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Hydro Massage: Your Options


Finding the perfect water experience, learn how to select the Hydro Massage that is right for you

Whirlpool bath and Air Bath Chart ComparisonHydrotherapeutic Bathtub Courtesy of KohlerAs the bathroom transitions into a room of relaxation, tranquility and rejuvenation, the hydrotherapeutic bathtub has become common place. There are many choices available when deciding which type of bathtub will best suit your needs. Customizable options can include but are not limited to: size, shape, installation, type, and water experience.

When choosing your perfect hydrotherapy tub the first thing that has to be considered is the water experience. Water experience refers to the difference between whirlpool and air bathtubs. There are distinct differences between these two types of hydrotherapy systems. Let’s first take a look at the whirlpool system.

The whirlpool bath system consists of jets that create a more vigorous and targeted massage. The jets use a combination of air, and water to create a hydro massage for targeted areas of the body. Whirlpool jets are often adjustable, making changes to the jets will change the flow and direction of the massage. It is not recommended that bath oils or salts be used in a whirlpool bath.

Jacuzzi Y200-959 Allusion 7242 Pure Air II Bath, White Air baths on the other hand consist of many tiny bubbles that surround the body for a more soothing and relaxing massage experience. Heated air is pushed through tiny wholes in the bathtub which create warm massaging bubbles throughout. This relaxing experience is adjustable for one’s desired intensity. Bath oils and salts can be used in the air bath.

The hydro massage experience can be found in the form of the clawfoot tub as well. Champagne massage clawfoot bathtubs are comparable with air baths, and jetted clawfoot bathtub systems are comparable with whirlpool bath systems.

Bathrooms do not have to be rearranged to accommodate these types of bath tubs. The jetted and air systems can be found in a variety of sizes and installations. The size of the bathtub will depend on your preference. The average tub size is five feet long and are anywhere from 30”-32” wide. Larger tubs can range from 6 feet in length and up to 48” wide or shaped for the corner of the room. Installing whirlpool or air baths will depend on your bathroom design. Alcove installations, where the tubs are surrounded by three walls, are the most common. Other available installation forms include drop in (usually to a custom surround),under mount installations in which the edges of the bathtub are mounted below the surface material, and freestanding as long as the plumbing is available.

 Jacuzzi FL05-959 Fuzion 7260 Salon Spa Bath WE w/Chromatherapy, WhiteIf you are having a hard time deciding between the air bath and whirlpool jet system, a salon tub may be the choice for you. The salon bathtub, made by Jacuzzi is a combination air bath and whirlpool bath. This bathtub combines the best of both worlds for the days when you may need a rejuvenating massage, a calm touch, or days when you may need both.

An alternative relaxation therapy is offered in a sok bathtub. The sok bathtub is not a whirlpool or air bath; instead it is an overflowing bath, which features a constant flow of water over the sides of the bath. Tiny champagne size bubbles are another characteristic of the sok bathtub and add to the complete relaxation experience.

Chromatherapy, or color therapy compliments the whirlpool, air bath and sok tub. Chromatherapy is a branch of holistic healing that uses color to achieve optimal health. Chromatherapy consists of lights positioned in the basin of the tub that illuminate the water and provide a sequence of color. One of the great things about this feature is that it often comes standard on many hydro massage bathtubs.

Choose the hydro massage experience that is right for you, whether it is the whirlpool, air bath, sok, or salon style water experience the bathtub can become a place of relaxation and rejuvenation.