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Slip into Serenity

Hot Tubs and Saunas Provide Mental and Physical Health Benefits

Article by Sue Baldani

Photography by Natalie Stephenson

Originally published in Bend Lifestyle

Installing a hot tub can turn your yard into a real oasis. Slipping into those warm bubbles and having the jets massage your muscles can just melt away the stresses of life.

Aqua Hot Tubs in Sisters can help make this sanctuary a reality. In business since 1992, Jared and Mackenzie Fillmore took ownership in May. They already owned Aqua Clear Spa Service, which they acquired from Mackenzie’s father in 2022. The local couple loves helping their neighbors choose the right products for their lifestyles.

“Hot tubs provide a lot of therapy in multiple ways, but I also think they provide serenity,” says Fillmore. “You can go out there with your special someone to talk and relax. People also like being outside and hot tubs can be used and enjoyed in almost any type of weather.”

There are many different designs and sizes, and they can be customized. “We actually have many customers looking for smaller tubs, like our Joli, which is the perfect tub for any couple. But, it’s big enough to have guests in there too.”

All of the hot tubs offered by Aqua Hot Tubs are elegant and have all the extras such as colored lights and waterfalls. Aqua Clear Spa Service also offers monthly maintenance service for a no-hassle experience.

People are also really interested in swim spas, Fillmore adds. “What they really like about those is the model we have available where there are two separate bodies of water so they can have one hot and one a little bit cooler — it's the best of both worlds.”

Another spa item that is gaining in popularity is the sauna. “There are a lot of health benefits to those too, and people are just starting to learn about them,” Fillmore notes. “The main one is better blood circulation, which can help with inflammation and helps cut down the strain on the heart.”

Saunas are usually placed inside the home, and they can be very small with a bench seat for two plus a heater, or as large as an entire room.  “We’re the only company in the area to offer traditional Finnish saunas made by Finlandia,” states Fillmore. “The material used is very high quality and they put everything together board by board using traditional cedar wood. The heaters that Finlandia makes are also better than the rest. They get hotter and they can sustain that temperature to provide the maximum benefits.”

The professionals at Aqua Hot Tubs make sure that what they sell is properly installed. When purchasing a hot tub, a site assessment is done. For example, the home’s electrical system might have to be upgraded and the tub placed on a concrete pad. If it’s not set up correctly, it can affect the life of the unit, which should be at least 20 years. Saunas also require a lot of electricity, and proper installation is a must in order for them to work properly.

Aqua Hot Tubs also has barbecues, grill inserts, smokers, solo stoves and fire pits, along with all the accessories needed to create the ultimate backyard living space. They have someone on staff capable of designing decks, landscaping and hardscaping as well, and then refer homeowners to trusted professionals to bring those designs to fruition.

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"Hot tubs provide a lot of therapy in multiple ways, but I also think they provide serenity. You can go out there with your special someone to talk and relax. People also like being outside and hot tubs can be used and enjoyed in almost any type of weather." 

-- Jared Fillmore, Owner of Aqua Hot Tubs

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