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Owning a custom inground spa may seem like a luxury without any real benefit, but the majority of custom pool and spa owners will agree that having their own spa has provided numerous advantages. If you're on the fence about installing a custom pool and spa for you and your family, let us explain some of these health benefits and why so many people to turn to us at Tampa Bay Pools when they begin considering building a new pool & spa.

Advanced Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is nothing new. This practice have been enjoyed by many cultures throughout history. Traditionally, hydrotherapy was available through natural hot springs. But natural hot springs are not readily available to most, so travel to these locations was often required. But today an inground spa can provide these same benefits of hydrotherapy accessible within your own backyard! The warm water and jets make hydrotherapy even more effective for relaxation and treatment of wide range of ailments. So, what are the health benefits that you can get from an inground spa?

Stress Reliever

The relaxation provided by an inground spa is the most widely known benefit. Who doesn’t enjoy a warm soak to relieve the stress of modern living and escape the demands of day to day activities?  A quick dip in an inground spa can provide some much needed, therapeutic relaxation. Blood vessels dilate in response to the heat, which leads to the decrease of blood pressure. Tense and tight muscles relax, aiding muscle recovery after exercise or injury and relief from soreness, stiffness and swelling. Moreover, while your body focuses on the heat - the Central Nervous System's sensitivity is reduced and endorphins are released, causing temporary pain relief.

Medical Benefits

Heat, Buoyancy and Massage are the main elements in hydrotherapy. Each of these elements contributes to the relief and treatment of a range of health issues.

  • Arthritis

Based on the article, Arthritis - Spas & Warm Water Exercise published by the Arthritis Foundation, "People whose arthritis symptoms respond well to heat have discovered the many benefits of heat therapy." The article also explains why warm water is so great for relaxing and increasing movement. "Warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, making a warm tub or pool an ideal place to do some gentle stretching. To ease low back pain, trap a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom or back of the tub, then lean into it and roll it against knotted muscles."

  • Diabetes

In 1999, there was a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (08-16-1999) which indicated a decrease in the blood sugar levels of patients who regularly soak themselves in a hot tub 30 minutes a day, 6 days per week.

  • Back Pain    

Participants in a 1994 study who utilized inground spas, experienced increased back flexibility, reduced pain duration, and lessened use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs than the study group that did not utilize the inground spas. According to the British Journal of Rheumatology, 1994 - "This controlled clinical trial shows a positive short term and a more moderate long-term overall effectiveness of spa therapy in chronic lower back pain." Of course, for anyone suffering from back pain that has used a hot tub, this doesn't come as a surprise. Hydrotherapy has been a well-established method for easing lower back pain naturally for many years.

Improved Sleep

In addition to all these physiological benefits of inground spa use, insomniacs can also expect relief. According to The National Sleep Foundation, if you spend some time in an inground spa just a few minutes before going to bed, this can lead to a more peaceful and deeper sleep. The drop in body temperature can help ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.
Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options

The Importance of Swim Lessons

For beginning swimmers and those who cannot swim, especially children, taking proper swim lessons will really help to ensure their safety this summer.

With summertime right around the corner, it is time to dig out that swimsuit from the back of your closet. Relaxing by the pool is a great way to keep cool and have fun for the entire family in this coming summer heat. To make the most out of your summer, it is also important to keep in mind and follow guidelines for pool safety. For beginning swimmers and those who cannot swim, especially children, taking proper swim lessons will really help to ensure their safety this summer. Here are a few reasons why taking swim lessons is so important.

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Memorial Day Pool Party Ideas

Here are a few of Tampa Bay Pool’s absolute favorite Memorial Day pool party ideas to help transform your next holiday bash from bland to unforgettable.

Memorial Day is only a few short weeks away, and that can mean only one thing: backyard cookouts and pool parties. The only problem is that all of these parties seem to be the same, which is not the way you roll. You want your Memorial Day pool party to stand out and be talked about for years to come. Lucky for you, there are some easy ways to tweak the traditional Memorial Day bash to make it fun, fresh and memorable. Here are a few of Tampa Bay Pool’s absolute favorite Memorial Day pool party ideas to help transform your next holiday bash from bland to unforgettable.

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The Biggest Safety Mistakes Pool Owners Make

Avoid these common mistakes made by pool owners to improve the safety of your Tampa Bay swimming pool, thanks to Tampa Bay Pools, Inc.

People of all ages love taking advantage of a swimming pool on a hot Florida summer day. Ensuring the safety of all swimmers is the most important part of being a responsible pool owner—more so than maintaining a pool to keep up the resale value on your house, though that’s important as well. Even the most responsible pool owners and parents make some mistakes in regards to pool safety, and that’s okay. By educating yourself on the most common backyard pool safety mistakes, however, you can learn how to be a better pool owner. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid in order to improve the safety of your Tampa Bay swimming pool.

