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Endless Pools: Amazing Exercise From Your Own Backyard

Endless Pools: Amazing Exercise From Your Own Backyard

Looking for a way to sculpt your physique and improve your stamina, right from your own home? Going to the gym can take hours out of your week, not to mention money out of your pocket. What if you could install a single fixture in your backyard that could add instant outdoor appeal and help you reach your … Read More

Transform Your Backyard Entertainment Into Your Dream Spa

Transform Your Backyard Entertainment Into Your Dream Spa

Are you ready to create an outdoor oasis that you never want to leave? Your backyard has the potential to become the tranquil, peaceful spot of your dreams, where you can release the stress of the world and truly escape. Thankfully, you don’t have to completely overhaul your existing space to transform it in this … Read More

5 Unique Hot Tub Health Benefits that Support Overall Wellness

5 Unique Hot Tub Health Benefits that Support Overall Wellness

Everybody loves soaking in a hot tub. Hot tubs are warm, comfortable, and relaxing. They’re a place to spend some time after a hard day of pretty much anything. They can be a wonderful start to a brand new day, too. We’ve all encountered hot tubs in a number of places. Many resorts and spas offer … Read More

7 Ways Your Whole Family Can Benefit From a Backyard Spa

7 Ways Your Whole Family Can Benefit From a Backyard Spa

Wait, what? You have a backyard spa?! I’m so jealous, I wish my family had a spa. Are you sick of not having a hot tub? Are you sick of having to go to a friend’s or neighbor’s house to enjoy the awesomeness a backyard spa has to offer? Don’t worry, it’s normal. Everyone wants … Read More

6 Outdoor Sauna Mistakes to Avoid for Homeowners in Rochester, MN

6 Outdoor Sauna Mistakes to Avoid for Homeowners in Rochester, MN

If you’re visiting a friend and they tell you to “go jump in the lake,” you’re probably somewhere in Minnesota. Minnesota is, after all, the Land of 10,000 Lakes. But what if the lake is covered in ice and your friend tells you to jump through a small hole? Then your friend has an outdoor … Read More

8 Reasons to Consider Above Ground Salt Water Pools

8 Reasons to Consider Above Ground Salt Water Pools

Summer’s just around the corner. And it can’t come soon enough! You’ve had enough of the cold. It’s time for sunshine, warmth and all the positive vibes that come with it. Want to make the most of the glorious summer months? Well, it might be time to buy a swimming pool. Indeed, 10.4 million American … Read More

5 Essentials for Building an Outdoor Oasis

5 Essentials for Building an Outdoor Oasis

Outdoor living is a must for many modern homeowners. Not only does indoor-outdoor living add value to your home, but it’s one of the best ways to enjoy your home. That’s why you should transform your backyard space into an outdoor oasis. Utilize your patio, deck, and yard to create a whole new living space. … Read More

Should You Get an Inground or Above Ground Pool? 5 Things to Consider

Should You Get an Inground or Above Ground Pool? 5 Things to Consider

Deciding between an inground or above ground pool reveals much about your goals and preferences. The inground is often associated with luxury while above ground pools are more about cost and frequent use. In the following article, we’re going to help you make your decision by digging into the five things that every pool owner must … Read More

Top 8 Best Hot Tub Accessories to Invest in

Top 8 Best Hot Tub Accessories to Invest in

Did you know that 7.3 million households own a hot tub in the United States? That’s a whole lot of people around the country soaking, relaxing, and enjoying the myriad benefits that spa pools provide. But not all hot tubs are made equal! And one factor that separates the good from the bad is often … Read More

9 Possible Health and Immunity Benefits From Using Saunas Regularly

9 Possible Health and Immunity Benefits From Using Saunas Regularly

Although it is unknown exactly when it was first invented, the earliest iteration of the sauna originated over 4000 years ago in northern Europe. Today, saunas are a fixture in gyms, health clubs, and many homes across America.  You probably know saunas as a source of relaxation and restfulness, but what you might not be aware … Read More

