A Natural First

by Jesse Dutra, aquamagazine.com

Natural swimming pools – those that use biological processes to treat water instead of standard sanitization – have been growing in popularity for more than two decades in Europe and elsewhere around the world. Now, these unusual pools have finally landed on U.S. soil. In this special project profile, Massachusetts landscape designer and pool builder Jesse Dutra describes the first natural swimming pool installed in the U.S. using a proprietary system developed by Munich, Germany's BioNova.

In an age where it seems that everything's been done before, it's not often you have the opportunity to be the first at something. Nonetheless, that was exactly the case for the project featured here.

It's what's known as a Natural Swimming Pool (NSP), a concept developed and popularized in Europe by the visionary firm BioNova, which has been successfully designing and promoting these pools for 25 years throughout much of Europe. The firm now has operations the world over, including a North American division based in New Jersey.

Like many landscape designers and pool builders, I've become interested in working with "sustainable environments," and a few years back decided to become a BioNova partner. That effort recently paid off with this beautiful project on Nantucket Island, Mass., the first pool built in the U.S. using the BioNova system.

Arthritis Relief

from poolspaoutdoor.com

The use of warm water therapy for physical ailments has been around since the establishment of the earliest civilizations. However, hydrotherapy, as it is currently referred to, did not make a lasting impression on the United States until the 1930s when it became public knowledge that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been using this method to help alleviate the debilitating symptoms of polio. Roosevelt considered hydrotherapy an imperative part of his rehabilitation therapy for the rest of his life.

Through the years, the introduction of technologically advanced hot tubs and spas further increased interest in warm water therapy. Today, hydrotherapy is a common part of physical therapy for many ailments, especially arthritis.

Sandra Wiggin, a registered nurse, understands pain-but not only because of her profession. Wiggin has osteoarthritis, which has spread throughout her spinal column.

by Matt Giovanisci, swimuniversity.com

In this guide I will go over every step you need to take before entering a hot tub showroom. I'll cover space availability, cost, how to research and how to negotiate a great deal when you're ready to get down to brass tacks.

Why Do You Want to Own a Hot Tub?

Will you be a new hot tub owner? 60% are new buyers while 40% have owned one in the past and are usually upgrading to a newer model.

According to Alice Cunningham of Olympic Hot Tub, most people decide to buy a hot tub because they're looking for a way to slow down, relax and find balance.

People also purchase hot tubs for physical ailments, including:

Fibromyalgia

Chronic fatigue

Arthritis

Whiplash or another injury from an accident

Other reasons involve connecting with family or saving a relationship. Yes, some believe that a hot tub will save their marriage and taking the time to talk to restore intimacy.

Now that you have your reasons, let's go through the steps of buying a hot tub.

The World's Largest TV

The C SEED 201 TV marks a world premiere in private entertainment by taking high-tech TV outdoors.

Spectacular picture quality is provided by a 201-inch (5.11m) 16:9 LED screen.

As host you direct the performance by radio remote control, pressing a button to adjust the screen to the desired height and rotate it to a maximum of 270 degree angle for optimal viewing comfort.

Ingeniously engineered

The C SEED 201 grew out of a passion for technical excellence and innovation. Such an ambitious project called for wide-ranging expertise and research capability.

Visionary R&D engineers from C SEED ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS were engaged to deliver the ultimate outdoor LED TV. Thanks to their pioneering solutions, outdoor viewing will never be the same.

Expanding the limits

The C SEED 201 column takes 15 seconds to achieve its full height of 4.65 m (15 ft.) with effortless ease. Seven massive LED panels unfold equally soundlessly within the next 25 seconds. A masterpiece of technological sculpture now dominates the scene as it prepares to reveal its brilliant potential to a discerning audience.

Safely out of the way

Instead of taking up space when not in use, the C SEED 201 folds up and retreats below ground, where it stays safe and dry in its water-resistant shaft.

Understated elegance