Who has time to bathe anymore? The truth is not many of us do. But the benefits of a good bath may just have you marking out a little time from your busy schedule for some much needed hydrotherapy and aromatherapy.
For centuries bathing has been associated with healing and tranquility. Roman bath houses were so grand some even included art museums and lecture halls. Bathing was also considered a past time of only the wealthy or a special prescription from the healer. It was not any everyday event for the common person. And so, how fortunate are we today to have clean, hot running water in our homes?
To get the basics of cleanliness covered most of us opt for the shower. But the occasional bath has far greater benefits than just getting us clean. Bathing improves circulation, relieves muscle pains and cramps, alleviates skin problems and edema, promotes relaxation, and stimulates the removal of toxins from the cells into the blood and out through the skin.
We’ve all heard our skin is the largest organ in the body. It absorbs nearly everything it comes in contact with and it covers, well, our entire body. That’s a lot of surface area for absorbing either good or bad materials. Not only that, but studies have shown that these absorbed materials are delivered directly to the bloodstream. How is that for efficiency? It’s no surprise that pharmaceutical companies manufacture many prescriptions in dermal patches for patients too sick or unable to swallow pills. What all this means to you is that bathing can be a super effective way to heal those little aches and pains given a few guidelines.
The best bath temperature for increasing circulation and absorbing all those wonderful herbs, essential oils, and minerals you’ve placed in your bath is around 100* degrees. You may be saying well this is hardly warm, but this slight increase above our body temperature is all that is needed to get the job done. Anything higher will actually cause the opposite effect. If possible, cover your entire body with water. Any parts and pieces not underwater cover with a towel.
Now comes the hard part….rest. Stay put for at least 15-30 minutes. Give your body time to relax and shift gears. Take the phone off the hook, notify your significant other you are not to be disturbed, focus on your breathing, and let it all out!
As water-logged as you may feel afterwards, bathing actually dehydrates you. Remember the prune-like fingers? So, be sure to drink a large glass of filtered water and head straight to bed.
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Wishing You Peace & Health, Luzette