We know how frustrating it is when your soccer team doesn’t win. This chance only comes along every four years, after all. If you’ve got World Cup frustration and you just can’t relax, try these relaxing baths. Maybe the Brazil team should read this article!
Richard Branson said, “Right now, I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.” Baths are therapeutic; they reduce stress, pain and nerves. They may even improve sleep, so grab a book, light some candles and draw a warm bath. Put a TV in the bathroom if you have the space, and make sure it’s safely wired, if you’re not a reader.
During a bath, the heat tires out the body and causes a person to relax, de-stress and release negative emotions. If you play soccer yourself, take some of these baths to help your muscles heal, reduce pain and diminish cramps.
Bathtubs with massage jets (including whirlpool jets or air jets) are perfect for this. If your tub doesn’t have jets, you can put a ball in the bath. The combination of massage and warm water will release tension in the muscles and help you let go of worries.
Sea Salt Bath
Adding sea salt to the bathtub will create a detox effect and will reduce swelling, soreness and pain in the body. A sea salt bath will also promote healing and calm the nervous system. Use this bath to calm down after a visit to the gym and before bedtime.
Natural herbs can make all the difference. Use nature’s remedies to enhance relaxation during your therapeutic bath. You can put herbs in a bag or a tea bag to keep the bath cleaner.
Add chamomile to your bathing routine to decrease stress and ease your mind before sleeping. You can add rosemary to decrease congestion and pain. Eucalyptus will also reduce congestion and promote relaxation. You can even add store bought tea bags to the bath if you don’t want to mix your own herbs.
Milk & Honey Bath
The Egyptians used these natural ingredients to create relaxing baths. The proteins and fats in milk reduce redness, itching and dryness of the skin. They also help keep your skin hydrated. Honey is anti-microbial and an antioxidant. It also moisturizes and hydrates skin. Mix both honey and milk into your bath and enjoy for ten to thirty minutes at a time. Your skin should come out smoother and softer.
Essential Oil Bath
The fragrances from essential oils will help de-clutter your mind. This is known as aromatherapy, an alternative type of medicine, which uses scents to improve mood and health. For example, lavender is an essential oil that calms the mind. Use your favorite scents in the bathtub to help you de-stress.
Remember, taking a bath increases blood circulation, improves sleep and calms down the body’s nervous system. This hydrotherapy is therapeutic and should help you get through your World Cup blues!