The Health Benefits of Water Aerobics

The Health Benefits of Water Aerobics

Are you looking for a new activity to get some exercise and enjoyment into your routine? It can be hard to stick to an exercise routine. Fitness clubs see a consistent retention rate of only around 70%, and that’s just the people who joined! If you’re looking for a fun way to get your body … Read More

How to Choose the Best Aquatic Fitness System

How to Choose the Best Aquatic Fitness System

Are you looking to try out a new workout regime? Working out is a basic way to stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle. However, there are times that regular workouts can be painful due to sore feet and joints. People with certain conditions may find it difficult to keep up with a fitness program. … Read More

How Saunas Help to Lower Stress and Improve Mental Health

How Saunas Help to Lower Stress and Improve Mental Health

Saunas are lovely and feel great. Almost everyone enjoys spending time inside of a sauna. Saunas loosen tight muscles, make us feel warm and relaxed, and offer a number of proven physical health benefits. However, you might not be aware of the additional health benefits that saunas provide. You likely already know about the physical … Read More

The Life-Changing Benefits of Hot Tub Hydrotherapy

The Life-Changing Benefits of Hot Tub Hydrotherapy

Hot tubs may seem like a luxury you enjoy on vacations or cruises, but the truth is that they have amazing health benefits that you deserve to experience all the time. Hydrotherapy, which consists of regular soaks in a hot tub with the jets on, can help improve circulation, release tension, relax sore muscles, and … Read More

How to Enclose Your Endless Pool for Year-Round Exercise and Enjoyment

How to Enclose Your Endless Pool for Year-Round Exercise and Enjoyment

When you’re thinking of fun ways to stay fit, swimming should be at the top of the list. There’s no feeling like gliding through open water, building endurance with what feels like minimal effort. But swimming is often considered a summer activity. And keeping swimming-fit is difficult to do when you don’t have space for … Read More

What Is the True Cost of a Swim Spa

What Is the True Cost of a Swim Spa

Do you enjoy swimming or relaxing in a hot tub? Are you tired of going to your local pool to do that? Consider getting a swim spa to put in your backyard for all-access swimming. However, you should also consider the cost of a swim spa. That way, you won’t have any sticker shock when … Read More

Stunning Pool and Spa Design Ideas to Upgrade Your Home and Yard

Stunning Pool and Spa Design Ideas to Upgrade Your Home and Yard

There’s nothing like enjoying a dip in the pool with family and friends. But what’s better than that is incorporating pool and spa designs that make your backyard look amazing. These days, there are several decorations and themes that you can install that’ll turn your swimming area into a mini waterpark. With that in mind, if … Read More

Use Your Pool to Stay In Shape: 5 Awesome Benefits of Water Exercise

Use Your Pool to Stay In Shape: 5 Awesome Benefits of Water Exercise

The number one sign of a quality market is its growth. The hydrotherapy industry’s expected to hit $3.7 billion by 2026. That means more people are learning the benefits of water exercise. Water’s used in many ways by manipulating its temperature and form. Whether you’re a natural swimmer or you’re new to pool fitness, water’s essential for healing and health. … Read More

6 Questions to Ask Before Installing Inground Pools in Rochester, MN

6 Questions to Ask Before Installing Inground Pools in Rochester, MN

Are you a Rochester, Minnesota homeowner that’s interested in installing an inground pool? If so, then you probably have several questions about how to pick the right pool type and what the process looks like as a whole. It’s important to get those questions answered before you sign the dotted line. Too many homeowners make … Read More

5 Ways Building a Spa Adds Value to Your Home

5 Ways Building a Spa Adds Value to Your Home

Are you looking for a way to boost the living situation that you have at your current house? If so, then you might consider building a spa in your backyard. It can be a perfect addition! The best part is that it also adds value to your home in numerous ways. People look at a … Read More

