Community Stories: COPD Relief with a Hot Tub

Marion Harris, a self-confessed hot tub addict, from near London suffers from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). This is a lung condition that causes breathing difficulties and more. Her Lay-Z-Spa hot tub is an important part of her daily routine. The Lay-Z-Spa is in her garden and her family has helped to set it up with curtains, lights and artificial plants around it creating a place to relax and improve her wellbeing.  

"My hot tub has become such an important part of my daily routine and I can't imagine my life without one. As well as benefitting my health, it provides me with the ultimate self-care experience from the comfort of my own home. I would recommend a Lay-Z-Spa to anyone!"

How Can A Hot Tub Help With COPD?

Marion Harris originally purchased a Vegas Airjet™ which she had for 3 years until upgrading to a Honolulu AirJet™. She uses her Lay-Z-Spa almost every day as it helps her in a number of ways. COPD has several other symptoms aside from simply shortness of breath. This can include coughing, headaches, and swelling in the ankles, legs and feet. The latter can cause discomfort and difficulty walking. Marion says that when she doesn’t use her Lay-Z-Spa, she notices her legs hurt.  

I first bought a Lay-Z-Spa five and a half years ago and in 2019 I upgraded to a newer model which I've set up in my garden. It's definitely the perfect spot for unwinding after a long day and I've decorated my hot tub with curtains, fairy lights and a range of plants to get me feeling calm in the evenings and ready for a good night's sleep. In recent years I have also been diagnosed with COPD and the warm water of the hot tub helps to reduce the pain that I regularly experience in my legs and feet. ” 

Marion benefits immensely from the hydrotherapy she gets from using her Lay-Z-Spa. It stimulates her blood vessels which increases circulation which, in turn, helps clear any congestion in the lungs and eases any muscle tension in the chest and other areas too. The warm water aids with swelling, loosens tight muscles and reduces fluid retention. Additionally, the buoyancy of the water is a huge relief to take pressure off painful legs.

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A Hot Tub Can Help With Mental Health

Suffering from any type of condition can have impacts on the way we think. Life with COPD can be tiring, frustrating, painful, uncomfortable and inevitably can impact mental health. Marion says that using her Lay-Z-Spa helps her to feel sleepy and ready for bed. She explains that there are mental health benefits to using a hot tub too. It helps her to feel more relaxed and mindful and focused on the present as she is prone to overthinking.  

Every day I look forward to spending time in my Lay-Z-Spa hot tub and my children have joked that my hot tub is like my partner! I've also seen great health benefits and as someone who experiences anxiety and is prone to overthinking, I have found that regularly using my hot tub is an ideal way to help me feel more relaxed and focused on the present. ”

If you are considering using a hot tub for COPD therapy, please consult your doctor first.  

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