When it comes to relaxing, there’s nothing quite like taking a bath. While bathing may seem like an act of pure self-indulgence, a bath has many health benefits besides helping you get clean. A new type of bath, the power bath, defined as one that lasts for more than half an hour, is gaining popularity. It makes perfect sense given the fact that we’re all spending more time at home and looking for new ways to incorporate self-care into our lives. 

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why superstars like Emma Watson and Oprah choose to soak in a tub instead of showering.

Bathing is basically a workout: Recent studies into an effect called passive heating have shown that taking an hour-long bath burns as many calories as cycling for 30 minutes by improving blood flow and circulation. The study found that bathing helped control participants’ blood sugar too. Let’s not forget that bathing has also been proven to lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. 

Bathing is good for your mental health: Jumping into a bath after a long day is like sinking yourself into a whole-body hug. Bathing sparks feelings of ease and comfort, which helps your mind and body to relax. Having a bath at the end of each day can reduce stress and anxiety and promote a feeling of general well-being. Dim the lights, add some candles, pour a glass of wine, and let your worries melt away. 

Bathing can relieve cold symptoms: As we mentioned before, baths help with blood circulation due to your heart beating faster when you’re in warm water. This also improves your oxygen flow, allowing you to breathe easier. A steamy bathroom also helps loosen mucus and relieve congestion. Hanging some eucalyptus in your bathroom can help ease stuffy noses too. 

Bathing can soothe your skin: While a searing hot bath can irritate your skin, a warm bath can help your skin rehydrate and soothe irritation. Power up your bath with oatmeal, lavender essential oil or herbs like calendula or fennel to pack in even more healing. 

According to Martha Stewart, the ideal bath is around 44°C, and to take the best baths of your life; you should be opting for a book for entertainment and leaving the tech gadgets outside. Set the mood with incense, candles, bath soaks, herbs and essential oils. Consider bringing nature into your bathroom by adding pot plants. Getting creative with your bath environment will ensure that you find relaxation, sanctuary, and rejuvenation with every power bath. 

Now, if this hasn’t yet convinced you that power baths are the way forward, why not visit one of our stunning showrooms or our partner, Victoria and Albert online and get inspired to create your perfect bathroom. Happy bathing!

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