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    Archive for February, 2010

    Dealership Earns 2009 Dealership of the Year Award

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010

    Hot Spring Spa of Dayton was awarded the Territory Dealer of the Year Award in San Fransico last month.  This award is presented to the dealership in their local territory that has displayed during the year the high standards that have been established for Hot Spring Spa dealers throughout the years.

    Hot Spring Spa of Dayton has received this award seven times over the past eighteen years along with numerous other awards over that time.  This is a tribute to the staff at Hot Spring Spa of Dayton that continues to strive to make Hot Spring Spa of Dayton’s customers the happiest and most satisfied in the world.

    Shown in the picture are George and Andrea Dalhamer, owners’ of Hot Spring Spa of Dayton, as well as Michael Evans, Steve Hammock and Mike Dunn from Watkins Manufacturing Corporation.   Hot Spring Spas of Dayton has been associated with Watkins Manufacturing for over twenty-six years and during that period, they have proudly sold ONLY Hot Spring Spas.  The dealership has operated during that period under this basic rule as stated by Oscar Wilde, “I have the simplest tastes.  I am always satisfied with the best.”

    This award will  hang proudly on the Hot Spring Spa of Dayton’s wall of fame directly above their lounging area.  Again thanks to all of Hot Spring Spas of Dayton’s employees as well as to all of the employees of Watkins Manufacturing Corporation for all that they do in designing building, delivering and maintaining the finest hot tubs in the industry.

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    How to use a traditional SAUNA

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010

    What’s the Right Way to use my Traditional Sauna?

    I have been asked many times what is the right way to use a traditional sauna?  There are many opinions but I thought I would share mine which is a combition of many concepts that I have heard over the years.

    First of all, there is no right way or wrong way to use a traditional sauna however it is important to listen to your body.  Don’t push yourself passed the point of feeling comfortable thinking that you will get more of a benefit by doing such.  Your body will tell you when you have had enough.  Also realize that each person is different and each time you use the sauna your body may act differently.

    Let’s go over a full basics.  Your sauna will take a certain period of time to preheat.  If your sauna and heater are properly sized, your sauna should heat up about 80 F degrees per 30 minute period.  If your sauna temperature is about 70 degrees F at start-up, it should reach 150 degrees F within approximately 30 minutes.  Please remember that the starting humidity levels in your sauna will also effect the preheat time.  The higher the starting humidity the longer the preheat time.

    Once you have reached YOUR optimum temperature, it is time to start enjoying your sauna.  But lets first discuss the concept of the “Rule of 200” in the sauna world.  Many feel that the range for optimal benefit in a traditional sauna lies about the 200 sauna index range.  That index is computed by simply adding the temperature and the humidity to arrive at the index.  If your sauna temperature is 160 degrees F and your humidity is 50%, then your sauna index is 210 and you are in the optimal zone for sauna use.  So when using your traditional sauna, strive for the 200 sauna index range for maximum benefit.

    Another newer concept in the sauna world, is that of a “soft sauna.”  That concept is derived from using your sauna at a lower temperature and higher humidty to arrive at the 200 index range.  For example, using your sauna at 130 degrees F and 70% humidity would fall into the catagory of a “soft sauna” experience in as much as you are operating at a lower temperature but still benefiting from the rule of 200.  This lower temperature is enjoyed by some who cannot tolerate the higher temperatures normally found in traditional saunas.   The beauty of the traditional sauna is that you can choose your experience whether it is 185 degrees with 15% humidity or 135 degrees with 65% humidity – the choice is yours.  I recommend for the new sauna user to start off at modest temperatures instead of starting off at the high end.  Let your body “season” itself into the pleasures of sauna bathing.  Over time increase the temperatures until you find your indeal temperature.

    Now lets talk about the actual sauna experience.  For centuries, it has been known that the proper way to use a sauna is in sessions or innings.  What I mean by that is you do NOT simply preheat the sauna and then go into the sauna and sit.  There are techniques to maximize your sauna experience.  The concept of using your sauna in innings simply means that you go into your sauna multiple times per usage.  I recommend at least two innings (three if you have the time).  The first inning is your warm-up inning whereby your body is starting to warm from the sauna heat until you JUST start to perspire.  The specific amount of time for this to occur will vary between individuals – just let your body tell you when this occurs.  Optionally you can add some water to the sauna rocks to intensify the feeling of heat – this is accomplished by raising the humidity.  If you have any scents such as eucyliptus, this is a great time to add to the water for a sensational feeling within your sinuses.  Now it is time to exit the sauna and start a cool-down cycle.  This process allows your system to cool down slightly and your pores to start to close.  Some people actually rinse off in a cool shower, jump into a cold pool or lake or just lounge around in a cooler (or cold) environment.  Once you have cooled off sufficiently, it is time for your second inning.

