History of Hot Tubs
So, where did hot tubs first originate and how have they evolved?
Hot tubs are a feature of modern life that gives us a little bit of luxury in our own backyards. The power of hot water has been a much sought-after healing ritual for centuries, since man first discovered natural hot springs in certain areas of the world. Hot tubs have helped us harness the power of nature and bring healing home to all of us. While a bathtub is designed for 1 person at a time, a hot tub can be enjoyed by 2 or 3 or even as many as 8 or 9.
For centuries, man was limited to experiencing healing in hot springs wherever they naturally occurred, or where man had designed baths where water could be heated in large quantities. Hot baths, both public and private, have been built in places from Asia to Greece and Rome to North America dating back to as early as 600 BC. The Roman legions carried the traditions of hot bathing houses with them and built them all over their empire even as far away as the United Kingdom.
In the USA, hot tubs on a smaller scale, made for home use, were introduced around the 1940’s. In the 50’s, the old wine vats were filled with hot water, and it just took off from there. Wooden hot tubs were all the rage, but very soon faster and cheaper methods came to market. Fiberglass was easier to mold and reproduce in large quantities, and acrylic tubs were also easier to mass produce.
At first hot tubs were only installed next to swimming pools as accessories. Later they become popular as standalone items. The hydrotherapy pumps were introduced in the marketplace by the Jacuzzi family in the 50’s and 60’s, and by the 90’s the plumbing and jet technology had been mastered. Safety measures were tested and implemented by the 80’s and 90’s.
In the next decades, hot tubs spread from the luxury sphere to the health sphere and have continued to grow in popularity and accessibility. By putting a hot tub at your home you are tapping into an ancient tradition and joining the hundreds of thousands of people throughout history who have enjoyed the benefits of hot water.