Thatcher Pools & Spas Inc. only serves customers in and around the Rochester, MN area. While it is our hope that these blogs will help educate our readers, the accuracy of their content is relative to your geographic region, brand of product and season.
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

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 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

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