Tips For Shopping At A Home Show

A home show is a wonderful opportunity to have fun and save big. However, it still takes a savvy shopper to know what’s good and what’s too good to be true at a home show.

Here’s our home show hot tub shopping advice…

Make sure the retailer you’re considering buying from is local! Make sure they have a retail location and employ service and support staff. You want to be certain that your hot tub or swim spa will be installed by certified professionals AND that those professionals will be there for you in the event you need service on your spa in the future.

Your purchase should be contingent upon your satisfaction with your test soak. That’s right, you should test soak in the hot tub you’re considering before signing on the dotted line. If the retailer you are speaking with tries to lock you into a purchase without a test soak, keep on moving and keep on shopping.

Make sure you are buying a discounted, QUALITY spa from a respected manufacturer like Master Spas – Don’t buy a spa that’s cheap because it’s a piece of junk. How do you know if it’s a quality spa or not? Well, don’t take the sales person’s word for it, unless it’s one of our people of course!

What we mean is, research the retailer and the spa manufacturer yourself before you buy. How long have they been in business? What do their customers have to say? What kind of warranty do they offer? What impression do you get from their website? Are their products endorsed by anyone respectable? For example, Master Spas hot tubs and swim spas are endorsed by Michael Phelps. An endorsement from the king of swimming is a powerful one…

Lastly… Use common sense and discretion. Take your time. Take it slow. Don’t get overwhelmed by the exciting environment or by pushy salespeople. Trust your instincts and don’t give any salespeople any more time than they deserve based on the quality of their products and that of their disposition.

5 Reasons You Need To Take A Test Soak

So you’re ready to find the perfect spa. One that will meet all of your needs. There are so many options, so many manufacturers, so much to consider. Do you require a swim spa for exercise and recovery, a large hot tub that can fit the entire family, or a small spa for two? Will you be using your spa daily to soothe arthritis aches and pains, or will your spa use be more for recreation and relaxation?

In any case, it is important that you test soak in several different models so that you can determine your preferences and be resolute in your final spa selection.

Here are 5 good reasons why:

  1. High-quality spas aren’t cheap. Purchasing a spa is a big decision and a decent dent in your pocket book. You’d test drive a car, wouldn’t you? You test televisions at your local electronics store, don’t you? Why wouldn’t you test out the spas you’re considering?
  2. You need to feel the various seating configurations – with water in the hot tub – How else will you know if you like the seating position, if it’s comfortable, if you seem to fit it well without floating too far off of the jets? Speaking of jets – Do you prefer one particular jet pattern in one model over that of the other models? Do you need focused hydrotherapy on any particular problem areas? Have you considered jets that target the feet?
  3. You need a true sense of the size of the spa model you’re considering. Whether you’re buying a large 8 seater or a small 2 seater model, you’ll want to test the spa with as many of your household members as you can bring along. Do you feel comfortable or crowded? Can you switch seats with relative ease and comfort? Is there sufficient leg room for everyone?
  4. Most new, high-end spas have their own built-in, bluetooth compatible stereo systems. You might as well have a sound system – one that’s easy and safe to use with your mobile device. It’s nice to be able to control your music without the risk of dropping your phone into the hot tub! Some hot tub models even pair up with tablets so you can watch your favorite shows and sporting events from your hot tub! It’s important to test these features out with the jets running so you can experience the sound in a true spa environment. What’s listening to the sound system on a dry floor model hot tub going to tell you?
  5. Do you like the spa you’re buying? There’s no more important factor than that. Buy what you like. There’s only one good way to know if you’re going to like a spa and if you’re going to be satisfied with it down the line. Sitting in a dry floor model and reading the spec sheet isn’t going to gonna cut it. When buying hot tubs, Soaking Is Believing.

When you’re ready, give us a call to schedule your test soak appointment. We can accommodate you at both of our stores!

Atlanta and Doraville 770-285-5597

Cumming and Alpharetta 770-629-0723

Covana Covers turn Grotto

Looking for a way to enhance your hot tub experience? Add a Covana gazebo spa cover. Covana gazebo covers are so much more than simple spa covers. They protect your spa and turn it into a grotto!

EASY TO USE

Covana gazebo covers are fully automated. With the simple turn of a key, the cover lifts up and becomes a gazebo roof. No more struggling with heavy covers or finding a place to put the cover while you use your spa. Covana covers allow you to simply relax and enjoy the spa experience.

LOW MAINTENANCE – HIGH DURABILITY

Covana covers are engineered to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. The innovative gazebo covers keep snow, ice, and general debris out of your spa. Because the cover lifts straight up, there is no need to remove any debris from the cover prior to opening it. It doesn’t get any easier… and your spa experiences should be easy!

