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Memorial Day Party Ideas

Memorial Day is the perfect holiday for hosting an outdoor party for your friends and family. This year, you purchased a Softub so you already know that you will be hosting and you have the perfect centerpiece for your party, but what else should you do?

Decorations

You will want your Memorial Day Party to feel special so put out some decorations. The classic red, white, and blue color scheme is perfect for Memorial Day and is so easy to pull off. This time of year white daisies or red and white carnations are super easy to find and very inexpensive. Pick up a bouquet of flowers, grab a couple of mason jars and some blue ribbon. You can make a few great flower arrangements to set around at your party. To really give it that Memorial Day feel you could grab some small American flags to add to your arrangements. Hang a few red, white, and blue paper lanterns or a banner and you have just transformed your outdoor space into a party.

Entertainment

Yes, we know you already plan to use your Softub as your main source of entertainment and we can assure you that it will be a hit. But, you may want to think about some other entertainment options to set up near your Softub so that everyone can mingle and talk no matter which activity they are participating in. Lawn games like horseshoes, croquet, and ladder ball are all great options. You might also want to strategically set up a few chairs in circles or half circles for your guests to just sit and chat.

Food

No Memorial Day party is complete without great food. We suggest keeping it simple. Fruits, veggies, chips, hamburgers and hot dogs are all great summertime foods that everyone loves. They are also great options for a party where people might be grabbing food throughout the party.

Atmosphere

You will want to set the mood or atmosphere for your party right from the start. Music and lighting are two of the best ways to set the mood. Even if your party will be starting during daylight hours you might want to add additional light sources. Tiki torches or hanging strands of lights keep the party going into the night. Throw on some of your favorite music in the background and you have set the mood for the perfect party.

We know you will love hosting a Memorial Day party around your Softub and hey if you don’t have a Softub yet, it’s not too late. There is virtually no prep work when installing a Softub so come pick one up today and be ready in time for your Memorial Day party.

 

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Soak away your motorcycle riding pains

The open road, the wind in your face, the sun on your back, and the roar of a motor in your ears, sounds like your ideal weekend. There is nothing you would rather do than ride around the country on your motorcycle, taking in new sights and exploring the beautiful country. By the time the weekend gets here, you are ready to jump on your bike and leave the stressful week behind.

Unfortunately, a weekend filled with hours on your bike can take a toll on your body. Leg cramps, back pain, stiffness in your neck, soreness in your wrists and knees-these are all common side effects of going on a long ride. While you are on the road you can make frequent stops, drink plenty of water, and push through the discomfort because you are doing what you love, but once the bike is parked and you’re back home the pain really sets in. You won’t stop riding, so what can you do to ease the pain of doing what you love?

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Consider getting a Softub from Softub Express. For years, physical therapist and sports medicine gurus have been using moist heat, like that found in a hot tub, to help ease muscle pain and joint stiffness. Soaking in a hot tub increases blood flow and promotes healing, as well as, overall muscle health. They recommend soaking in a hot tub for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times a day to get the most benefit. Following this regimen will relax your sore muscles, relieve your cramps, and soothe your joint pain.

Nobody has time to hit the gym 2-3 times a day and the expense and headache of hot tub ownership is something you don’t want to take on. A Softub is the perfect solution. Softubs offer all of the benefits of a hot tub, but they are significantly cheaper and easier to install and run. A Softub allows you to spend your free time, and money, doing what you love, riding over the hills and hugging the curves, but still offers the pain relieving benefits of a hot tub. Check out all of the great benefits of a Softub and start your new post-ride routine today.

Easy Softub Setup

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One of the greatest features of a Softub is that they have a plug and play style setup. With 10 simple steps that can easily be completed by one person. You can’t ask for an easier setup. When that truck pulls up and your Softub is rolled off. You are literally just minutes away from having your Softub installed and heating up.

  1. Your Softub will come in a sturdy round box, so you can simply roll your Softub to its install location. It can even be rolled up or downstairs to get it to the place you need it. Just keep in mind that it needs to be installed on a level surface.

  2. With the box still on its side, open the box. Avoid using sharp objects to open the box. It is easiest to open the side and peel it away from the top and bottom so your tub can be rolled out then laid down. When you lay the tub down, position the safety straps underneath the tub.

