I was a regular jogger my whole adult life until experiencing degenerative spinal disease. I became a devoted walker, but even this activity generated a lot of pain, so I bought a kiddie pool and made up my own exercises and realized I could get some exercise using water therapy without stirring up pain.
However, the kiddie pool was very limiting and could only be used in hot months. I have now purchased and have been using a Therapool, and it is awesome! I am writing in January, when even in North Florida, there are many days when the outside temperatures are very cold, but the spa water is easily warmed to a comfortable temperature. Every day, I jog in the deep end, use the row bars, and do exercises and stretches for about 45 minutes.
My blood pressure is back down to normal and I take no pain meds now, not even ibuprofen. I have the deep therapy pool, but there are plenty of exercises that can be performed in more shallow water. Further, I don't typically use the many extra jets on this pool. In fact, if all the jets in the deep end are activated, I find the current too powerful for exercise.
My husband works all day, so when he comes home, he just wants to sit in front of some jets and soak up the warm water, and he is pretty happy with the Therapool for his use. This spa has six seats with jets, so it is also inviting as a party activity. My granddaughter will love it. This was a major purchase for us, and we don't have much of a yard.
Fortunately, we do have a large back porch, and this is where the spa was installed. I love it there because while I am in the spa, I can watch the birds, the wind in the trees, the drifting clouds. The one thing to be prepared for is the massive size of this unit - very tall and bulky. It dominates the porch and took some time getting used to...sort of like parking the Queen Mary in your back yard.
Secondly, the spa cover is comprised of two panels which are very heavy, even for two people. You can drag them off, but it is hard to put them back on, especially if you have back or neck issues. Each of the two panels is made of two smaller panels sown together, so we cut the panels apart and now have 4 smaller cover panel sections to remove and replace every day. Even these are not light.
I recommend testing your ability to remove and replace the spa covers for any of the therapy or swim spas before purchasing. These spas cost a lot of money, so they have to be right for you. You need the room for installation, you need to be able to deal with the heavy covers, and unless you are used to spending thousands of dollars on items you rarely use, you want to be sure that you will get in it every day or two for exercise or other water therapy, or just to relax, which is another well-known form of medicine. We had a Masterspa hot tub for ten years before this purchase, so we knew that they were high quality.
When we traded in our hot tub for this unit, everything on the hot tub still worked: motors, lights, jets, heater.
So I was already a fan of Masterspa products. I would recommend the Therapool to anyone who expects to need or would benefit from long term water therapy and exercise.
Product or Service Mentioned: Master Spas H2x Therapool D Hot Tub.
Reason of review: Enjoying my Therapool and so I am leaving a review.
Master Spas Pros: Quality, Great for exercise, Exercise equipment, Holds heat well, Quiet.
Master Spas Cons: Very heavy covers, Need more cover options, Need drain installed rather than sump pump, More affordable if smaller - but still deep - with fewer jets.