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Soak it All in, Literally


The latest fad in baths is a soaking tub. A soaking tub with or without a heater may be installed. What sets it apart from a regular bathtub is its depth, it is deeper to accommodate a full body soak in shoulder deep water. A soaking tub is designed for quiet relaxation.


More than washing the stress away Japanese style


Soaking tubs take inspiration from Japanese designs. The Japanese tub is known as Ofuro and is often installed in a large open room. Like most Japanese rituals and customs, bathing too was an elaborate affair. It has always held a special significance in Japanese history. It was part of a special Buddhist cleansing tradition which required the use of a special tub. With time these tubs, known as soaking tubs, became immensely popular.


A Japanese style tub is much smaller than its Western counterpart. These feature built in seats and mostly resemble a large barrel but are deeper. This design helps one sit and soak comfortably. The unique design helps it retain heat longer and withstand high temperatures. The Japanese never wash themselves in the soaking tub, the washing is done before entering the tub and the tub is mainly meant for rejuvenation by way of soaking.


Your personal spa


A soaking tub melts stress away and the variety available is mind boggling. Standalone soaking tubs which are designed to stand outside any walled enclosure. These include the vintage style claw foot or pedestal style tubs. Soaking tubs with massage and bubble jets are known as jetted tubs. They take the relaxation experience to another level.


Drop in soaking tubs are designed for closed enclosures. Walk in soaking tubs, on the other hand feature an outward opening door or opening and are equipped with a massager or jets and whirlpools. There are framed soaking tubs which are supported by a metal or wooden frame and corner baths meant for bathroom corners especially those with windows.


Materials used also vary often such as wood, stainless steel, copper, tiles or porcelain. Elongated, curvy soaking tubs are more conventional. It depends on you whether you opt for a round soaking tub or a small soaker tub which are usually more suitable for modern homes. An oversized bathtub or a spa bathtub is more appropriate for a property that can accommodate the same.


Soaking tubs usually provide relaxation by way of aroma or massage therapy and modern tubs come equipped with all sorts of features such as temperature control and even Chroma therapy. A 60 inch soaking tub is just the starting length and go up to 72 inches typically. An average tub holds up to 250 gallons of water and single or two person variations are available. They are plumbed for standard bathtubs and installation is pretty simple so relax and remember to leave all your worries outside the tub.





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