The American way is the no-nonsense shower. Get wet, get clean, get it over with, get onto the next project. But there are many reasons why taking an occasional bath makes sense and can have mental and physical benefits. Here are 10 points, all supported by medical research and anecdotal evidence, to think about next time you’re singing in the shower.
Getting into the tub with some swirling water can help unwind the stress of the day and let your brain relax.
Immersing yourself in hot water for 15 minutes before bedtime raises your body temperature and enhances your ability to fall asleep.
Get relief for arthritis, aches and stiffness as warm water increases blood suppy to aching joint and inflamed areas of the body.
The buoyancy of water relaxes muscles and warm water decreases muscle tension for greater flexiblility.
Steam rising of hot water can open up nasal and bronchial passes, and aids in maintaining upper respiratory health.
Some people find relief from headaches by soaking in a hot tub.
A recent Mayo Clinic studyfound that soaking in a hot tub provides some benefits of exercise, such as lowering blood pressure, without the strain.
Cover Your Back
Four of five Americans suffer from chronic back pain. Hot water alleviates lower back pain
as well as the common ailment of knee pain.
Soaking in a tub is an easy way to treat large areas of skin for itching, eczema, hives, dry or crusty skin, inflamed or chafed skin and poison ivy or oak.
Serenity and Peace
A hot tub can be a statement of taking control of your personal life and time, and locking out all the other demands. Aromatherapy, candles and music can rejuvenate you.