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The Thingamajig and Contraption Conundrum – Discussed Through Quotes

Do We Really Need All Of The Bells & Whistles?
 Tub King asks: – “Why do they keep adding more gadgets to walk in bathtubs for seniors and the disabled?”

 Buddy Guy adds: “Why did they keep changing guitars and amplifiers when they were perfect? They did the same things with cars, if you ask me. They forgot how to make them right, because they focused on style and bells and whistles.”

 Tub King remarks: – “Now they even put lights inside the tubs for the elderly. The bathroom is lit already. Besides, I’d think it could potentially be an electrical hazard.”

Nicole Kidman shares: “I think candlelight is the most beautiful light there is and there’s something very spiritual about it.”

 Suki Waterhouse agrees: “I can stay in the bath for, well, the longest has been seven or eight hours. I get completely set up with my laptop so I can watch ‘The Sopranos,’ put out some scented candles, music. I have a towel nearby so I can dry my hand to change the music or the TV. I make a little heaven for myself. And then I just refill and refill.”

Traci Bingham says: “I love to be in my bathroom with my candles lit, morning, noon and night.”


Affordable Aromatherapy That Won’t Break Down
 Tub King pipes in: “Yeah, but they toss in “aromatherapy” as an option. It’s nothing more than scented beads placed near the air intake. But if you get scented candles you have both the beauty of the candle but also your favorite scent. Lavender and vanilla tend to be two scents used often for a relaxing environment.”

Diane Ackerman says: “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.”

 Jared Padalecki declares: “I love cookies baking. During the winter, they have these candles that smell like cookies, and I always buy like a hundred of them.”

Tub King asserts: “My grandma used to call all of those unnecessary ‘bells & whistles’ useless thingamajigs and costly contraptions. Just another thing she felt would break down,”

 Richard Chamberlain advises: “I’ve learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary….. Saying ‘no’ politely is a necessity if one wants to lead any kind of stable life”.

 Tub King asks: “So, you are in agreement? Tub King should focus on the necessities of the tub and only potentially bring on a ‘bells & whistles’ model if its customer base demands it and it is proven safe? It is after all, one of the reasons our products are a fraction of the cost of our walk-in tub competition. We focus on providing a high quality product at very affordable pricing.”

Demetri Marin concurs: “I am completely attracted to the idea of simplicity, or at least removing things that seem unnecessary when trying to get an idea out there.” 

Peace Pilgrim pitches in: “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.”

At Tub King, Inc. we offer high quality tubs without all of the bells & whistles. Too many moving parts and unnecessary features add to the cost of the product. The “life” of some of these add-ons are questionable as well. You will not find Tub King add comparable models to our walk-in bathtubs products until which time we are confident in the quality of such add-ons. Our commitment is to the customers, their safety, and their long term enjoyment of their Tub King purchase. 



8 Ways to Reduce Foot Pain

Block Stress from your Life Once and for All

English: Effects of stress on the body.
English: Effects of stress on the body. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Walk in Tub can help

By Alan Knight
You might be thinking, “Stress! There is nothing I can do about it.”  The bills keep piling up.  I can’t find enough hours in the day.  People are acting like idiots.  The truth be told, you have more control over your stress than you might believe.  Stress management is all about taking charge of your life, your thoughts, and your emotions.  More importantly, it is about the way you deal with problems.  No matter how stressful your life might seem to be, you can deal with it. 
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Let’s look first of all at the true sources of your stress.  Often identifying stress causes is easy.  Maybe it comes from a job change, or an illness.  Perhaps you’ve had a death in the family of someone close.  However, identifying the “every day” causes might be more taxing.  To find your true sources of stress look to your habits, attitudes, and even your excuses.  First, do you explain away stress as temporary?  “I just have a million things going on right now.”  Yet you can’t remember the last time you took a breather.  Second, do you define stress as an integral part of your work or home life?  “Thingsare just always crazy around here, “you might say.  How about this one.  Do you blame other people for your stress?  You become the perennial victim, because others are bringing stress upon you.  Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in generating or feeding your own stress level, you will never be able to manage it.

A stress journal can help you identify the regular stressors in your life

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and the way you deal with them.  Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it in your journal.  As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes.  Write down:  1. What caused your stress (make a guess if you’re unsure.)  2.  How you felt, both physically and emotionally.  3.  How you acted in response.  4.  What you did to make yourself feel better.  Think about the ways you currently manage and cope with stress in your life.  Your stress journal can help you identify them.  Are your coping strategies healthy or unhealthy, helpful or unproductive?  Let’s now look at some ways to cope with stress.

