Nothing says relaxation like a hot bath – at least to me. Growing up, I remember many a baths, whether it was me and my brother sharing the tub (infant age) and I would freely poop in the tub so that he would have to get out (I didn’t realize I would have to get out too! It took longer than it should have for me to realize that) and I would put everyone into an absolute tizzy – you’re welcome. Or then there were those times I would save water in a cup at the end of each bath so I could pour the now freezing cold water down his back the next night. Needless to say, I loved pranks, but I also really did enjoy bath time. It was fun to splash around, tease Eric & get my mom’s undivided attention. But as I grew older, the bath time routine carried me into adulthood. Despite not always living in an apartment or rental property (we won’t buy till we’re settled in one city) with a bathtub, I really enjoy the ritual and relaxation of it all. Plus, my mom is one of those gals who took a bath every night (and possibly every morning too), so it was always understood that this was a quiet time for mom to listen to her music & enjoy those moments of relaxation without us cramming our little bodies into the room. Though I’m sure I sat outside and talked to her most of the time, sorry mom, but it was ingrained in us that bath time meant chillaxing.
But now that I’m older, it’s been my opportunity to create a ritual that’s all my own. Thankfully I no longer poop in the bathtub (I still do pranks all the time which is quite possibly my favorite thing on earth), but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it just the same. If you’re looking for a way to relax or you’re a bath person at heart & you’re wanting to change up your routine, then this blog is for you.
Benefits of Bathing Rituals
Cultures across the world have employed the healing power of water for centuries. Unlike the fancy names used to describe its restorative purposes today, think hydrotherapy, the basic science behind it is easy peasy: Soaking in warm water triggers the dilation of blood vessels, which in turn relaxes your beefy muscles. This relaxing process can ease pain and encourage the body to let go of stress that may be manifesting in your body. Additionally, taking the time to relax and soothe your bod in a tub of warm water can help with the stress, thus promoting relaxation and encouraging you to take a moment for yourself. No wonder traditional and alternative healers recommend warm baths to relieve symptoms associated with a host of issues, including
- Muscle stiffness
- Sleep disorders
How to Engage Your Senses, Relax & Renew
Set the mood – clean all the crap from your counter tops (you should see my side……..Josh says he can’t even make eye contact with my side……..), grab a candle, bring in a touch of nature like flowers or plants & turn up that soothing jazz or classical music (or whatever else ya like) and most importantly, leave those electronics at the door. If possible, rely on candles for light so you’re not staring up at those bright bathroom fixtures.
Customize your bath – baths aren’t really the same as they used to be. For the most part, we’d just get in there, play, irritate each other, wash up slightly and then off we went. Now you can add all sorts of things to add to your relaxation. Think aromatherapy. You can use oils to help you energize or beat fatigue – like ginger, grapefruit or rosemary. Or if you’re stressed out of your mind, consider chamomile, jasmine, lavender and even patchouli oils. I’d say 12-15 drops of oil is enough for the rub a dub tub. Or if oils aint your thing, you can add Epsom salt or a variety of other healing salts to your bathwater to help soothe your muscles.
Quiet the mind – so this is probably what my mom was attempting to do, but since I was ALWAYS around her, poor thing didn’t get a chance to do this. Don’t get in there and start thinking about work. Calm your mind as best as you can. Something to consider is creating a mantra or saying affirmations to help keep you ‘focused’ on relaxing. Or if you aint about the mantras, focus on your breathing.
#CheekyConfidential Bathing can be especially drying to your skin. I wouldn’t recommend bathing more than 2 times a week if you have dry skin. That may be a personal preference though, so just test the waters (pun intended) and see what works best for you.
Our Favorite Luxe Bathing Products
So I’m gonna bookmark this blog for when we move because our bathtub in Tucson is pretty average (We have one tub in one bathroom & the other bathroom has a shower). I for one barely fit and I’m 5’4 (Josh looks absolutely insane when he’s taken a bath for his sore muscles….)….. and it’s practically located in the toilet, so it’s not relaxing in the slightest. BUT when we stumble upon a place with the perfect bathtub, I will be coming back to this blog post with my credit card in hand, ready to online shop my ass off. But until then, I thought I’d share some fun ideas with you.
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