  3. Connect the air pipes starting at the top. Handle the pipes with care, especially the smallest pipe. After you have aligned the large hoses, push them into each other.

  4. Now you will be ready to connect the light cable and attach the clamps firmly.

  5. Place the foam wrap and cover around the connections.

  6. Remove the cover and attach the filter.

  7. Place your garden hose underneath the filter to secure it in the tub, turn it on and as the pool is filling flatten out the inner liner, taking out all of the wrinkles. Once the tub has about 1 inch of water in it, use your hand to carefully smooth out the liner and remove any wrinkles and air pockets that may have formed. Then continue to fill the pool until it is 2-3 inches below the top liner seam.

  8. Plug the motor cable into the electric socket, but not until the tub is filled with water.

  9. Turn on the motor. The temperature is pre-set to the optimal temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the water is warm to the touch, add chlorine with the motor running and the air valve open.

  10. Close and secure the lid lock and let your Softub continue heating. Your tub should be ready for soaking as early as the next day.

There you have it 10 easy steps to setting up your Softub. Still have questions, check out our easy setup video here.

Softub vs. Hard Tub

Stress-free relaxation, relief from sore tense muscles, better sleep, we all know the benefits of owning a hot tub, but the thought of investing in a hot tub of your own seems daunting. Traditional, acrylic hot tubs are expensive to purchase, expensive to run, and that doesn’t even take into consideration all that goes into installing a traditional hot tub. Fortunately, you don’t have to endure all of the added expense and headache of a traditional hot tub to get all of the benefits. Check out the Softub difference below.

Preparation and Installation

From step one, you will notice the difference between Softubs and traditional hot tubs. Acrylic hot tubs require a concrete pad, which usually involves at least some level of construction. Softubs on the other hand only require a level surface to set up. You can even put them in your basement or sunroom, as long as it’s level, you can instantly set up your Softub.

Softubs also plug right into a traditional, designated 15 amp 110v outlet and come with a ground fault indicator, so you can plug your Softub in and get soaking. Traditional tubs require a 220v 60 amp line, which means an added expense to pay an electrician to come install a new outlet.

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With your ground prepped and your outlet designated, you are ready for your hot tub to be installed. This process also varies dramatically depending on which kind of tub you choose. Acrylic tubs require a scheduled set up which usually involves several men and depending on the site some installations can even require a crane! Not so with a Softub. As soon as your tub is delivered, one person can set up the Softub alone in a matter of minutes, no crane required!

 

Hot Tub Use

The differences continue and keep getting better as you move into using your hot tub. So far, a Softub offers less expense and an installation process that is significantly faster. Softubs continue to save you money with every use when compared to traditional tubs. The separate heating element on a traditional hot tub means that the tub must be heated to a minimum of 104 degrees-the cost on average runs $30-$60 a month. Softubs do not have a separate heater-they can be continuously heated to your comfort level from 80-106 degrees. The average cost for heating your Softub only runs about $14 a month.

Softubs also offer flexible seating. Traditional hot tubs with molded seats keep you locked into a certain number of guests and a rigid way of sitting. Softubs have barrier-free interiors that allow you to stretch out and relax any way that you want.

One of the biggest benefits of a Softub is their portability. Traditional hot tubs require reinforced slabs, special outlets and can weigh 400-900 pounds; basically, wherever it is installed it has to stay. A Softub can be moved as often as you want. The heaviest component of a Softub is 80lbs, it can be rolled anywhere you want a hot tub: upstairs, downstairs, outside or down the block. With a Softub your hot tub comes to the party, not the other way around.

If all of these impressive differences don’t have you convinced that a Softub is the best hot tub and you are still undecided, stop by our showroom and let our experienced staff show you all the reasons you will love a Softub.

Military lifestyle rule out a hot tub? Not so fast ...

When you’re in the military, you move around. A lot. And while you become a master at making a home wherever you’re sent to serve your country, there are some things you typically have to do without. Like a hot tub.

Sure, there are inflatable models that you can take from place to place. But as true hot tubs, they leave a lot to be desired.

  • First of all, they aren’t very comfortable.
  • Second, they typically move water with air jets instead of heated water, so as you run the tub the water actually begins to cool.
  • Third, they’re inefficient - the lack of insulation means the heater has to work harder, and you’re going to spend more to keep the water hot and ready.

