The Health Benefits of Taking a Bath
There's more to be gained from taking a hot soak than you might imagine. Bathing isn't just about removing dirt and grime; it’s about discovering the healing powers of bath time. Hot baths have been scientifically proven to have medicinal qualities by restoring your body and soothing your soul. Here are a few benefits of a nice, hot bath…
DETOXES YOUR BODY
Hot water opens the pores in your body, causing you to sweat and release toxins. This is the body’s natural way of detoxifying.
Your body feels the weightlessness of the water. This sensation brings a state of relaxation.
When the body is relaxed, you release natural mood-enhancing hormones, as well as endorphins, the pain-relieving hormones.
LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
A 15-minute hot bath can suppress blood pressure for several hours as your blood vessels dilate to get rid of the excess heat.
CALMS MUSCLE PAIN
Adding bath salts or certain essential oils to your bath will help relax tight muscles and loosen stiff joints. This action will also calm the central nervous system, reducing aches and soreness.
IMPROVES BLOOD CIRCULATION
Hot water will increase blood circulation as arteries and veins expand, allowing more space for your blood to flow.
Bathing can help you relax and sleep, as it reduces brain activity.
Be careful when bathing if you have a heart condition. Check with your medical practitioner for advice about taking hot baths.
While you’re waiting for these treatments to work, use this practice to further relaxation. It involves breathing slowly and fully, as well as mindfully feeling the sensation of the water.
Lower your body into the water, tilt your head back.
Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Let the breathing become slower and deeper.
Feel each of your hands rising in turn as you inhale and exhale.
In no time, you will find yourself in a state of joyful tranquility.