Wolfgang’s Spa Works: An investment in your quality of life

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For people like Paul Johnson of Taos, a hot tub is much more than a container of water with air jets.

1“Of all things I’ve purchased, my hot tub from Wolfgang’s Spa Works has been my best investment,” Johnson recently said. “It’s improved my health, and given me a true sense of well-being. It’s better than a fancy car or vacation.

“I got the most bang for my buck with my hot tub from Wolfgang’s than any of that other stuff,” Johnson said.

Such an endorsement is music to the ears of the father-and-son owners of Wolfgang’s Spa Works — Wolfgang and Neil Collins. For the past 14 years, Taos’ only full-service hot tub business has been spreading the good word by selling, installing and servicing hundreds of hot tubs in Northern New Mexico. The business has grown steadily — so much so that they have promoted longtime maintenance and repair tech David Lindholm to become store manager — freeing up Wolfgang and Neil for sales, marketing and promoting the benefits of hot tubs.

“People like Paul (Johnson) have made an investment in their comfort,” said Wolfgang. “There are verifiable returns on that investment in physical, emotional and social health.”

Hop in a hot tub and, right away, you are getting a treatment in hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to revitalize, maintain and restore a person’s health — for which a hot tub is ideal. Regular immersion in a hot tub from Wolfgang’s Spa Works, in the simplest terms, makes you feel better. On the physical side, consistent use of a hot tub has been shown to stabilize metabolism. With hot water flowing over muscles, hydrotherapy improves the function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, reducing pain by removing lactic acids and other contaminates from muscle issue.

3Specifically, hydrotherapy has been shown improve heart health. Hotwater immersion increases blood flow to heart to improve output and often reduce blood pressure. Wounds and soreness heal quicker because hot water increases circulation and blood supply to sore or injured muscles, and to wounds.

Specific conditions have been treated effectively with regular visits to the hot tub. Pain can be reduced for sufferers of arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions. By improved blood sugar levels, hydrotherapy helps lower blood pressure for diabetes patients, and ameliorate symptoms brought on by muscular sclerosis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis.

“It’s like putting a heating pad all over your body every time you get in,” said Wolfgang. “Our bodies are 90 percent water, so 90 percent of us is floating, taking pressure off of joints.”

However, for Wolfgang and Neil, dropping into a tub of hot, soothing water every day is as much about restoring mental and emotional health as anything. The release of stress-reducing dopamine hormones that occurs with a hot, moist soak brings a flood of relaxation over the body and mind — and a sense of calm, clarity and connection.

“I never make an important decision without getting in the hot tub,” one customer said. “It’s there that my wife and I can really connect.”

In a hot tub, conversations tend to be more relaxed, undistracted and unhurried — unlike the outside, worka- day world. For Wolfgang and Neil, an evening in the hot tub is a chance to be outdoors, to lounge under the stars, to feel the breeze in your face.

The population around Taos may be getting older, but it isn’t getting any less active. And Neil sees the benefits of a hot tub as fitting right along with this demographic in Taos.

“Taos is the perfect location for a hot tub, especially on a cold, starry night after a full day of skiing or snowboarding,” he said. “Baby boomers tend to be very active and a good hot tub will melt away their aches and pains. A hot tub also creates an intimate setting away from television, noise and problems. “And, a soak in the evening also promotes deep sleep,” said Neil.

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