There’s nothing I love more than coming home from a long day at work (writing all these blog posts is more tiring than you think!) and dipping into a perfect bath for a nice long soak. There’s something about having your body submerged in warm water, preferably topped with plenty of bubbles, that does your body and mind a world of favours. It relaxes the muscles, reduces cramps, helps with headaches and generally just creates a comforting and stress free environment.
Is there a way to make that experience perfect though? Of course there is, and here are some of our favourite ideas.
The Ideal Temperature
Unless your one of those people who loves to take a cold bath, none of us wants to climb into our bath only to discover its ice cold. At the same time we don’t want to dip into a bath that’s so hot it can scald, so you’ve got to get the right balance of temperature if you’re going to have a relaxing time. The ideal temperature is around 33 Celsius (92 degrees Fahrenheit), that way it won’t go cold within 5 minutes of you jumping in.
It’s best to put cold water into the bath first before you add hot, as this reduces the risk of scalding if you stick your hand in to check. You also generally find that your wrist is a better indication of the actual temperature than your hand, so use that instead.
Put some bath salts into the water before you step in and be prepared to have an even more relaxing bath. Bath salts help relax the muscles and particularly aid in combating various pains such as soreness, swellings, reduce inflammation and also help detoxify your skin.
Inflatable bath pillows can be bought, but if you don’t have one right at this moment a rolled up bath towel will work just as well. The reason for doing this is to give your neck a bit of support and avoid lying on the hard surface of the bath, which can get uncomfortable over a prolonged period and could give you minor neck pain.
Turn off the bright electrical lights and dot some candles around your bathroom instead, with some on the edge of the bath if you have enough room. This is also great for creating a relaxing romantic atmosphere if you want to share a bath with your significant other.
Books, Magazines or Music
This depends on your preferences or how you feel at that moment. Personally I love catching up on my reading in the bath with an actual book (not a Kindle or iPad, keep electronics away from the bath) or a magazine, but there are also times when I just want to lie back and shut my eyes for a bit.
If you’re going to be lying back with your eyes closed try piping some soft music into the bathroom to aid with relaxation. Personally I’d stay away from the poppy or heavier stuff if you want to create a relaxing atmosphere, but again this is all down to personal preference. For more on music take a look at our recent post: ‘What do you list to in the bath?’
Plush Towels and Bath Robes
Don’t forget about after your bath. You don’t want to step out of the best bath you’ve ever had only to pick up a ratty towel that you’ve had since the Berlin Wall collapsed. Splash out on a luxury fluffy towel that’s preferably been sitting on a heated towel rail whilst you’ve been in the bath. After drying cover yourself in a plush robe too, I can guarantee you’ll feel awesome!
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