Bath Salts for a Relaxing Moment to Yourself
Mineral Salts and the Bath
Salts have been used for a very long time in baths. Evidence at various sites from times gone by have found salts near baths, in bathhouses, and in market stalls, sold for all different levels of society to consume.
Different salts have different properties. One of the salts that we are the most familiar with is Epsom salt. Long used for aches and pains, Epsom salts also have a role as a mild stimulant to end constipation.
In using any bath preparation, care should be used, and if you have any health concerns, you should address them with your health care provider.
How to Soak for the Most Benefit
Draw a tub. Fill the tub and add your bath salts according to the directions on the package. Stir it around and let it sit and dissolve for a moment while you undress, light candles, bring a beverage into the bath with you.
Don't make the mistake of running the bath too hot. Do place towels near the tub so that you can dry your hands if need be.
Plan on spending at least one half hour away from the rest of the world. This is your time to relax your body, renew your spirit and reset your stress level to zero.
Tell your family or roommates that you do not want to be disturbed.
Turn off your cell phone. If you are inclined to enjoy music, put some music on.
Don't choose a radio station with commercials. They can be jarring. This is your time to relax and tune out the world.
One of the things that I like to do when I am having a great soak is to bring a great book, a face mask and a nice plastic glass of cool water. If things get too hot, I can get a sip and cool down, or even pour a little over my forehead. Works every time!
What to Do When Having a Salt Water Soaking Bath
Now the water is ready and so are you. What do you do now?
Sink down into the tub, let the warm water wrap around you.
Simply relax. Close your eyes, and let the troubles of the day fall away. Remind yourself that you deserve this time to yourself. You are deserving. Think of every thing stressing you and release the worry as the water releases the tension in your muscles.
As you lie in the water, completely allow your thoughts to drift. Entertain daydreams as you really let go of cares and concerns. This is not the time to stress from the day. Everything else will wait as long as you need it to, but in the meantime, let everything go. Every single worry that comes to mind, simply dismiss.
How Long to Soak in the Tub
To get the maximum benefits, you should plan on devoting at least one half hour to being in the bathtub. Seriously, allow at least that much time to let your muscles rest, your nerves unwind, and soothe yourself.
This is not a time to worry about anything. De-stressing lets you restart your battery. It makes you better able to be present for your family and friends without snapping at them, tuning them out, or simply feeling exhausted.
By making time for yourself, you make time for others.
I have a little mantra when I get into the tub. "I am melting away my stress and worry. Let them float down the drain with the waste water. Worry is no good to me. Stress is no good to me. I will not entertain them in my home." I then close my eyes and think of a positive thought for every negative one that attempts to invade my sanctuary.
After Your Salt Bath Soak
When it is time to get out of the tub, let the water out of the tub. As the water goes down the drain, sit there and think about all of your beautiful thoughts and dreams that you have nurtured. Don't get up until all of the water is gone. Slowly get up and use your towel to pat away all the water. I usually refill the tub and add a squirt of cleaner so that by the time I am dried off and dressed, all I have to do is swish around the tub to get it sparkling clean.
After a bath, you do want to make sure and wipe the tub down because salt can make the tub surface slick.
Did you learn how to soak properly?
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