    Once you re-enter the sauna you will find that your body responds more quickly to the heat then during the first inning.  Your pores open more quickly and your persperation levels increase repidly.  Again listen to your body and it will tell you when its time to exit.  You may once again add some water to increase the effects of the sauna during this inning.  I like to add the water just prior to exiting the sauna for that session.  If this is going to be your last inning, you may want to also brush your skin with a sauna brush or (birch branches) to ride you skin of any dead skin that is on the surface.  Once again it is time to exit the sauna for a cool down.  If this was your final inning, your cool down should include rinsing off in a shower, pool, or lake.  If using a shower, care should be taken in using soap with creams added as they tend to get into the pores that were just opened and cleansed.  There are special sauna soaps to be used in those situation or using a brush or luffa can also be helpful.  If this wasn’t the last inning, simply keep repeating the last step until you are done.

    Once you have cooled down, replace the liquids you lost during your sauna (water or flavored water is great) and have some light snacks to replace the salts that you lost during perspiration.  Relax and enjoy life.

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    Stress and your Health – How a Hot Tub or Sauna can help!

    Friday, February 12th, 2010

    Stress is so common that it has become a way of life for so many of us.  It however, isn’t always bad, in small does, it can actually help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best.  BUT when you’re constantly under fire (stress) your mind and body pays the price.

    Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened.  When you sense danger, whether real or imagined, the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or more commonly known as the stress response.

     The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you.  When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energitic and alert.  In emergency situations, stress can save your life.  But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships and your quality of life.

    Chronic Stress

    The body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psycological threats.  When you’re stressed over a busy schedule, an argument with a friend, a traffic jam or a mountain of bills, your body reacts just as strongly as if you were facing a life-or-death situation.  If you have a lot of responsibilities and worries, your emergency stress response may be “on” most of the time.  The more your body’s stress system is activated, the easier it is to trip and the harder it is to shut off.

    Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems.  Chronis stress  disrupts nearly every system in your body.  It can raise your blood pressure, suppres the immune system, increase you risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility and speed up the aging process.  Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

    What Causes stress?

    The situations and pressures that cause stress are know as stressors.  We usually think of stressors as being negative, such as exhausting work schedule or a rocky relationship.  However, anything that puts high demands on you or forces you to adjust can be stressful.  What causes stress depends on your perception of it.  Something that’s stressful to you may not be to someone else – they may even enjoy it.

     Learn how to manage Stress

    You may feel like the stress in your life is out of control but you can always control the way you respond.  Managing stress is all about taking charge; taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment and the way you deal with problems.  Stress management invloves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself and making time for rest and relaxation

    Learn How to relax

    You can’t completely elimnate stress from your life but you can control how much it affects you.  Relaxation techniques activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is opposite of the stress response.  When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity.  They also increase your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure.

    Regular use of a hot tub has been shown to be an excellant technique to combat stress.  The warm soothing waters work to relax your body as well as your mind and it can also relieve those nagging pains that add to your levels of stress throughout the day.  Finding time for yourself seems easier when are looking forward to that “soak” in your personal excape that’s nestled into your backyard retreat.  The serenity of that spot is also an ideal place to spend time with loved ones discussing the days challanges and plan for tomorrows adventures.  Setting aside that fifteen mintue relaxtion period on a regular basis can be one of the best time management practices of your life.


    Another wonderful relaxation moment can be spent in a sauna.  The heat (and steam) of a traditonal Finnish sauna can put you into a state of ultimate relaxation while pampering your body with one of the best treatments known to man.  While your body is being heated, your mind can unwind from the days hectic activities.  You slip into a blistful state of relaxation and calmness that allows the stress to literally melt away from your body.  During that time of relaxation, your body is ridding itself of dangerous toxins that are accumulated throughout your everyday travel through life.  You provide a cardio workout while buring over 300 calories a 30 minute session. 

    All of this benefits can also be found in the comfort of the new “far infrared” saunas that are available for those who prefer the “cooler” saunas.  There is some belief that the FIR saunas actually cause a deeper sweat because of their ability to penitrate your body deeper.

    Regardless of whether it is a tradition Finnish sauna or a far-infrared sauna, the overall health benefit coupled with the stress relief provided by the quiet times of relaxation makes the sauna a great choice for stress reduction.

    The ultimate choice to relax and de-stress is yours.  Take the time and enjoy life.

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