Title:
Spa device with leg rests and calf supports
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A spa device including a basin with a pair of leg rests hingedly coupled to the basin. Each leg rest pivots from a first unengaged position to a second engaged position. In the engaged position, a client receiving a spa treatment may rest his/her legs on the leg rests. Each leg rest may be releasably locked into the engaged position.



Inventors:
Galati Jr., Joseph J. (Brookfield, WI, US)
Meyerovich, John (Bal Harbour, FL, US)
Application Number:
11/973486
Publication Date:
04/09/2009
Filing Date:
10/09/2007
Assignee:
Continuum Footspas, LLC
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47C7/50
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Primary Examiner:
CERNOCH, STEVEN MICHAEL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
RYAN KROMHOLZ & MANION, S.C. (POST OFFICE BOX 26618, MILWAUKEE, WI, 53226, US)
Claims:
I/We claim:

1. A spa device comprising: a basin; and a pair of leg rests, each of said leg rests having an attachment end and a free end, the attachment end of each of the leg rests being hingedly coupled to the basin.

2. The spa device of claim 1 wherein each of the leg rests are pivotable between a first position and a second position.

3. The spa device of claim 2 wherein said second position is a client use position.

4. The spa device of claim 3 wherein each leg rest includes a support portion adjacent the attachment end and a calf rest portion adjacent the free end.

5. The spa device of claim 3 wherein said second position is generally 90 degrees from the first position.

6. The spa device of claim 3 further comprising: a pair of pivot devices, each of said pivot devices comprising a pivot portion and a support portion; wherein the support portion of each pivot device is coupled to the basin and the pivot portion of each pivot device is coupled to the attachment end of one of the pair of leg rests.

7. The spa of claim 6 wherein each of said leg rest attachment ends includes an engagement portion, said engagement portion sized and configured for engagement with the pivot portion of the pivot device.

8. The spa device of claim 7 further comprising means for releasably locking each of said leg rests in the client use position.

9. The spa device of claim 8 further comprising means for limiting the rotation of each of the leg rests.

10. The spa device of claim 9 wherein said means for limiting the rotation of each of the leg rests comprises a rotation guide slot formed in the pivot portion of the pivot device.

11. The spa device of claim 10 further comprising a rotation guide member coupled to the engagement portion of each of the leg rests, the rotation guide member being sized and configured for engaging the rotation guide slot formed in the pivot portion of the pivot device.

12. The spa device of claim 11 wherein said rotation guide member is adjacent a first end of the rotation guide slot when the leg rest is in the first position; and said rotation guide member is adjacent a second end of the rotation guide slot when the leg rest is in the second position.

13. The spa device of claim 11 wherein said means for releasably locking each of the leg rests in the second position comprises a locking portion formed at the second end of the rotation guide slot.

14. A spa device comprising: a basin; and at least one leg rests, said at least one leg rest having an attachment end and a free end, said attachment end of the at least one leg rest being hingedly coupled to the basin.

15. The spa device of claim 14 wherein said at least one leg rest is pivotable between a first position and a second position.

16. The spa device of claim 14 wherein said at least one leg rest includes a support portion adjacent the attachment end and a calf rest portion adjacent the free end.

17. The spa device of claim 15 wherein said second position is generally 90 degrees from the first position.

18. The spa device of claim 14 further comprising: at least one pivot device, said at least one pivot device comprising a pivot portion and a support portion; wherein the support portion of the at least one pivot device is coupled to the basin and the pivot portion of the at least one pivot device is coupled to the attachment end of the at least one leg rest.

19. The spa of claim 18 wherein each of said leg rest attachment ends includes an engagement portion, said engagement portion sized and configured for engagement with the pivot portion of the pivot device.

20. The spa device of claim 15 further comprising means for releasably locking said at least one leg rest in the client use position.

21. The spa device of claim 15 further comprising means for limiting the rotation of said at least one leg rest.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

It is known to provide spa devices such as health spas, whirlpools, and foot spas. In particular, it is known that the treatment of a person's foot may provide therapeutic relief to various points throughout the body. Such spa devices are generally used in commercial and recreational setting for hydrotherapy, massage, stimulation, pedicure and bathing purposes.