SAFE AND ENERGY EFFICIENT

Covana covers create a tight seal, keeping heat in and cool air out. This insulating effect reduces the cost of heating your spa, saving you money. The cover securely locks in place to prevent any unwanted, unsupervised entry into your spa.

PRIVATE

Because Covana covers double as gazebos, they add privacy and ambiance that other covers simply do not. Some Covana models even have retractable screens that can be pulled down to create the ultimate grotto experience.

MORE ENJOYABLE

With retractable screens and a short, 20 second cover lift time, Covana covers make enjoying your spa easier and more enjoyable – all year long. Even the roughest winter weather won’t keep you from enjoying the benefits of hydrotherapy. You’ll be cozy under your Covana cover!

Come on in to Atlanta Spa & Leisure and check out our Covana covers today.

Year Round Game Table Olympics

The Olympics may be over in Korea, but you can get them going again with family and friends! Nothing brings a family together like some good spirited game table tournaments. Nothing brings the fellas together after a long work week like a good ol’ fashioned man cave equipped with a game table or two!

Why go to a billiard hall and why leave the comfort of home? We’ve got the game tables and everything else you’ll need to have your game room in regulation form!

Pool Tables

We offer an array of pool table designs. Whether your home’s aesthetic is contemporary or classic, you’ll find a pool table that compliments your interior decor – and more importantly, a pool table that can handle the rigors of regular play!

Shuffleboard Tables

It’s sort of like curling… but on a sandy wood surface instead of ice and without “sweepers”… You are permitted to yell at the shuffleboard puck, but doing so likely won’t change the trajectory of your shot.

Table Soccer

Some call it foosball. Whatever you call it, you’d be a fool not to add this indispensable game to your game room. A game room without table soccer would be like the Winter Olympics without ice hockey. Don’t commence your game room’s opening ceremonies without foosball!

Table Tennis

Ping Pong. Gump’s favorite game. Get your own table and perfect your backhand. Just don’t let your tournaments devolve into beer pong games – unless everyone is at least 21 years of age and you’ve got plenty of room for your guests to spend the night!

Choose your favorite discipline or get a couple of tables and see if you can medal in multiple events! The Winter and Summer Olympics come and go, but you can achieve glory in your game room 24/7!

Neck Pain? Try Sauna!

Sadly, chronic neck pain is more common than not. These days, it seems neck pain is afflicting people at earlier ages than ever due to the “tech neck” phenomenon.

In the characteristically modern-day battle against the adverse effects of sedentary, technology-driven lifestyles, we need to employ any and every tool that we can to exercise our bodies, relieve tension and stress, and generally reverse the mental and physical toll of “the daily grind.”

The numerous benefits of sauna will very likely aid you in your quest to relieve your chronic neck pain. Worst case scenario – it will improve your overall health.

Your neck pain could be the result of a single traumatic event, degeneration, apathy, repetitive motion, consistently bad posture, etc. Whatever the cause, there’s no question that stress causes an adverse physical response that often manifests itself in neck and shoulder discomfort.

Time in the sauna will allow you to relax and decompress mentally and physically. Sauna socially, or sauna on your own. The environment will naturally induce calm and clarity. This will reduce that stress response tension in the neck and shoulders.

It is incumbent upon you to practice good posture while in the sauna. This will maximize your body’s ability to loosen up. The heat will melt away muscle tension and cause you to sweat. This is a good thing! The more you sauna and sweat, the more toxins your body will rid itself of.

All the while, this heat also facilitates improved cardiovascular function. The increased oxygen and blood flow is good for your entire body and certainly will aid in relieving neck pain.

At the end of your sauna session and after experiencing all of the positive benefits of the session, your body will be relaxed and primed for quality sleep. Certainly, improved sleep will aid in your overall well-being.

At the end of the day sauna feels good. It feels good in our bodies, in our minds, and in our souls. Owning your own sauna is a sure way to carve out some respite from that daily grind.

We offer sauna options to fit anyone’s needs and budget. From infrared to traditional, custom cut to prefab, indoor or outdoor – We will set you up with the sauna that suits your needs so that you can begin to soothe what ails you.

Visit our sauna page to request our free sauna guide!

Your New Home Has A Hot Tub?

Great! Talk about icing on the cake…

Here’s what you need to do to figure out what you’ve got, how to work it, maintain it, and maximize its benefits!

Find out as much as you can from the previous owners.

What brand and model spa is it?

How old is it?

Have they ever had any issues with it?

Did they use it regularly or infrequently?

Did they keep up with the maintenance?

Do they have the owner’s manual to give to you?

