This winter, soaking in a Jacuzzi might just be the best way to stay healthy and fit. While some people consider sitting in a Jacuzzi a routine of the rich and famous, it is more than a symbol of luxury.

A Jacuzzi is fun, relaxing and soothing to sit in. The swirling hot water makes you feel weightless. Soaking in a Jacuzzi regularly has many health and mental benefits associated with it. Hot water healing is an age-old concept. In fact, way back in 2000 BC the Egyptians placed sizzling hot rocks in water to ease pain and provide relaxation.

Here are few of the health benefits of sitting in a Jacuzzi:

• Increases blood flow: When your body absorbs heat, it experiences several physiological changes. As it begins to warm up, your blood flow increases, causing your blood vessels to expand and your blood pressure to drop.

• Relaxes muscles: Soaking in hot water relaxes your muscles as the heat from the water penetrates deep into your muscles.

• Relieves pain: As your body focuses itself on the rising heat, the central nervous system’s sensitivity is muted, which brings relief from pain.

• Reduces the strain on your joints: The natural buoyancy of the water supports almost 90 percent of your body weight. This relieves the strain on your joints.

• Relieves backaches and other spinal problems: The warmth of the water soothes the back muscles. Hydrotherapy promotes spine flexibility and also reduces the need for analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs among people with back pain.

• Improves cardiovascular health: The hydrostatic pressure of the Jacuzzi improves blood circulation and improves the functioning of your heart and lungs. Regular use minimises the stress on your heart.

• Strengthens muscles: The velocity of the water with the hydrostatic pressure provides a sort of resistance training, thus strengthening your muscles.

• Controls diabetes and weight: A study showed that patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus required lower doses of insulin after soaking in a Jacuzzi for 30 minutes a day, six times a week. Some patients also lost up to four pounds without any specific changes in their diet or exercise routine. They also experienced a reduction in their blood sugar, plasma glucose and glycosylated haemoglobin levels, as well as an increased sense of well being.

• Helps arthritis: Regular sessions in a Jacuzzi provide warmth and massage, as well as buoyancy, which helps keep the joints in motion. It improves their flexibility and protects them from further damage.

• Improves sleep: Studies by the National Sleep Foundation have shown that soaking in hot water for approximately 90 minutes before sleeping causes your internal thermostat to lower your body temperature and induce sleep, or at least to ease the transition into a deeper and more relaxing sleep.