Most of us recognize the importance of maintaining our personal hygiene. In fact, we attribute our daily showering ritual to our sense of duty that dictates the necessity to remain clean and fresh for ourselves and for the people around us. However, the act of taking a shower can be transformed into much more than daily maintenance and upkeep. By adding a few elements to treat the senses and indulge the skin, the average shower can easily become a restorative spa experience. The invigorating, healing, and detoxing effects we enjoy after a trip to the spa are much more attainable than most people may realize. This is good news on those days that call for immediate self-care.
Unleash the Power of Hydrotherapy
Nowadays, many households are equipped with massaging shower heads that are capable of providing varying pressure for a massage-like experience. Luxurious overhead shower fixtures mimic a gentle rainfall. Even a basic traditional shower can provide the benefits one might experience in a holistic spa setting. Any shower fixture that is capable of producing hot and cold water can be used to incorporate hydrotherapy, the practice of using water externally for healing and detoxification. Hot water relaxes the body and relieves stress while cold water removes toxins from the skin and lymphatic system. To experience the benefits of hot and cold therapy, simply start by gradually turning the shower up to the safest, hottest tolerable temperature. Then slowly turn the water back down until reaching the coldest tolerable temperature. Repeat as many times as desired. Increase and lower the temperature at both extremes as the sensation becomes more tolerable, but never use water that is hot enough to cause injury.
Use Safe, All-Natural Products for Cleansing
Everyone wants to leave the shower feeling clean. Fortunately, it is very possible to thoroughly clean the skin while avoiding harsh chemicals. Use a moisturizing soap or shower gel that is free of sulfates, parabens, and other ingredients that may irritate the skin or strip away beneficial natural oils. Natural skincare products provide a clean, refreshed feeling without contributing to dryness.
Improve Your Mood With Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to provide relief from a variety of conditions, including exhaustion, congestion, headaches, depression, respiratory ailments, and a variety of other maladies. Creating an aromatherapy session in the shower is easy and requires very few materials. First, choose a preferred essential oil, and apply several drops of the oil to the walls inside the shower. Next, apply more oil to a washcloth or towel. Place the washcloth or small towel just outside the main flow of water, but close enough to be dampened as the shower runs. To prolong the effects of the aromatherapy session, dilute the essential oil in a light carrier oil and apply to the skin after exiting the shower.
By making a few simple tweaks to your everyday shower routine, you can turn your shower into a luxurious spa-cation as often as you desire. Simply combining a few ancient spa therapies with high-quality, healthy, organic bath products provides ultimate rejuvenation to the mind, body, and spirit.