While round tubs in general have gained popularity, there are many benefits in particular to having a round Japanese tub. The Japanese have made soaking a part of their culture for centuries. Used in the past as a part of Buddhist cleansing rituals, soaking became a Japanese family tradition. After World War II, American soldiers stationed in Japan became smitten with the practice and brought the idea home with them.
A round Japanese bath tub is designed specifically for soaking and is not traditionally used for actual washing. While this doesn’t need to be the case for you, you might consider including a separate shower in your bathroom as well. The relaxing and healing properties of soaking are well known and even scientifically proven. And a round tub is just the style to soak right. Here are five reasons to include one in your bathroom.
Benefits of a Round Japanese Tub
1. Made for soaking. A Japanese tub is the perfect bathtub for actual bathing. Traditional Western style tubs, designed for lying down, are not always long enough or deep enough for a full bathing experience. A round Japanese bath tub, on the other hand, is deep enough for water to rise up to the neck. Being fully immersed along with some steaming water (and even bubbles) will relax you in no time.
2. More comfortable. The depth and size of the bathtubs are designed for a comfortable upright soak. Japanese tub comes with a built-in, contoured seat so you can experience full immersion the traditional way without pain or discomfort. Lean back and let the water relax you.
3. Good for small spaces. Squeezing a deep tub into a small bathroom may be challenging or even impossible. A round tub will fit into small spaces without sacrificing a quality soaking experience. In fact, you’ll find it’s quite the opposite. In a Japanese bathtub, you’ll be soaking up to the neck while using minimal floor space, whereas water in a traditional tub may only cover part of your body and take up most of the bathroom.
4. Provides style and flexibility. Traditional Japanese bathtubs were often made from wood or tile. Today, you’ll find many Japanese tubs in modern materials and styles. You can find a round Japanese tub in both freestanding and drop-in styles. Some models even allow for both types of installation. Some manufacturers take traditional Japanese design and fuse it with modern lines, while others go all the way with tradition, building their tubs out of wood.
5. Technologically savvy. With a round Japanese tub you can have the deep soaking benefits of a regular bath and the therapeutic properties of a whirlpool. Whirlpool tubs are just like regular bathtubs but with jets for hydro-massage therapy. You can keep the depth and the style and still have a whirlpool.
Just as Japanese families have made soaking a practice for ages, make soaking a tradition in your own home. Add a round Japanese tub in your bathroom to soak and relax, save space, and improve the style of your bath.