A relaxing bath is one of the best ways to get over a stressful day. When you lie back in the tub and let the water wash away all your aches and pains- it’s simply therapeutic. Our bodies bear the brunt of our hectic schedules and activities. Therefore it is a good idea to pamper your body regularly. Take it as a “thank you for all I put you through” gift to your body.
The benefits of a relaxing bath go further than to release tension from your body, it also calms your mind. When you lay back into the tub and soak in the warm and cleansing water, it can send you into a meditative state of bliss. It’s no wonder some of us get so relaxed when taking a bath that we fall asleep in the tub.
What’s wrong with taking a shower?
The benefits of baths have been used to rejuvenate the mind and body since time immemorial. In ancient Greece and Rome, baths similar to what we call spas today were quite popular. They used them for bathing and beauty therapy purposes as well as healing rituals.
Many people scoff at the idea of soaking in a bathtub. They feel it’s a waste of time and even water. I mean, why not take a shower and yet it cleanses and relaxes as well? Listen, when you have a bath, it’s entirely different from having a shower. Bathing requires that you submerge your body in water which is different than standing in a shower stall and letting the water run down your body.
The beauty of bathing is in the submersion which can release the aches and strains in your body in a way that won’t happen when showering. When you add different bath salts and oils in the water, as well as create a beautiful ambiance around you with perhaps some soothing music in the background, it becomes a unique experience. So no, showering just cannot compare to soaking in best free standing tubs!
Good for your health
There are other benefits to taking a relaxing bath that many people don’t know about especially when it comes to your health. For example, it can improve your circulation and help you get rid of chest congestion. People with sinus problem will find that taking a warm bath helps them clear the sinuses quickly. If you have pain and inflammation in your joints, you can have a bath using a few herbs and salts, and it will help ease the pain.
What do you need for the best and most relaxing bath?
Bathtub and water in the right temperature
If you want to take a bath, you need to fill a tub with some water that is warm enough to your liking. You need to realize that the hotter the water, the more it will boost your circulation to the point that you feel your heartbeat increase. It’s advisable to make sure the water is not too hot so as not to put unnecessary strain on your heart and cause dizziness.
Body cleansing items
Also, you need things to cleanse the body such as loofah, washcloth, body scrub and cleansing soaps. Here you can get creative with the items you use for your bath. You will find that there are a lot of different cleansing soaps, oils and cleansing items you will get in the bath section at the store. The best thing to do is to make your bathing time as luxurious as possible. So do not shy away from purchasing anything you feel will pamper your body and add some spice to your bathing ritual.
When it comes to pampering your body, you have to go for the softest of bath items. Just the texture of the towel or robe you use will make a big difference. Make sure you invest in soft fluffy towels and bathrobes for your relaxing bath. Also, remember the soft principle when you play your music and adjust the lighting. Everything should be soft to send a calming signal to your senses and envelope you in bliss.
You also need to elevate the ambiance of your bathing area. Create a warm and inviting mood for your satisfaction. You can do this using incense, fragrant candles and play some soothing music in the background. The idea is to create a home spa experience just for your pleasure.
Essential oils and bath salts
Essential oils and bath salts will take a simple bath and turn it into an unforgettable experience. There are different bath oils and salts for various purposes. They are all based on natural herbs and spices that have the power to affect your mood positively. Some will help you to detox; other will soften and rejuvenate your skin while others will relax your muscles. When you purchase bath salts and oils for your relaxing bath, make sure you get the ones that will fulfill your current need. You can always ask for assistance from the vendor as they know the best oils and salts for each requirement.
Some good suggestions when purchasing essential oils, herbs and salts are lavender oil to calm you and rosemary oil to relieve aches and pains. You can use Epsom salts in your bath when you want to detox your body. If you are having a cold or sinus problems, try eucalyptus oil.
The thing to note when using essential oils in the bath is not to use too much. Just a few drops will do; otherwise, it will become overpowering. Also, some bath salts and oils can irritate the skin – so to avoid it add them in a glass of milk before you disperse them in the water. The added advantage of doing this is that the milk is good for your skin too. You can also add the essential oils in carrier oils such as jojoba oil if you do not want to use milk. The other option is to blend the essential oil into bath salts together with the carrier oil. Choose bath salts that are therapeutic and will infuse your skin with healing properties and minerals.
Body scrubs and masks
You can also add body scrubs and skin masks to your bath regimen. Once you soak in the tub, you can finish your session with an allover body scrub. You see, when you soak in warm water, it loosens any stubborn dirt particles on your skin. Afterwards, when you use a scrub, the body is left feeling soft and smooth. These scrubs work well when it comes to getting rid of dead skin cells especially in rough patches such as the feet, elbows, and knees.
You also have the option of using facial and body masks instead of using a scrub. These masks come with ingredients to soften and clear out skin impurities at a go. They can also be used to deal with skin problems such as whiteheads and clogged pores. By the time you get out of that bathroom, your skin should feel soft, cleansed and refreshed.
Time to be alone
The most important ingredient you need to add to make sure you have a great relaxing bath is time and privacy. Yes! You need enough time to enjoy a rejuvenating bath without anything else clouding your mind or taking your attention away from it. Here you will need to claim your “me time” from other members of the household. Let everyone know that you need your space, and you should not be disturbed. Uninterrupted bathing time is essential for total relaxation and rejuvenation.
A relaxing bath is one of the best gifts you can give your body. Make sure you make time each week to do it at least once. It is a great way to deal with stress, and your body will thank you for it!
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