A feng shui client sent me an email asking about the placement of a hot tub in her backyard. It’s still warm in September and October here in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it’s not that unusual to set up a hot tub in September. The client had read to never place a body of water to the right side of the garden as you are standing inside looking out, as this placement will cause marriage issues. But she didn’t remember me saying that.
My advise about her hot tub:
1. Set it up so that there are no chemicals. Try reverse osmosis, or research how to keep the water clean — and free of breeding mosquitoes.
2. Consider if a hot tub is best for you, or is a dry sauna better for your body type to receive the most health benefits?
3. Like a pet dog, this hot tub needs daily upkeep.
The right-hand far corner, as you are standing inside looking out, is the relationship corner. This is good placement for the hot tub because if in a relationship this is the place for you & your partner to snuggle up and enjoy! If not with a partner, then invite friends and socialize in the hot tub. Maybe have things in pairs in this corner too. Also good is to center the hot tub on the area to your far right, between the far corner and the near corner. Even the hot tub in the near right corner is fine, especially if it’s on a patio and you want to be close to the door. The marriage warning is about having a hot tub in a relationship corner. That is a disaster if the tub is neglected; dust and leaves on a blue plastic cover over watery chemicals. Doing feng shui, I’ve seen old hot tubs in Marin that just had to be removed. And most hot tub stuff does not age well, especially tubing and filters. So if you are 100% committed and can do it green with no chemicals, you can pull this off in Monkey month.
The client emailed back that yes she was using some chemicals, it was a lot of work, she had to do a weekly checkup, and then go to the hot tub store and to have the water analyzed. She got so frustrated that she just drained out all the water.
I wrote back to her that yes, hot tubbing is a lot of work! Really consider if it’s worth it to sustain the commitment. An empty hot tub is not good feng shui because it’s clutter since it’s not being used. So far this tub seemed to cause more stress than healing. I encouraged her to take action now, instead of seeing it in the yard and feeling bad. Move it now, fill it, and focus on maintaining it — or it goes by the end of this Monkey month (September 12). Don’t let that tub sit out there empty for months, or years like I’ve seen in Marin.
Fortunately, she emailed back that she is checking into reverse osmosis, and moved the tub closer to the door from the far right corner. That felt much better to her, she and her husband re-stained the deck, her gardener planted a bunch of plants, and her backyard deck is becoming, in her words, “a nice zen space.”