What water care products have they been using and have they left you any?

Could they give you a spa feature and maintenance demo?

Take a look for yourself…

What’s the condition of the spa based on your visual inspection?

Does the spa have a high quality, well fitted, locking cover with a cover lifter?

How does the water look?

How do the filters look?

Do all of the features and functions work?

From here you may find you are all set to go. Whether you are or aren’t, we recommend you get in touch with us! Our knowledgeable staff will be glad to assist you.

We can answer any questions the previous owners might not have been able to.

We can help you maintain your hot tub or diagnose a problem should there be one.

We can advise you on water treatment products – including switching to a salt system!

We’ll help you accessorize your hot tub as needed!

 

What if the hot tub… well… sucks…?

The good news is, they likely poured concrete, set up the electrical system, and otherwise prepared the home for that hot tub. That makes it all the easier for you to have a brand new, state of the art spa installed!

We take great pride and satisfaction in offering the finest spas on the market to our community. Whether you need help with the one you have, are in the market for a pre-owned hot tub, or want a brand new swim spa, we will be glad to help you.

Sauna Benefits The Body and Mind

Do you come home from work feeling tired, stressed, and sore? Chances are, feeling sub-par routinely kills your motivation to work out. Your lack of physical exercise before, during, and after work only compounds the stress, soreness, and fatigue you feel.

You need something that will relieve your muscle tension and stress while boosting your energy levels and motivation to exercise.

A sauna will do this and much much more.

Use your sauna solo and enjoy the relaxing solitude. Invite friends and family into the sauna and turn it into a high quality, healthy social interaction just like the Finns do! The inevitable elimination of stress will aid in maximizing the physical relief you’ll experience.

The high heat environment of the sauna increases blood flow, thus delivering more blood and oxygen throughout your body. This increased circulation promotes healing. One of the more obvious benefits of the heat is the relief of muscle and joint soreness.

Perhaps the most important benefit of regular sauna use is simply that it makes us sweat! The more we sweat, the more toxins we rid ourselves of – this also aids in improving one’s complexion. We absorb toxins daily just by interacting with the modern world we live in. Get in a sauna and detoxify your body!

Most sauna owners report that the extreme relaxation they feel after a sauna session helps them wind down for bed – and induces deeper sleep.

All of these benefits – lowering stress levels, lowering physical discomfort, detoxification, improved sleep – all lead to a higher functioning immune system and entirely improved well-being!

Maybe with regular evening sauna sessions you’ll sleep deeply enough and feel energized enough to exercise in the mornings! Maybe you’ll exercise right after work and follow up with your nightly sauna session so that you can work out the lactic acid, recover better, and wind down for bed sooner.

The sooner you sauna, the sooner you’ll have a new lease on life.

At Atlanta Spa & Leisure, you’ll have the opportunity to browse prefab saunas, or discuss a custom sauna installation. We can build your sauna into the inside of your home. We can build a remote, outdoor sauna if you prefer! Do visit our sauna page and download our free sauna guide!

Snowpocalypse 2017 a game room would have been nice

With all the snow in Atlanta this past December, your family might have experienced what hundreds of other families were experiencing; kids running through the house screaming as they pretend to be sword fighting pirates; Teenagers glued to their phones, sending you the not so subtle vibe that you are far too lame to spend time with and you hiding out in the bathroom to get a few minutes of peace and quiet. You were living this, while you could have been enjoying a couple of days of family fun with a game room to keep you entertained as you weathered the storm.

Game rooms offer something for everyone during those long days when you can’t get out. Just picture the way things could have gone down. You and your spouse relaxing on the couch watching a game, as your teenager is actually enjoying a game with their younger siblings, all while a gentle snow is coming down outside. Sounds like a much more enjoyable way to spend an expected snow day.

What is your next move?

Design the perfect game room so the next snowpocalypse doesn’t catch you off guard.

At Atlanta Spa and Leisure we carry a variety of pool tables to fit every style, but we also carry ping pong tables, shuffleboard tables, Foosball tables and a variety of game room furniture to finish out your space. Whether it’s a basement room, a bonus room, or any other open space, we would love to help you build a game room that will serve your family for many years to come.

Hot Tubbin’ In The Cold

It’s been particularly cold in Atlanta this winter… Have you been warming your bones in your hot tub? We hope so!

Hot Tubbin’ during cold weather (even during light rain) is one of the most satisfying ways a person can warm up and relax. It’s also a great reason to get outside when you’ve got that winter time cabin fever. If you heed the following advice, you’ll maximize the enjoyment of your winter weather soak sessions.

Prepare for your entry and exit in advance!

