You know the feeling of arriving home from work utterly exhausted in mind, body and soul? Oh me too. Absolutely.
Tonight I arrived home like that. After the best hug in the world…I retreated for some ‘me’ time. I want to tell you about the Express Relaxation Bath. But first…let me tell you why I don’t do the traditional bath.
- It takes too long to fill up;
- I feel bad for using all that water;
- I usually run it too hot and then have to inch myself in over a period of several minutes as my body gets used to the heat;
- Once I’m in there, I get bored;
- I don’t like the idea of sitting in a pool of my own dead skin cells and filth;
- I get pruney;
- My face goes beetroot red; and
- I look at all the imperfections of my body and mentally sign up to rigorous exercise routines.
I know many of you will be avid bath users…so I’m not totally anti bath. I would happily bath with someone else as they’d keep me entertained. And I also like the look of a bath. It’s just not my first choice in terms of water and relaxation.
So that brings me to the Express Relaxation Bath….aka The Shower! Yes, yes. I know the shower is that thing you do every morning and its utilitarian and serves a fast route for getting clean etc etc. BUT…when you take a shower for the sole purpose of relaxation I guarantee its a different story. Here are the simple key rules:
- Make sure you have time…there is no point doing it if you have to rush;
- Do NOT turn on the light. I’m certainly not advocating you shower in the absolute dark (safety first people, please). But the last thing that screams calm is a bright heat light. If you don’t have enough soft natural light, then add some candles;
- Put some music on. One of the best presents I ever got was a waterproof shower radio in the shape of a crab. Its long gone now but I was so fond of that crab;
- Do those things you don’t normally have time to. Like a full body scrub or a hair moisturising mask;
- Let the shower spray hit you in the face for as long as you can hold your breath. Imagine you’re under a waterfall; and lastly
- Write messages in the steam on the glass. I’ve left ‘I love you’ messages for the next person to use the shower. Yeah I know, its lame but sweet.
It’s never going to replace the traditional bath…for one you can’t read in there. Or even sip on a good glass of wine. But it washes away my blues like you wouldn’t believe. Maybe it will do the same for you?