But Softubs are different. And dare we say, better. While they’re truly portable, they aren’t inflatable. When empty, they’re lightweight yet rigid - just roll it into position, connect the heating unit, fill it up and plug it into a 110v outlet. That’s pretty much it.

Softubs are insulated and highly efficient. Typical operating costs are only about $14 a month. The padded interior is barrier-free so you can find a position that’s comfortable for you. The largest model comes with a therapy seat and two pulsating jets to target areas that are frequently sore, like your lower back. Perfect after a hard day training.

When it’s time to move on, simply disconnect your Softub, empty it, and roll it into the moving truck. Once you’re at your new location, repeat the set-up process and you can be enjoying your Softub by the next day. (In fact, we suggest you make it the first thing you set up at your new house. Soaking in the hot tub is going to feel amazing after all that work moving in.)

Not in the military? Softubs are perfect for anyone who moves frequently or can’t install a traditional hot tub. Renters, corporate-types who are often transferred for work - we’re talking to you. When you want the peace, comfort and relaxation that comes from a hot tub but your lifestyle rules out a hard-sided tub, a Softub is the solution.

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Hitting the road? Be sure to pack a Softub!

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.  -- Lewis Carroll

That pretty much sums up the RV life, doesn’t it? Life on the open road, adventure around every bend. New discoveries to be made, and new places to explore. After all that adventuring, wouldn’t it feel great to spend the evening soaking in your hot tub? Too bad you can’t bring it with you.

But wait!

Thanks to Softub, you can! Softubs are portable hot tubs - not inflatable hot tubs. These are quality spas made from dependable, quality components that you can take, well, pretty much anywhere. One person can have it up and running in about an hour - all you need is a 110v outlet and a water source.

Our Softub 140 is perfect for RVers, with four hydrotherapy jets and an LED spa light. This model seats 1-2 people, holds 140 gallons of water and weighs only 50 pounds when empty. When it’s time to move on, simply empty your spa, and roll it inside your RV to carry it to your next stop.

Softubs are unique. Not just because they’re so easy to move around and set up, but because of their design. In fact, they’re more like therapy tubs than fancy hot tubs loaded with extra features. And that’s a good thing.

With a Softub, you get:

  • open seating, so there are no pinch points and no seats that don’t quite fit right
  • fewer, but powerful jets that move the water
  • the ability to fill it with hot OR cold water. Regular hot tubs can’t do that. So, you technically have a portable pool, too!

The next time you’re on the road again, be sure you have a Softub packed with all your other necessities. Whether you’re camping in the forest, parked at the beach, or relaxing in the desert, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and have, just maybe, the best trip of your life.

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How to buy a hot tub at a home show

If you’re hot tub shopping and doing your research, you’ll come across a number of articles online urging you not to purchase a hot tub at a home show.

We disagree, so long as you follow some simple guidelines. After all, home shows are fun! It’s a SHOW - enjoy the sights and sounds, the crowds, the refreshments, the entertainment, and with some savvy shopping - a great deal on a hot tub.

Why are we encouraging this, when so many people don’t? It’s simple, really:

  • At a home show, you can often find deep discounts on even the most popular hot tubs.

  • Vendors bring a wide variety of hot tubs so you can easily compare models, features and brands.

  • Vendors staff well for these events, so you won’t have any trouble getting your questions answered.

There IS one important consideration about shopping at home shows that we want you to keep in mind: Shop around. Compare. But when it’s time to buy, buy from a reputable dealer you can trust.

Sometimes traveling, fly-by-night vendors will set up at home shows, too. Look at what they have to offer so you can compare features and prices, but don’t buy from them. Eventually, you will have questions about your new spa. You may need service down the road, or need an issue addressed. These traveling companies are notorious for being difficult to impossible to contact after the sale.

You don’t want that, and we don’t want that for you. At Softub Express, we’re easy to reach, responsive, and 100 percent committed to our customers and their satisfaction.

Oh - there is one other thing. Before you head to the home show, browse the models we offer, and learn a little about why Softub is special. This will help you filter through the wide variety of models on offer at the show and pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

So head on down to the show. ENJOY yourself. And then, buy from a dealer you can depend on.

