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Hot Tub History Highlights


The history of the modern day hot tub or spa is unknown to many people. Often seen as a luxury type device, it actually started out as a medical tool. Today it serves many purposes including therapy, relaxation, and recreation. 

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Modern Hot Tub Development

Around the turn of the 20th century, seven Italian brothers made their way to the United States and decided to make their name in the aircraft manufacturing field. One of the brothers found another use for the aircraft parts when he installed a pump in his bath tub at home to create whirlpool treatments for his young son who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Throughout the next 25 years, his idea developed and caught on and the Jacuzzi brothers name became well-known. 

Ancient Beginnings

Ancient civilizations were some of the first to discover the health benefits of warm baths. In Japan, soaking baths were part of the Buddhist culture. Natural hot springs were utilized to help maintain purity of body and spirit. In Ancient Rome, public baths were all the rage. These bathhouses were available to all citizens. They were slightly different than modern spas as they didn't have hot tub covers but it's the idea that counts! Emperors gained popularity by making this practice available to his people. 

Popularity Fluctuates

The Dark Ages brought about a decline in the popularity of public bathing as the religious leaders at the time in Europe frowned upon the idea. Over time, the practice regained steam and people traveled from near and far to places like Bath, England to get a healthy soak at the natural hot springs. 

Hot tubs have come a long way throughout the years. From simple soaks to luxury units containing multiple jets, these therapeutic devices have brought many benefits to people. Whether its a relaxing soak to ease muscle tension or a prescribed therapy to help with diabetes symptoms, spas can provide convenient in-home treatment for all kinds of ailments. Who knew that repurposed aircraft parts could lead to one of the most beloved relaxation/therapy items of our modern time?