“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”
― Sylvia Plath
To me, taking a bath is a sacred ritual. As I undress, I imagine shedding the layers, like a snake who sheds her skin for growth and renewal. Next, I prepare my magical bath portions (mixing salts with essential oils that my nose fancies), and pick a playlist for the day. As I inhale the aroma and turn the lights off, my mind begins to soften and let go.
As I immerse myself into the tub, the hot water feels like a mother’s hug. My bones are being soaked with love. The music caresses each cell in my body. When I feel warm, I turn my timer on for the contrast shower. I try not to gasp and breath through my nose as cold water brings the intensity up a notch. I stay for 20 to 60 seconds with the cold and immerse myself back into the heat.
Why Should You Take A Bath?
Firstly, it just feels really good! Secondly, based on the study, hot water immersion improved biomarkers of heart health in sedentary subjects similar to what is typically observed with exercise. Identical to the sauna, hot water immersion for eight weeks reduced arterial stiffness and thickness and decreased blood pressure. Of course, a warm bath doesn’t substitute movement.
How to Take the Best Bath Possible?
- Create a playlist with inspirational music that makes your heart tick.
- Mix 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oils with two cups of Epsom Salt before adding to your bath.
- Or, dissolve Magnesium Flakes (these are a little bit more pricey but more potent) in hot water, mix it well, you can also add some essential oils, and dry rose petals for a little bit more deliciousness and love.
- Or, mix a tablespoon of ground ginger with hot water before pouring it to your bathtub.
- Additional Tools: timer, waterproof speaker, notepad, and a pen.
- Make your bath time into a divine and meditative experience. When your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to your breathing. Or, listen to music actively. For sure, the cold-water contrast shower will bring your attention to your body. Have a notebook nearby – your bath could be a time revelation and renewal!
- I love to follow my bath with dry-brushing, light stretching, and body rolling.
Enjoy your Bath!