I know, I know for some of you, I might be preaching to the choir ! But how many of you actually do take a hot bath to relax body , mind , and Spirit these days? Who has the time? YOU do ! Or at least you better make the time for healths sake.
I try to find the time when the house is quiet, usually early morning before everyones awake (or after they’ve gone) . In the evening I’m so dead tired I don’t dare take a bath for worry of falling asleep and drowning!
” Bathing can decrease stress, improve circulation and tone skin and muscles. Creating the ultimate bath is simple; finding the time for yourself is the challenging part. ”
For a few decades now , I’ve used a combination of favorite essential oils , epsom salt and sea salt. I light a few candles, sometimes I play my favorite home-made meditation mp3 or just a simple gong sound recording I created myself, …other times just quiet. The effect of the warm water in relaxing my muscles, along with some deep breathing, brings a flood of thoughts & ideas so sometimes I have a pencil and paper or a recorder ready to record my thoughts, to sort of empty my head in order to proceed toward my goal of relaxation.
” Circulation to deep muscle structures is also increased significantly in water immersion, improving oxygen flow to tissues and potentially facilitating healing of muscle, bone, and joint injuries (Balldin & Lundgren, 1972; Balldin, Lundgren, Lundvall, & Mellander, 1971). Improved blood flow is also relevant to processes that alter tissue circulation, including diabetes and some auto-immune diseases. ”
“ While friendly to the body, it will be shown to be, at the same time, a soother and comforter to the mind, and, next to fresh and pure air, the best dispeller of the vapours and spasms of fitful hysteria and of gloomy hypochondriasis – the best cosmetic for beauty, the best cordial for care. “ – Water As a Preservative of Health and A Remedy in Disease , John Bell M.D.
Go on, take bath !