Sometimes it can feel hard to make the time for a bath. It feels too luxurious. It requires we let everything go for a while. That's exactly why we need to take more of them.
Bathing in hot water has been a tradition in many cultures for up to thousands of years. There's the Turkish hammam where you steam, get scrubbed and massaged, bathe, and rest, the Russian banya or bathhouse, the Japanese onsen or natural hot springs born of volcanoes. For many it is considered an essential ritual.
We do not have a very developed public bathing culture here, and as such, that may not even sound appealing. But most of us do have a bathtub! And I believe I have perfected the art of the perfect bath for pain relief and deep relaxation.
- Very hot water --heat dilates blood vessels and softens muscle tissue.
Just be careful and sit on the sides of the tub if you need to
- Quality epsom salts without added fragrance
Because synthetic fragrance isn't good for your nose or skin
- Music that you enjoy and find relaxing
Doesn't have to be spa music, just anything relatively downtempo
- A candle
- Dim lights or candlelight
This is a bath for men and women alike. Feeling unsure about the bubble bath? It's not for the bubbles. It's for the amazing spectrum of herbs and essential oils that penetrate the skin and soothe sore muscles. Here are my favorites:
EO Arnica & Eucalyptus Bubble Bath for Sore Muscles
Deep Steep Lavender & Chamomile for Relaxation
Cambridge Naturals Bath Soak
Cambridge Naturals Moonlight Magic Candle
So where can you get all this stuff? You can order online with the above links or Whole Foods carries the first three and that is where I go. Cambridge Naturals is a great shop in Porter Square with a lot of good things in this category and I recommend a trip there to natural product and health enthusiasts.