Such spa devices may be used for spa treatments of both therapeutic and aesthetic varieties.

Many spa devices currently on the market do not include means for supporting a customer's foot and/or legs. Therefore, the customer must rest their foot on the edge of the basin of the spa device while the technician is providing a therapeutic or aesthetic procedure. This can be inconvenient for the spa technician and uncomfortable for the customer. It is therefore desirable to provide a spa device including means for supporting a customer's foot and or legs during a spa treatment.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a spa device including a basin a pair of leg rests. Each of the leg rests has an attachment end and a free end. The attachment end of each of the leg rests is hingedly coupled to the basin.

The leg rests of the spa device may be pivotable between a first position and a second position.

The second position of the leg rests of the spa device may be a client use position.

The leg rests of the spa device may include a support portion adjacent the attachment end and a calf rest portion adjacent the free end.

The second position of the leg rests of the spa device may is generally 90 degrees from the first position.

The spa device may include a pair of pivot devices. Each of the pivot devices includes a pivot portion and a support portion. The support portion of each pivot device is coupled to the basin. The pivot portion of each pivot device is coupled to the attachment end of one of the pair of leg rests.

The leg rest attachment ends may include an engagement portion. The engagement portion is sized and configured for engagement with the pivot portion of the pivot device.

The spa device may include means for releasably locking each of said leg rests in the client use position.

The spa device may include means for limiting the rotation of each of the leg rests.

The means for limiting the rotation of each of the leg rests may include a slot with a first and second end formed in the pivot portion of the pivot device.

The spa device may include a rotation guide member coupled to the engagement portion of each of the leg rests. The rotation guide member is sized and configured for engaging the slot formed in the pivot portion of the pivot device.

In one embodiment of the spa device, when the rotation guide member is adjacent the first end of the slot the leg rest is in its first position and when the rotation guide member is adjacent the second end of the slot the leg rest is in its client use position.

The means for releasably locking each of the leg rests in the client use position may include a locking portion formed at the second end of the slot.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a basin according to the present invention, the leg rests being in the down position.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view the basin of FIG. 1 with the leg rests in the up position.

FIG. 3 is a close up perspective view of a portion of the basin of FIG. 2, with the leg rest cover removed.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the back side of the leg rest of FIG. 3 with the leg rest cover removed.

FIG. 5 is an exploded view of a portion of an embodiment of a leg rest and a leg rest pivot according to the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a sectional view of a portion of the basin of FIG. 2.

FIG. 7 is a top view of the basin of FIG. 2.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Although the disclosure hereof is detailed and exact to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, the physical embodiments herein disclosed merely exemplify the invention which may be embodied in other specific structures. While the preferred embodiment has been described, the details may be changed without departing from the invention, which is defined by the claims.

As shown in FIG. 1, the spa device 10 of the present invention preferably includes a basin 12 and a chair 14. The spa device 10 is configured for use in foot massages, pedicures, and other activities related to the feet, including bathing, soaking, simulating, etc.

The basin 12 is adapted to retain treatment fluid, generally water, for use with various cleaning or massage activities, as is known in the art. The basin 12 preferably includes a base portion 16. In the preferred embodiment shown in FIG. 1, the basin 12 and the base portion 16 are integrally formed, however, it is contemplated that these parts could be formed separately.

The chair 14 may be coupled to the basin 12 or may be separate from the basin 12. It is further contemplated that the chair 14 may be coupled to the basin 12 through a frame 18 as shown in FIG. 1. The chair 14 may be any type of chair 14 known in the art. In the illustrated embodiment of FIG. 1, the chair 14 includes a seat 20, a backrest 22, and a pair of sidearms 24. The chair 14 sits adjacent and above the basin 12, such that the feet of a person sitting in the chair 14 extend into the basin 12.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the illustrated embodiment includes a pair of leg rests 26 hingedly connected to the basin 12. The leg rests 26 swing from a first position in which the leg rests 26 fit around a portion of the basin 12 (see FIG. 1) to a second position in which the leg rests 26 extend across a portion of the basin 12 (see FIG. 2). When the leg rests 26 are in the first position (FIG. 1), the customer may sit in the chair 14 and place his/her legs in the basin 12. When the leg rests 26 are in the second position (FIG. 2), the customer may place his/her legs on top of the leg rests 26. The customer's feet will then preferably extend beyond the basin 12, and a spa service provider or technician may easily access the customer's feet to provide spa treatments.