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Recharge in a Softub

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Do you remember that Dolly Parton song, 9-to-5? It may be from the 80’s, but goodness the lyrics still ring true today. After all, who doesn’t tumble out of bed, stumble to the kitchen, and pour themselves a cup of ambition? Who doesn’t feel like they’re working hard every day, trying to get by?

That’s all to say that life, well, it can be stressful. Kids, work, commitments - it adds up. And in this crazy world, it’s important to make time for yourself. To recharge your batteries.

There’s no better way to do so than in a Softub. Let us show you how ...

Stressed?

The warm water can help lower blood pressure that’s increased due to stress. The hydromassage is also incredibly relaxing, relieving tension in your muscles.

In pain?

Soaking in the soothing warm water can help relieve chronic pain and headaches, and relieve sore muscles.

Can’t sleep?

The hot water raises your body temperature, tripping your body’s natural sleep triggers to help you sleep deeper, for longer.

Have diabetes?

Hot tubs have been shown to reduce blood sugar levels, and the increase in body temperature causes blood vessels to dilate so you get increased circulation and blood flow.

Healing?

Using your Softub regularly can help decrease inflammation to damaged nerves and muscles, improve joint flexibility, and improve your circulation and blood flow.

Life comes at us fast. Carving out time for yourself - time to do the things that rejuvenate you and bring you joy - is what makes your life a life. Time with your family. Trekking to your favorite vacation spot every year. Weekends at the lake or the beach. Reading a book or watching a movie. And, yes, spending time in your Softub. From the T-140 built for 1-2, to the T-300+ for six, with five hydrotherapy jets and two pulsating jets, any model can soothe your stress and fill that spot in your 9-to-5 life.

Cold weather hot tub use tips

Soaking in your Softub on a cold winter day can be just the thing to warm you up and rejuvenate you after a long cold week. Unfortunately, soaking in a hot tub during the winter months can also seem a bit daunting and might cause some people to avoid their Softub in the extreme cold. Fortunately, you don’t have to miss out, with some extra precautions during the winter months, you can make sure that you are safe while you enjoy your Softub in the cold. There are two main concerns safety concerns when it comes to hot tubbing in the winter.

Dry Hands

The first goes back to that old double dog dare found in the movie The Christmas Story when things can stick to cold metal. When you get out of your hot tub, you will want to make sure that your hands are completely dry before you touch anything metal, including doorknobs, cover lifters, and other metal surfaces. Keeping this safety precaution in mind will definitely save your skin after that winter hot tub soak.

Body Temperature

The second precaution is even more of a concern, keeping your internal body temperature from getting too hot. The extreme cold can sometimes play tricks on your internal temperature alarm. It is never recommended to have your water temperature above 104°F, actually, during the winter it is safer to turn that temperature down to 100°F. Because the temperature outside is so chilly, the water should still feel plenty warm even if it is a few degrees cooler. It is also recommended that you limit your soaks to 15 minutes rather than the usual 20-30 minutes. With your body submerged in warm water and your head and shoulders still exposed to the elements your sense of body temperature can be very skewed. This can easily lead to you becoming overheated without you even realizing it. Limiting your hot tub time and lowering your water temperature will help to ensure that you do not overheat. Wearing a stocking cap while hot tubbing in the winter, may not be a great fashion statement, but it is a great way to regulate your body temperature when it is extremely cold.

Keeping these winter weather tips in mind this season will keep you safe so you can continue to enjoy your Softub even in the extreme cold. If a warm soak on a cold day sounds great, but you haven’t invested in a tub yet, come out to our showroom and let our staff at Softub Express show you why a Softub is just what you need to keep you warm this winter.

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Hydrotherapy For You and Your Kids - At Home!

Raising a child is an art form all its own. Children can have very short attention spans - who can blame them? The bombardment of information they are processing 24/7 in our busy, high tech society can overwhelm even the best behaved and most composed - heck, it overwhelms most adults!

There are great educators, coaches, and therapists out there that people defer to for purposes of schooling, athletic coaching, and various types of therapy for kids with special needs.

Hydrotherapy is renowned for its rejuvenating, restorative, therapeutic effects on physically disabled people old and young. Hydrotherapy is great for anyone of course! Who doesn’t benefit from a good soak in a hot tub? With a Softub, you and your child can enjoy instant relaxation and recovery after sports, therapy, or scholastic rigor. Heat it up, cool it down, enjoy the hydrotherapy massage jets.