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Home Jacuzzi

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Home Jacuzzi

Are you looking to imbue your life with a bit more joy? To do something to treat yourself, lift your spirits, and boost your overall wellbeing? Well, you wouldn’t be the only one! Indeed, the US now ranks 19th in the world in terms of life satisfaction. We’re officially as unhappy as we’ve ever been. … Read More

7 Health Benefits of Buying a Home Dry Sauna

7 Health Benefits of Buying a Home Dry Sauna

Would you believe us if we said there is a simple and easy way to enhance your entire body, from your head to your toes, from the comfort of your home? A home dry sauna is what your house is missing. What is dry heat? Dry heat saunas combine high temperatures with limited moisture to create … Read More

The 10 Best Above Ground Pools You Can Buy Today

The 10 Best Above Ground Pools You Can Buy Today

Are you itching to put a pool in your backyard? Did you know you can do it without spending a fortune? There are a ton of benefits of having an above-ground pool, including low-cost, easy maintenance, better safety, and fast installation! You can even customize your pool by adding a deck and other cool features. … Read More

8 Reasons Why Above Ground Swimming Pools Are Perfect for Families

8 Reasons Why Above Ground Swimming Pools Are Perfect for Families

Have you ever dreamed of having a swimming pool to call your own? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Today, there are over 10.4 million residential pools in all of America? Of course, there’s no denying the fun and games that come with owning a pool. But, maybe you’re not willing to go through the hassle … Read More

The Best Hot Tub Installation in Rochester MN: Your Ultimate Guide

The Best Hot Tub Installation in Rochester MN: Your Ultimate Guide

In the United States, you have a choice of soaking in one of 7.3 million hot tubs. Of course, that means you’d need to know the owners of said hot tubs and that’s a lot of social connections. Instead of adding yet another potential hot-tubbing friend to your social media accounts, why not just own … Read More

How to Prepare Your Pool for Winter: 5 Tips Every Pool Owner Must Know

How to Prepare Your Pool for Winter: 5 Tips Every Pool Owner Must Know

Remember the nasty sludgy mess you found last spring after your pool accumulated leaves and debris through winter? Oh, the hours you spent shoveling all that grime, the stains it left behind, and not to mention the costs associated with opening the pool again! The mere thought of this would make anyone cringe, and if … Read More

How Using a Sauna After Working out Promotes Weight Loss

How Using a Sauna After Working out Promotes Weight Loss

You’ve gone through a heavy workout for the day and now it’s time to head back home. Well, perhaps you shouldn’t go straight home. Your gym has a sauna in the locker room and you’ve always wanted to try it. This is a pretty smart decision. Saunas have a lot of health benefits. One of … Read More

Your Guide to Financing a Pool

Your Guide to Financing a Pool

So you’ve made the decision, and you want to install a pool to accompany a gorgeous summer day at the house in the future. You’ve probably seen the cost for in-ground pools, which can range from $10,000 to as much as $120,000, while above-ground pools can range from $2,000 to $85,000. I hope you haven’t … Read More

The Story Behind the Big Green Egg and Ham(burger)!

The Story Behind the Big Green Egg and Ham(burger)!

For the weekend warrior who gathers the charcoal, tongs, and gourmet hotdogs. For the grillmasters intent on perfecting their smoking technique. For those barbeque aficionados who’ve never tried the Big Green Egg. This post is for you! If you’ve not yet said hello, maybe it’s because you’re a little apprehensive about cooking on something that … Read More

Top 10 Cross Training Exercises for the Swim Spa

Top 10 Cross Training Exercises for the Swim Spa

When you’re trying to improve your whole life, you can start by simply improving your exercise regimen. You’ll have clearer thoughts, a body that works better, and you’ll also feel youthful and energetic. By doing an underwater workout, you’ll reap the rewards of water resistance, which can give you life-changing results. To get these benefits … Read More

Infrared Sauna vs. a Traditional Sauna: Which Is Best for You?

Infrared Sauna vs. a Traditional Sauna: Which Is Best for You?

