Spas aren't just for "hot tubbing" with the neighbors anymore. Local vendors agree that the need for a spa is more legitimate than ever.
"It's not just a frilly recreational thing," said Shawn Maynard, co-owner of Bullfrog's North Ogden and Layton locations. "It offers legitimate therapy. If you buy a spa for social reasons, usage will fade. If you buy it with the intent for therapy, you will be addicted and use it every day."
Jonathan Brady, office manager at Leisure Pool & Spa, said at least half of all his customers buy hot tubs for health and hydrotherapy reasons.
After fracturing his spine in a snowboarding accident years ago, Brady said, he has personally come to rely on the health benefits of a hot tub.
"If I don't sit in a hot tub every day, I get tense," he said.
With 20-year lifespans, spas can prove affordable, Maynard said.
"For the people who buy for medical reasons, it is cheaper than therapy and a gym," Maynard added.
And having your own spa can be very convenient, especially when you want to soak your muscles right before going to bed.
"The best time to use it is right before bed," said Maynard, who has had his own spa since 2006. "It helps me sleep lots better."
It's not just the aging population that benefits from the therapy spas provide. Maynard said Northern Utah's many recreational offerings, such as biking and skiing, produce enthusiasts who need muscle-relaxing soaks in a hot tub.
For young workers with physically demanding jobs, spas are a must as well, he said.
"Our product really appeals to a broad gamut of people," Maynard said.
Brady said the Michael Phelps swim spa appeals to many Northern Utah customers who want a spa to enhance their exercise routines.
"It really hits everything. You can sit down and relax muscles, use it to train for triathlons, and for rehab."