Spa Baths - Baths
What is a Spa bath? Spa baths also known as air spa baths or
Airbaths are different to Massage baths and Whirlpool baths.
Where Whirlpool and massage baths have side jets that pump pressurised water and mixed air into the bath. Spa baths have thousands of tiny holes in the base of the bath that produce tiny air bubbles from air forced through the holes.
The Hydro massage effect of these bubbles takes longer to create the full benefits than with Massage or Whirlpool Baths, and this can be a problem due to the cooling effect on the water from the air being injected into the bath. However it is possible to include an warm air injection unit that heats the air before it is pumped into the bath.
Where Massage and Whirlpool baths have some inherent 'built in' problems
with hygiene, this is reduced with air spa baths because the air 'blower'
continues to run after the bath has been emptied to completely dry out any
Another advantage, especially if you have small children, is that the air spa system will work with any amount of water in the bath, unlike massage and whirlpool baths that need the side jets to be covered for the best effect.
Hydro-Massage - what is it, does it work?
There are some outrageous claims from some sources about the benefits of hydro massage, most are unproven, and we do not intend to publicise them here. However the following is what many people experience as being beneficial from hydro-massage although we have no scientific evidence as to these claims.
Hydro-massage works by combining heat and pressurised water to create a massaging effect on the body. The claimed results of this are:
A relaxing effect on the heart and major arteries making the flow of blood around the body more effective and thereby improving circulation. Those suffering from Arthritis and Rheumatism have reported improvements in their conditions from a reduction in inflammation.
The other major benefit seems to come from the overall (and increased) relaxing effect created by Hydro Massage, as we all know relaxation is always a benefit and simply being able to 'get away from it all' for a few precious minutes has got to be a good thing!
We have more information pages on various types of baths (see the menu at the left hand side of this page) there are also many pages about the various baths available in our Baths Section
Spa Baths: Some things to think about...
• Check your measurements, will your Spa bath fit?
• Whenever possible, try to locate your air spa bath in the existing position, this will save on re-plumbing costs.
• Check the quality of the air spa system, guarantees do vary even in the same price ranges.
• Make sure you new spa bath has a complimentary style to your existing bathroom items.
• Your new Spa bath will probably be with you for many years, so think carefully about the colour!
• There are many claims about the health benefits of Hydro Therapy, most are unsubstantiated.