Water is tranquil! It is one of the most versatile and precious powers on Earth. Being near water, soaking in it, drinking it and treating it with respect, can result in many benefits. Enjoying a bath soak reminds us of its power.
Whether you call it self-care, spa life, time-out or me time, bath soaks are real medicine for the body and soul. We consider ourselves quite the bath aficionados and firmly believe in using it as therapy. While balneotherapy deserves more studies, the evidence that baths have powerful benefits has been there for years. In the meantime, the holiday season can be especially stressful – Let a bath soak solve it for you. Here are a few reason behind our love of a bath soak and why you should love them too.
Bath soaks calm your nerves by helping you stay in the moment and focus on the present. Make waves with your hands, pay attention to the movements of your body and inhale your favorite bath oil. In another words, it helps you practice mindfulness and even fight anxiety.
Bath soaks have a superpower effect on relaxing tight muscles, therefore the psyche. When your muscles loosen up and you feel less pain, your mind relaxes.
Bath soaks right before bedtime have the ability to help you fall asleep faster. Besides relaxing you, a hot bath raises your temperature, resulting in deeper sleep.
Bath soaks act as a mild anti-depressant or mood booster (at least we find it helpful). Deciding to take a bath when you feel low is a great choice. Although there are not enough studies done to prove that bath soaks can be a real remedy for all types of diseases, balneotherapy has been practiced for centuries at spas and hospitals. The only way to prove it is by seeing if a bath soak can be your personal mood booster.
Bath soaks soothe itchy and dry skin. Use lukewarm water and hydrating ingredients. We like to add a bath oil or colloidal oatmeal to our bath in order to resolve itching and eczema.
Bath soaks help reduce blood pressure. Hydrotherapy can be used to improve cardio-health, however people with heart disease should be careful when entering a hot tub. Always check with your doctor first. Cardio health brings us to bath soaks helping your body feel as if you had a workout session.
Bath soaks are similar to exercise. Bath soaks should not replace your exercise but hot-water immersion does help you burn calories through sweat, reducing inflammation and even controling blood sugar levels.
Bath soaks allow you to breathe better. A warm bath and steam allow you to clear your chest and sinuses. When you are soaking in warm water up to your neck, your heart works faster, allowing for more oxygen. Breathe and relax!
Bath soaks boost your immunity. They even help you fight your cold and flu symptoms, shortening the length of recovery. Try using epsom salts and essential oils in your bath for all types of symptoms associated with a cold.
Bath soaks allow for creativity. When we shower or take a bath, we turn to internal thoughts. This is when our best ideas come to mind. Try keeping a pen and paper near to write down those important ideas.
We’ve tested many bath products throughout the years. Here are are few of our favorites. They are tried-and-true, unique, handpicked by us, and soon to be available on The Soak Club.
Disclaimer: Our content should in no way be taken as medical advice. Always consult with a board-certified doctor.
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