A Spa Experience at Home
We can say what we will about oil and how it dictates a major portion of the socio-economic decisions made on this planet, but plain old water remains the elixir of life and the most important liquid on Earth.
On average, 60 per cent of the human body is comprised of water. H2O is the essential ingredient of any product we use to quench our thirst, the foremost source of hydroelectric power and its use in healing dates back to Hippocrates.
Since 1949, countless people in Central Ontario have sought the optimal benefits of water by –as the ad slogan goes –calling out: “Hey, Culligan man!”
While the Culligan name has become practically synonymous with drinking water and water treatment, the company has also been in the spa business since the late 1980s. In 2013, Culligan introduced Resort Spas, its own product line.
Southern Ontario sales manager Jonathan Curley says Culligan’s goal was to put the same level of technology and expertise into their spas as they did into their water products and, so far, “we have been really well received.”
Today’s residential spas incorporate a plethora of new technologies and Culligan’s Resort Spa series is no exception. The spas are on the cutting edge of green technologies. An example is the deployment of Crystal AOP ProPure, a purification system that cleans the spa water up to one micron without the use of harsh chemicals.
The process begins when spa water enters a Nature2 stick, where bacteria are attacked –efficiently and naturally – by silver and copper minerals. The contaminents are then trapped in a micro filter and the water is cycled through a high-efficiency pump that filters the whole body of water 100 times a day.
Meanwhile, air has entered into a corresponding unit that converts it to ozone and hydroxyls. The water enters an AOP (Advanced Oxidation Processing) unit, where it is combined with the ozone and hydroxyls in a scrambled flow. An irradiation process creates hydroxyl radicals that combine with ozone to destroy contaminents.
Finally, the water exits the unit to the ProPure Mixer, where water and air are mixed to keep ozone concentrated and isolated, thus maximizing purification and producing the purest water possible.
The stainless steel jets are strategically placed to provide a full, but gentle, massage with their spiral motion. The largest jet dispenses the necessary water volume to work the body’s larger muscles, while the midsized jet handles such upper body muscles as the deltoids and triceps. The smaller jets massage the lower back region and the feet.
To some, the spa is a glorified bathtub, a conspicuous luxury. Jonathan points out, however, that the product is very practical from a health point of view. He says people have found time in a spa has helped deal with such ailments as insomnia and diabetes, among others.
“Customers of ours have cut their medical bills in half,” he says. “People with degenerated discs, for example, can now sleep at night and not have to be hopped up on medication to do so.”
Culligan has kept pace with the needs of an increasingly varied customer base by offering five different series that range in seat number from three to seven. The number of jets varies from 35 up to 65 jets.
They all come with ergonomically-designed, variable depth seating to ensure users of all shapes and sizes can soak in comfort, and their digital control systems with LCD display are situated where they can be used while in the spa. The spa experience can be enhanced with such optional upgrades as an LED lighting system and stereo systems on the larger models.
The staff at Culligan does not have a policy of selling a product and then putting the customer out of their minds until they come in and buy a replacement. Jonathan would like his customers to come in to the dealership on a monthly basis with water samples. That way, it can be tested to make sure PH levels and alkalinity are correct, sanitizer content is proper and the water has been adequately softened.
He also reminds spa users that it’s crucial that filters be clean and operating at peak efficiency. “The cleaner the filters, the better the spa.”
Jonathan also maintains that modern spas require just a fraction of the power needed to operate a hot tub a decade ago. The models now come with full foam R30 ICYNENE® insulation to help reduce heat loss.
“Ten years ago, it would cost about $100 a month,” he recalls. “Today, that cost is roughly $8 to $15.”
With their state-of-the-art technology and therapeutic benefits that keep the doctor away at a better rate than a daily apple, as well as reasonable prices, there is little reason why more of us can’t take the time to pause in the spas.
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