11/20/2008 09:47:00 AM

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11/18/2008 01:03:00 PM

Water Temperature During Hydrotherapy

While many view hydrotherapy as the result of pressurized whirlpool jets or air bubbles, a large part of the experience can be controlled through the temperature of the water. We feel these effects stronger when we take a bath because the rate of heat exchange between the body and water is 20 times greater than between the body and air. What that basically means is that while the temperature in your house may be a comfortable 72°F, that same temperature water would feel extremely cold. There are four ranges of water temperature that can be used for different types of hydrotherapy: neutral range, hotter range, cooler range, and cold range.

Neutral Range – Water is 95°F-98°F, and will feel comfortable as it mimics the natural temperature of the body. You can stay in a bath for extended periods of time as long as water temperature is maintained.

Hotter Range – Water is 99°F-104°F, and will feel very warm. Your core body temperature will go up and you will experience increased circulation as the body attempts to cool itself off. The highest temperature in this range is only safe to bathe in for a maximum of 20 minutes.

Cooler Range – Water is 89°F-95°F, and will feel very cool. This temperature is recommended for brief use after exercise or competing in a sporting event.

Cold Range – Water is 68°F-72°F, and should only be used in a controlled environment. This is used in some spas as a quick 60 second plunge after steam treatments to cool off the body.

For most of you using your home baths for hydrotherapy, your optimum water temperature will probably be between the neutral and hotter range. You should take some precautions when using hot water in your bath:
· Ensure your faucets have scald protection on them.
· If you are receiving treatment for a cardiovascular condition, consult your doctor before receiving hydrotherapy.
· Blood flow is increased by up to 30% when using hot hydrotherapy, so be sure to exit the bath slowly in order to avoid dizziness.

There are numerous other benefits of hydrotherapy, and Jason offers a wide range of baths and four types of hydrotherapy to meet those needs.


Reference:
Richard Eidson’s Hydrotherapy for Health and Wellness: Theory, Programs & Treatments, Cengage Learning, 2008.

11/10/2008 02:41:00 PM

2008 Service Awards Banquet

Each year Jason International honors employees with three or more years of service at the annual Service Awards Banquet. Currently, 79% of Jason employees have been here 3 or more years, and 38% have been here 10 or more years. Those employees who have reached certain milestones – 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service – are recognized with a sterling silver pin or a precious gem mounted in a 10K gold pin. The banquet this year was held Friday, November 7th, at Embassy Suites in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Congratulations to all of our service award recipients! We are so thankful for your many years of hard work and loyalty.

11/06/2008 03:10:00 PM

Spotlight on…Our President

If you were to speak to any employee at Jason International, they would tell you that the heart and soul of this company lies in our president, Remo Jacuzzi. His story is one that ties in with an even larger family story spanning generations, from Italian immigrants in the turn of the 20th century to the creation of the whirlpool spa industry.

Remo’s father, Valeriano, immigrated to the United States in 1907, where he settled in Northern California. More family members followed, and in 1915 Valeriano and five of his brothers founded the Jacuzzi Brothers company. It was in this atmosphere that Remo grew up.

After graduating from high school, Remo went on to study business and mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity and played for the school’s football team. In 1957 he married his high school sweetheart, Paula, and continued to study and work in the family business.

After working for Jacuzzi Brothers in the US, Remo was transferred to Brazil in 1968 to manage the company’s plant there. In 1979 the family sold the Jacuzzi Bros. business, and in 1980 Remo was transfered back to the US where he served as president of Jacuzzi Bros. in Little Rock, Arkansas.

In 1982, Remo founded Jason International in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has spent over 25 years as president of Jason, overseeing the introduction of numerous products to the hydrotherapy industry. Jason International employs a number of Jacuzzi family members in the industry, including three of Remo’s children working in management, along with other family members working in development and sales.

Though he has received many awards over his career, the most recent honor for Mr. Jacuzzi has been his induction into The Haas School of Business Hall of Fame at his alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley.