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Building a Successful Spa

By John Fanuzzi

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The Forgotten Bathtub with a Lot of Potential

Hydrotherapy tubs in the spa industry are expensive (as you might know if you have been to any spa shows lately), and range anywhere from $6,000 to $35,000. They also require large, tiled rooms with ample space; however, there is an alternative for those wanting to include hydrotherapy tubs in their facilities, but who do not have the room or cannot afford the big bucks.

I added on to my house last summer; instead of choosing a conventional five-foot bathtub (since I had limited space), I chose a Greek tub with a hydrotherapy pump. A Greek tub is about four feet long, a little over two feet high, and fits in a tight space. It allows you to sit up with your legs bent, and have the water come up to your neck. It holds about 30 gallons (unless you squeeze in with a close friend).

Here are some of the advantages of having a Greek tub in your home or spa:

  • It uses less water, which means it fills and empties faster (some of the more expensive tubs use up to 90 gallons of water). This translates into a proportionately less expensive gas or electric bill.
  • Since the tub uses less water, you can use a 1/2" water-supply pipe (although I recommend a 3/4"). Not having a large enough water supply could cost more than the tub itself if you are doing a remodel.
  • You will also use proportionately less product on your clients.
  • You don't have to worry about falling asleep and drowning in the tub. (In a larger tub, it is a concern.)
  • The Greek tub takes up little space and can be easily moved if you add wheels. For a personal home bath, most agree that the standard bathtubs are too short, too shallow and not in the least inviting, unless you have an old claw-foot model.

Here is a simple bedtime bath formula:

  1. Fill the Greek tub with water as hot you can stand; add your favorite bath oil.
  2. Soak until you cannot take the heat any longer.
  3. Turn on the cold water hose (I replaced the tub spout with a three-foot hose), resting your legs on the far ledge.
  4. Apply the cold water up and down your legs, feet, shoulders, arms and head. This will stimulate you after being sedated from the hot water. The bath water temperature will drop so your body can cool down, and you can sleep without being overheated.


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