Spa pools are con­sid­ered to be good for health, wellbeing and fam­ily time. But are they worth the ef­fort, asks

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - METHVEN A&P SHOW -

Spa pools have had a bad rap. In the 80s, they were of­ten thought of as a place where peo­ple were look­ing to get wet and wild.

But now they’re in­creas­ingly seen as a house­hold item to aid health, wellbeing and qual­ity fam­ily time.

Hot Springs Spas Gen­eral Man­ager Aaron Samp­son said spa sales have been on the in­crease for the past decade and the main mo­ti­va­tions are a re­flec­tion on the way we’re liv­ing (many of us hav­ing less qual­ity time and also in­creas­ingly less space).

‘‘A lot of peo­ple don’t want the has­sle of swim­ming pools or even have the space for them, but still want to get into a body of wa­ter,’’ Samp­son said.

‘‘There’s also a new trend in health and wellbeing; a lot of peo­ple re­alise the sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits of soak­ing in wa­ter. Who doesn’t re­late to that feel­ing of hop­ping into the bath af­ter a bad day at work? With a spa you can ex­pe­ri­ence this at a drop of the hat.’’

‘‘It can also give you time out and help you con­nect­ing with oth­ers or have a mo­ment to your­self.’’

As a fa­ther with three chil­dren un­der the age of 5, Samp­son’s hot tub ticks off many of the ben­e­fits above.

‘‘It’s off­line time for the fam­ily. We’re away from our iPads, phones and the gen­eral dis­trac­tions of life. It’s just us con­nect­ing with each other,’’ he said. ‘‘We have 2-year-old twins and a 5-year-old, so my wife also likes soak­ing alone, with a glass of wine when the kids are in bed.’’

En­joy­ing more fam­ily time with their two young daugh­ters has also

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