Basking in bathing benefits
How often do you think about taking a bath? For most of us, baths may only be a small feature in our homes and perhaps even a forgotten item in this busy and hectic age, but studies have revealed there are many health benefits associated with taking a long, hot soak. Bathing has long been considered to have a positive influence on both emotional and physical wellness. With International Bath Day being celebrated on June 14, why not embrace the wonders of a simple bath and kick-start your healthy lifestyle?
Dr Neil Morris, a psychologist at the University of Wolverhampton, conducted a study that suggests that after a bath, there is a significant drop in feelings of negativity about the future and increases in hedonic tone, the internal feeling of pleasure. We all know we could do with a little less stress and more positive thoughts in our lives.
Victoria + Albert Marketing Director, Jonathan Carter says many Australians are missing out on the proven health benefits of bathing. “Bathing is often a time for people to disconnect from the world for a moment and have a bit of ‘me’ time, but in the hustle and bustle of today’s lifestyle, it can be hard to find time to indulge in a long soak,” said Carter. “On average, Australians will shower eight times a week, but are much less likely to have a bath meaning they’re missing out on everything bathing has to offer!”
Aside from personal hygiene, you may find your body relieved of pain and inflammation, an improvement in circulation, and hydrated skin after a hot bath. Plus a warm soak has been known relieve the symptoms of the flu, and with winter here, any way to fight the bug is a win. Baths can also alleviate stress by creating a sense of serenity and comfort, which can have a positive impact on mentality. Soaking in a tub with essential oils is great for boosting brainpower – sage oil can sharpen your memories while frankincense can help ease anxiety, so don’t be afraid to include a few drops in your next soak.
Bathrooms are increasingly viewed as central living areas, with homeowners applying the same attention to detail as they would with their bedrooms and living areas, creating personal sanctuaries to unwind in. “With more and more people investing in their bathroom space to create an area of relaxation and tranquillity, it’s important to understand how bathtubs can affect the way you bath,” said Carter. “Always think about how you bathe and what your needs may be. There are different shapes and styles for each person so a traditional slipper bath may not work for a busy young family but may fit well in a vintage inspired apartment.”
So give a little attention to your bath, grab a few essential oils and indulge in a long, warm soak – your body will thank you for it!