Saunas have been a part of traditional medicine for many centuries. People have always believed there is a benefit to sweating, and there’s something incredibly relaxing about sitting in a sauna and just sweating it all out. But did you know there’s a new option on the sauna scene? In addition to traditional saunas, infrared … Read More

Skip the Spa Trip: The Soothing Benefits of Installing a Hot Tub

Skip the Spa Trip: The Soothing Benefits of Installing a Hot Tub

31 million Americans suffer from back pain. On top of that, daily stresses, regular lifting, and other everyday tasks like driving can all lead to discomfort as you attend to your obligations. A hot tub can do wonders to help relieve chronic back pain. It can also treat other joint and muscle pain issues we … Read More

Relaxing at Home: The Top Benefits of Installing an In Home Sauna

Relaxing at Home: The Top Benefits of Installing an In Home Sauna

Saunas help you live longer. And we’re not just saying this. For over 20 years, a group of researchers studied 2,315 middle-aged Finnish men, in order to understand the effects of different frequencies and durations of sauna bathing on their health. In the end, they concluded that going to the sauna regularly can be linked … Read More

Dive In To This Above Ground Pool Guide

Dive In To This Above Ground Pool Guide

Imagine having a cool yard. Imagine the kids are thrilled with you and your neighbors envy you. Imagine the pool party is always at your house. You can have that with an above ground pool from Thatcher Pools and Spas in Rochester, MN. There is a lot to consider when it comes to types of … Read More

In Ground Pool vs Above Ground Pool: Which is Right for You?

In Ground Pool vs Above Ground Pool: Which is Right for You?

You made the decision to install a pool, but the question remains: Will you install an in ground pool or an above ground pool? There are actually more factors to consider than you would initially realize, such as your budget and location. Read on to learn the differences between these two pools and which one … Read More

Dive In To This Above Ground Pool Guide

Dive In To This Above Ground Pool Guide

Imagine having a cool yard. Imagine the kids are thrilled with you and your neighbors envy you. Imagine the pool party is always at your house. You can have that with an above ground pool from Thatcher Pools and Spas in Rochester, MN. There is a lot to consider when it comes to types of … Read More

Top 6 Ways a Hot Tub Can Improve Emotional Wellness

Let’s be honest, everyday life is straining. As the pressures in life grow, finding happiness isn’t always as easy as it used to be. But if you’re lucky enough to have a hot tub at your home, daily soaks can offer ways to center yourself and your family. Finding just 20 minutes to spend in … Read More

Hot Tub Health Benefits VS Cost

If you’ve ever gone on vacation and stayed someplace with a hot tub, odds are you took this opportunity to enjoy a few soaks and you probably noticed some of the wellness benefits a spa provides. Perhaps you spent mornings relaxing in the spa while taking in the views or maybe after a long day … Read More

Hydromassage Benefits

Hydromassage Benefits

There are three factors at work in a spa: heat, buoyancy and massage. Working together, they create a totally relaxing hydromassage experience. The heat in a hot tub raises your body temperature, increasing circulation. The buoyancy of the hot tub reduces your body weight by 90%*, relieving pressure on muscles and joints with a relaxing … Read More

A Better Night’s Sleep

A Better Night’s Sleep

SLEEP BENEFITS Spending time in a hot tub before going to bed can lead to a night of deeper and more peaceful sleep. The National Sleep Foundation found that about 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, like insomnia, more than one night a week. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling nervous, groggy and … Read More

Increase Mobility

Increase Mobility

Arthritis Benefits If you are one of the 46 million Americans affected by arthritis, soaking in your Hot Spring spa can help ease your pain. Joint inflammation from arthritis causes swelling, pain and stiffness, often resulting in the loss of joint movement or function. Immersion in warm water produces hydrostatic pressure on the body that … Read More

