The Science of Bathing

Water is a miraculous substance because it can carry great amounts of energy and heat. It conducts heat to and from a living system and can conform itself to any shape. The use of water to restore health is commonly referred to as hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy can be performed in many ways, but essentially it causes tissues to relax (heat) and then contract (cold), thereby moving stagnated blood and immune components, releasing toxins, easing stress, and flooding tissues with nutrients.

One powerful form of hydrotherapy you can do at home is bathing. Bathing is an ancient human tradition and has been used to restore and maintain health in many cultures around the world. Bathing or showering in hot water releases oxytocin in the brain, which helps to ease anxiety.

The simple psychology of taking time to yourself (assuming you’re bathing alone…), is also beneficial for your mental state, particularly in the increasingly hectic world of the 21st century.

UCLA’s Dr. Michael R. Irwin notes “when you become present in the moment, a profound relaxation occurs. It actually resets your physiology, regulates some stress hormones, helps with concentration and reduces tension”.

As well as offering a range of potential benefits to your physical health, baths are also good for your mental well-being. The conclusion? Take baths.

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