Hot tubs have been a staple of luxury since their inception in ancient Greece and Rome. From the days of parading around steaming hot springs to today where millions enjoy them right at home, it’s no wonder that National Hot Tub Day was created – so we can give these thermal baths all the recognition they deserve.
Celebrate National Hot Tub Day 2023 with us by learning more about the ancient origins of hot tubbing, plus explore the multiple health benefits this soothing activity holds and the unique ways you can celebrate on March 28th each year!
Ever wondered where the idea of a hot tub or hot bath came from? Well, it turns out that archaeological evidence has revealed therapeutic baths have been around since 4,000 years ago! In 600 BC the ancient Persian King Phraortes even took this to the next level and had one of the very first modern home spas chiselled out of solid granite for himself.
Hot water was also highly praised by some great minds in Ancient Greece such as Plato, and authorsHomer and Hippocrates who believed strongly in its medicinal properties. And so began an age-old tradition – gathering at warm water springs not only to bathe but also partake in social activities together.
The Roman Empire
The extravagance of the Roman Empire was unparalleled – and their spas were no exception. From sports stadiums to massage parlours, many of these luxurious facilities provided weary legionnaires with a place for recuperation and relaxation – all thanks to the term ‘Sanus Per Aquam’ or ‘health through water.’
They even built elaborate public baths, complete with heated floors, cold plunges, and steam rooms. The social aspect of the baths was also an important factor, where people would gather to discuss politics, art, and philosophy while taking their soak.
Ancient hot tubs and hot tub water was heated using a variety of methods, including fire, natural hot springs, and even heated rocks.
Today, we may be able to buy modern cutting-edge hot tubs, but the history and culture of their origins are a fascinating reminder of how 21st-century innovation has streamlined hot tub design & technology and improved our bathing experience over the many centuries.
So who knew that some 2,000 years ago people already believed in self-care?!
National Hot Tub Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the history and benefits of hot tubs while enjoying some fun and relaxation with your friends and family.
Whether you choose to host a hot tub party or simply take some time to soak and unwind, hot tubs offer a unique and enjoyable way to improve your health and well-being.
So go out and make tonight something special – gather up friends and family for some much-deserved relaxation time in your favourite soothing oasis.
But don’t let National Hot Tub Day celebrations let you forget to pick up your free copy of WhatSpa? magazine for more expert advice on buying, installing, and maintaining a hot tub – as well as our pick of the 2023 best buys for any budget.
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I am the Content Writer and Marketing Officer at WhatSpa? Magazine. I have worked at WhatSpa? for over 8 years, and I recently graduated with Distinction from Northumbria University with a Master's degree in Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
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