How 20 Minutes a Day Will Change Your Life

At Thatcher Pools & Spas we recognize how tough it can be to squeeze time in for relaxing or rejuvenating amid a hectic schedule. The good news is, just 20-minutes in a hot tub is all you need to release tensions, relax muscles and let go of all the clutter in your head. According to recent scientific studies, … Read More

Master the Art of Hot Tub Relaxation

Taking time to relax and destress is an important element of maintaining a balanced life. Being immersed in warm water has been proven to help you relax both physically and mentally, and even helps your body turn down the “fight or flight” response we have to stress. Like hot tubbing, meditation is another tool that … Read More

How a Hot Tub Can Help with Weight Loss

Research has shown that losing weight and keeping that weight off is challenging. Out of the 50 million Americans who start a diet each year, just one to five percent manages to keep lost weight off. For overall health and wellness, and for effective weight loss, doctors emphasize the adoption of healthy habits like exercise, … Read More

Is Soaking in a Hot Tub Before or After Exercise Good for Sore Muscles?

Pre-Workout or Post Workout Recovery? Like a soothing reset, your hot tub can help bring your body from stiff and overloaded to supple and rejuvenated. Heat therapy helps increase blood flow, stimulate healing, and relax muscles. In fact, if you keep reading you’ll find out that soaking in your hot tub can be great for … Read More

How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

When shopping for hot tubs, you will quickly find that there are several factors that can affect the final purchase price of your dream hot tub.  And while we would love to provide you with some sort of online hot tub cost calculator, the reality is that all pricing is set at the local market … Read More

DIYer’s love this simple home improvement project!

Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. This is the time where many folks start thinking about home improvements and makeovers.  We’ve compiled a few ideas that will enhance your backyard and possibly your quality of life too! Our favorite affordable home improvement is one that brings the entire family together for … Read More

How to Choose Your Hot Tub Foundation

How to Choose Your Hot Tub Foundation

Thinking about getting a hot tub, but not sure where to put it?  There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing the perfect place for your hot tub that will enhance your enjoyment. If you live in an area that’s gets snow, or other bad weather, we highly suggest placing … Read More

What’s the difference between 110v and 220v hot tubs?

110V One of the nicest things about 110v or “plug and play” hot tubs is that once it’s sitting in your backyard, all you have to do to enjoy it is fill it up and plug it in. You don’t need to hire an electrician and hard wire anything. Because it only draws 11 amps, … Read More

Will 20 Minutes In My Spa Really Matter?

Will 20 Minutes In My Spa Really Matter?

We truly believe it will. At Caldera Spas, we believe it because we live it, and 20-minute renewal is part of our daily lives. From personal experience, we believe that 20-minutes a day can help you release tension, relax muscles and let go of all the clutter in your head. Science seems to concur. Recently, … Read More

What Should I Do Before My Hot Tub Arrives?

What Should I Do Before My Hot Tub Arrives?

Once you’ve decided to buy a hot tub, there are quite a few jobs to complete to prepare for its arrival. Your local Caldera Spas dealer can walk you through the process in a step-by-step way and provide detailed pre-delivery instructions that will make the task feel completely manageable. Our goal here is not to answer every … Read More

What Is Hot Tub Circuit Therapy And How Does It Work?

What Is Hot Tub Circuit Therapy And How Does It Work?

A Caldera Spas Hot Tub serves many purposes, including enhancing family time and allowing you to relax both mind and body. They also have a physically therapeutic benefit. Hot tubs are often used to release muscular tension or to help in the recovery of overworked muscles. What Is Hot Tub Circuit Therapy? A Caldera Spas … Read More

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 2

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 2

This is the second post in a two part series on how a hot tub can improve your fitness routine. Read part one here. A fully integrated workout strategy should go beyond the actual workout to include important essentials such as nutrition, rest and recovery time. Can I Stretch In My Hot Tub? Dynamic stretching is … Read More

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 1

How Can A Hot Tub Enhance My Fitness Routine? Part 1

A fully integrated workout strategy should go beyond the actual workout to include important essentials such as nutrition, rest and recovery time. This is the first post in a two part series on how a hot tub can improve your fitness routine. Recovery refers to techniques and actions taken to maximize your body’s ability to … Read More

What Can I Do With My Hot Tub Water When It’s Time To Change It?

