Sunday, August 27, 2017

For quite some time, this was my personal blog.

I'm moving over to Medium now, and you can find me at https://medium.com/@dasmith090104.

I use LinkedIn as my professional blog and portfolio. Find me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-smith-83a9676/.

Thanks!

Doug

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What Are The Differences Between In-ground Hot Tubs and Portable Hot Tubs?

When considering the benefits of owning a hot tub, many homeowners start by deciding whether to choose an in-ground spa or a portable hot tub. While both types of hot tubs offer wellness benefits, premium portable hot tubs may prove to be a better choice when evaluating placement, massage and energy use.
What are the design benefits of in-ground hot tubs and portable hot tubs?
Portable hot tubs can fit in a variety of settings in your yard. If you live in colder weather, a portable hot tub can be placed very close to your house. Portable hot tubs can be built into a deck or above ground, and portable hot tub equipment is built into the hot tub exterior. Portability is an advantage -- you can, with some effort, take your hot tub with you when you move.
In-ground hot tubs can be designed in different shapes and sizes, and are often attached to a pool or part of a pool setup. In-ground hot tubs can also be worked into a yard or landscape. Equipment is not built-in and is usually in a separate location and can be bulky and noisy.
Do portable hot tubs or In-ground hot tubs have better massage options?
Portable hot tubs offer many more jets and configurations, and the jets are differently sized depending on location and hydro-massage options, and adjustable. Portable hot tubs offer multiple types of ergonomic seating options, as well as varied seating sizes to fit bodies of all sizes and types.
In-ground jets are usually one size with bench seating that is not as conducive to hydro-massage. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to align your body to a jet to hit just that right spot on your back, and forget about a neck massage –that requires submerging your head below the waterline!
Are in-ground hot tubs and portable hot tubs energy efficient?
Portable hot tub filters and water care options are very advanced making water care easy, and owners can often care for their own tubs. Portable hot tubs are energy efficient and designed to run all the time. So, there’s no heat up period. They work with covers and cover lifters so can maintain temperatures and stay cleaner. Many portable hot tubs are made of acrylic, which is easier to clean and not as abrasive as materials used in in-ground hot tubs like concrete, textured surfaces, tile, and fiberglass. In-ground hot tub surfaces can also be rough on the skin and on swimsuits. Perhaps most important to consider is that in-ground hot tubs have to be heated prior to use, and don’t run all the time so are not as energy efficient, and cost more to run overall.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Meditate In Your Own Headspace

A post for Caldera Spas' 20 Minute Renewal blog...
With the Caldera 20-Minute renewal blog, we help inspire people to realize the value of taking 20 minutes to renew, re-connect, relax and de-stress.  How do we do this? By providing resources and tips on the small things you can do each day to improve self-care, such as meditation.
Why is meditation good for us?
Meditation can help manage stress and reduce blood pressure, improve your focus, help with sleep, and help you learn to live more in the moment.  According to prominent wellness expert and blogger Dr. Andrew Weil, “meditation for healing is about establishing a different relationship with your thoughts, just for a little while. Instead of attention being drawn off by whatever thought happens to present itself, in meditation, you watch your thoughts from a different, more stabilized perspective.”
Is there an app to help you meditate?  Many of us are more connected than ever in terms of technology and social media. For the hyper-connected crowd, there’s actually now an app to help you meditate so you don’t have to unplug.  It’s calledHeadspace and here’s how it works:…
What is the Headspace meditation app?
  • Headspace is a meditation app, designed to be a “gym membership for your mind.” You can sign up for free, and use the “take 10 program” to learn the basics of meditation in just 10 minutes a day.
  • If you don’t have 10 minutes a day to spare, you can also work with shorter sessions, depending on your schedule.
  • With your mobile device you can listen to sessions and meditate anywhere, and even download sessions if you’re going to be offline.
  • With a subscription, you can gain access to guided meditation tied into topics like addiction, relationships, creativity and more, based on your moods and lifestyle.
  • Your Headspace profile can map your journey, show and track progress, you can get rewards, and work with friends using the app so you can motivate each other along the way.
  • Headspace has other great resources as well. A good starting point is learning about the science of meditation, where you can learn about how meditation techniques can help with stress, creativity, focus, anxiety, and relationships with cool and fun little animations and videos.
  • The Orange Dot is Headspace’s blog offering a myriad selection of posts on topics including meditation, mind, body, relationships, skillful living, and birth and death.
  • Radio Headspace offers podcasts from experts discussing meditation and Headspace related topics.