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Do you know three power bring “health benefits” by soaking in the tub?; buoyancy, water pressure, and heat.

  1. The buoyant force works for reducing the weight to 1/10 in water. By releasing from gravity, the tension of joints and muscles is relaxed, and a relaxing effect can be expected.
  2. When soaking in the tub, water pressure is applied to the blood vessels under the skin, which has a massage effect and improves blood and lymph flow, it can be good for swelling the body.
  3. When the body is warmed, blood vessels expand and blood flow improves. When the waste products are excreted as you sweat, you can expect to promote metabolism. If you have a lot of desk jobs and you are concerned about the stiffness, you can expect that this thermal effect will eliminate stiffness.

Thus, Japanese people have been used “bathing effects” from ancient years. In Europe and Japan, there is “bath therapy” for people’s health.

I talk about “bath salts effects” in this post, today, I am going to talk about the bathing tips for each concern.

Fatigue

When you work hard, yes, you get tired. But have you ever feel fatigued even from the morning even you don’t know the reason?

It may the Change of seasons causes many stresses. It is said that due to climate change- the temperature difference and the air pressure, or consecutive cloudy, drizzly, rainy (snow) days cause people’s autonomic nerves disordered. Besides, in the summer season, strong air conditioning and cold food & beverages make your body cold, which causes your autonomic nerves may be disturbed.

Take a bath in the 38-40 degrees Celsius water, parasympathetic nervous system will work to widen the blood vessels and improve blood circulation.

Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion table for taking a bath

The parasympathetic nervous system

The parasympathetic nervous system controls physical function when a person is resting. Some of its activities include stimulating digestion, activating metabolism, and helping the body relax.

Relive Tension In Neck And Shoulders

using bath for relieve tension in a neck and shoulders

By the way, one of Japanese modern illness is stiff necks and shoulders. (It is said that the Japanese don’t have the strong muscle to support our heads.) Anyway, you may also have the same problems because of a long-period desk job or sticking with a smartphone for social media.

There are various causes of stiff shoulders, but in most cases, it is poor blood circulation is the cause.

If you are suffering from stiff shoulders due to your sitting for extended periods or poor posture, the recommended bathing method is a “full body bath”.

When blood circulation is not smooth, it causes the accumulation of fatigue substances in the muscles.
To eliminate stiffness in the shoulders and neck, it is important to improve blood circulation.

Take a bath, warm up the body to promotes blood circulation, and has a buoyancy effect that reduces the burden on the body. Spend relaxing time in the tub, warm your body from the core.

Tip 1

Soak your body up to your neck and shoulders in lukewarm water (about 39 ° C) for about 10 minutes.
It improves blood circulation and relieves muscle tension. Move your shoulders and the neck is effective to loosen the muscles tension. It is also effective for eliminating fatigue.

Tip 2

Adding natural essential oils allows you can expect not only stiff shoulders but also relaxing and stress-relieving effects.

All of these essential oils are expected to promote blood circulation and relieve tension. I usually use 4 drops of Lemongrass oil, 3 drops of marjoram oil, and 1 -2 drops of ginger oil. Ginger oil can cause skin irritation, 2 drops should be the maximum amount for bathing.

For those who want to arrange the scent, it is also recommended lavender or rosemary.

  • If you have sensitive skin, enjoy the scent by lighting a scented candle without adding it to the water.
  • Discontinue the use of essential oils if you have skin irritation.
  • Do not use for babies.

Back Pain

Using bath for relieve back pain

There is chronic low back pain such as caused by muscle fatigue, tension, or the same position for an extended period and also caused by deformation of the spine with age.

To take a bath, the buoyant force reduces the burden on the lower back, so it is effective to reduce pain.

Soak in lukewarm water (around 40 degrees Celsius) to the upper belly, and keep your body slightly leaning back for 10 to 30 minutes until you start to sweat.
Soak your shoulders in the water and then get out of the tub. This way will warm your body effectively.

Light stretching in the tub can bring more effects, and also stretching after bathing. This is because the stiff muscles and joints are loosened after the bath, it is easier to stretch the muscles.

When taking a hot shower (about 45 to 50 °C/ 113 to 122 F ) after bathing, further blood circulation promoting effect can be expected.

Avoid taking a bath when you are hungry, it can cause exhaustion.

