Whether your troubles stem from aches and pains of the body or maybe of the soul, you can always find relief in a bath. Water has the power to heal, to rejuvenate and to soothe, providing a break for the mind and releasing tension from the body. For the greatest satisfaction, you simply need to know how to enhance the experience to promote the outcome – the art of taking a bath.
The bathing experience includes more than just the bath water; the ambiance in the space can be just as important. Integrate some soft ligthing into the room by using candles or dimmable lights to take strain off of the eyes. Aim for natural and warm lighting, and avoid florescent bulbs. Make sure you have your lighting prepared before you draw your bath, so you can keep that process as soothing as possible as well.
Towels, Robes, and Slippers
To make sure you are able to transition easy from the bath back into the rest of your home, make sure you have suitable towels, robes, and slippers nearby before you draw the bath. Ideally, you want to use a clean, luxurious towel, and a robe that you find comfort in. The slippers should be near the bathmat upon which you will exit the bath, so you can avoid placing your bare feet on a cold floor. If you have a towel warmer, feel free to use it to gently heat the fabrics. By preparing ahead of time, you will not have to race around trying to find them after what is supposed to be a relaxing experience.
Bath Accessories and Products
If you plan on using any particular accessories, such as a loofah, or any special bath products, like a facial mask, make sure they are placed near your bath. If you have a tray designed to span across your bathtub, you may want to place them there. Otherwise, make sure they are easily in reach based on being inside of the bathtub.
For those who like music during their bath, and do not have a waterproof sound system designed specifically for the bath or shower, you should start it before entering the water. Once your hands get wet, it may be challenging to interact with electronic devices. Having them properly setup and ready to enjoy now avoids having to handle them once the water has started.
If you or a member of your family have special needs, insure that all the necessary bath accessories such as grab bars are in place to make it the most enjoyable and safe experience.
Drawing the Bath
Most people have a particular temperature at which they prefer to soak. Take time to find your ideal point before filling the tub. Be careful not to make the water too hot, as it is possible to burn yourself by mistake. Test the water temperature as it is flowing with more sensitive parts of the body, such as the inner elbow, instead of the hands. Most people’s hands are more tolerant to extreme temperatures than other areas. By using a more sensitive area of skin to test the water, you can ensure on overall more comfortable experience.
If you want to transform the bath into a nourishing treatment, try adding bath salts or essential oils. Take a deep breath. The healing properties of essential oils have been used for thousands of years to soothe the body and lift the spirit. By adding water, those benefits are magnified – this is why aromatherapy is one of the most popular bathing enhancements! Make sure to add them to the bath while the water is running. This will help disperse them more evenly throughout the water, instead of them forming a layer on the surface. As your bath is filling, feel free to swirl your hand through the water to monitor the overall temperature.
A recipe for well being
You can add personalization to your bath by creating your own enhancements. Easy to make and use, this natural combination help enhance any bathing experience and provide amazing benefits:
Citrus Milk Bath
1 cup milk powder
¼ cup orange or lemon peels
4 drips lavender essential oil
Make a small pouch out of muslin or cheesecloth and fill it with milk powder and citrus peels. Drop oil over mixture and tie up edges of cloth. Place pouch directly beneath running water or place directly into the bath. You can find many recipes that will create an experience that soothes, restores and revitalizes.
Entering the Bath
Take care to enter your bath slowly and purposefully. The interior surface may be slick, and moving quickly may increase the chances of a slip or fall. If you have a family that has many needs, installing a bathtub and accessories that allows graceful adaptation through the years is a great idea.
Settle into the water carefully, and then focus on relaxing your body as soon as you are fully submersed. Take a few moments to simply enjoy the experience before moving on to any other planned tasks.
If you planned any particular care routines to go with the bath, now is the perfect time to enjoy them. Try to maintain a sense of being in the moment. Notice every smell and sensation as you cleanse the skin, apply a facial mask, or gently exfoliate.
Exiting the Bath
Exit the bath with the same care as when you entered. Use your towel to gently pat dry the skin. Once dry, you can put on your bathrobe and slippers. Allow the water to drain from the tub, blow out any candles, and walk calmly back into your regularly life feeling refreshed and relaxed.