Water- or hydro-therapy can be traced to about 4,500 BC to the areas that are now Egypt, Iraq and Iran. Immersing the body in water has been shown to be very relaxing, therapeutic and a complement to a healthy lifestyle The deep muscle relaxation associated with a good hot bath helps to reduce cramps, tension headaches and improves muscle elasticity. The process is similar to a massage and beneficial for everyone from athletes to those who sit at a desk all day. It has even been said that taking a bath takes you back to a time when you were in the womb, thus creating a comforting and relaxing environment. So, next time you have a stressful day, draw a bath and use the tips below to create the ultimate soaking experience.
tip 1. Use Scented Bath Oil
Choose scented bath oil; floral scents like lavender, jasmine, iris and rose are associated with relaxation and can help to ease you into a relaxing state quicker. Add oils to the tub when the bath is halfway full, this will help them disperse evenly throughout the water.
tip 2. Bath Temperature
A warm bath is best for relaxing the body. Ideal water temperature for a warm bath is 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to use your wrist, not your hand to test the water since your wrist is a better gauge of how the water will feel once your entire body is submerged.
tip 3. Body Scrub
Most people are used to being active all the time, so when they get in the tub their minds start racing and they become unable to relax. Gently massaging your body with a sponge and body scrub will help engage your mind as the scrub buffs away dryness and leaves your skin supple and moist.
tip 4. Bath Salts
Tough workout? Bath salts are like external muscle relaxants. If you have soreness, pain or swelling, bath salts can help reduce inflammation and stiffness and help detoxify skin and increase circulation, which helps to ease tension and revitalize the body.
tip 5. Candles
Bright bathroom lights tell your body it’s go time, not bath time. Instead, light a few candles and place them around the room and on the edge of the tub.