Hot water is an essential ingredient of hydrotherapy. Soaking in hot water quiets the body and slows internal organs. Heat dilates blood vessels and increases circulation in the body, thus allowing enzymes and endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers) to work more quickly and effectively. It also stimulates sweating and increases the elimination of toxins. In fact, a recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that a hot bath provides many of the health benefits of exercise with less strain on the heart. Soaking in a hot bath increases the heart rate while lowering one’s blood pressure rather than raising it as does exercise. Heat also makes the body more receptive to the benefits of air bath or whirlpool hydrotherapy.
MTI Designer models also allow you to maximize the benefits of thermaltherapy with two effective technologies:
- Inline Water Heating System
- Radiance® Bath Surface Heating System
- Radiance® Shower Base Heating System
Whether your preference is soaking bath, air bath, whirlpool bath or a combination or MTI’s new Stream Bath®, MTI can help you extend the therapeutic benefits of hot water with its inline water heating systems (except for freestanding tubs). These systems use electricity to maintain bath water heat, not to heat cold water. The thermostat for these systems is pre-set by the manufacturer to maintain bath water temperature at a very comfortable 104° Fahrenheit, so the bather can enjoy the bath longer.
Included in some of the standard packages and also available as a separate option, the inline heating system for whirlpools is activated when the pump is turned on, with the jetted water being heated. No separate external switch is needed. For soaking tubs and air baths, this optional system is manually activated by an On/Off switch. The system will gently recirculate the bath water through the inline heater, with negligible disturbance to the water.
MTI’s new Radiance heat system is a bathing amenity that applies radiant heat technology to warm the interior surface of the tub. Radiance permeates the bath surface with heat, creating a supreme haven for relaxation. Not only does Radiance eliminate the shock of a cold tub for shoulders, neck, back or bottom, but you will continue to feel its soothing warmth throughout your bathing experience.
The ultra-thin Radiance system is integrated in the acrylic bath shell structure to provide an even distribution of warmth where it is needed most. The heated bath surfaces not only provide enhanced bather comfort but also help prevent bath water heat loss. Radiance is not visible but is concealed out of sight within the tub structure.
Radiance has been designed to be ready when you are. Using low voltage technology, Radiance can be turned on and left on so that your tub will be warm, toasty and ready when you want it. No need to wait for the bath surface to heat up. Radiance low-voltage design uses about as much energy as the small light bulb in a lamp which you might leave on all the time in your home.
So now you can experience warmth above the waterline, as well as below. Or, even without the water.