Weekend Warriors relax and listen in as we discuss the technology of spas and saunas and which ones live up to their promises of relaxing those sore muscles from "honey dos" and yardwork/gardening.
This Weeks Guests
7:00-7:20 - Connie Zack of Sunlight Saunas will join Craig to discuss Infrared Saunas and their Therapeutic Effects and why it may be important to you.
7:34-7:42 - Kam Toor a spokesperson for BainUltra and professional massage therapist will join Craig to discuss why people are opting for upgraded spas in their bathrooms and how these rooms are becoming more of a retreat than just a room for simple cleaning.
7:44-7:50 - Robin Abrams the CEO of Firefly Mobile will join Craig to discuss their Mobile Phone for Kids.
8:06-8:20 - Dennis DiPaolo the Owner of Seasonal Specialty Stores will join Craig to discuss Spas, what you need to know before you buy, what questions to ask, and how to find a reputable dealer.
8:34-8:50 - Matt Schiderman of SYNC magazine will join Craig to discuss relaxation devices and SYNC magazine reviews and how you can win everything in their August/September issue.
Spa Buyers Guide
For Many consumers, purchasing a spa is a life-changing event. It is an event often accompanied by stress, when the intention is to alleviate it.
What exactly should I consider before purchasing a spa?
You should always "wet test" a spa before purchasing. This means getting into a spa with water in it. All reputable spa dealers maintain filled demonstration models just for this purpose.
Look for and verify that the seats provide lumbar support. When sitting in any seat, the water should reach at least shoulder level. If it does not, you will not get full hydrotherapeutic value.
Lean your head back against pillows. Make sure you do not have to hyperextend your neck to rest your head.
If the spa has a Lounge seat, make sure that it is deep enough to keep you in the seat. Take notice of the alignment of jets with your muscles. Make sure they are massaging muscle tissue and not your spine.
How convenient are the controls to use when you are seated in the spa?
Stay in the spa with the jets on for at least 15 minutes. At the end of that time you will know whether the seating and jet arrangement is truly comfortable.
Why should you consider buying a spa?
1. Overall Pleasure
Hot tubs offer an array of benefits: improved health, ample social opportunities and the chance for relationshipbuilding.
2. Sound Sleep
Sitting in a hot tub raises the body temperature and enhances your ability to fall asleep. Evening soaks promote restful, uninterrupted slumber.
3. Relief for Arthritis Aches and Stiffness
Warm, pulsating water increases blood supply to aching joints, which helps to remove inflammatory particles from the area and relieves pain.
4. Buoyant Exercising
Exercising in water is easier on the joints than exercising on land. Many hot tubs are deep enough to stand in, and almost all offer enough room for chair exercises.
5. Resounding Relaxation
A hot tubís soothing waters decrease stress and help you unwind. Relaxation is at the top of the priority list for buyers who purchase a hot tub.
6. Magical Massages
Better than a masseuse, jets give the ultimate rubdown, whether you are in the mood for a gentle touch or a more forceful massage.
7. Stretching Out
The warm water in a hot tub decreases muscle tension, which allows greater flexibility. You can stretch better in the water.
8. Literary Launches
Writers will find that promising prose or poetry just pops into the mind. Leaning back in the hot tub seems to bring thoughts to the surface. No more writerís block.
9. Review the Day
In this hubbub world, it often becomes hard to find time to share highlights of the day with your partner. A hot tub creates the perfect opportunity to talk.
10. Take Yourself Out to a Ballgame
There is nothing like watching a favorite team hit a home run while soaking in the hot tub. Spas with built-in television sets bring the action to you.
11. Family Gathering Place
Flip open the hot tub cover, start the jets, and watch how everyone in the family tends to leave the television room or computer station and head for a soak. You donít have to say anything; if you lead them, they will come.
12. Romantic Interludes
Hot tubs enjoy a long reputation for stirring sensual juices. Soaking sets the mood for love.
13. Morning Refresher
Start the day with a refreshing soak while listening to the birds chirp and watching the sunrise. A cup of java and swirling water jetstarts the day.
14. Acquaint Kids with the Water
Many hot tub owners find it an ideal place to let youngsters become accustomed to the water and to gain an appreciation and respect for it, as long as an adult remains within an armís reach.
15. Post-Op Therapy
Once the wound heals, rehabilitation programs may include hydrotherapy to help patients get back on their feet faster.
16. Tall Tales from the Heart
Young people often shun listening to family elders discuss the good old days, but combining a little wisdom with bubbly warm water sets the scene for eager young listeners.
