National Bubble Bath Day
January 8, 2020 was NATIONAL
BUBBLE BATH DAY!!
Who’d of thought
there’d be an actual day set aside for Bubble Baths? Yet another perfectly timed fun Holiday!
We all know, winter blues come with Winter. A hot bath is a great
way, not only to warm you up, but also to hydrate your skin, relax your muscles and your mind.
As a Massage Therapist we’re required to learn about Hydrotherapy,
a.k.a the ‘water cure.’ Hydrotherapy is an alternative approach, involving the use of water for pain relief and
treatment. Think water jets, whirlpools, hot tubs, jacuzzis, cold plunges and mineral baths... or moist heating pads, ice
packs, steam rooms, sitz baths, foot baths… I could go on. The therapeutic uses of water dates back to ancient times.
But let’s get back to National Bubble Bath Day. What’s
so great about a bath??
- To start with, soaking stimulates your IMMUNE SYSTEM, thereby decreasing
your chances of contracting a cold. Hot water opens pores and causes us to sweat, which is the body’s natural way of
cleaning itself. In fact, the hotter your bath water, the more beneficial. (Make sure to check with your
Doctor and exercise caution if you have High Blood Pressure.)
- If you’ve already
been stricken with ills and chills, a bath can help relieve symptoms. The steam from the water opens and clears the nasal
passages, reduces chest congestion, headaches and hopefully some of the misery. Just like with a fever (the body’s way
of ‘burning off’ cooties), the elevated temperature helps fight off infections.
- A hot bath INCREASES
BLOOD CIRCULATION improving flow to ALL areas of the body, extremities included. It allows tissues to be refreshed quicker.
Think about it ~ with less viscous (sticky/thick) blood and vessels functioning better (more open/relaxed), oxygen is better
supplied to everything, including the Red Blood Cells. This happens because we breathe deeper and slower in a steamy bath.
increased circulation aids and significantly speeds up MUSCLE RECOVERY. Tight, tired and sore muscles are soothed, flexibility
is softened and/or restored, overall tension is eased and relaxation is fostered. (Try adding a cup or two of Epsom salts
to your bath for added relief.)
- All of these benefits lend to STRESS RELIEF. In addition to the merit of taking time
away from the external influences that trigger and fuel stress, we shift the focus towards revitalizing and refreshing self-care.
In as little as 15 minutes, a hot bath helps to calm the nervous system, reduce stress levels, lessen anxiety, and does wonders
for overall mood.
- Lastly, studies have found, taking a bath is a natural way to induce SLEEP. A hot bath gradually
increases your body’s temperature, which then rapidly decreases once you are out. This sudden drop signals to your body
to start producing MELATONIN, a hormone that triggers sleepiness.
Scheduling time for a bath may seem like it should rate low in the priority ranks… but don’t negate it.
The rewards are many.