There’s nothing quite like that feeling of submerging yourself into a relaxing warm bath after a long stressful day. Those tired muscles are given room to relax, and the mind naturally unwinds as you sink into a blissful state of rewarding contemplation in your bathroom. Your worries seemingly drift away as you look upon life with renewed optimism. All of this is thanks to baths.
The Romans were certainly onto something because bathing really is the best relaxation method. There are several biological and psychological reasons why you feel so rejuvenated during and after your tub time that you may be unaware of – making baths a hydrotherapeutic highlight of any bathroom.
IT’S SO GOOD FOR CIRCULATION
Naturally immersing yourself into a heated bath allows the blood to flow and the body to breathe more easily. This increased circulation has the same effect as exercise but without the exhausting workout.
Taking a bath also helps lower blood pressure, helping the heart function more efficiently and releasing those unwanted toxins from the body. What a bathroom benefit!
IT’S THE ULTIMATE WAY TO DE-STRESS
Forget that large glass of wine or two at the end of a long day; bathing is the natural, healthier way to really relax (and without a hangover).
Baths are an isolated, quiet, stress-free sanctuary away from interfering technology that shouldn’t have a place in your bathroom anyway. It is no wonder they instantly reduce tension in the muscles and the mind. Their power to reduce depression by promoting soothing comfort makes them the best therapeutic method to de-stress and forget the world’s worries.
BATHS PROMOTE A GREAT NIGHT’S SLEEP
We all know about the positive health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep, and there’s nothing like waking up feeling utterly refreshed to kick start your day. However, sometimes achieving that ideal REM sleep is another matter entirely. That’s where your bathroom comes in.
When your body temperature naturally cools down after taking a warm bath, it intensifies your circadian rhythm. It signals the sleeping hormone melatonin, helping you naturally drift off to a deeper sleep state with greater ease.
BATHS BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Not only will you likely get a great night’s sleep after a warm bath, but it also helps to fight off infection and illness. This is because it boosts your immune system thanks to increasing the body temperature, which is a real turn-off for bacteria.
The steam from a hot bath also helps relieve a cold or flu by getting those all-important blood vessels in your face and nose moving again. This allows you to get back to your old (or new!) self quickly and with greater efficiency.
BATHS HELP TO HEAL
The healing benefits of bathing cannot be overstated. Promoting mineral absorption, the penetrating power of immersing yourself in warm water alleviates those aches and pains, helping to improve muscle flexibility, particularly after exercise.
It also helps to heal skin injuries and ease the irritation of such skin diseases as dermatitis. Why not add some sea salt, essential oils or baking soda to your bath? They’re full of minerals that balance moisture in the skin, helping to hydrate and reduce inflammation in your joints and detoxify your body.
Take a look at our elegant selection of freestanding baths that’ll transform your mind, body and bathroom with an essential centrepiece.