History of Bathing
The oldest ritual for bathing was in rivers or lakes or standing under a waterfall – natures form of a shower. In ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia the wealthy had private rooms in where servants poured cold water out of jugs over them.
Ancient Greeks were the first to pioneer the modern shower. The gymnasiums of Greece served as a place for men to train in sports. The ancient Greek term “gymnós” actually means “naked,” so athletes competed there in the nude as an appreciation for the male form. Gymnasiums provided athletes with a place to bathe after their exercise, so showers appeared in gymnasiums first.
Roman bathhouses were hubs for exercise, relaxation, and socialising. They even had areas to eat and drink wine. It was often the first thing to be built in a new town, and they contained a series of rooms with different temperatures ranging from cold to hot.
So not much has really changed, except many of us underestimate the power of a good bath.
The mind/body practice of having the a bath is as good as meditation. The ritual of running the bath, adding your bath salts, having candles and putting on relaxing music takes you to another place far far away from the business of everyday life. You can immerse yourself in your temple, your sanctuary where you are the goddess and can let go of all the stresses of the day and just be.
Time stays still, your nervous system goes from stressed with your mind going through the list that never ends to feelings of relaxation. You enter your happy place where you feel calmness and contentment and often when I have a bath I think to myself I should do this more often! We have to take opportunities whenever we can to calm down our nervous system a little through relaxation techniques that become part of our everyday life that we can look forward to regularly. Regularly is the key word here.
Just the image in your mind of having a bath brings up images and physical feelings of composure, calmness, serenity and bliss. Even though we are not actually having a bath the same biochemical pathways in the brain are activated just by thinking about having a bath.
Epsom salts break down to magnesium sulfate in water. A bath ritual which includes bath salts has been shown to assist with muscle soreness, tension and sleep along with an endless list of benefits. With the added addition of peony rose petals which are handpicked with each delicate petal being individually dried by hand, why would you not want to include this ritual into your life? Don’t forget a nice fluffy towel, bathrobe and cosy slippers for a great night in.