A spa generally refers to a commercial establishment (whether it is a health spa, beauty spa or massage spa) that is visited by guests seeking rejuvenation and relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. The essence of spa rejuvenation and relaxation therapies lies in the use of hydrotherapy combined with special bath oils and bath salts.
A home spa, therefore, refers to such a set-up that facilitates spa experience in the privacy of one’s home. A home spa or, in fact, any hot tub with jets of water emerging from different sides, is also commonly known by the name Jacuzzi, after the brand name and family name of one of the earliest manufactures of home spa systems.
The origin of the concept of a home spa, which has been enjoying tremendous worldwide popularity, actually lies in the humble bathroom shower. A home spa in its simplest form is nothing but a large-sized bathtub (also called hot tub) with innovative features such as hydro-jets, air jets and steam jets added to it. Anyone having a decent bath tub can have an excellent spa experience at home by adding such home spa facilities and equipping oneself with some essential bath oils, bath salts and floral scents.
The discovery of the health benefits of home spa therapies with herbal bath oils and bath salts has led to a tremendous growth in the home spa industry, with the result that home spa manufacturers have come up with many innovative home spa systems that are quite affordable, more portable and much easier to install than the earlier home spa equipment.
Basically, a home spa system consists of an acrylic shell, surrounded by a wooden or synthetic material cabinet. A home spa can come in different versions depending upon the location of its installation: for example, above-ground home spa, in-ground home spa, indoor home spa and outdoor home spa (for example, on the patio or the deck). An aboveground home spa that comes in a pre-assembled form is also called a portable home spa.
In addition to the customary jets, a home spa will have in it molded seats, in the form of a bench, chairs or loungers, custom-made to a buyer’s specification. A home spa is similar to a swimming pool in the sense that the water stays in it even when not in use, making it necessary to install a filtering system and add chemicals like chlorine to it in order to maintain hygiene.
A special type of home spa that can be installed inside your bathroom in place of the regular bathtub is called the whirlpool bath. In this the water is drained out after every use and so there is no need of a filtering system or chemicals.