Throughout history and across civilizations bathing has been equated with relaxation and good mental and physical health.
The Romans who were famous for their bath houses used bathing as a means to heal and a meeting ground to discuss and good mental and physical health. The Romans who were famous for their bath houses used bathing as a means to heal and a meeting ground to discuss business. The Greeks used bathing as a cleansing prep for battle and to prepare the mind for philosophical discussion. Mesoamericans created ornate spaces and custom baths to aid in meditation. Whether for personal hygiene, religious ritual or therapeutic benefit the art of bathing has clearly stood the test of time as a means of achieving wellness.
Wellness, the healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit is the result of an overall feeling of well being. Statistics show that American families are busier than ever creating an increasing need for balance and calm. Although there have been advances in the wellness industry some of the most effective activities come right off the pages of history.
Throughout the ages water has been used for hygiene and healing and how delightful that you can reap all the amazing benefits of a bath in the comfort of your own home. Making the time to enjoy a bath can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. Here is a list of ways to customize your bathing experience.
- Pick your temperature. Hot baths relax and stimulate while cool baths reduce inflammation.
- Create an ambiance. Decorate your space or play music that will aid in relaxation.
- Use an inflatable bath pillow for comfort.
- Keep a beverage on hand like lemon water.
- Add Essential Oils/Minerals
- Lavender – eases tension and is a known sleep aid
- Sandalwood – known to assist in meditation
- Epsom Salt – reduce inflammation and help with soreness
- Add ground oatmeal to help with dry skin and minor skin irritations.
Once you find a bath that’s right for you, ease into the moment and soak for at least 20 minutes to let the day’s stresses melt away.
P.S. A soothing bath before bedtime is also a great way to prepare for a good night’s sleep and hopefully pleasant dreams.
“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”