If you watched TV in the 1970’s you became familiar with the cry, “Calgon -Take me Away!” Calgon, for those who may not know, was a sudsy bath liquid that invited women to leave their stress behind and transport them magically to the calm serenity of a luxurious bath tub. Well,that sounds pretty good right about now.
If you haven’t taken a long bath since before you could stand, maybe it’s time to rediscover this ancient pleasure. Baths are great for relieving anxiety and offer many other health benefits. As a general rule: hot baths are relaxing and stimulating; cool baths can reduce inflammation and help ease aches and pains. Bathing helps to detoxify the skin by removing dead skin and old medications that have built up. Bathing relieves inflammation and itching of the skin. Bathing helps with inflammation and general aches and pains.
Things to know:
The temperature of the water should be comfortable. The bath should not last longer than 20-30 minutes because of the tendency of these soaks to soften and wear away the skin.
A bath mat should be used, since medications and bath soaps may cause the floor of the tub to be slippery. The tub should be filled half—full with water at a comfortable temperature. The water should not be allowed to cool too much. If an emollient action is needed, the patient should apply a lubricating agent to the skin after the bath, since this increases hydration