What Type Of Back Pain Do You Have?

There are some notes to keep in mind when you with lower back pain takes a bath. Make sure what type of back pain you have before taking a bath. In some cases, the symptoms counterproductive. For example, it is acute back pain such as an injury or overwhelmed workout which often causes muscle inflammation. Warming the inflamed area may increase the pain.

if you have back pain due to the overwhelmed workout or acute low back pain such as inflammation, injured, avoid bathing which can be counterproductive.

Swelling

We don’t like swelling legs and feet due to standing or sitting all day. Have you ever feel tight shoes in the evening? In the summertime, the cool room cause swelling legs too.

If you leave swelling, it can cause being dull, sluggish, and fatigued. Besides, you don’t like the bigger size than usual legs, right! For your health and beauty, the swelling of the day should be reset within the day!

What’s Swelling?

“Swelling” that I am pointing in this post refers to the state in which excess hydrate and waste products trapped cells.

Basically, the blood pumped by the heart flow through arteries to the body and delivers oxygen and nutrients to cells. Then, it collects waste products from the cells and returns to the heart through veins and lymph vessels. If blood circulation is poor, the amount of interstitial fluid (body fluid) sent to the lymph will be excess and stays between the cells, which causes swelling.

To relieve swelling, improving blood circulation is essential. You can expect to improve blood circulation and relieve swelling by flow excess hydrate and waste products in vessels by soaking the body in a hot tub.

Massage your legs in the tub, and also let your legs on a pillow is effective when you go to sleep.

Tip; Use Carbonated “Fizzy” Bath Bombs

Water pressure, which is one of the three major effects of bathing, promoting blood flow with the bathing effect. If you need more effective, add a fizzy bath bomb to 39 ° C water!

Carbon dioxide gas dissolved in hot water applies to peripheral blood vessels, enhances promotes blood circulation. The parasympathetic nervous system also makes you feel relaxed and relieves fatigue.

Japanese Popular Fizzy Bath Bombs

“Babu” is the staple fizzy bath bomb in Japan, it is no doubt everyone has used this once in their life. This assorted Japanese fizzy bath bombs Box brings you the amazing bath time. Babu has an enhanced warming effect and you can feel its warming effect even after bathing. Besides, it is not only effective for pain relief and relaxation of your body but also is expected to help relieve eczema, itchy skin.

Yuzu, woods, lavender, and bergamot&ginger aromas

Better Sleep

To sleep better, it is recommended to take a bath 2-3 hours before bedtime. When your temperature is warmed before going to sleep, you can quickly get a deep sleep.

In fact, body temperature has a lot to do with why bathing is good for better sleep.

When your body temperature drops, you start feeling sleepy. If you take a bath about 2 hours before you go to sleep, your body temperature will rise temporarily, and by the time you go to bed, your body temperature will drop just right, so you will get better sleep.

Soak in “warm” water, not in “hot” (Above 42 ℃) water. Hot water makes the sympathetic nervous system awake-means your body gets excited, you hardly can sleep. So it is better to soak your body in lukewarm water (38-40 ° C) for 15 to 20 minutes.

Skin Care

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To enhance bathing benefits, it is important to take a bath correctly. The wrong bathing method can damage the skin. Hot water whisks away moisturizing (fatty) substances in the skin.

Besides, tap water may irritate your skin, so it is better to add bath salts.

For Beautiful Skin…

  1. The water temperature should be 38-40 ℃.
  2. Soak in the bathtub for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Drink a glass of water (Barley tea or sports drink) before bathing.
  4. Cool your limbs with a cold shower or cold towels after bathing.

The best water temperature is 38-40 degrees Celsius, which warms the body slowly and sweats easily. As I said, hot water (over 40 ℃) makes your skin dry out. The best bathing time is for 15 to 20 minutes. You may think a long time is better, but as well as hot water, a long-period bath causes dry skin.

By warming the body slowly, the thermal effect can work effectively. To drinking fluid before bathing, you can sweat easily which improves skin metabolism.

By cooling the limbs after bathing, the body stops cooling you too much. By increasing the heat retention effect, it offers effective skincare with good blood flow.

If you want to make your skin even more beautiful, use these methods in the tub.

Face Masks

The steam effect from the water in the tub enhances the penetration of ingredients. Even you don’t have to worry about dripping of the face mask, you know.

