A Jacuzzi is a whirlpool bathtub or spa, produced by the company named for its inventor, Roy Jacuzzi. Jacuzzi's eight-year-old son, Kenneth, had rheumatoid arthritis, which inspired him to invent the "Jacuzzi J-300" pump in 1956. This pump could be used in any type of bathtub, and the medical community soon began prescribing their use for hydrotherapy in homes and clinics. By 1968, Jacuzzi had developed what is now known as a hot tub to be used outdoors, and can accommodate up to eight people at a time.
Currently, Jacuzzis are used in homes, hotels, on cruise ships, and are found in about 60 countries worldwide. Over the years, the Jacuzzi has been refined and has become the leading brand of whirlpool baths, hot tubs, and spas. Jacuzzi products include a full line of hot tubs with accessories, including the following:
- Stereo systems
- TV systems
Jacuzzi Products for Existing Showers and Bathtubs
Other products offered by Jacuzzi includes items for existing bathtubs such as water jets, air jets, lighting, heating, filters, and pillows. Products for existing shower systems include timers and customized control dials. Jacuzzi also sells toilets, sinks, and faucets.
Health Benefits of Whirlpool Baths
Whirlpool baths have several health benefits including muscle relaxation, improved circulation and skin oxygenation, and removal of certain metabolic wastes. The massaging capabilities of the jets ranges from gentle pressure to a "thumping jujitsu massage," depending on the size of the jets and the water pressure. Whirlpool baths combine air and water pressure, while air tubs only infuse air to create water bubbles for an enjoyable bathing experience.
Variations in the Use of Jacuzzis
Depending on how the whirlpool bath to be used, the position of the jets and the water pressure can be adjusted. Hot and cold water jets provide "contrast hydrotherapy," to dilate and contract blood vessels to increase circulation, improve digestion, and reduce congestion and inflammation. Keeping the water at the body's own natural temperature is termed "neutral therapy," and is used to calm the nerves and reduce insomnia. Chromatotherapy adds color to the experience, which is thought to assist with balance and emotional healing by triggering the release of certain hormones. Jacuzzis are not only health-promoting, they are highly relaxing and enjoyable.