Hot Tub Therapy

Why do we always underestimate the power of “therapy”?  My friend Cara, recently described her humorous take on her experience with her life coach on her blog.  I’ve spent some time on a therapist couch myself, and it was extremely helpful.  However, I’ve recently discovered a whole new type of therapy, hot tub therapy!

The house we are currently renting has a sauna on the back porch.  At first, I didn’t think much of it.  I’ve never been one to spend time soaking in a bath and I truly didn’t think I’d actually use the hot-tub very often. As summer wraps up, we decided to fill it up… I was so wrong!  The night-time temperatures are starting to drop  here in the mountain states.  Not only does soaking in the hot-tub warm me up enormously, but it also serves as my life coach, marriage counselor, and spiritual teacher.  I’m not kidding.

Max and I have gotten into the habit of jumping into the hot-tub together after the kids go to bed each night.  Normally, we would immediately hop onto our separate couches and flip on the tv.  Now, we spend a good 15-20 minutes together with a glass of wine reflecting on the day, talking about our future goals, and discussing the happiness and stresses of daily life.   We all know how important this is in a marriage  (the wine and the talking) but actually taking the time every day to fit it in is a lot harder than it should be.

I assure you, I am not reading bible quotes or chanting buddhist incantations in the hot-tub each night.  But, my 15 minutes of soaking contributes to my spiritual health. I’ve always loved the outdoors and felt happy admiring the beauty of nature.  Our back porch happens to overlook a nature preserve.  It is common to see deer, fox and even a moose or two wondering around the “backyard”.  We live in Utah and even though Park City is a modern resort town, the entire state it is still pretty rural.  Almost everyone has beautiful views and wildlife out their windows.  For me, there is nothing as spiritually soothing as being present in the moment, perfectly content in life and admiring earth’s beauty.  I know, I’m sounding a little granola; so be it.  It is amazing to watch a blue heron fly right past you while you are in your hot-tub on your back porch.  It would turn anyone into a little bit of a tree hugger!

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Now after our 15-20 minutes of hot-tub therapy, Max and I happily resume our normal evening routine of ice-cream, beer and tv.  Heaven forbid I miss a Survivor or Max miss Sunday night football.  But, taking the time out of our day to revel in the “now” and appreciate where we are in life has been good.

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3 Responses to “Hot Tub Therapy”

  1. Alice Doyle says:

    Great post! I’m putting “hot tub” on my Christmas list immediately.

  2. Cara says:

    Love this Karla – and you’re so right. It’s too easy to immediately turn on the tv right after the kids go to bed. Some down time together with a drink – or in your case a hot tub! – is so important. PS – In reading this I felt equally happy for you and also pretty jealous.

  3. Beth says:

    We’ve rented cabins in the western NC mountains several times, and we always try to make sure there is a hot tub. Last year, we rented a cabin with another couple, and I have to say that our favorite part was the 4 of us soaking in the hot tub with drinks in our hands. It was such good fellowship time.

    Oh, and how cool is it that you can see moose from your backyard! That is awesome!

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