What Can I Do With My Hot Tub Water When It’s Time To Change It?

There’s a great deal of attention on water conservation and smart water use, especially in areas of the country where rain or snowfall are below normal levels. Here are some tips to using your old spa water wisely. The water in your hot tub can be recycled for use around your home, decreasing the amount … Read More

Is A Test Soak Helpful Before Buying A Hot Tub?

Is A Test Soak Helpful Before Buying A Hot Tub?

At first, it seems a little odd – you narrow down the list of hot tubs you’re interested in, then go to the dealer, slip into your swimsuit and climb into a hot tub, right there on the showroom floor. If your dealer offers a test soak, take advantage of it. It’s a great way … Read More

Invest In Your Wellness Success –20-Minutes at a Time

Invest In Your Wellness Success –20-Minutes at a Time

When life gets busy—and it always does—it’s easy to let our wellness routines become anything but routine. And while taking some time for ourselves can be a challenge, it doesn’t have to become an afterthought.  Activities like exercise, meditation and personal reflection may very well be the missing ingredient to jump-starting productivity and regaining a … Read More

To Stay Connected, Try Being Less “Connected”

To Stay Connected, Try Being Less “Connected”

When people talk about staying connected to one another these days, we tend to think first of social media. With Facebook and Twitter, we can stay connected all day, every day. In fact, you’ll learn what people are having for breakfast, where they’re “checking in” and see adorable photos of their pets drinking from the … Read More

Family Fun: Connection & Conversation in the Hot Tub

Family Fun: Connection & Conversation in the Hot Tub

In this day and age of texting, Facebook, smartphones and the Internet, it becomes harder to unplug and spend quality time with people you love. Or at least it is for me. Anyone else? Various studies (a few which are outlined in this Forbes article) describe how being constantly “plugged in” takes a toll on us physically, emotionally, … Read More

Hot Tub Benefits for Your Fitness Routine

Hot Tub Benefits for Your Fitness Routine

If you’re physically active like I am, I’m sure you’ve dealt with workout plateaus or slow recovery time due to sore, fatigued muscles. If you’re facing these issues, it’s time to ramp up your total fitness strategy. And you can start right in your Caldera hot tub. Physical benefits of hot tub use. Water is … Read More

The 10-Day Experiment. Are You In?

The 10-Day Experiment. Are You In?

We’re hot tubbers. We know that using a hot tub as part of a daily routine leads to positive results for the mind and body. We believe the best hot tub benefits come with frequent soaks and we want to “test the theory,” so to speak. So we’re looking for a few volunteers to join … Read More

The Power of Water: Top 5 Benefits of Water Immersion

The Power of Water: Top 5 Benefits of Water Immersion

For centuries people have sought the wellness benefits of immersing themselves in water. From the Roman baths to today’s Caldera hot tub our attraction to water continues to help us think and feel our best. Whether it’s to soothe aches and pains, or to calm a restless mind, the transformative effect of water is quite … Read More

Soak Yourself to Sleep: A Natural Sleep Aid

Soak Yourself to Sleep: A Natural Sleep Aid

Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep. Other times, I’ll wake up and can’t get back to sleep. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it seems to stick around for a while. Both situations are frustrating, especially when the alarm clock goes off in the morning. Evidently, I’m not alone. According to … Read More

Can My Hot Tub Improve My Sleep?

Can My Hot Tub Improve My Sleep?

Sleep is normally preceded by a drop in body temperature. If that’s true, how could a hot tub help? First, soaking in a hot tub helps you relax mentally while the water’s buoyancy helps decompress your joints. Your circulation increases while your blood pressure and heart rate decreases, helping you reach a resting state. In … Read More