Softubs are phenomenal for introducing kids to water and for aiding in any therapy they might need. If your child does have a physical disability, the always accessible home Softub would be a tremendous booster to their therapy, comfort, and happiness. Discretion, common sense, and the consultation of professionals should precede any usage.

Softubs are affordable, easy to operate and maintain, and can fit in the smallest of yards - or even indoors. In fact, they are portable! Move yours inside and outside as you wish, or keep yours outdoors all year long and enjoy that tremendous feeling of dipping into your hot Softub while it’s ice cold outside!

The bottom line:

A Softub will improve anyone’s quality of life -

  • Without the hefty price tag of a “hard” tub

  • Without the site preparation and setup difficulties of a “hard” tub

  • With durability and mobility

We encourage you to visit your nearest Softub showroom and see some Softubs in person. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have - and to schedule your test soak!

In the meantime, click here to learn more about the Softub difference!

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Hot tubbin' with Type 2 diabetes?

Recently, it seems that there has been a flood of new research showing all of the amazing health benefits that hot tubs can offer for various diseases, Type 2 diabetes is no exception!

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published their findings on a study of hot tub use for Type 2 diabetics, the results were quite remarkable. In the study, participants soaked in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, six days a week, for just 3 weeks. They found that on average, participants blood sugar fell by 13% in just 3 weeks!

Basically, they were able to lower their blood sugar by simply soaking for 30 minutes a day. Participants also reported improved sleep patterns. These findings are in addition to the hot tub benefits that we all expect, like less stress and an overall feeling of peacefulness.

So how are these kind of results achieved by something as simple as sitting in a hot tub?

Research is showing that hot tubbing actually has many of the same benefits as exercising. In fact, doctors often recommend hot tubbing for people who are unable to exercise.

Since exercise has been shown to decrease blood sugar, it is not a far stretch to see that the link between soaking in the hot tub and exercising is at least part of what accounts for the decrease in blood sugar found in the study.

As with anything related to your health, check with your doctor before you begin regular hot tub use to help with your Type 2 diabetes.

In spite of all the health benefits, many people feel overwhelmed with the thought of owning their own hot tub. Stop by our showroom and let our staff show you how a Softub can give you all of the health benefits without the complicated maintenance and high utility bills that come with a traditional hot tub.

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What to do when your new house comes with an old hot tub

Did you just buy a new home? Congratulations! If your new home came with a hot tub, you’re not only getting a house - you’re getting easy access to fun, stress reduction and health benefits, right in your backyard. But to get the most out of your hot tub, there are a few things you need to be sure to do.

1. Find out exactly what it is. Before the seller walks away, get as much information about the spa as you can. Ideally, you’ll learn the brand and model, and the owner will make sure you have the owner’s manual - or, by knowing the brand and model, you’ll be able to get your hands on one. This is important so you’ll know what filters to buy, how many gallons the spa holds so you can calculate the appropriate amount of chemicals, and more.

2. Change the filters. The previous owner probably didn’t change the filters before listing the home for sale, and most filters only have a lifespan of 2-3 years. Clean, well-functioning filters are key to making sure you have clean, clear spa water. If you aren’t certain what size filters you need - stop. Measure the old ones carefully, and call a local spa dealer for help.

3. Inspect the cover and - if you have one - the cover lifter. A properly fitting and functioning cover is key to keeping your hot tub clean and energy efficient. If your cover is heavy, cracked or broken, it’s time to replace it. A cover lifter should sit straight on the spa, with straight arms and a straight top bar. If any of these components are bent or crooked, not only will it be more difficult to lift your cover, but it might not seal correctly, letting heat escape.

4. Purge your inherited water care products. There’s a fair to good chance the previous owner had a number of chemicals or water care products on-hand that you don’t need, or that could even be harmful to your hot tub. Caring for hot tub water really isn’t hard - it just takes some good guidance from the start.

Our recommendation? Put it all in a box - yep, all of it - and drop by your local spa dealer or give them a call. Let them give you guidance on what you need and what you don’t, based on your spa, the water in your area, and more.  

