I have just returned from a trip to the city of Bath where I visited the remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world – the Roman Baths.
The thermal springs still rise and the site of the Baths still flow with natural hot water. In Roman times, they were a place to relax, to socialise with friends, bathe, heal and worship.
It struck me how, in the 21st century, we seem to have lost this art of investing in ourselves. Something as simple as relaxing in a bath comes with lots of health benefits. Bathing has a long and detailed history. Regardless of the temperature of the water, it can improve heart health, soothe aching muscles, joints and bones. It can also help us to breathe better as well as benefitting the brain and nervous system – the water has a healing effect.
When we are relaxing in warm water the skin releases endorphins in response, so soaking in a bath for 20 minutes can really maximise the therapeutic benefits.
Taking time out for yourself to support your mind and body by relaxing, re-charging and re-grouping in a bath, will help to improve your health and well-being. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge how you are feeling and really focus on the present moment.
I encourage my clients to take a holistic approach to their health, to be mindful and meditate alongside the hypnotherapy work we do, and where better than in the bath!
So, although showering is fast and efficient, I would urge you to ensure optimal health for your mind and body, by taking a bath once in a while, and enjoy the therapeutic benefits a soak brings.
As I sat and reflected by the calming waters of the Roman Baths, I felt rejuvenated, and that was without actually taking a dip!