Did you know water or hydro therapy can be traced to about 4500 BC to the areas that are now Egypt, Iraq and Iran?

Immersing the body in water has been medically proven to be a very relaxing, therapeutic, and a complement to a healthy lifestyle or those in need of improved well-being. This is why at places like Lapis Spa in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, water therapy is offered in various ways and at varied temperatures. 

How does it work? The deep muscle relaxation associated with a good hot bath helps to reduce cramps, tension headaches and improves muscle elasticity. The process is similar to a massage and beneficial for everyone from athletes, to those who sit at a desk all day.

It has even been said that taking a bath takes you back to a time when you were in the womb thus creating a comforting and relaxing environment.

So, next time you have a stressful day (which will probably be often with the holidays approaching!) draw a bath and use these from Josie Feria, Director of Spa at Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau to create the ultimate soaking experience:

Use Scented Bath Oil. Choose scented bath oil with floral scents like lavender, jasmine, iris and rose. These are associated with relaxation and can help to ease you into a relaxing state quicker. Add oils to the tub when the bath is halfway full, and this will help them disperse evenly throughout the water.

Bath Temperature. A warm bath is best for relaxing the body.  Ideal water temperature for a warm bath is 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to use your wrist, not your hand to test the water since your wrist is a better gauge of how the water will feel once your entire body is submerged.

Body Scrub. Most people are used to being active all the time, so when they get in the tub their minds start racing and they become unable to relax. Gently massaging your body with a sponge and body scrub will help engage your mind as the scrub buffs away dryness and leaves your skin supple and moist.

More relaxing bath tips to come next week!