There is one other thing. Sometimes, “inherited” hot tubs turn out to be duds. If this happens to you, but you find you still really want to enjoy the hot tub lifestyle - entertaining friends, family fun, stress reduction, health benefits - may we suggest a Softub? Convenient, comfortable, easy to set up and energy efficient - it’s the perfect solution.

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Softubbin In The Dark!

Softubs are a joy to use at any time, in any weather, but there’s just something about soaking in the dark that takes the experience to another level.

The cool, crisp air. The stars above. The quiet. It all helps you to sink deeper into the moment. Focused, your senses come alive. Your stress and your aches melt away. Your body and mind thank you for this respite from the hustle and bustle.

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The experience is wonderful alone, or with company. If you Softub solo, you can work on meditation, simply reflect on your day, or visualize the next day. You can really soak up the silence and the solitude.

If you have company, you can take turns calling out the constellations in the cosmos, enjoy your favorite playlists, and circulate some cocktails. It’s not always about the quiet. There’s still something about the twilight hours that add that extra bit of excitement into social gatherings too.

Is it stormy out? Move things indoors. You can do that with a Softub! Set it up, plug it in, and light some candles. Heck, maybe even position a t.v. nearby. Movies are best enjoyed in the dark!

Treating yourself to a calm, quiet, undistracted Softub soak at night can also serve to help you get a better, deeper sleep! That said, we recommend you Softub every evening! Why sit on your couch channel surfing until you’re tired enough to turn in (screens are detrimental to quality sleep anyhow) when you can recreate the scenarios mentioned above. Night after night.

And with that, we’re off for our nightly Softub soak. Good night!

Soak In A Softub and Sleep Better

Using your Softub for 15-20 minutes every day can relieve muscle tension, stress, and ease your mind so you can sleep better. Of course longer, more frequent soak sessions are even better! Any hot Softub time is time well spent.

There’s actually a bit of science behind this strategy of using your Softub to improve your sleep.

Your body naturally lowers its temperature to prepare for sleep. It’s one of the things that makes you feel drowsy.

Soaking in your Softub for 15-20 minutes (about 30 minutes before bedtime) will raise your body temperature. Leaving the water will speed up and multiply your body’s natural sleep prep cool down cycle.

Once you leave your Softub, dry off and get ready for bed. You’ll be ready to catch the train to dreamtown.

Before you use your Softub, prepare your house and everything else you need to so that you can head straight to bed after your soak session.

Once you do get into your Softub, be sure to dim all the lights. Consider lighting some candles - ideally aromatherapy candles. Play your favorite relaxing music softly, lean your head back, and relax. Maybe treat yourself to a nightcap if you imbibe. Bedtime tea is a good choice as well.

Try to resist the temptation to scroll through your social media feeds. Staring at screens could cancel out all of your other efforts to get to sleep early and deeply.

Now doesn’t that sound wonderful? Try it! Then repeat the next night, and the next.

Ah, look at the time! Goodnight folks...

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Carpal tunnel symptoms? Get relief in your Softub!

Click, click, click, click, click.

Tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap.

Click, click, click, click. Click, click.

Tap.

Sound familiar? How many hours a day do you spend clicking and tapping way on your computer keyboard? Or swiping and tapping on your smartphone?

Working. Shopping. Banking. Chatting with friends and family. We spend hours a day in these activities. Some of them are for fun. Some are necessary. But all combine to put the health of your wrists at risk and could lead you to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel pain can be just awful. It starts with burning, tingling or numbness in your fingers. All the repetitive-motion swiping, mousing and typing affects the nerves and tendons in where your wrist and hand meet, causing shooting pain in your arm. Then the tendons start to push the nerve into your wrist bone - and you get excruciating pain.

Early on, you can ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel with rest, and by changing positions. But eventually, scar tissue builds up and surgery is needed.

Before that, though, studies have shown you can help ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel with … your hot tub!

For mild or moderate carpal tunnel, soaking in your hot tub can offer relief. The heat from the water helps the muscles and tendons relax so that fluids are released and swelling is reduced. At this stage, alternate your hot water soaks with cold compresses to get the best effect.

For advanced or new carpal tunnel, use cold compresses and an anti-inflammatory medication first. Then, enjoy a soothing soak in your hot tub to achieve a few hours of long-term relief.

Of course, carpal tunnel is a medical condition. So be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin. Now, step away from your keyboard or your smartphone for a little while, and give your wrists a break! Take a stroll down to our showroom so you can choose the perfect softub to soak away your pain.