Relax!  You deserve it.  It’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think.  You don’t need a course of study.  You don’t require a weekend retreat, although that’s not a bad idea.  It can be as simple as learning to RELAX.
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Meditate.  A few minutes of practice each day can help ease stress.  Research has suggested that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress.  It’s simple.  Sit up straight with both feet on the floor.  Close your eyes and focus your attention on reciting a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace.”  Try to sync the mantra with your breaths.  Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.
Breathe Deeply.  Take just 5 minutes and focus on your breathing.  Sit up straight.  Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your lungs and work its way to your head.  Reverse the process as you exhale.  Deep breathing counters the effects of stress.
Slow Down.  Take 5 minutes and focus on only one thing with awareness.  Notice how the air feels on your face when you’re walking and how your feet feel hitting the ground.  Enjoy the texture and taste of each bite of food.
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Laugh.  Watch a funny movie.  Talk to others who make you laugh.  Laughter lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. 

Pleasant music.  Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure and heart rate.  Create a playlist of songs or nature sounds and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers.  You can also blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes.
Movement.  You don’t have to run in order to get a runner’s high.  All forms of exercise, including aerobics and even walking can ease anxiety and release feel-good chemicals in your body.  Walk through the park, taking in all the sights and sounds.  Breathe in the air and feel the breeze against your face.
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Decompress.  Place a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes.  Close your eyes and relax every part of the body.  Better yet, try some warm water therapy.  The new Walk in Tub that has recently appeared on the market is a perfect way to install your own personalized whirlpool in your home.  It takes up very little space (about the size of a normal bathtub.)  It stands upright and comes with a watertight door.  You simply walk inside, sit down and turn on the warm water.  The Walk in Tub comes with both air jets (bubbler) and water jets (whirlpool) to provide plenty of help to work out all the kinks in the body.  Just recline and let the churning, bubbling water to do their work.  After about 15-20 minutes your entire body is totally relaxed.

Self-Hypnosis.  Try putting yourself into a deep hypnotic state by slowly counting backwards from 10, and the time imagining that you are going deeper and deeper into a state of total relaxation.  You can even record the exercise on a tape player and play it back as you relax.  Say things like, “all the muscles in my back are beginning to relax and ease tension.  My body is getting heavier as my muscles relax and ease tension.”  Do this also for the feet, legs, abdomen, all the way to the head.  By the time you get there you will feel wonderful.
One thing we haven’t mentioned is how to avoid stressors (things that stress you out.)  It’s not healthy to avoid a stressful situation that needs to be addressed, but you may be surprised by the number of stressors in your life that can be eliminated.
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Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them.  Whether in your personal or professional life, taking on more than you can handle is a sure-fire recipe for stress.  Distinguish between the “should” and the “musts” and, when possible, say “no” to taking on too much.

Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life, limit the amount of time you spend with that person, or end the relationship.
Take control of your environment – If the evening news makes you anxious, turn off the TV.  If traffic makes you tense, take a longer by less-traveled route.  If you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it.  When you ask someone to change their behavior, be willing to do the same.  If you both are willing to bend at least a little, you’ll have a good chance of finding a happy middle ground.  Poor time management can cause a lot of stress, but if you plan ahead and make sure you don’t overextend yourself, you’ll find it easier to stay calm and focused.
Watch this short video about the feature and options of Walk-in tubs.
In this article, I have discussed a dozen ways to reduce stress in your life, including taking a decompressing warm bath in a Walk-in tub. I provide details for several of these methods and discuss how to remove stressors from your daily life.
If you found this article useful or entertaining, please share it with your friends, family and co-workers. If you have a comment about this subject, leave it in the comment section at the end of this article.
Would you like to receive a FREE COPY of our new e-book? Tub King’s Ultimate Guide to Cast Iron/Porcelain Tubs, Walk-in Tubs & Safety Suite Showers.  Fill in the form below and we will send it to you for free! It is also for sale and you can see/buy it on Amazon.com by clicking on this link.
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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.

Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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Simplified diagram of the human Circulatory sy...
Simplified diagram of the human Circulatory system
in anterior view. Français : Diagramme simplifié
du système circulatoire humain en vue
antérieure (en Anglais). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Alan Knight
Your body’s circulatory system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body.  When blood flow to a specific area of the body is reduced, you may experience the symptoms of poor circulation.  Poor circulation is most common in your extremities, such as your legs and arms. Poor circulation isn’t a condition in itself, but a result of other health issues.
Several conditions can lead to poor circulation.  The most common causes include obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and arterial issues.  Let’s look at this further.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can lead to poor circulation in your legs.  PAD is a circulatory condition that causes narrowing of the blood vessels and arteries.  In an associated condition call atherosclerosis, arteries stiffen due to plaque buildup in the arteries and blood vessels.  Both conditions decrease blood flow to your extremities and can result in pain.
Over time, reduced blood flow in your extremities can cause numbness, tingling, nerve damage, and eventually tissue damage.  Eventually, if left untreated, reduced blood flow and plaque in your carotid arteries may result in a stroke.  If plaque buildup takes place in the arteries in your heart, you run the risk of having a heart attack.
English: The illustration shows how a varicose...
English: The illustration shows how a varicose vein forms in a leg. Figure A shows a normal vein with a working valve and normal blood flow. Figure B shows a varicose vein with a deformed valve, abnormal blood flow, and thin, stretched walls. The middle image shows where varicose veins might appear in a leg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PAD is most common in adults over age 50, but it can also occur in younger people.  Smokers are at a higher risk than non-smokers for acquiring PAD develop early in life.

