“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 potions (mixing salts with essential oils that my nose fancies), and pick a playlist to listen to. 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 breathe through my nose as cold water brings the intensity up a notch. I stay for 20 to 60 seconds with the cold and then immerse myself back into the heat.
Why Should You Take A Bath?
Mainly, it just feels really good! Secondly, based on this study, hot water immersion can improve heart health in a similar way 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 Can I Take the Best Bath Possible?
- Create a playlist with inspirational music that makes your heart sing.
- 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 pricey but more potent) in hot water and mix it well before adding to the bath. You can also add some essential oils and dry rose petals for a little more love.
- Another option is to mix a tablespoon of ground ginger with hot water before pouring it into your bathtub.
- Additional Tools: timer, waterproof speaker, notepad, and a pen.
- Turn 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. 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!