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Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Find it in your Softub.

The explorer hacked his way through the dense jungle as his team of men followed closely behind. Pack animals laden with food, water and other supplies ambled along as the men fought to create a path in the stifling heat and humidity, the sunlight glinting off their chest plates and helmets.

The men searched for something elusive. The Fountain of Youth. That mythical source of the “water of life” that can grant eternal youthfulness and longevity.

The team pressed on, when suddenly the jungle foliage began to thin, and the temperature began to cool. The explorer knew he was close to another water source. Would this finally be what he was looking for?

They breached the final barrier and entered a clearing. In the center stood not a spring, but something … unexpected. A Softub. Was this it? Was this the secret to staying young?

Turns out, maybe so. While you probably think about your Softub mainly for relaxation, it can also be a great way to enjoy warm-water exercise. And water exercise can be a great way to stay flexible and fit as you age.

The water removes the pressure of gravity on your muscles and joints, allowing you to move with more ease and comfort - all in the privacy and convenience of your home.

Thanks to the open seating arrangement, a Softub is flexible enough to allow for different exercises so you can enjoy variety while you maintain your health and wellness. Try simple exercises like these, hot tub yoga, or even use water weights for a complete workout. Your body will benefit from both the cardiovascular and weight bearing exercises.

Another benefit - the water pressure can actually help improve your blood circulation and decrease your blood pressure. That’s something that can benefit many of us as we age. Plus, you get to enjoy the soothing warm water and powerful jets once your workout is complete.

So - is regular water exercise the mythical Fountain of Youth? Our explorers decided so. In fact, they still enjoy water exercise every day. As for you? Well, you’ll have to decide for yourself. The good news is, all you have to do is slide into your Softub and try it out!

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Advice for parents, from a teen: connect with your kids in a Softub

Ok, listen. My friends don’t know I’m writing this. Honestly, I’d never hear the end of it if they found out. But I’m going to do all of you parents a favor.

You want to know how to talk to your teen, right? I mean, I get it. We’re quiet. We don’t tell you what’s going on in our lives. It probably seems like just yesterday that we were following you around the house, and now when we’re home you never see us because we’re in our room with the door closed.

You’re worried about our grades, our friends, our futures. I get it. And, truth? We appreciate it. We’ve got a lot on our minds. We just … don’t always know how to start the conversation.

So here’s my suggestions. Don’t push it. Just be there. Talking to us face-to-face is awesome, but so is just hanging out side-by-side and being ready to listen. You know where a great place to do this is? The family hot tub.

In the hot tub, there aren’t any distractions. It’s a great place for conversation. Just make sure you put away your phone or your tablet so you can really hear what we’re trying to say, alright?

You know how the hot tub relaxes you? It does the same for us. And when we’re relaxed, we’re more likely to open up to you. Don’t come at us with a secret agenda - we’ll spot that a mile away. It’s all about spending quality time together and being open.

Here’s another idea. If you want to get to know our friends, let us invite them over for a hot tub party, or make it a standing invitation for after the game, after school dances, whatever. Show an interest in us, in our lives. We like that. (Even if we act like we don’t.)

So. That’s the low-down. Just … don’t tell anyone you heard it from me. Ok?

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The Softub Difference

Softubs are different, and it’s the differences that make them great.

“Sure,” you’re thinking. That’s what they all say. But Softubs really ARE different. One look will tell you that. But that’s just the start …

First of all, don’t think of a Softub as a soft-sided hot tub. While it IS a hot tub, in that you can immerse yourself in soothing hot water and experience hydromassage from powerful jets, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Softub has more in common with the therapy tubs you find in sports facilities and hospitals, than it does with fancy hot tubs that have dozens of jets, WiFi and Bluetooth stereo systems. Plus:

There are no pinch points, because Softub doesn’t force your body into preformed seats.

  • There are fewer jets, but they’re powerful and move the water around.

  • It can support hot or cold water - just like a therapy tub.

  • A therapy tub can double as a hot tub. A hot tub can’t double as a therapy tub.

If you’re on your feet all day, if you play sports, jog or live an active life - you’ll love the soothing, therapeutic benefits of a Softub.

