Many people already know how wonderful a nice warm bath can be. You may use it as a form of relaxation, and to destress after along day. But what some may not realize, is that baths can be an important part of healthy living. Addressing everything from anxiety, to muscle tension, to improving your skin, they are a wonderful way to incorporate wellness and self-care. Learn more in Guest Post: How baths Can Benefits Your Body and Mind.
Guest Post: How Baths Can Benefit Your Body and Mind
Bathing benefits are underrated because people only look at taking a bath as a mundane thing we do every day. Many view it as the kind of thing you do but don’t have to. Others do not even see the value of bathing and will often go days without a shower. Well, such laissez-faire attitudes will completely change when you find out just how important bathing is to your body and mind. In fact, once you are aware of the benefits, you will intentionally make time to take a bath often and enjoy it.
Taking a bath refers to the act of using lots of soap and water to cleanse the whole body. Many people know it as the act of submerging in a tub full of water and washing away dirt and grime from the body. Nothing cleanses and rejuvenates like a nice long soak in lots of water. It’s one of the reasons that we love to swim in large bodies of water such as pools, and no wonder luxury items such as the jacuzzi are so popular.
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What happens to your body when you soak in a bath is a form of hydrotherapy. Water therapy as it is also known is the use of water to alleviate fatigue, cure ailments and cleanse the body. Many people travel to foreign countries to visit medicinal springs that claim to heal and rejuvenate the body. Others visit spas and pay exorbitant amounts to soak their sorrows and fatigue away. All this is because water is medicine when taken into the body and when poured over it. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be warm water to heal and relax the body; it can also be cold water. In fact, athletes often use ice water baths to deal with muscle aches and strains after rigorous training sessions.So you see water is valued all over the world as a healing agent.
While not all of us can afford to visit healing springs and spas, most of us have a bath at home. All you need to do is fill the tub with lots of water, add some healing bath salts and soak in the water for a calming and relaxing bath. You can also do a lot to spruce up your family bath time and make it special. For example, the use of fragrant candles, incense and music can turn a regular bath into a special event. The idea is to treat your body to a deep and soothing soak to cleanse, recharge and pamper it.
What Do I Gain from Taking a Bath?
While there are many enthusiasts of bathing, there are also just as many people who don’t see the point of making all that effort. I mean why not just stand under the shower for 10 minutes, soap, scrub and rinse then get out. The answer is that a bath can help you improve your body and mental health in different ways.
Promotes healthy circulation
When you have problems with circulation, a hot bath is one of the best things you can do to your body. When you soak your body in a warm bath, it dilates the blood vessels and causes blood to flow faster in the veins. In fact, if the water is too hot it will increase circulation so much that you may end up feeling dizzy. Hence, it’s always advisable to avoid extreme hot showers and baths and instead opt for a relatively warm bath. However, you can be sure that when your circulation is feeling clogged a bath is one of the great ways you can get things running smoothly again.
Regulates body temperature
When you are feeling cold one way to get warm is have a hot bath. Similarly, when you are feeling hot, a cold shower helps you to cool off. In this way, you can help to regulate your body temperature when dealing with extreme weather conditions.
Loosens stiff muscles and joints
When you work hard and have aching joints and muscles what’s the first things you think about when you get home? Personally, I think about getting a hot bath or shower as fast as possible. The reason hot baths are so good for aching muscles and joints is that the water soothes of the aches and pains and reduces inflammation. You don’t even have to do a hot bath only; even a cold shower or bath will do the trick.
Can help improve respiratory congestion
If you are dealing with sinus problems or chest congestion, then taking a hot bath will help. As you soak in the tub, the water warms up your vessels and opens them up allowing blood to pump faster thereby increase your oxygen intake. The steam clears up blocked nasal cavities and helps you to breathe better. You can also use therapeutic essential oils such as eucalyptus oil that will help clear your chest through their healing properties.
Take a bath when you are stressed
Perhaps the most underrated bathing benefits are the mental relaxation and stress relieving properties. For me, nothing relaxes me like a warm bath after a hard day of work. It’s the best way to get rid of tension that you accumulate throughout the day as you deal with various issues and problems. It’s no surprise because soaking in warm water triggers the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin in the body. That’s one of the reasons why your mood can improve so much after a warm bath.
In fact, taking a long bath is a great tool to deal with depression especially when you incorporate herbal oils and salts in the ritual. Essential oils such as chamomile and lavender are good for dealing with anxiety and stress. They will help you relax and soak away the tensions of the day and are great for people dealing with depression.
Baths are good for the skin
If you are looking for a way to pamper your skin, then a warm bath using essential oils and bath salts is a great way to do it. Our skin needs a lot of pampering because it is our first line of defense against the elements. Soaking your body in a rejuvenating bath often will result in clearer and healthier skin. It helps to open up clogged pores, will give you a chance to slough off dead skin cells and refresh the skin. Also, steam from the bath opens up the pores and encourages sweating which is a great way to detox. Essential oils such as tea tree can help you get rid of any skin infections as well. After a good warm soak, it also helps to splash your skin with cold water to tighten pores.
To add to the bathing benefits for the skin, you should invest in the right skin care products. There are a lot of soaps, gels, bath salts and oils in the market that will improve your skin quality. For example, papaya soap can help in skin exfoliation, while goat milk soap will help make it supple. When it comes to bathing, there are so many products in the market. It’s up to you to get the best for your skin to pamper it and rejuvenate it.
These are just a few bathing benefits for the skin and mind. Keep in mind that when you take your bath, its best to get away from all distractions and just bask in the warmth and silence. So make sure that it is one of the activities you plan for during your quality time. If you make it a regular occurrence, you will see a significant change in your physical and mental health and the way you relate to others.
About the author
Lori Longoria is a writer, blogger and much more. An interior designer. An artist. An entertainer. AND a person who genuinely loves interior design and the people living in it. You can visit me at walkinshowers.org.
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