Taking a bath is something that us humans have been doing for thousands of years across all parts of the globe. Putting ourselves into water, whether that be in a river or lake, or in some sort of receptacle, such as a bath tub, is something that we do for not only the purpose of keeping clean, but also as for the purpose of health and leisure too. For some people there is nothing more relaxing than slipping into a bubbling hot jacuzzi, whereas some other people prefer to swim and splash around in the cool ocean waves.
The benefits of water treatment, also called hydrotherapy, have been known for many millennia now. For instance, locals have been bathing in the natural springs in Iceland and New Zealand for some time now in order to benefit from the highly mineral rich waters there. Similar to this is the practice of taking ice baths or cryotherapy has been shown to help with muscle strains, which is why athletes and sports people do this after training / competing.
Regardless of what temperature you like your bath at, there are clearly many benefits to taking one, which have been clearly proven by science. If this has not encouraged you to take a dip in a beautiful freestanding bath from Victoria Plum, then read some more about other benefits below.
Having your body submerged under water to the point where everything other than your head is covered, has a positive impact on oxygen intake and overall lung capacity. This is because the pressure and the temperature of the water cause the heart to beat faster, thus increasing the amount of oxygen that you are able to take in. The steam from the hot water also helps to clear out your sinuses and your chest also.
Boosts Immune System
A hot bath has been shown to not only kill off bacteria but also give the body’s immune system a big boost. As a result, it can help to relieve some of the symptoms that are associated with flus and colds.
Benefits The Heart
Although really hot baths are not recommended for those people who have pre existing conditions with their heart; for those people who are fit and well, a hot bath provides you heart with a good work out given the fact that the heat causes the heart to beat much faster than normal.
Calms The Nerves
By fully submerging your body in water it not only reduces any pains that you may have but also any inflammation also. In addition to this, submerging yourself will aso calm your nerves, thus reducing any feelings of anxiety or stress that you may be feeling at the time. This is why certain water treatments in the form of hydrotherapy are used on those people who suffer with multiple sclerosis, as it helps to relieve discomfort and pain in the spine.
Having read all of these benefits, there is no doubt that the next time you come to wash yourself you will be heading straight for a hot bath.