“Scrub a dub dub, baby’s in the tub”
Remember the joys of bath time when you were little or when your children were little. There were bubbles, and toys, and lots of giggles.
Though a shower is quicker, easier and a whole lot simpler, with the chilly weather approaching, nothing actually sounds better than warming up in a nice hot bath. However, most of feel that we don’t have time for a leisurely bath today. If you are like me, your first thought is usually, “I don’t have time to wait for the tub to fill.” However, there are many benefits of Hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy is defined as the external or internal use of water in any of its forms (water, ice, steam) for health promotion or treatment of various diseases with various temperatures, pressure, duration, and site. Both the use of hot and cold water can have beneficial effects on the body, and different effects are produced depending on the temperature of water.
Relaxing in a tub increases your temperature. When you hop out, you cool down and your brain releases melatonin, triggering sleepy time Click to tweet
How Bath Time Benefits Your Mental and Physical Health
Today is the day to slow things down a bit and indulge in one of life’s simple pleasures. It is Bathtub Party Day. Aside from enjoying the bubbles, taking a bath has been found to have a multitude of benefits:
- A bath can revive hormone production
- Taking a bath can help to detoxify the body and keep hair and skin healthy
- One study from Yale University found that though nothing compares to the comfort that a human hug brings, the warmth of a bath can lessen the feeling of loneliness and isolation
- Warm baths promote better sleep by raising body temperature. After a warm bath, body temperature falls, which is a natural signal to the brain that it is time for bed
- Researchers found that an hour-long bath burned approximately 140 calories, which was about the same number of calories someone would burn during a half-hour walk
- Immersing all your limbs in the high heat of a bath has been found to help regulate blood sugar
- Soaking in a tub for 20 minutes, can help stabilize blood pressure and contribute to overall better heart health by increasing and improving blood flow to and from the heart
- Your limbs will feel less sore and more relaxed following a bath,
- Studies on balneotherapy, a type of mineral bathing, show that bathing can also help you experience less mental fatigue
- Steam from warm bath water can actually aid the flow of oxygen throughout your respiratory system
- Studies have shown that elevating your body temperature with a hot bath can actually boost your body’s ability to fight infections and viruses
- Cryotherapy or submerging in a cold bath sends an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings in the skin to the brain which has significant analgesic effect
- Cold baths improve healing from cell damage and decrease the risk of necrosis from cancer
- Bathing in warm water can increase levels of serotonin, which is the chemical produced by the brain associated with happiness and well-being
Bathing is healthy, so relax and enjoy Bathtub Party Day. You may set up a party for one. Or it may be an intimate party for two. Or if you have a hot tub on your back deck, it may truly be a party for your friends.
Beverly’s Hot Tips To Building Resiliency and Celebrating Bathtub Party Day:
- Turn off the phone and turn on the music
- Light a few candles and turn the lights down low
- Add your favourite scents to the water
- Relax and let the warmth and the relaxation flood over you
And if a bathtub is not your thing, consider this. Part of the S-O-S Principle that I developed involves finding strategies that get your mind off of the stressful situations around you. These techniques may be our hobbies such as gardening or wood working or it may be activities such as karate or running. It may be downtime relaxation strategies such as deep breathing, yoga, hot shower or a hot bath. The key is to find something that works for you.
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!
National Relaxation Day Infographic
Interested in more on hydrotherapy visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049052/