December 7, 2012 ·
To relieve stress your body, mind and spirit need a break.
A medical doctor I know in New York City has a busy practice and a stressful day. When he comes home, he takes a bath without fail. He draws a tub of very warm water and soaks in it for about twenty minutes. I asked him why.
“When you get out of bed in the morning, “your body’s organs are more or less rested,” he explained. “As the day goes on, those organs, as well as your mind and spirit get put out of sorts due to the day’s stressful wear and tear, as it were. Hydrotherapy, a fifteen or twenty minute Oleda Baker C.E.O. Oleda & Company Inc.
warm bath, relaxes me better than anything
else I’ve tried. I can feel myself returning to a calm state, and I believe it’s good for my long term health and well being, too.
Ever since, I have soaked in a relaxing tub of warm water every day I possibly can.
Hydrotherapy – an Ancient Healing Practice
Hydrothermal therapy (hot water treatment) has been used as a traditional treatment for disease and injury by many cultures, including China and Japan. The ancient Greek healing god, Asklepios, advocated the use of water as medicine. Similarly, Roman physicians Galen and Celsus used therapeutic baths for many remedies. So, water therapy has been used for centuries to heal the sick.
A relaxing hot bath can help relieve congestion, aches and pains and will restore energy to your entire body, especially the neck and shoulders, which seem to suffer the most under stress.
By expanding your capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body, the warm water helps bring more blood to all your organs, providing them with more nourishment. Lying horizontally in a tub also relieves the heart from the burden of having to pump against gravity and increases circulation without using extra energy.
One of the functions of your skin with its millions of pores is the elimination of toxins. Immersion in warm water for 15 or 20 minutes helps stimulate this process, causing perspiration, which in turn, forces skin eruptions to emerge more quickly.
Scientific studies have proved that a warm tub bath has a positive effect on the nervous system. Warm water stimulates the nerve ends in your skin, which in return deliver soothing messages to the organs, glands and muscles in your body.
Water therapy is also very effective as a nontoxic calming agent to soothe your body and help you get a better night’s sleep. It acts as a mild tranquilizer, if you do it just before going to bed.
Taken in the morning, it provides energy for the day.
How to Set Up Your Home Treatment Spa
Your peak of good health, ultimate beauty and youthful vitality can be attained only when your body, including your internal organs, mind, and spirit are in harmony. But you don’t have to go to a health spa, spend time in a whirlpool and indulge in a massage. An ordinary bathroom can be turned into a luxurious home treatment spa.
Here is a checklist of things you can do easily to accomplish this and pamper yourself:
- Hang a “DO NOT DISTURB” sign on the bathroom door during every treatment – yes I have one.
- Put your favorite plant or flower or two in the bathroom.
- Add a tranquil painting or two.
- Soft towels – you deserve them.
- A soft bathroom mat.
- A tub tray, if you don’t have enough shelf space close by
- Soft, soothing music, if you wish – nothing loud, and no commercials
- Something cool (not cold) to drink or sip with a straw. Cool juice is great.
- Have all your Spa Treatment products at arms length.
- Make-up cleanser/remover
- A rough or textured wash cloth. A loofa or sponge is OK, too.
Achieve Total Relaxation – Here’s How
Most of us think we know when we are totally relaxed, but we usually are not, not even when we’re sleeping. Follow these five steps to make sure you are:
- Once your personal spa) is ready, get into the bathtub and slowly sink into the water. Allow all of yourshoulders to submerge up to your neck, even if you have to bend your legs and keep your knees out of the water. Make sure your feet are in the warm water though. Now get comfortable. Get so comfortable that you do not have to hold up any part of your body – you must become “dead weight” to get totally relaxed.
- Focus your attention on one part of your body at a time and command it to relax completely – you’ll feel that part getting limp. Relaxing your back and neck muscles fully is most important. Rest your head on either a rolled-up towel, or better yet, a small waterproof head and neck cushion (you can buy one at most bath supply stores). It will greatly assist the relaxation process, and help keep your hair dry, as well.
- Once you are totally relaxed, take a half dozen or so deep breaths s-l-o-w-l-y, and then exhale completely.
- Think of one of the most pleasant things that ever happened to you. Focus on it.
- Now soak for 15 or 20 minutes, pretending you are asleep. Make sure your shoulders and the base of your neck remain immersed in the warm water. Your hydrotherapy treatment will do the rest.
Until next time
Biography: Oleda Baker began her career as a high fashion model with the prestigious Wilhelmina Model Agency, in New York City. She is the author of ten books on beauty, health and anti-aging and one novel Reluctant Goddess. She is founder and CEO of Oleda and Company, Inc., her 40-year-old anti-aging products company for skin, hair, diet, energy, nutritional supplement products as well as special makeup (www.oleda.com). Oleda is also a visionary artist. Her oil paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries around the country (www.oledaart.com). Find her on Facebook :http://www.facebook.com/oleda.baker.
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