The leg rests 26 preferably include a leg rest frame 28 and a leg rest cover 30 which fits over the leg rest frame 28, as shown in FIG. 6. In the preferred embodiment the leg rest cover 30 is molded to the leg rest frame 28, however it is contemplated that the leg rest cover 30 could be configured such that the leg rest cover 30 is removable from the leg rest frame 28. It should be understood that each spa device 10 preferably includes two leg rests 26, one for each leg of a customer using the spa device 10. It should further be understood that the leg rests 26 are preferably mirror images of each other. It is also contemplated that in some applications, a single leg rest 26 may be utilized.

FIGS. 3 and 4 show an embodiment of the leg rest frame 28. The leg rest frame 28 has an attachment end 32 and a free end 34. The leg rest frame 28 preferrably includes a face member 36 and at least one rib 38 extending along the back surface of the face member 36 as shown in FIG. 4. The rib 38 extends generally perpendicular to the face member 36. As shown in FIG. 4, the illustrated embodiment includes two spaced apart ribs 38 on each leg rest frame 28. The ribs 38 may be integrally formed to the face member 36 or may be separately formed and attached using any known methods.

As shown in FIG. 3, the leg rest frame 28 is preferably wider at the free end 34 than the attachment end 32. The leg rest frame 28 is curved between the free end 34 and the attachment end 32, such that the front surface of the face member 36 is convex. The frame may be made of any material known in the art.

FIG. 5, shows an engagement portion 40 which may be formed at the attachment end 32 of the leg rest frame 28. In the illustrated embodiment, the engagement portion 40 is generally unshaped. The engagement portion 40 may comprise an end piece 42 and a pair of side flanges 44. These pieces 42, 44 may be integrally formed or may be formed separately and coupled by any known means including but not limited to welding. The engagement portion 40 may be integrally formed to the leg rest frame 28, or may be formed separately and coupled to the leg rest frame 28 by any known means including but not limited to welding or any standard coupling devices such as bolts.

As shown in FIG. 5, a first 46 and second 48 aperture are formed in each of the side flanges 44. The apertures 46, 48 are aligned such that the first aperture 46 in the first flange 44a is aligned with the first aperture 46 in the second flange 44b. In this manner, a pin 78 or other coupling device may be inserted through the apertures 46 in both flanges 44 to couple the leg rest 26 to the basin 12, as will be described in more detail below. In the preferred embodiment the leg rest frame 28, including the engagement portion 40, is made of a metal material. However, it is contemplated that other materials, including but not limited to plastics, may be used for the leg rest frame 28.

In the illustrated embodiment, the leg rest 26 is coupled to the basin 12 through a leg rest pivot 56 as shown in FIGS. 3 and 6. The engagement of the attachment end 32 of the leg rest 26 with the leg rest pivot 56 allows the leg rest 26 to rotate from the first position (see FIG. 1) to the second position (see FIG. 2).

An illustrative embodiment of a leg rest pivot is shown in FIG. 5. The leg rest pivot 56 includes a support portion 58 and a pivot portion 60. The support portion 58 is adapted to be coupled to the basin base 16 or its supporting frame 84, as shown in FIG. 6. The pivot portion 60 is adapted to engage the attachment end 32 of the leg rest 26. In use, the leg rest pivot 56 is coupled to the basin 12. The leg rest 26 is then coupled to the leg rest pivot 56.

As shown in FIG. 5, the support portion 58 extends from the pivot portion 60. In the illustrated embodiment, the support portion 58 comprises a generally rectangular projection. The support portion 58 includes at least one aperture 62 extending therethrough. The illustrated embodiment includes two apertures 62 formed in each support portion 58. The at least one aperture 62 may be molded in the support portion 58 or may be created by any other known method such as drilling. The support portion 58 may be coupled to the basin base 16 using any known methods. In the illustrated embodiment the support portion 58 is coupled to the basin base 16 using bolts 64 as shown in FIGS. 3 and 6.

