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Immersed in Bliss

Monday, June 27, 2011

A bath drawn just right and the mood set perfectly can be an enriching experience. The rigours of life leave even the strongest and the most stoic minds exhausted and in need of a sensuous retreat. Not all of us have the time or the resources to make visits to spas as a regular habit. If it's relaxation and rejuvenation on your mind, a well-drawn bath with accessories suiting your needs will do it every time.

The Past, The Present and The Future
The benefits are not limited to stress relief. There is a reason why the immersion of the body in water has been such an enduring practice over the annals of time. We all know of the Roman and the Greek bathhouses that existed solely for the purpose of bathing. It was then seen as a communal activity, where citizens could conduct business and socialize. Baths were seen as the key to maintaining good health.

Fast forward to the 21st century and recent studies have echoed those beliefs. One study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that diabetics who spent just half an hour in a hot tub could reduce their blood sugar levels by around 13 per cent - as the heat dilated their blood vessels, the blood-flow improved and the body made better with the use of its insulin, the hormone that converts blood sugar into energy. Another study in Japan claims that 10 minutes in a warm bath improved cardiovascular health in elderly men and women, helping them to cope better in exercise tests and reducing pain.

Atmosphere
You can't create a mood without music. To get into the relaxed frame of mind, it is best to stick to soothing instrumental music, such as the western classics or our own Sitar aficionados. You can also take a novel or magazine that you have been wanting to read but just not had the time, to the bath with you.
The most important thing to remember is that those 20 30 minutes are for you and you only. In the end, whether you emerge relaxed or not is up to you. You have to embrace this bit of relief from stress just as the warm water and all its ingredients embrace you when you settle in. You know best what tone to set to help you unwind. Choose the right ingredients and the right setting, and meet them halfway.

3 comments:

cookingvarieties said...

Hi shohel, this long aromatic and therapeutic bath with all the herbs, 2 dozen rose petals and scented oils will be so refreshing that I will only come out of the bath tub after 1 hour.. and listen to jazz instrumental music…best… great topic.

cookingvarieties said...

hi shohel, ramadan mubarak to you.
hey, why have you not posted anything new huh? very busy ?
the begining of ramadan, i ask from you to forgive me if i did or say anything wrong to you :)
happy fasting. do visit my latest guest posted today on the delicious briyani hyderabad, great for ramadan dinner :) thanks and have a nice day

shahanara said...

My dear friend,

Very nice blog!!

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