In an earlier blog, I shared some ways to use water as a way to get in some movement and also as a recovery technique.  But when was the last time you took a bath as a means of relaxation and stress relief?

The next time you’re feeling depleted, stressed, overwhelmed, or just plain ol’ exhausted, try taking a bath to help you recharge.

This isn’t the same thing, necessarily, as soaking in the tub with Epsom salts.  Can you use those salts in a bath ritual?  Absolutely.  But the intention here is more about enjoying the relaxation factor rather than trying to remove toxins from your body.

With a bathing ritual, ambiance is *everything*.  Take the time to dim the lights – maybe even light some candles (placed away from towels, etc.), put on some mellow music if you like, and let your cares drift away.

You can also add in some petals or full blossoms of flowers that are safe for the skin, like rose petals, cornflowers, chamomile, lavender, or calendula blooms.  Just be sure they’re safe for contact with the skin, because the last thing you want is to develop a rash while you’re soaking like a goddess.  

Same thing with adding in essential oils.  Be absolutely certain they’re appropriate for the bath so your pits and parts don’t get cranky.

Whether you’re laying in the tub and reading, listening to music, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet, bathtime is good for your soul.  Don’t underestimate the power of a nice, calm soak.