Did you know that there are different ways to enjoy a good soak? You may be familiar with the typical bath—the full-body soak where you submerge your whole body in warm water for a few minutes. However, there are two other great soaks you are missing out on—sitz bath soaks and foot soaks. Discover the benefits of these three self-care soaks.
A Quick History Of Baths
Baths have been a part of people’s lives since ancient history. The Romans are famous for their bathhouses that resembled the modern pool than the modern bathtub. However, the earliest known public bath was excavated in modern-day Pakistan, believed to have been used in 2500. Many other cultures have their bath cultures—the Turkish have the hammams, the Japanese have the onsen, the Koreans have jimjilbang, the Russians the banya, the Finnish the sauna, and so on. While public bathhouses are still in use today, homes have evolved in the 1900s to have private baths. Baths at home started as movable fixtures and only became fixed after the development of modern plumbing. Today, aside from the variety of modern tubs, people have the opportunity to take advantage of different types of baths.
3 Kinds of Great Baths
It’s time to introduce the three great soaks. After reading this blog, you will be able to add variety to your self-care rituals.
1. Sitz Bath Soak
A sitz bath or a hip bath is a bath that originated in Germany. As its name suggests, this type of bath involves sitting hip-deep in warm water and mineral bath salts. Some people choose Epsom salt as the best sitz bath salt for them. For sitz baths, Epsom salt is a great pair because they are often taken to relieve discomfort or pain in the lower part of the body. Sitz bath soaks are also great for cleansing, soothing the skin in the lower body, encouraging muscle relaxation, and overall relaxation and healing.
Sitz baths are more commonly recommended for people who recently gave birth or underwent surgery in the lower body. A sitz bath helps soothe pain or discomfort they may have as well as encourage healing. However, anyone can soak in a sitz bath with Epsom salt to experience its soothing, relaxing, and healing benefits.
Drawing A Sitz Bath
For a sitz bath soak, you will need a toilet sitz bath, a basin, or your bathtub. Here’s how to prepare a sitz bath:
- Make sure your sitz bath, basin, or tub is clean. If using a toilet sitz bath, place it atop your toilet.
- Prepare warm water. Pour it into the sitz bath. Make sure the temperature is comfortable to the touch. Save some warm water for later.
- Prepare the sitz bath solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of Sitz Bath Salt per gallon of water. If using a bathtub, fill it up only halfway.
- Sit in the sitz bath for 10 to 15 minutes. Let out excess water and add more warm water as needed.
Note: if you have a medical condition, consult your doctor first regarding the compatibility of sitz bath soaks and how long you should take them.
Choose from our selection of Sitz bundles. The Stress Relief Bath Soak is also a popular choice for sitz baths because of its calming effect, which is perfect if you want to relax after a day at work.
2. Foot Soaks
Foot soaks are another great way to relax after a long day or after a marathon. Any time your feet are tired, a foot soak will save you from a night of discomfort. Foot soaks are a great way to relax.
Foot soaks keep your feet clean, look better, and feel softer. With a regular foot soak, your lovely feet will look even better!
How To Take A Foot Soak
Indulge yourself in a foot soak that will rival any spa experience you have had with these simple steps:
- Fill a basin or your tub with warm water up to your ankles.
- Mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of Detox Foot Soak per gallon of water.
- Submerge your feet in the water and let them soak for up to 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, remove your feet and dry them. Follow up with a lotion for maximum moisturization.
We love the Detox Foot Soak’s cleansing and soothing benefits. You will feel rejuvenated after soaking in this foot soak.
3. Full Bath Soaks
Most people think of full bath soaks when they think of bathing. In a full bath soak, you submerge your whole body in warm water with bath salt. Full baths are a great way to completely relax, whether after work, after a workout, or as part of your self-care routine. Aside from being relaxing, full baths also soothe your body and help keep your body moisturized. Overall, full baths will help you de-stress and sleep better so you feel rejuvenated for the next day.
Drawing A Full Bath Soak
Here’s how to draw the perfect full bath soak:
- Fill your bathtub with warm water.
- Mix in ½ to 1 cup of bath salt.
- Do any of these relaxing activities while you soak for 15 minutes.
Which type of bath and bath soak are you interested in? Check out more bath soak options at Better Bath Better Body.