According to Denise Migliacco, manager of Pool & Spa Place in Cranberry, N.J., and a member of the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA), “Spas have come a long way from the original hot tubs designed just for soaking. Today’s spas are a whole new class of products with virtually unlimited amenities.”
The benefits of warm water therapy have long been recognized, and the spa industry has continued to expand the way the “ahhh” factor of warm water is delivered. “No matter where the body aches, one spa can deliver relief,” notes Migliacco. “Many designs feature multiple water jet styles and seat levels, each designated for a specific body area.”
Salt systems that mimic the benefits of natural hot water mineral springs are another popular new feature. According to Migliacco, “The salt adds buoyancy, has a soft feel and gives the skin a beautiful, healthy sheen.”
Swimming and Fitness
Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the benefits of swimming and exercise in full-size fitness spas that measure as large as 16’ x 8”. Fitness spas can include a swim stream, as well as resistance band attachments to simulate rowing, lifting and other muscle building exercises.
For those who love the look and sound of water as much as the feeling of it, waterfalls and multi-colored LED lights can turn a spa into an artful focal point for an outdoor entertainment area. Another exciting innovation is the introduction of the Covana, a combination cover and hard-topped, Gazebo-style roof that raises and lowers with a remote control. Manufactured by Sterling Leisure Products, the roof provides privacy and sun protection while up, and safety and peace of mind when closed.
Whatever your reasons for adding a warm-water oasis to your home, NESPA members can help you choose the design that’s right for you, and recommend ways to assure the safe enjoyment of your spa. For more information, visit the NESPA website at www.nespapool.org. You’ll find a list of NESPA members, photos of award-winning designs, and a wealth of information on how to build, operate and maintain a safe pool or spa.
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The Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) is the Northeast affiliate of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). Founded in 1958, NESPA represents the pool and spa industry in the Northeast and serves members through extensive training programs, safety promotions, design competitions and compliance education. www.nespapool.org.