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Different Types of Jets. Not long ago, the majority of hot tubs were designed with less than eight jets in them. Through advancements in warm water therapy, today's hot tubs now have the luxury of having up to 160 jets in them. Just as important as the number of jets, however, are the variety of jets now offered. Traditionally, the only jet utilized was a standard jet which provided satisfactory water therapy by itself. But today, there are several unique types of jets available to enhance your spa experience when combined together. Listed below are jets now commonly offered, and that we recommend looking for in your spa:

Swirl Jets. These jets are identical in size to standard jets, but swirl the water around in a circular pattern providing an overall massage in a wide area.

Mini Jets. These jets are a good deal smaller than standard jets, providing the opportunity to cluster them together. When mini jets are clustered together and positioned properly, you will receive a one-of-a-kind, multi-action massage. These jets are often found in therapy seats, due to the beneficial, aggressive massage they provide.

Whirlpool Jet. This large, round jet provides a tremendous amount of pressure in a concentrated area. It is a diverter jet, meaning that it diverts the pressure from other jets in the spa to the whirlpool jet, resulting in the same type of whirlpool action that can be found in a therapist's office. It can be very beneficial for those who have specific problems, sprains, or injuries. However, the location of the jet is critical to its use. This jet should always be positioned midway into the spa so that you may maneuver your body in front of the jet in order to work specific areas. This jet, and the hydrotherapy that it offers, is beneficial to any hot tub user.

Moving Massage Jet. Some manufacturers have designed elongated oval jets that oscillate the water in either a vertical or horizontal fashion. They work by fanning the water back and forth in a pulsating manner. They are ideal because they can provide a tremendous amount of therapy to the back, or any other specific area of the body. Some manufacturers put them in a sequence, usually two or three in a row, to provide a deep and thorough massage to the entire back area. This positioning of multiple jets is ideal for a therapy seat.

Shoulder Jets. These jets are designed to be installed above the water line providing targeted massage action to the shoulder area. Some manufacturers have even designed them to be directional because most people are of differing heights. With this jet, it is possible to create massaging pressure right where you want it.

Pillow Jet. This feature combines the comfort of a pillow with the massaging pressure of a jet, allowing for a complete neck massage. Massage therapists have often indicated that the neck area is the place where most people hold in all their stress and tension. This unique jet eliminates the need to submerge your head underwater in order to receive a neck massage.

Independent Seating Control Traditionally, the biggest problem with hot tub use is the conformity of the hydrotherapy; one person dictates the hydrotherapy for all users. Some people may prefer an invigorating, powerful massage, while others may prefer a mild massage. Even still, others may prefer simply relaxing in calm water. You should be able to receive the type of massage you want, as opposed to the type of massage that the manufacturer decides to give you. The answer to this problem is independent seating control.

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