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THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS

SOAK IT ALL IN

Rekindle your natural radiance with the body and spirit-nourishing ritual of bathing.

 

Imagine sinking into a bathtub filled with warm water in a bathroom surrounded by lit aromatic candles and a glass of wine or a cup of tea by your side. For most of us, the thought of making time to have a bath seems like an indulgence, a guilty pleasure.  The majority of us find ourselves facing a demanding schedule crammed with a stressful job, caring for children and errands. I fall into this category as well, with a job that consumes most of my time and an eight-month-old baby, life seems like a constant frenzy. However, what we do not realize is this “indulgence” comes along with many health benefits.

In India, bathing is not just considered a routine, it is a sacred ritual.  Typically practiced twice a day, once in the morning to refresh and create new energy before prayer, and again at the end of the day to cleanse both the body and mind before laying down to rejuvenate. According to Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine originated in India, bathing is a fundamental therapeutic activity that can help to detoxify, enhance physical energy levels, relax tense muscles, open clogged pores, restore moisture and improve mental clarity. Other studies have shown that bathing can decrease blood pressure, reduce inflammation and help aid in better sleep. With all these benefits why not integrate this enjoyable activity into your life?

In ancient Ayurvedic text, the healing bath was elevated by featuring restorative ingredients such as salts, rose petals, milk, honey and turmeric. This would help to nourish both the body and spirit and renew radiance to the skin.

 

How to enhance your bath time:

 

Full body warm oil massage before taking a bath: In true Ayurvedic fashion, oils would be applied to the body before bathing. Massaging the oils all over the body increases circulation and helps begin the detoxification process.

 

Bath Salts – Himalayan Salts crystals are one of the purest salts in the world and are rich in minerals. They also help to remove toxins and soften the skin while imparting a calming and soothing energy.  In addition, they are extremely beneficial to help soothe sore muscles, a perk after a hard work out. Our Shanti Bath Salts uses Himalayan Salt crystals blended with Jasmine and Vetiver to evoke a sense of serenity while Ashwaganda, a powerful herb revitalizes the body.

 

Adding oil to your bath – Ayurveda considers it essential to maintain the skin’s moisture since it is vital for overall skin health. Oils can be nourishing and help you to restore skin’s moisture and relieve itchy and dry skin

 

Aromatherapy – Essential oils or candles can really help to balance emotions and calm the mind. Lavender can help to destress while eucalyptus can reinvigorate. Use soy based candles or use an essential oil diffuser to enjoy the benefits.

 

Music – many a time overlooked for its virtues, music has the incredible power to make you relax. Music therapy has shown the ability to reduce anxiety, ease stress and reduce symptoms of depression. Play soothing music like nature sounds, classical music or whatever you find that helps to quieten the mind.

 

Practice deep breathing – Deep breathing promotes better blood flow, releases toxins from the body and aids in healthy sleep. Close your eyes start by breathing in through your nose. Exhale slowly through your nose while you count to five. Pause for two counts and repeat. Repeat this exercise three to five times.

 

I, who knows better than to ignore what my mind and body needs have promised myself to incorporate “me” time back into my schedule. Just 15 to 20 minutes in a bath can be all you need to feel revitalized and refreshed. Find time to soak it all in.

 

All my best,