas Are Inspired By The Movement of the Earth's Techtonic Plates
Spas and hot tubs are the off-shoot of thermal pools. These exist largely due to the movement of plates in our earth's crust. Also known as techtonic plates, these enormous plates span continents and oceans all over the world. It's the rubbing together of these gigantic techtonic plates that causes all sorts of geographical disturbances such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, the creation and destruction of islands, and the presence of thermal pools.
Places like Japan, Iceland and New Zealand that sit directly on top of rubbing techtonic plates, are home to regular geo-thermal activity. In Japan, they have been utilising the natural thermal activity of the earth since approximately 552 AD. Public bathing has long been a favoured pastime in Buddhist culture.
However it's not just humans who enjoy the sensuous pleasures of hot springs. In Jigokudani Hotspring in Nagano, Japan, enchanting Japanese Macaques or Snow Monkeys enjoy the tactile pleasures of cuddles together in the cosy pools while the snow falls silently around them.
4. When in Rome
Originally popularised by the Roman aristocracy during the Roman Empire, the craze for public bathing in the ancient world rapidly became popular for everyone, from a lowly serf to the highest priestess. The public bath houses in Rome were elaborate and a remarkable feat of engineering for their time. They were a location where all of the trading, scheming, copulating, drinking, eating and conversing of this Golden Age happened.
5. The United Nations of Hot Tubs
This may seem like some kind of weird publicity stunt but in actual fact it was to beat a world record. The world's most international hot tub title was awarded in 2012 to a team of 26 people from 26 different nations who piled into a ten person hot tub and set the world record. Alcohol would have most likely been involved and participants later admitted that it seemed like a good idea that the time!