Softubs are also designed to be easy to install, and easy to move around. Hard tubs are often sold with “free” installation, which sounds like a great deal. But a closer look reveals some hefty hidden costs. Depending on where you live, you may need a permit. You’ll also need to make sure you have a 6” slab to set your heavy hard tub on, a 50-60 amp breaker with a kill switch, and a buried 220 wire. Those costs could equal $2000 or more above the cost of your hot tub - and above the “free” installation.

A Softub can be installed almost anywhere, indoors or out. Roll it where you want it, fill it, plug it into a standard 110v outlet, and you’re in business. No hidden installation costs here!

The bottom line is, Softubs are unique. We didn’t invent hydrotherapy, and neither did any hot tub company. But we think we’ve perfected it.

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Tom Thornbury’s Vision

ANYbody, ANY body part, ANYwhere, ANY time. That’s the Softub difference - and it’s all because of Softub founder Tom Thornbury’s vision to develop an efficient, portable, true hydrotherapy spa.

Hydrotherapy

Tom wanted to create a spa that would offer true, beneficial hydrotherapy for any body part on any size body. By eliminating the seats and cutting back on the number of jets, Tom and his engineers created a therapy tub that’s comfortable for everyone, provides complete immersion, and eliminates stress on joints.

Traditional hot tubs force you into pre-formed seats and jet configurations that limit your range of motion and may or may not fit your body size and shape. If you can’t quite get comfortable, and if you can’t quite achieve relaxation, you can’t get full hydrotherapy. Softub fixes these issues.

Portability

Tom also wanted Softub owners to be able to take their tubs anywhere, indoors or out. To achieve that, Softubs have to be lightweight, durable, able to sit on just about any surface, able to plug into a standard outlet, and completely self-contained with no special plumbing needs.

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We’d say he achieved that goal! People use their Softubs everywhere, from their back decks and patios, to their basements and master bathrooms, to their boat decks and more. It’s durable enough to be outdoors all year long, yet quiet enough to be installed inside (and sized so it can be rolled through any doorway.)

Ease of Use

Another of Tom’s requirements was that the Softub be ready to use at any time. Typical 110v spas cool down quickly while they’re being used - Tom was insistent the Softub not have this problem. Thanks to stellar engineering, Softubs can allow for both hot and cool water therapy - they can maintain temperature ranges of 80-106 degrees.

 Fancy hot tubs with dozens of jets, light shows, Bluetooth stereos and Wifi might impress your neighbors. But that’s not what Softub was designed for. In terms of hydrotherapy, Softub does everything a glitzy hard tub does, for about half the price. Plus, you get simpler maintenance, a stronger warranty than any hard tub in the industry at this price point, and about one-third of the operational costs.

 We’d say Tom succeeded.

No, it’s NOT an inflatable hot tub!

It’s a common misconception. And if we’re honest, it sort of makes us crazy. We hear it all the time at shows. But no, Softubs are not inflatable hot tubs. They’re real, honest-to-goodness hot tubs that will provide you with years of worry-free enjoyment.

Yes, they’re portable. But you don’t blow them up.

Once people see a Softub side-by-side with an inflatable tub, the differences are easy to spot:

Softubs are lightweight, but sturdy. Move it outside for the weekend and indoors for the week. See - lightweight. Yet it’s also strong enough that you can sit on the side, just like you can with a hard tub. Try that with an inflatable. We don’t think you’ll be happy with the results.

Softubs have powerful jets. Powerful jets mean you get soothing hydrotherapy. Inflatable tubs use underpowered air jets that just don’t get the job done.

Softubs are energy-efficient. Our Hydromate system incorporates the pump, heating system and motor into one unit, using the motor’s excess heat to heat the water. Innovations like this helped get Softubs registered as energy-efficient appliances.

Softubs come fully loaded. You get a high-density, insulated, locking cover; underwater LED light and more. Features you’ll find in traditional hard tubs, not inflatables.

When you get down to it, there’s really no comparison at all. If you’re shopping for a hot tub, don’t compare Softubs to throwaway inflatables. Compare Softubs to traditional hard hot tubs, and you’ll quickly discover Softubs are an affordable, portable, energy-efficient alternative.

Roll it into place. Move it indoors or out. Save money on the purchase price and monthly operational costs. What’s not to love?

Just, please. Don’t call it an inflatable hot tub.

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