Woah There, Woah There. What exactly are you doing? Taking time for yourself? How could you? There is so much work to be done!!
Psssshhh….I have decided to do nothing. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! Slaying on my couch, allowing my blankets to swallow me up, caressing my body with my faux fur pillows, house Nike socks on, candles lit, and nothing but the sweet smell of vanilla piercing my airwaves.
Engaging in my #takerisksthursday of doing absolutely nothing, I headed to the sauna and took a bath after plenty of odd years out.
As fresh as a golden nugget and smooth as a baby’s chunky thighs. Feelings of relaxation and accomplishment rushed my body as I sat bottom out on the wood planks of the sauna room. Kelsey is what I’ll refer to her from now on. She is now my friend. Providing me with long episodes of relaxation and thorough cleansing of my skin.
A sauna is a small room used as a hot-air or steam bath for cleaning and refreshing the body. People who enjoy saunas find the steam, usually created by pouring water onto hot rocks, to be very relaxing and to have health benefits as well. The word sauna is Finnish, used to refer to both the structure of the room and the steam bath itself (www.vocabulary.com).
According to Finnleo, much has been made of the health benefits of sauna bathing. With good reason. Physically, nothing is more reinvigorating than a deep, healthy sweat every day.
Tension fades. Muscles unwind. Toxins are flushed from your body. You get a cardiovascular workout as blood vessels dilate and your heart rate increases, burning calories. Natural chemicals are released—endor- phins —reducing mental stress, soothing sore muscles and joints, and inducing a deeper sleep. Skin is cleansed of bacteria, and dead cells are replaced—leaving you with a soft, glowing appearance.
A few minutes a day is all it takes to look and feel better. The body’s response to gentle, persistent heat is well-documented and proven, which is why more and more doctors are recommending its purifying benefits.
Benefits of Saunas
Saunas relieve stress. The heat from the sauna stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s all-natural “feel good” chemical, and their release provides a truly wonderful “after sauna glow.”
Saunas relax muscles and soothe aches. Heat- stimulated endorphins can have a tranquilizing effect, minimizing muscle pain and soreness. Heat also increases blood flow, speeding up the body’s natural healing process.
Saunas flush toxins. Deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemical - toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments.
Saunas cleanse skin. When the body sweats, skin is cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced, keeping your skin in good working condition.
Saunas can help you sleep better. Research shows the slow, waning effect of declining endorphins after a sauna can facilitate sleep.
Saunas improve cardiovascular performance. As core body temperature rises, cardiac output increases. When we cool off again, the heart rate drops, giving our hearts a healthy workout that improves performance and helps the body’s regulatory system.
It is important to remember that high temperatures can stress the body. Overheating at temperatures of 200 degrees or more is a distinct possibility so it's important to pay attention to how much time you spend in the sauna. The first time you take a sauna bath you may want to leave after a few minutes. If you are comfortable, you can stay slightly longer. It is recommended not to stay longer than 15 minutes. You can always go outside and cool off, then enter the sauna for another 10 minutes.
A half hour is often the maximum time suggested for staying in a sauna. Whatever the length of time, be aware of your body and if you experience any discomfort at all, leave and cool down (Knorr, R., 2017).
Fzzzzzzzz. Splash. Yuck! Gross! “I won’t do this!”, I yelled as I tucked my shower flops into the crystal clear tub of aqua. Water felt as if suckerfish were nibbling on my legs and fickle toes. Placing my mini towel at the floor of the tub, I slowly tucked my self under the tiny ripples of waves. Kaplunk, in I dropped the Disco Ball Bath Bomb. Fzzzzle, ping, zing, ting. Seducing smells of mint, organge, rose, and grapefruit danced on the tips of my nose hairs, allowing my senses to heighten and my body to relax. Now, physically, emotionally and mentally balanced, I allowed the gases and suds to surround and take over. As relaxed as I could, be, I did my best to enjoy. Uncomfortable and all, I must say, I tried. I took the risk of taking a bath after so many years and it was just as disgusting as my mind always felt it was. LOL.
A bath, for me, particularly with a bath bomb, was less about function and more about the sensory experience. I am not sure pondering this, I may, I say may, engage in a bath in the near future.
A risk may not always end up as joyful and pretty as one may think. As long as you take the risk, some form of growth is surely achieved.
A bath bomb is a mixture of ingredients which are hard-packed together. When wet, there is an escape of gas from an aqueous solution which results in a foaming or fizzing reaction, also referred to as effervescence. Bath bombs are used in the bath to add essential oils, scents, bubbles and/or color to the bathwater.
In my research, I found that bath bombs were invented in 1989 by Mark Constantine, the co-founder of the ethical cosmetics company Lush. The bath bombs were initially designed as a fun bath fizzer and further to cater to the needs of people unable to use standard bubble bath products because of the detergents used in their production. Children under 7 and many women can suffer from an irritated urinary tract in response to detergents, and Lush bath bombs offer a safe alternative. https://health.clevelandclinic.org
Lush bath bombs are vegetarian, handmade, and are made of fresh products. A variety of them lend themself to providing a purpose for your mental, emotional and physical health needs.
Many bath bombs have common irritants and dyes. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, even if you don’t, pay close attention to the ingredients that are in your bath bombs!
How to Use Bath Bombs:
Fill your bathtub with warm water.
Drop the bath bomb in and enjoy the show!
Jelly Bath Bombs:
These fizzers create a slick, skin-softening jelly in the water.
Drop yours in the bath.
Help it dissolve by holding it under running water, swirling it around in the tub or playing with it as it slowly fizzes.
Care instructions adapted from www.lushusa.com
Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons and Reusable Bubble Bars
As far back as I can remember, bubble baths were sold in cutesy plastic bottles that were usually in the shape of our favorite characters. Lush bubble baths are plastic free! Their bubble bars don’t have any packaging and they create a bubble frenzy!
How to use Bubble Bars:
Crumble your bubble bar under the flow of water as you’re filling your tub, then give the water a big swish to help all the bits dissolve.
As the water is running, heaps of bubbles shall reveal for a luxurious, inviting bath.
Most bubble bars are good for one bath. You may break up larger bubble bars for even more bubbly baths.
How to use Reusable Bubble Bars:
Hold your reusable bubble bar under the running water.
Splash the water around to get some bubbles going.
Put the reusable bubble bar aside and let it dry out for your next relaxation session.
How to use Bubbleroons:
These pastry-inspired treats look like macarons. They have two halves which are sandwiched together with a thin layer of shea butter.
Crumble under running warm water as you fill the tub for mountains of fluffy, fragrant bubbles.
Care instructions adapted from www.lushusa.com
Taking the time for yourself is a must! Life, significant others, children, work, stress…you name it. They all are at the forefront of our lives. They are of high priority of course. Without you being of optimal mental, emotional and physical health though, whatever you are providing to them may be subpar or eventually you will be wiped out.
Ensure that you are intentionally taking time for yourself, shutting what can be shut off, off, and unwinding to do what you need most.
Listen to your body. Listen to your mind. Listen to your soul. All of course, while being,
Unapologetically Me. Unapologetically You. Unapologetically Us.
Shop the Look:
Please find the links for my bathroom relaxation oasis below. The fish slippers are apparently sold out everywhere in pink. Fret not! I have included the link for the green ones which are just as fun! Also, I have included the link for the creeper plant! Lastly, my wrap on my head is a dress that I so dopely wrapped around my head to turn into what you see as a cute head wrap. I have included a link to my favorite brown girl owned head wrap shop for you to have fun balling at!
Happy Shopping!! :D