Your hot tub should already be heated. Not only for the obvious reason, but because it actually takes less energy to maintain your preferred temperature than it does to heat cold water every time you want to use your hot tub. A high quality, fitted hot tub cover will help insulate your hot tub (not to mention protect your family and your hot tub) so that it will require that much less energy (and cost you that much less) to maintain that perfect water temperature.

Walk out there and take your spa cover off before you get into your bathing suit. This way you can keep your outside exposure time to a minimum!

Get everything you need to enjoy your soak set up before you change into your bathing suit. We suggest leaving your phone inside. Why risk dropping it into the hot tub? Why ruin your relaxation with the distraction of a phone?

Be sure you have a handy place to keep your towel so that you can get yourself wrapped up in it right away! It’s a good idea to lay a towel on the floor just inside the nearest door you’ll hustle to as soon as you get out of the hot tub and into that crisp air!

Be careful of slippery surfaces walking to and from your hot tub. Be very cautious entering and exiting your hot tub!

Once you’re in the water…

Relax and enjoy, but don’t over do it! Your hot tub water temperature should never exceed 104°F – no matter how cold it is outside. Healthy adults should keep the temperature around 100°F. Use discretion and common sense. If you begin to feel overheated or otherwise uncomfortable, GET OUT!

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission lists these safety tips on their website:

  • Always use a locked safety cover when the spa is not in use and keep young children away from spas or hot tubs unless there is constant adult supervision.
  • Make sure the spa has the dual drains and drain covers required by current safety standards.
  • Regularly have a professional check your spa or hot tub and make sure it is in good, safe working condition, and that drain covers are in place and not cracked or missing. Check the drain covers yourself throughout the year.
  • Know where the cut-off switch for your pump is so you can turn it off in an emergency.
  • Be aware that consuming alcohol while using a spa could lead to drowning.

When you are supervising kids in the hot tub, be sure to lower the temperature (below 98°F) and limit their hot tub time to 5 minutes.

Visit the following links to read about CPSC warnings and recommendations in greater detail:

https://www.cpsc.gov/content/cpsc-warns-of-hot-tub-temperatures

https://www.cpsc.gov/content/cpsc-issues-warning-for-pools-spas-and-hot-tubs

Once you’re dried off and changed back into your warm clothes…

Go back out and secure your hot tub cover and clean up! With your warm clothes on you can take your time, comfortably. Rushing to do all of that while you’re soaking wet won’t save you time, but it will negate the relaxing experience you will have just had!

Time to get out there and employ these recommendations! If your hot tub is out of date, at its service limit, or imaginary at this point in time, come on down to Atlanta Spa and Leisure. From certified pre-owned hot tubs to brand new Michael Phelps swim spas by Master Spas, we’ve got something that will exceed your needs.

How a sauna can help the athlete in your life

If you own or have been in the market for a sauna, you’re probably familiar with many of the benefits – stress relief, soothing aches and pains, flushing toxins and more.

But you may not know that many athletes swear by sauna use, not only for the benefits it offers to their athletic performance, but for the overall health and wellness benefits, too.

Athletic Benefits

Ask any athlete and they’ll tell you – the key to success is training. But there is a downside as well. Successful training, without causing damage to the body, requires periods of rest and recovery between sessions so the body can heal. Sauna sessions immediately following training can help reduce recovery time, meaning the athlete in your life gets in more quality training.

Sauna time also offers quality contemplative time for athletes – time to reflect on what’s working in their performance and what isn’t, time to plan new strategies and, frankly, time to relax.

Sauna sessions are also a great time for team building. Regular sauna users often say they’ve had some of their most heartfelt, honest conversations in the warm, dark confines of a sauna – and it’s no different for the members of athletic teams, who need to share a close bond to achieve a successful performance on the field or court.

Coaches at the highest levels around the world encourage their athletes to make regular use of saunas year-round – not just during the season – to get the most benefit. Studies have shown that regular sauna use, much like regular exercise, has a positive cumulative effect on the body. These coaches recognize that sauna use is a tool of health, and want their athletes ready to stay ahead of the game.

Sauna Use for Aging Athletes

If there’s one thing in life we can’t change, it’s the passage of time. Even athletes who were once at the very top of their game get older. Aches and pains become more common. Muscles and joints don’t accommodate exercise like they once did. Sauna use, while not a full replacement for cardiovascular exercise, can offer similar benefits – increased heart rate, sweating, etc. – without the wear and tear on your body. Plus, it feels great!

If you’re interested in learning more about the general health benefits of a sauna, you can read about it on the Helo Saunas website. And if you’re ready to add a sauna to your home, come see us today to learn which model is the best fit for you!