Nearly everyone occasionally enjoys relaxing in a hot bath. Unfortunately, most home bath tubs are only deep enough to cover the bather’s lower body. Deep soaking tubs can correct that situation. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of soaking and at the types of tubs available.
The benefits of soaking in hot water have been known for centuries. They include relief for arthritis sufferers, relaxation and insomnia. Soaking in hot water even has some of the same benefits as exercise without putting a strain on the heart. In fact, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that primitive man soaked in naturally occurring hot springs. The earliest known hot baths were used by the Egyptians around 2000 B.C. Soaking in hot water was widely practiced throughout the Rome Empire, as well as much of Asia. Modern man continues this tradition.
There are several types of deep tubs available. They include small deep tubs, drop in tubs, Japanese style tubs, free standing, corner and walk-in tubs. All of the different types of tubs are designed so that the user can be fully immersed when seated in them. Many of them also have features like head and arm rests. How do you decide on the best type for your needs?
There are several considerations to take into account. For starters, how much room is available will be a big factor. In a large bathroom with a good bit of space, a Japanese style tub might be a good fit. In an apartment or condo with limited space, a corner tub might be a better choice.
Another consideration is if you’ll want a built-in or free standing tub. With both types of tubs, there will be some degree of remodeling required. With a built in tub, there may be a need for re-plumbing the bathroom and possibly moving things like shelving or vanities. With a free standing tub you may be able to position the tub so that there’s no need for extensive remodeling. It may just be a matter of moving or installing the plumbing. The final consideration is if the new tub should be large enough for more than one person. This will vary from person to person and situation to situation.
Whether it’s for relaxation, therapy, a small corner tub or a large Japanese style tub, one of the deep soaking tubs on the market today will be a good fit for you.