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
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
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
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.