17. Open Up the Sinuses
When feeling a little congested, the steam rising off the hot water can help to open up nasal passages. Inhaling warm, moist air has long been a home remedy for upper respiratory problems.
18. Soak Up the Stars
Watching your favorite celebrities on a wide plasma screen, while relaxing in warm water, doubles the pleasure. Some hot tubs come equipped with televisions, DVD players and surround sound systems.
19. Backyard Showcase
Turn on the fiber-optic lighting and fountains, and the hot tub becomes a centerpiece for backyard parties. Even if no one gets wet, its handsome appearance and soothing sounds become the center of attention.
20. Serious Summit
If something is bothering you and your mate, the warmth of the hot tub makes it easier to bring up touchy topics and resolve lingering issues. Conversation just flows.
21. A Gift to Treasure
Surprise your spouse with a hot tub decked out with all the amenities that will provide years of enjoyment. It makes a great anniversary gift to each other.
22. Itís in the Cards
Waterproof cards and backgammon games will keep youngstersí minds busy, while mom and dad relax.
23. Row, Row, Row to Health
Hot tubs equipped with rowing machines allow for exhilarating aerobic workouts.
24. Hunker Down with a Good Book
Let the warm water relax you as you find a soothing, quiet place to catch up on your reading.
25. Float Away the Day
Some hot tub owners keep the water at a lower temperature in the summer so they can place a raft in the hot tub and float around while cooling off.
26. Tanning Made Easy
While sitting in the hot tub on a sunny day in both summer and winter, the sun not only warms and directly penetrates the skin, it also bounces off the water, increasing the potential for tanning.
27. Create Your Own Resort
You donít have to travel to a posh resort when you can create the ambiance of a vacation -- right in your own backyard.
28. Slip Into Something More Comfortable
For optimum convenience and privacy, place your hot tub on the deck off the master bedroom. When ready for a soak, just slip out the door and into the warm embrace of the water.
29. Super Bowl Fever
The annual AFL vs. NFL competitions generate team spirit. Regardless of which team you are rooting for, watching the game in the hot tub is sure to boost the team spirit of both friends and family.
30. Snowy Day Retreat
When the snow starts falling, hot tub owners like to head outdoors to experience the unique hot and cold sensation of letting icy snowflakes hit their skin, while relaxing in the hot, bubbly water.
31. Adding Assets
While some hot tub owners choose to take their unit with them when they move, others find that it adds to their existing homeís value, especially if landscaping or other amenities enhance the backyard as well.
32. At Your Service
Todayís self-contained hot tubs maintain a steady heat, always ready for you to step in and enjoy yourself. There is no more turning on the heater and waiting for warm water.
33. Avoid Health Club Hassles
No need to drive to a health club for a soothing soak when you have a safe, clean hot tub in the backyard. Leave the gym bag in the closet and enjoy the convenience.
34. Galaxy Gazing
Watch the sky twinkle on a starry night. Pick out the Big Dipper, Orion and other constellations.
35. Build a Friendship
Like a magnet, a hot tub draws friends and offers opportunities to get to know someone better. Invite your guest for a light meal, and then offer an impromptu soak.
36. The Great Escape
Placing the hot tub in a sunroom or in a gazebo allows the convenience of a home soak without having to worry about battling the elements or swatting the insects.
37. Easy Maintenance
Current hot tub models require very little maintenance. Textured shells and synthetic exterior cabinetry are designed to need little more than hosing off.
38. Banish Backaches
Specialized jets that move up and down the spine soothe inflamed tissue and relieve the pain.
39. Grandchildrenís Day
Invite the mix of grandkids for a sing-along and rub-a-dub-dub in the tub.
40. Sensuous Skinny Dipping
With proper screening from nosey neighbors, slip out of restrictive garments and let your skin savor the sensual water.
41. Bird Watching
Sit in the hot tub with your family and try to identify all the species of birds that fly by or land in the garden. Keep a bird identification book or card handy for quick reference.
42. Post Workout Relief
Slide into the warm, soothing waters after working out at the gym or participating in an impromptu driveway basketball game.
43. Cleaner and Safer
When you own the hot tub, you control the water quality. You donít have to risk health problems by stepping into a public spa when you are assured safe water at home.
44. Less Mowing
By placing your hot tub in a prominent backyard spot and adding a gazebo and lowmaintenance landscaping plants, you will cut down on backyard lawn care.
