‘I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath, but I can’t think of one...’ - Sylvia Plath, ‘The Bell Jar’

The therapeutic benefits of the naturalistic spa tradition with its emphasis on bathing in hot springs and having a direct sensory experience, has been well documented within many cultures. Above all, the traditional spa approach encompasses a pleasurable, sensual and body-focused route to optimum health - but this does not mean that it does not equally well benefit those with mental or psychological problems. In fact, this form of natural therapy is a particularly beneficial type of treatment for our modern age since it helps remedy all types of conditions that are exacerbated by stress and psychological distress, such as depression, insomnia, mental anxiety and nervous exhaustion. Being in touch with nature and the elements also helps bring our mind into the present moment whilst simultaneously soothing our spirits, thereby providing the necessary conditions for our body and mind to heal itself

Additionally, a spa type approach is not only valuable as a treatment for those people who are already sick, it also plays a vital role in preventing the development of illness in the first place. Integrating the spa ethos into our daily life in a regular way therefore constitutes an excellent preventative treatment … and prevention is always better than cure. Hippocrates famously recommended a scented bath followed by an aromatic massage as the route to wellbeing and longevity. What’s not to like! Here are some of the benefits of aromatic bathing and the application of specifically formulated massage/body oils immediately after bathing, while the skin is still warm.

Stress Reduction: The therapeutic effect of simply immersing oneself in a hot bath can bring instant physical relief from the discomfort of a cold climate whilst at the same time reducing stress and helping to raise the spirits. In 2018, researchers at the University of Freiburg in Germany showed that soaking in hot water for up to thirty minutes and then wrapping up warm and relaxing for a further twenty minutes can help ease depression. Adding a few drops of an essential oil such as geranium, rosemary or juniper to a hot bath can further ease depression while oils such as lavender, chamomile or clary sage can help to soothe the entire nervous system. Applying our ‘Tranquility’ Body Oil can further help reduce stress, insomnia and anxiety.

Increased Metabolic Rate: Warm water naturally enhances blood flow and increases our body’s metabolism. This increases the flow of oxygen to the cells of our body and boosts our circulation, helping to keep us healthy and strong. Increased blood flow also brings improved nourishment to our vital organs, such as the digestive system. Research studies carried out by the ‘Mayo Clinic Spa for Heart Patients’, suggests that a hot bath can actually provide many of the health benefits of certain types of exercise! Applying our ‘Vitality’ Body Oil immediately after a hot bath also helps increase metabolism.

Eases Muscle & Joint Pain: As many people have experienced first-hand, soaking in a hot bath can dramatically soothe stiffness of the joints and help ease muscular pain. The heat and buoyancy of the water alone is very therapeutic for our limbs, as it helps to reduce strain on our joints by reducing our body weight. Applying warming oils is a well-known form of therapy for muscular pain or sports injuries, since the heating effect alone fundamentally alleviates tension in tired or knotted muscles. Our ‘Aches & Pain’ Body Oil is specially formulated for this purpose.

Aids Weight Loss & Detox: It is important to remember that hot water is naturally cleansing and purifying in it self and by enlarging the pores, this aids in removing unwanted toxins from within the body. Another words, the heat not only helps detoxify the skin, but also our entire system, which can be vital as part of an entire weight loss program. Being immersed in hot water also naturally raises our metabolic rate, in much the same way as exercise, so a home thermal spa approach can be a great aid in helping us to lose weight. Applying our ‘Purity’ Body Oil to problem areas helps reduce cellulite and detox our system generally.

Remedial Skin Care Treatment: Increased blood flow to the outer dermis of the skin while soaking in a hot bath transports oxygen to its surface blood bringing nutrients to the cells while the lymph fluid flowing away from the skin carries impurities away. However, long exposure of the skin to water or the use of harsh detergents can strip the dermis of its natural oils, which reduces its elasticity, so it is important not to over-extend any given bathing time. In addition, revitalizing treatments, such as facials, massages, masks, body scrubs and exfoliation techniques can enhance the process of rejuvenation, especially when personalized to our individual condition. ‘After Dark’ based on jasmine oil & jojoba leaves the skin nourished and silky-smooth while ‘Oriental Spice’ based on aphrodisiac oils is profoundly soothing whilst leaving the skin beautifully scented

Head to the Spa PR instagram to watch my recent interview to learn more about how to combat common complaints such as stress, insomnia, depression and anxiety through the use of essential oils.