Research Lends Support to Long-Held Notion that Warm-Water Immersion Does a Body Good

Ongoing research is lending support to the long-held notion that warm-water immersion does a body good.

Bruce Becker, a physician and research professor at Washington State University, sums up his current - and groundbreaking - study of the health impacts of warm-water immersion with a practical analogy. "You know when you come home from a long day at work and you're stressed out?" he asks. "You want to sink into a hot bathtub and go, 'Ahhh.' I'm trying to figure out what the hell that 'Ahhh' is all about."

After more than 18 months of research, he's getting closer to finding some answers. And that means operators of aquatics facilities with spa components may be able to offer more meaningful warm-water programming - or at least promote spa usage to a greater diversity of groups.

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