There’s more to be gained by indulging in a long, hot bath than you might imagine.
Bathing isn’t just about removing the day’s grime and getting clean. If the Romans turned it into a social ritual, we invite you to see it as a private purification ceremony, an unhurried affair to soothe the mind and body. Plunge into the depths of the serene underwater world, indulge your senses, and discover the healing power of a hot bath…
Hot Baths Health Benefits
Hot baths have been scientifically proven to have medical qualities by restoring your body as well as your soul. Here are just a few things they can do:
Detox and Cleanse
Sweating is your body’s natural way of detoxifying: hot water causes you to sweat and release toxins, which result in fresher and cleaner skin.
The state of relaxation that soaking in hot water usually provides is generated by the sense of weightlessness you feel and the massaging-like sensation of the water.
Help to Manage Headaches
As your body and mind relax, you release natural mood-enhancing hormones (serotonin) as well as pain-relieving hormones (endorphins).
Lower Blood Pressure
Taking a soaking hot bath for just 15 minutes can suppress blood pressure for several hours as blood vessels dilate to help get rid of the excess heat.
Calm Muscle Pain
Adding sea salts to your bath will help relax tight muscles and loosen stiff joints. They will also calm the central nervous system, reducing aches and soreness.
Relieve Skin Conditions
Baking soda acts as a mild antiseptic for itchy and dry skin conditions. Adding some to your bath will help leave skin clean and smooth for blood to flow.
Improve Blood Circulation
Hot water-as well as a good body scrub-increases blood circulation as arteries and veins expand, allowing more space for blood to flow.
Reduce Cold Symptoms
Similarly, the heat opens nasal passages and relieves congestion by reducing inflammation. The steam created clears the sinuses, helping you to breathe more easily.
Bathing can help you to sleep as it reduces brain activity, but the gradual drop of body temperature after a hot bath can also influence how fast you fall asleep.
Be careful…Overly hot baths can make you feel dizzy, cause heat-stress, and put a strain on your heart, especially if you have a heart condition.
And don’t forget to rehydrate! The heat will make you lose a lot of water do you need to take on fluids.
Bath Time Instructions
I guess you are wondering who needs instructions on how to take a bath. It may be obvious, but it’s easy to forget that some simple preparation can turn an everyday bath into a luxury pampering experience:
- Choose the right moment, ideally in the evening, to soak away the stress of the day
- Turn off your phone and lock the door so you are not interrupted
- Clear out clutter but make sure to have a good book handy
- Get a tub pillow or small washcloth to cushion your neck
- Gather your care products within easy reach
- Place towels close to you so you can stay warm when you get out
Then enhance the experience to entice your senses with soothing music, a few candles, and Chamomile tea… or why not a cocktail or a glass of wine for a touch of glamour! Be decadent and create the ultimate spa experience by using essential oils to nourish the skin, a natural fiber brush or a body scrub to invigorate the body, a face mask to clear pores, and a hair mask to restore lost moisture and shine-the perfect ingredients to make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
While you wait for these treatments to work their magic, you might as well use your time wisely and relax with a basic, yet effective meditative exercise. This relaxation technique involves breathing slowly and fully as well as concentrating on the sounds and sensations of the water.
- To uplift your senses, submerge the back of your head.
- Lie with your face just above the surface, then lower yourself down, tilting your head back do your ears are under water. By blocking out external sounds you create your own oasis of calm and can focus on your breathing.
- Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Let the breathing become slower and deeper and feel each of your hands rising in turn as you inhale and exhale.
- Keep your mind clear and focus your attention on all these sensations, from the warmth of the water on your skin to the movement of your hands, to the sound of your breathing. Embrace the experience, and in no time you will find yourself in a state of pure tranquility.
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