The pivot portion 60 of the leg rest pivot 56 is formed with a slot 66 extending therethrough, as shown in FIG. 5. The slot 66 is preferably generally curved between the first end 68 and the second end 70. At the first end 68 of the slot 66, there is a locking portion 72. As will be described in more detail below, the slot 66 limits the rotation of the leg rest 26. The leg rest pivot 56 is also formed with an aperture 74 extending therethrough. In the illustrated embodiment, the configuration of the aperture 74 is a generally oblong shape. The aperture 74 is generally parallel to the locking portion 72 of the slot 66. When the leg rest pivot 56 is in place on the spa device 10, the aperture 74 is generally vertical.

In use, the leg rest 26 is positioned such that the engagement portion 40 engages the pivot 56 as shown in the exploded view of FIG. 5. The first pin 78 is inserted such that the pin 78 extends through the first aperture 46 in the first flange 44, through the aperture 74 in the pivot 56 and through the first aperture 46 in the second flange 44b. The first pin 78 may then be secured in place. In the illustrated embodiment the first pin 78 is pressed in place, however the pin 78 may be secured by any other means. The leg rest 26 may then pivot about the first pin 78 in the aperture 46 of the leg rest pivot 56. The second pin 80 is then inserted such that the pin 80 extends through the second aperture 48 in the first flange 44a, through the slot 66 in the leg rest pivot 56, and through the second aperture 48 in the second flange 44b. The second pin 80 may then be secured in place. In the illustrated embodiment the second pin 80 is pressed in place, however the pin 80 may be secured by any other means. The engagement of the second pin 80 with the slot 66 controls the pivoting motion of the leg rest 26.

Specifically, the slot 66 is configured such that when the leg rest 26 is rotated to the down position, the second pin 80 engages the second end 70 of the slot 66 and prevents the leg rest 26 from further rotation. When the leg rest 26 is pivoted to the up position, the second pin 80 engages the first end 68 of the slot 66. The weight of the leg rest 26 then causes the pin 80 to drop into the locking portion 72 of the slot, locking the leg rest 26 in the upright position. In order to pivot the leg rest 26 back to the down position, a user must first lift up slightly on the leg rest 26, to remove the second pin 80 from the locking portion 72 of the slot 66, and then rotate the leg rest 26 to the down position. It should be understood that the shape of the aperture 74 in which the first pin 78 is configured to accommodate the locking motion of the leg rest 26. In the illustrated embodiment, the aperture 74 is generally oval. It should be understood that while the illustrative embodiment utilizes a pair of pins, other means of attachment, including but not limited to a bolt restrained with a nut, could be utilized.

In the illustrated embodiment the leg rest pivot 56 is made of a molded plastic material. However, it is contemplated that other materials, including but not limited to metals, may be used for the leg rest pivot.

The leg rest cover 30 has an attachment end 50 and free end 52. The shape of the leg rest cover 30 is similar to that of the leg rest frame 28. In the illustrated embodiment, free end 52 of the leg rest cover 30 is generally wider than the attachment end 50. The leg rest cover 30 is preferably contoured to support the leg of a customer using the spa device 10. As shown in FIG. 2, the outer surface 54 of the leg rest cover 30 has an indentation 76 formed to support a customer's calf. While the leg rest cover 30 may be made of any material known in the art, the leg rest cover 30 of the illustrated embodiment is made of self-skinning foam.

In the illustrated embodiment, the basin is provided with a lip 82 formed around a portion circumference of the basin. It is also contemplated that it may be desirable to form the circumference of the basin 12 with a pair recesses 86 (as shown in FIG. 7) to accommodate the leg rests 26 in their down position (as shown in FIG. 1). The recesses 86 allow the leg rests 26 to be generally flush with the lip 82 of the basin 12 when the leg rests 26 are in the down position. However, it is also contemplated that the basin could be formed without the lip 82.

The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Furthermore, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described. While the preferred embodiment has been described, the details may be changed without departing from the invention, which is defined by the claims.





 
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