Bathing for relaxation and release
Geologically speaking, Japan has an abundance of natural springs. By rough estimates, the country has almost 29,000 hot spring sources and more than 3,000 hot spring resorts. In a land like this, it seems only natural that the Japanese have evolved their own bathing culture. Many bathing traditions are therapeutic. Soaking in mineral rich spring water is said to cure ailments of the skin and other complaints. Cleanliness and relief from fatigue are just part of the benefit. Bathing, when practiced with a little ingenuity, brings moments of deep relaxation and release. It also tones the skin and promotes well-being. This way of thinking is the root of Japan’s bathing culture.
Bathing styles for different purposes
Soak yourself leisurely in warm water (about 37 to 39°C) about an hour before going to bed.
Repeated soaking in hot water can improve the metabolism and burn calories. The best method is a 3-minute soak in hot water (slightly hotter than normal) followed by a few minutes break to cool down. Repeat this process two more times..
Half-body bathing has become very popular in Japan. Soak yourself from the upper tummy down for about 20 minutes in warm water (about 37 to 39°C). Dim the lights and add fragrant bath salts for total relaxation.
Lack of sleep:
A short bath can overcome feelings of sleepiness.
If you are prone to insomnia, try bathing leisurely in warm water before bedtime.
Avoid bathing for more than a few minutes.
The basic approach for relieving stored-up fatigue is to bathe after sleeping and resting.
The pleasures of bath additives
Create your own hand-made bath additives with botanicals such as citrus fruits and herbs. Blend the ingredients to find the most relaxing bathing aroma for you. Besides moisturizing and cleansing, bath additives can support beauty and health. We especially recommend fruit, flowers, herbs, essential oils, sodium bicarbonate, and natural salt.
- Fruit, flowers, herbs, vegetables, and other plants
- In addition to relaxing and stimulating micro-circulation, these ingredients have their own seasonal and cultural appeals.
- Dried tangerine peel, yuzu, apples, lemons, etc.
- Dried rosebuds and petals
- Dried lavender, dried chamomile, peppermint, etc.
- Sliced or grated ginger, green tea leaves
- Be sparing with citrus fruits, as too much may irritate the skin. Thoroughly wash away any wax or germicide on the peel before use.
- Essential oils
- Aromatic substances extracted from the flowers, leaves, and peels of plants are used in aromatherapy. Add no more than five drops in the warm bathwater and mix well.
- Sodium bicarbonate (baking powder)
- Dissolves lipids and thoroughly cleanses the skin. When blended with citric acid, it can be used as a carbonated bathing additive.
- Natural salt
- Natural salt has a moisturizing effect, encourages perspiration, and prevents chills after a bath. Rinse it away in the shower after bathing.