Waterproof Beauty Products

Massage skins with waterproof beauty products. Since blood circulation is improved, waste products can easily flow and a high effect can be expected. Also, massage the area such as thighs, armpits, and around the collarbone where is the point to drain waste products and toxins in the body. At the same time, massage your scalp, get beautiful hair.

Bathing has many benefits for the skin. You may hardly have time to take a bath, incorporate it as much as possible for beautiful skin.

Still, bathing time is also your relaxing time, so you should be happy. If you like hot water, please shorten the bating time. If you like a long soak, don’t forget to moisturize skins well after bathing.

AfterCare

The bathing ritual is important, but the aftercare is even more important. The skin becomes easier to damage after bathing, it will cause severe dry-skin or skin irritation if you don’t apply proper aftercare.

Moisturize Your Skin

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First is the moisturizing of the body. Use moisturizing oil or body milk and apply quickly to the whole body. Ideally, apply a moisturizer that can be used on wet bodies. This is because wiping off the water makes it easier for the body to dry.

Apply Face Moisturizer

Like the body, the facial skin begins to dry once the water is wiped off. Apply the facial moisturizer immediately.

Dry Yourself With Towel

Wipe off your whole body. Gently wipe off the water by pressing the towel without rubbing.

Finish The Facial Skin Care

Once the moisturizer has penetrated, apply serums, emulsions, and creams to complete skincare.

Hydration And Stretching

Be sure to rehydrate as you will become dehydrated while taking a bath. Alcohol has a diuretic effect and is not suitable. Ice-cold water can be a burden to your body, so it is better to drink room temperature water, barley tea, and herbal teas that are relaxing with aromas.

Stretching works to improves sleep quality and metabolism.

Caution; Heat Shock Response And Dehydration Symptoms

Taking a bath is a precious time for self-care management. On the other hand, there are also health risks due to the wrong bathing method. If you are not careful about dehydration symptoms, there is a risk of heat shock response and heat stroke even in the bathtub.

Every year in Japan, about three times more people have lost their lives than those by traffic due to heat shock and heatstroke in the bathroom. Not only elderly people or those who have high blood pressure but also cases in their twenties who do not have chronic diseases, so be careful no matter how young or healthy you are.

Heat Shock Response

Heat shock response is a stress response in which blood pressure fluctuates greatly up and down due to sudden temperature changes caused by moving from a warm room to a cold room.

Reduce the temperature difference in the bathroom using the heater in winter or air conditioner in summer.

Also, avoid bathing in excess hot water.

When bathing in hot water above 42 ° C, the sympathetic nervous system become active, and the blood pressure rises, which causes the thick blood.

Therefore, keep the water temperature under 40℃ for taking a bath.

Another note is “heatstroke in the bathroom.”

It occurs not only under the hot & humid weather but also in the bathroom. This is a symptom that occurs when the body heats up due to long-period baths or bathing in excess hot water, causing blood vessels to expand and drops blood pressure.

It is very dangerous when you faint in the bath tab.
Moreover, there is an accident in which you get dizzy and fall while trying to stand up suddenly to get out of the tub.

Dehydration Symptoms

Dehydration symptoms are one of them. If you are dehydrated, your blood will be thick and it hardly releases the heat raised by bathing from the body, it may cause heat shock and heatstroke even in the bathroom.

It is very important to drink water before taking a bath.

If you are a tea or Japan connoisseur, barley tea is recommended.

Barley tea is rich in minerals so you can intake fluid and minerals at the same time. It has effects such as improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure, so drink a glass of barley tea before and after bathing.

Barley tea is also a caffeine-free drink, so it is good as a night time tea.

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Final Thoughts

The bath time makes you warm and happy and also brings many health benefits! Why don’t you start the self-care Japanese bathing method at the end of the day from today? It also brings motivation for tomorrow’s activity.

To be honest, if you get used to a quick shower, it sometimes will be a pain to take a bath.

How about thinking that the day starts from the bath the night before?

“Take a bath- get better sleep-wake up without sluggish- go to work with high motivation – take a bath to relieve fatigue.”

It’s good to take a bath every day to stay healthy and calm.
I would like you to take a bath in your daily life as much as possible to relieve fatigue and stress.

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