Bath 'hydro-therapy' options; whirlpool chromatherapy

  • Article by: ED DEL GRANDE , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 2:00 PM

From hydrotherapy to chromatherapy, tubs come with a host of relaxing options.


Chromatherapy or “light therapy” is available on bubble-massage tubs, hot tubs, high-end custom shower stalls and whirlpool tubs.

Q: I’m putting together my plans for a future bathroom remodeling and want to choose the perfect bath. What ideas can you suggest for a therapeutic-type bathtub?

A: Years ago, your home hydrotherapy bath choices would have been very basic. But today’s fixtures offer a variety of tub styles and bathing experiences.

Here are a few of the most popular and relaxing bathing options that I’ve worked with:

Bubble-massage therapy: For a very gentle experience, a bubble-type tub pushes air through tiny holes positioned in the bottom of the tub. This is a great choice for aging-in-place bathrooms.

Traditional whirlpool jets: Powerful action of pump-driven water jets comes complete with air induction.

Kohler’s VibrAcoustic sound therapy: This new technology uses vibrating musical sound waves that travel through the water, plus colorful lighting for an added benefit. This is the kind of relaxing tub therapy that literally lets you tune in and tune out.

Whirlpool light therapy

Q: I am looking to install a new whirlpool tub with my bathroom renovation, and the salespeople I’m working with have been going over options that can be added to the whirlpool. One option is called “chromatherapy” and, basically, they tell me, it is a lighting system for the whirlpool. Can you please tell me more about chromatherapy?

A: Chromatherapy is sometimes called light therapy, and this type of therapy crosses over into a few different fields. I want to make it clear that we’re discussing chromatherapy as it relates to use in plumbing fixtures only.

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