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Is Your Pool Pet Safe?

pool pet safe

Having your own backyard pool can make cooling down in the summertime really convenient and comfortable. Though it is a fun and relaxing environment, keeping up with your pool requires a lot of responsibility and care. Maintenance and safety are two of the most important aspects to consider when deciding to get a pool, as well as when you already own one. Don’t put pool safety on the back burner, especially for your pets. If you’re trying to make your pool pet safe and pet friendly for the summer, here are some ways your furry family can enjoy the water.


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How to Determine Your Swimming Pool Budget

pool budget

Tampa Bay is one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Florida. It presents the quintessential tropical atmosphere with beautiful beaches and an equally stunning city skyline. There is no end to the opportunities, from education to employment; the quality of life in Tampa Bay is certainly hard to match. For these reasons, people flock to the area to become homeowners and build a life.

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Why You Should Consider a Zodiac Worry-Free Pool

Zodiac Worry-Free Pool Tampa

Owning a custom swimming pool in Tampa Bay will bring so much joy to your family. There are countless memories to be made and fun to be had. Not to mention, the health and psychological benefits are just an added bonus! Your swimming pool will certainly bring you together with your friends and family like never before.

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How to Decide on the Perfect Pool Shape for Your Backyard

Perfect Pool Shape

Congratulations on your decision to install a custom pool at your Tampa Bay home. Though you probably already have a list of wants and needs for your pool, there is still a lot of planning to do. For instance, there are colors to pick and features to select—do you want an outdoor kitchen or fire pit near your pool area? What about elements such as waterfalls, fountains or lounging decks? The beauty of designing a custom pool is that the choice is all yours.

One very important factor that you will have to consider is the shape of your new pool. This is widely determined by the limitations that have been set by your Tampa Bay backyard. Some things can be unearthed or moved, but others cannot. At Tampa Bay Pools, we want you to have the custom pool of your dreams. Here is how to decide on the perfect pool shape for your backyard.

The Limitations of Your Tampa Bay Backyard

Not everyone has a giant backyard to put in a pool as big as a grocery store, but that is fine. Even if you have a small yard, you can still have a beautiful pool area. Of course, the size of your backyard will be one of the main factors to consider when determining the shape of your pool. If there are obstacles, such as trees or large rocks, they will either have to be removed beforehand or worked around by reshaping the pool. Once you know what size and shape of the potential pool that your yard is capable of holding, you can focus on other factors to make sure that you build the pool of your dreams.

Your Vision

Just as important as the backyard space is your vision. While you may need to change something in your plan or build your pool slightly smaller so that it will fit in your backyard, you should not stray far from your dream. If you started this journey with a particular arrangement and shape in mind, speak to your pool design professional to see what can be done about fitting it into your yard.

The Intended Use

How you would like to use your pool will also play a huge part in determining the size that is installed. If you are planning to swim laps and exercise in your pool on a regular basis, you might want to consider a traditional lap pool that features a mirror image surface. There are a lot of ways to dress up even the most basically shaped pools. You could go the other direction as well and create a one-of-a-kind free-form pool. Free-form pools are oddly shaped yet beautiful and perfect for working around obstacles or conditions that might have otherwise made getting a pool difficult.

Custom Pools in Tampa Bay

If you would like more information on finding the perfectly shaped custom pool, visit our "getting started" page to begin planning for your new pool.

Why You Should Purchase a New Hot Tub in Winter

Why You Should Purchase a New Hot Tub in Winter

Winter is flu and cold season. Naturally, staying indoors and hiding from bacteria seems like a good way to ward off sickness – but did you know that soaking in a hot tub at around 104 degrees Fahrenheit is actually one of the best ways to avoid these sicknesses during the colder months? That’s because hot tubs aid the body in forcing it to sweat out toxins, so hanging around outside in the winter isn’t so crazy when you have a hot tub! Here’s why:

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Myths about Pool Ownership

Myths about Pool Ownership

There are many reasons for not testing the waters, literally, and purchasing a pool. At Tampa Bay Pools, we’ve heard it all. From financial reasons to landscape worries and the fear of an uptick in utility bills, there are many fears preventing folks in the Greater Tampa Area from diving in and purchasing a pool of their own. Don’t worry, we’re here to assuage those fears and show you that pools are timely, feasible and worthwhile investments. Tampa Bay Pools is here to set the story straight and help you get started on your dream pool.

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