45. Heat Up to Cool Down
When arguing with a loved one, step back and spend time in the spa for a new perspective. The waterís calming properties will help you think more clearly and clear the air for peacemaking.
46. Celebrate in the Water
Whether it is a birthday bash or a holiday get-together, spending some time in a hot tub adds a special twist to a traditional celebration. Enjoy turkey sandwiches on Thanksgiving or toast the New Year aqua-style.
47. Ahh -- Aromatherapy
Enjoy the scent of cherry blossoms, lavender or spring rain -- you name it -- while soaking in your hot tub. Aromatherapy enhances the spa experience by adding an olfactory dimension.
48. A Portable Choice
When it is time to relocate to a new home, just unplug and drain your portable hot tub, then have the movers pack it on the truck. When you arrive, fill the hot tub and let its restorative powers ease the strain of moving.
49. The Neighborhood Gang Hangout
Get to know your childrenís friends by rolling out the hot tub welcome mat. It is always good to know that you can find your youngsters and their friends in your hot tub hangout.
50. Easy Ingress and Egress
Todayís hot tubs offer features that make getting into, out of, and moving around in the spa, a lot easier. These include lower sidewalls, grab bars and cool-down seats.
51. Surround Yourself with Hydrotherapy
Sit in a therapy seat and feel the soothing massage of warm water from your neck to the tip of your toes. Hot tub owners rave about these special alcoves.
52. Become the Perfect Valentine
Create a romantic night to remember for your sweetheart, rose petals, et al.
53. Soothe a Boo-Boo
Soaking with your child in the hot tub to soothe a recent bump or bruise is an instant cure, and it allows you to steal some quality bonding time.
54. Fabulous Fountain Show
Watch and listen as streams of water dance above your head or a sheet of water cascades into the hot tub. A marvelous variety of fountains enhance the spa experience by adding a visual and auditory dimension.
55. Make Magical Memories
Soaking with a special someone sets the scene for memory-making. You will easily recall the time that you witnessed a sunset, or the evening that a shooting star streaked across the sky.
56. Light Up the Night
Electronic LED and fiber-optic lighting enhance the visual appeal of sitting in a hot tub. Whether selecting a solid color or watching revolving rainbow hues, special lighting lets owners set the mood.
57. Power Plan
Better insulation and state-of-the-art heating systems help to keep operating costs to a minimum. It is a runaway winner in any dollars-per-minute-of-joy contest.
58. Party Central
Add a gazebo, bar surround and a built-in refrigerator, and turn a backyard hot tub into the spot for entertaining friends.
59. Develop a Bonding Routine
Schedule a family soak. Everyone gathers in the hot tub and gets to talk about their day, world events or anything else that may crop up.
60. Dramatic Designs
A variety of hot tub colors and styles, like onyx shells and cedar-style cabinetry, harmonize with a homeís architectural features.
61. Tune Time
Whatever your taste in music, a state-of-the-art in-spa stereo system allows you to sing along with your favorite vocalists, surrounded with bubbling acoustics.
62. Pedal Pleasure
After a long day on your feet, nothing feels better than a foot massage. Special foot jets, available on many spas, know just how much pressure to exert to wash away pedaling pains.
63. Make Commuting Tolerable
While traffic hassles can rattle the calmest drivers, just knowing that a hot tub soak awaits you is sure to settle your nerves.
64. Beat the Wintertime Blues
There is no need to stay inside waiting for the cold weather to pass when the hot tubís warm water and escaping warm air can keep you from becoming chilled.
65. Recover from Joint Injuries
The warm, swirling waters can speed recovery from minor injuries, and it can often be incorporated into a rehabilitation program after a more severe mishap.
66. Happy Hour
A hot tub, a cool beverage and some tasty hors díoeuvres create the perfect happy hour -- without ever leaving the house.
67. Collar It
Tension seems to settle in the neck and shoulder region. Special jets surrounding the neck provide pulsating, rhythmic relief.
68. Spread the Good News
A hot tub is the perfect setting to share good news or to make an important family announcement.
69. Meditation Station
What better way to get in touch with your inner self than in warm, swirling water? Close your eyes, breathe easy and say Om.
70. Spell It Out
Help your child prepare for a spelling test while surrounded in bubbling water. Both of you will be more relaxed and receptive to the task.
71. Water without Taxes
A hot tub enables you to add an aquatic retreat without increasing your taxes. As a portable aboveground unit, it does not add to your homeís taxable value.
72. Create a Serene Garden
Placing a hot tub in a quiet, peaceful garden produces synergistic benefits. Lush, attractive plants create a Garden of Eden effect.