Blood clots partially or entirely block the flow of blood.  They can develop almost anywhere in your body, but a blood clot that develops in your arms or legs can lead to circulation problems.
Blood clots can develop for a variety of reasons, and they can be dangerous.  If a blood clot in your leg breaks away, it can pass through other parts of your body including your heart and lungs.  When this happens, the results may be serious, even deadly.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins caused by incompetent venous valves.  The veins appear gnarled and engorged, and they are most often found on the back of the legs.  The damaged veins cannot move blood as efficiently as other blood vessels, so poor circulation may become a problem.  Although rare, varicose veinscan also cause blood clots.
Your genes largely determine whether or not you’ll develop varicose veins.  If a relative has varicose veins, your risk is higher.
Diabetes can cause problems in many areas of your body.  Poor circulation caused by diabetes can cause leg cramping, and more specifically cramping in your calves.  This cramping may be especially bad when you’re physically active.  People with advanced diabetes may have a difficult time detecting the signs of poor circulation because diabetic neuropathy can cause reduced sensation in your extremities.
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English: Overview of the most significant possible symptoms of diabetes. See Wikipedia:Diabetes#Signs_and_symptoms for references. Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Diabetes can cause heart and blood vessel problems, and people with diabetes are at an increased risk for atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Obesity puts a burden on your body.  Plus, if you’re overweight, sitting or standing for hours may lead to additional circulation problems. Obesity also puts you at an increased risk for many of the other causes of poor circulation, including varicose veins and blood vessel problems.
People who experience chronically cold hands and feet may have a condition called Raynaud’s disease.  This disease causes the small arteries in your hands and toes to narrow.  Narrowed arteries are less capable of moving blood through your body, so you may begin experiencing symptoms of poor circulation.  The symptoms of Raynaud’s disease are particularly prevalent when you’re in cold temperatures or experiencing an unusual level of stress.
Let’s look at some commonsense home remedies that can help deal with poor circulation.  Make sure, first and foremost, that if you are suffering from circulatory disorders you consult your doctor.
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Exercise is the best way to promote good blood circulation.  Believe it or not, just performing mild aerobic exercises is enough to improve blood flow.    One trainer suggested:


  • Walk for a minimum of 30 minutes, at least 5 times a week. 
  • Enjoy swimming, jogging, biking, trekking and similar activities, a few times a week.
  • Do simple foot and hand exercises for 15 minutes daily in the morning 

You don’t have to over-exert yourself with exercise.   You shouldn’t overly stress your body if your circulation is poor.
Regular massage can help move blood through the congested areas.  A relaxing massage of the whole body helps dilate the blood vessels, which in turn facilitates blood flow.

Testimonial on the therapeutic benefits of a TubKing Walk in tub.
Hydrotherapy is another simple and effective way to improve blood circulation.  It helps dilate the blood vessels and thus promotes blood flow.  The newly introduced Walk In Tub offers a convenient and compact device with multiple hydrotherapy features.  It allows the person to walk into the tub by way of a watertight door.  They can then sit on the ADA compliant seat and fill the tub with warm water.  Most Walk in Tubs stand about 40 inches high with a seat that is 17 inches from the floor.  The person can simply recline and enjoy the benefits of soaking in warm water to help relax the body.  

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But there is more.  These tubs typically come with two systems.  Air jets send warm air into the water to create thousands of therapeutic bubbles.  This stimulates the skins and helps with circulation.  There is also a control for introducing water jets.  This feature will more vigorously massage the body and stimulate circulation.  The jets are adjustable and can direct the water to any part of the body.  Directing the jets toward the feet can work wonders.  These tubs also come safety features, such as the low entry threshold, to guard against falling, and the slip resistant floor and seat.  A convenient interior grab bar and easy-reach controls makes it a perfect safety tub.

Poor circulation is no laughing matter.  Talk to your medical professional and try the simple suggestions above for a happier and healthier life.
In this article, I have discussed how to improve poor blood circulation through various methods including exercise, various therapies’ and the use of a Walk in Tub.  I detail how these various methods can improve your quality of life, so that living with poor blood circulation can become easier.
Would you like to receive a FREE COPY of our new e-book? Tub King’s Ultimate Guide to Cast Iron/Porcelain Tubs, Walk-in Tubs & Safety Suite Showers.  Fill in the form below and we will send it to you for free! It is also for sale and you can see/buy it on Amazon.com by clicking on this link.
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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.

Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in 
Jacksonville,  Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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