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Quality Oshawa hot tubs, such as the offerings of leading dealers like Claudette's Pools & Hot Tubs, have come a long way since their inception. So have you ever wondered about how the modern hot tubs you're enjoying today came to be? This short excerpt from an article on the online hot tub resource site InflatableHotTubHQ.com brings us far back into the past:

History of Hut Tubs

"It was believed that hot tubs were first used by man even before antiquity. During this period, it is believed that man used calderas that were filled with hot stones as their version of a hot tub. Aside from calderas, man was also able to use small pools of water as hot tubs."

We continue further down the timeline with perhaps the first "real" hot tub in history, one that's owned by the Ancient Persian King Phraortes back in 600 B.C. The tub was chiseled out of solid granite rock, and its water was heated by placing sizzling hot stones in it.

Fast forward to 400 B.C., the Ancient Greeks were well-known to be the first people to recognize the supposed therapeutic properties of thermal baths. Greco-Roman medicine was based on the Theory of Humors, which believes that the human body was filled with four basic substances that cause diseases when they are imbalanced. The four substances (aka humors) were black bile, bile, phlegm, and blood, and it was said that a combination of both cold and hot baths can help keep their balance.

By 25 B.C., the Romans, most notably Emperor Agrippa, built Rome's first large-scale spa. Originally called Thermae, the spas served as legacy-defining projects for each subsequent emperor. The spas were also intended to soothe battle-weary soldiers – in fact, the word spa itself is an acronym for the Latin phrase Sanus Per Aquam, which means "health through water."

Modern hydrotherapy eventually ensued in Europe. Two of the best known pioneers were Sir John Floyer in 1697, and John Wesley in 1747. Floyer wrote a treatise which queried on the right use of hot, cold, and temperate baths, while Wesley published a book on hydrotherapy itself, wherein he claimed the method to be an easy and natural way of curing most diseases.

A Bavarian monk by the name of Sebastian Kneipp then revived the theory during the 19th Century. He developed the "Kneipp Cure" system of healing, which involves the application of water through various methods, temperatures, and procedures.

Indeed, over the years, everything has led to how we view and use hot tubs today; so the next time you're choosing among special Durham hot tub covers for your tub, know that you're actually looking at a significant piece of history.

(Source: History of Hot Tubs, InflatableHotTubHQ)

Claudette Potter

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