Community Stories: PTSD Relief & Mental Wellbeing

Rebecca from Norfolk, a former NHS nurse, is an advocate for the mental health benefits of hot tubs after getting herself a Lay-Z-Spa during the pandemic.

Just before the pandemic, Rebecca was diagnosed with PTSD on top of already suffering from anxiety and depression. Rebecca was a full-time nurse during the pandemic meaning she was working incredibly long shifts and had to frequently be separated from her family. The whole experience took its toll on her mentally and physically. 

To have PTSD on top of that [anxiety and depression], and to work in a pandemic, and to be detached from your family, was hugely stressful.

During this period, and still now, Rebecca finds sanctuary in her Lay-Z-Spa giving her an opportunity for self-care, relaxing and recovery for her body.

mental wellbeing with Lay-Z-Spa

It really relaxed my mind. It brought me right back down to level instead of that big buzz of being on the go, being stressed, anxiety levels being really high.

Benefits for the whole family

They upgraded to a larger St Moritz so that the whole family could fully benefit. Her husband suffers from spinal problems and occasionally just gets in without even heating it as he finds the bubbles alone highly therapeutic for his condition. Rebecca explains that the hot tub was beneficial to her son during his GCSEs as it gave him time to relax and put all his worries aside.

You sit there amongst the bubbles thinkin oh gosh this is lovely but actually its relaxing all your muscles. Mentally, it really clams your levels down. The feeling and the sensual [aspect] of the bubbles is just really calming. And, the sound of the water is really calming.

Stress & Anxiety Relief with Lay-Z-Spa

Studies by Coventry University’s Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences found that using a Lay‑Z‑Spa has very positive benefits to both stress and anxiety. Amongst the 20 healthy participants, they saw a 22% decrease in salivary cortisol ( a steroid hormone the body produces and is affiliated with stress) and a 10.3% reduction in anxiety. To read more about this study, click here.