Baths are not about cleaning our bodies; that’s what showers are for. They are meant for relaxation—to help us clear our heads and soothe whatever physical and emotional pains we might have. This, however, doesn’t mean that baths can’t be about cleansing, especially if they’re the steamy type. But, when you soak yourself in the tub, removing dirt shouldn’t be your top concern.
Throughout the long history of hydrotherapy, it has been proven that immersing the body in water has therapeutic benefits. It’s the perfect complement to a healthy lifestyle. A good hot bath can have tremendous benefits on the muscles, addressing any tension headaches and cramps while also improving the muscle’s elasticity. This works similar to a regular massage, and everyone can benefit from it –whether you have a 9-to-5 job that requires you to sit all day or an active athlete preparing for a huge match. Others even claim that a nice, long bath is reminiscent of the time you spent inside your mother’s womb, and this is what contributes to the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere it brings. So, the next time you have a stressful day at work, prepare a nice warm bath and let it wash all your worries away. Use the tips below to create the ultimate soaking experience.
For the ultimate soaking experience, you don’t have to go to a luxury spa. With the right setup, you can enjoy the same therapeutic experience in the comforts of your own home.
Clean your tub thoroughly
To optimize your experience, there are a few steps you should go through before you dip your toes in your tub. Start by giving your bathtub a thorough cleanse. Make sure there aren’t some foreign particles floating around in your bathwater as you’re trying to relax and soothe whatever pains you have in your body. Get some scrub and soap for cleaning before you drop your bath bombs.
Set your mind right
Give your mind some time to settle in and untangle itself from all the hard work you had to do the entire day by setting the right ambiance for relaxation. Light some scented, aroma candles and place them strategically throughout your entire bathroom. You can turn the lights down low or turn them off completely. Prepare a nice soft bathrobe next to a pair of clean slippers, and roll out a plush bath mat in front of your tub for a nice touch. Create your playlist on Spotify and set the volume to a reasonable hum. If you’re into a more retro approach, get your go-to vinyl instead.
Test the water temperature
To truly feel relaxed while soaked in the tub, the water must be in the right temperature. It should warm enough that you can enjoy a full soak in for at least 30 minutes without it getting cold too fast. If it’s too hot, however, you not only risking getting burns but you’ll also feel double the stress. The most effective way to check water temperature is by using your wrist instead of your hand. Lastly, a couple of days before your scheduled bath, see if your water heater needs some repair. Make sure it’s functioning properly.
Keep all these things in mind the next time you’re thinking about treating yourself to a nice, warm dip in your tub.