Saturday, July 14, 2012

Your bath can be your oasis

I was viewing new condos with a friend the other day, and I was very dismayed at what I saw.  Space is more and more at a premium and along with cutting down on closet space, kitchen space and living space, bathroom space has also been cut down as well.  The lack of space is bad enough, but now the trend seems also to replace the bathtub with a walk in shower.  The makers insist that it gives you the same kind of luxury and uses a lot less space.  I totally disagree.

 Since Roman times and probably before, baths have been used for rejuvenating not only the body but also the mind. And a shower - regardless of how many fancy jets it has - just doesn't do the same thing.  Showers are all about speed and speed is NOT rejuvenating.

I'm not saying that there isn't a place for a shower in your life.  When you're in a hurry to start your day it's one of the best ways to wake up.  But at the end of the day when what you need is to relax and get ready for a good night's sleep, having a long hot soak can't be beat.

And don't for a minute think that baths are just for women. Many men are starting to understand the benefits as well.  If David Beckam can do it .....

Of course surroundings make a big difference when you want to relax.  Just as you need a calm tranquil bedroom, your bathroom needs to be inviting as well.  All your grooming supplies and equipment should be stored, preferably behind closed doors.

There are many beautiful bathrooms, and most of us can only dream of having something like this....

...... or like this.

And how about this?  Something for a bath lover to dream about.

But it's not necessary to have a fancy bathroom or even a large one.  Amazing things can be accomplished using just what you have by adding a few well thought out accessories.

The priorities are a bathtub, a bath mat, some really good towels and something soothing to put into the bath water.

A soaker tub is ideal.....

.... but a regular tub will do just as well with a few accessories.  Get yourself a soft bath pillow or just roll up a towel to put behind your head.

One of the major problems with normal bath tubs is that they make them so shallow now it's difficult to really have a good deep bath because the water starts draining out as soon as you sit in it.  What you need is a nifty little gadget called a bath overflow drain cover.  These really do work as you will see if you read the reviews, and they will allow you to put at least a couple more inches of water into your tub which will make all the difference.
Recyclable Bottomless Bath Overflow Drain Cover
Better Bath Deep Water Bath

You can even get a portable unit to put into your tub that will turn it into a whirlpool bath, ( or at least a close facsimile.) Here are a few examples.
Portable Turbo Spa
HoMedics Body Bubbles Bath Spa, White

Bath mats are not expensive, but being able to get out onto a soft rug instead of a cold floor will add to the luxurious feeling of your bath.

And have a really good towel to dry yourself is the kind of thing that you revel in when you're at a spa so why not treat yourself to one at home as well?  Maybe you prefer a plush towel robe? Again, it's not going to break the bank but will make you feel pampered each time you use it.  Egyptian cotton is wonderfully luxurious and not that pricy.
  TowelSelections Turkish Terry Bathrobe - 100% Egyptian Cotton, Shawl Collar Terry Robe for Women and Men, Made in Turkey (Taupe, L/XL)

There is even a bamboo one you can get now.
Bamboo Terry Cloth Robe for Women - Ecovaganza (S/M) - Women's Terry Cloth Bathrobe. Terry Bath Luxury Spa Robe for Women. Mothers day gifts presents ideas mom grandma gifts for mom mother best cool good great perfect special birthday gift for mom mother in law grandma gift from son daughter. Terry 0050 S/M

A really luxurious touch if you can afford it, especially in cold winter months, is a towel heater.  This is a lot more common in Europe funnily enough, yet I think here in North America there are many areas of the country that could benefit from the comfort it provides. This can either be attached to the wall or be free standing.
Amba RFS-24 Freestanding Towel Warmer and Drying Rack With an Integrated Power Switch
Warmrails Hardwire/Softwire Regent Wall Mounted Towel Warmer and Drying Rack, Chrome

Ambiance is important and if you can light a few candles and dim the lights, so much the better.

Finally, treat yourself to some wonderful bath products.  There are many on the market and I'll talk about them tomorrow, as well as give you some recipes so you can make some of your own.

For today let me leave you with this quote from  St. Thomas Aquinas - scholastic philosopher and theologian (1225 - 1274)

"Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine." 

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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