Bathing Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do not soak for longer than 20 minutes at a time – extended wallowing can dry out skin and zap energy

  • Don’t soak for longer than 3 minutes in a cold bath

  • Always wait until at least 40 minutes after eating before bathing

  • We do not recommend bathing more than twice a day, it can strip your skin of its natural oils

  • Try to avoid having a really hot bath just before bed as it increases your heart rate which can make it hard to sleep

Water temperature

Hot

Although there are mixed views on hot baths, research shows that once the water temperature exceeds a certain heat (40° C) it has a stimulating effect, i.e. It increases the heart rate, so not always a good idea to have very hot bath straight before bed.

A bath of 40° C or more is fantastic for tight, aching muscles and because it increases circulation it’s great for helping to release toxins from the body. It’s good for the skin too; the steam opens your pores letting in warm water to flush out dirt and grime.

Normal

Bathing in water between 38 – 40° C stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and increases the secretion of noradrenaline. In turn, this reduces strain and stimulation both physiologically and psychologically, bringing about a feeling of relaxation and well being.

Warning: If you suffer from a heart condition, high blood pressure, are pregnant or have any other medical condition, please consult your doctor before a hot or cool/cold bath.

Cool/Cold

Immersing yourself in cool or cold water gives an exhilarating rush from your head to your toes. Water of between 16 and 27° C rapidly increases circulation and is said to stimulate the metabolism.

There’s no denying a cold bath wakes you up physically and mentally, so it’s great first thing in the morning or for when you want to revive yourself after a long, hard day.