73. Escape from Technostress
The endless ringing of the telephone, the background din of a television and online instant messaging can cause technostress. Let the enticing hot tub waters draw you away from the ceaseless onslaught of information.
74. One for the Road
After an evening out with friends, top off the night with a soak. Invite everyone back to talk about the high points or laugh about things that did not turn out as well as expected.
75. Mental Meltdown
The swirling warm water helps to wash away your troubles, grudges and irritability. Use the hot tub as a form of emotional cleansing or to renew your spirit.
76. Commune with Nature
From your hot tub, listen to the daytime sounds of small animals. In the evening, watch for bobcats or be on the lookout for a family of deer.
77. Reach for a Towel Instead of a Pill
Many people with fibromyalgia and other painful conditions find that a soak in the hot tub decreases the need for pain medication, providing relief without side effects.
78. Make a Lifestyle Statement
Purchasing a hot tub lets family and visitors know that you have stepped up a notch on the social scene.
79. Warming Up
After a long day on the slopes or working outdoors, slipping into a hot tub will thaw that frozen-tothe-bone feeling.
80. Rekindle the Flame
When your relationship is in a lull and moods are not in sync, light a few candles and start the jets. It is just the spark you need to send your special someone right back into your arms.
81. Financial Planning
Seize a hot tub opportunity to review finances and ask family members to tighten their belts.
82. Meet the New (and Old) Neighbors
Once the folks living on your street hear you enjoying your new hot tub, they will want to stop by to chat -- and hope for a soak.
83. Limber Up
Prepare for a tennis or golf game by warming up in the hot tub. Move your joints through their full range of motion and condition your muscles. You are bound to win the match or beat your handicap.
84. Reward System
Treat yourself to a soak after a hard day at the office, completing a difficult class assignment or finishing the housework. Just knowing the hot tub is waiting will make the chore fly by.
85. Relief for Headaches
Many people find that soaking in a hot tub relieves headache pain, especially pain from tension headaches. As the body relaxes, so do the muscles in the head.
86. Select or Alternate Jet Flow
Todayís hot tubs allow each user to adjust the flow of water. One person can enjoy a gentle massage on the neck, while another receives a more vigorous back rubdown.
87. Keep in Touch
Write a daily card to your kids at summer camp, or send out those overdue thank you notes.
88. Reward the Babysitters
Like everyone else, sitters love an opportunity for a relaxing soak. If they have done a good job, invite them back for some spa time.
89. Take a Mini-Vacation
Get away from it all, without ever leaving your property. Relaxing in a hot tub can make you feel that you have escaped to a private paradise.
90. Soften the Blow
Wrapped in the lap of hot tub luxury is the best place to deliver bad news.
91. Let the Games Begin
To set the scene for some unique playtime, fill the hot tub with lots of floating rubber duckies, balls, fishing games and snorkels for little ones.
92. Catalog Shopping
Gather all those catalogs that have been lying around, and browse to your heartís content.
93. Make It a Date
Stepping out into the spa, rather than going to a club or to the theater, allows more time for conversation, and it doesnít cost anything.
94. Splurge on Swimsuits
Stock up on those greatlooking bikinis that you would never wear in public.
95. Friday Night Buffet
Begin the weekend in the hot tub by munching on some finger sandwiches, discussing who-is-going-where-and-when this weekend.
96. Teen Time
Get the teens out of their rooms and into the hot tub (either alone or with some friends).
97. Try Multitasking
Some folks enjoy talking on the telephone while receiving an aquatic massage; others use tub time to make their mental Things-To-Do list.
98. Reel in the Home Movies
Invite extended family members to watch home movies while sitting in the hot tub. Bring out popcorn and soft drinks to complete the eveningís entertainment.
99. Pop the Question
Designate the hot tub as the place for a memorable marriage proposal (she wonít refuse).
100. Rx for Youth
Soaking in a hot tub makes you feel younger and totally alive, and you donít even need a doctorís prescription.
Specials from our Guests for our Listeners
For our Listeners who are interested in purchasing a Sunlight Sauna - Sunlight Saunas will give any listener 10% off the purchase price of one of their saunas and they will include a Free CD Player to enjoy your favorite music while you relax in the sauna. If you decide to purchase the infrared pad they will give you $200 off the purchase of a Solo Pad. Mention that you heard about Sunlight on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson.
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8 Jarves Street, P.O. Box 2211
508-888-8550 / 800-844-4542
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