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Stop. Breathe. Serenity in 3 Steps.

So I've been taking some baths in the evenings- and they have been relaxing, helpful, indulgent and just lovely. So I wanted to share the details with you:

1. Shut the bathroom doors. Light a couple candles.

2. Use your favorite bath salts.
I recommend PlantLife. They are really wonderful.


You might be surprised to learn that adding a little salt to your water can actually help improve your circulation. Bath salts also reduce tenderness. They are recommended for people with back pain, arthritis, muscle tension or spasms, and minor work and sports injuries. They're great for easing stiff, sore, muscles and aching feet and legs.

Bath salts open the pores to purify the skin, cleansing away dirt, sweat, and toxins. They aid in the healing of dry skin, making skin softer and more supple. Salts can help improve common irritations such as insect bites, minor rashes, and calluses on feet, as well as more serious skin conditions like athlete's foot, eczema, and psoriasis. High quality salts may also help improve the appearance of scars.

 

3. Turn on this nature sound radio from Pandora- it's really beautiful. Clicky

 

Also- if you have trouble relaxing in the tub, you may benefit from some breathing meditations. Try taking a breath from your diaphragm (Your tummy will rise)- then take another breath into your lungs (your chest will rise)- and then exhale. It reminds me of a wave coming to shore and then receding again. 

Healers such as David Elliott (clicky) use this type of breathing method. 

 

(P.S. If you still have trouble relaxing in the tub- you might also benefit from acupuncture. The inability to relax is usually a sign of unbalanced or weak qi. My qi is incredibly wacked out.)

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    edited December 2011
    That sounds heavenly. I love taking baths. Seriously love. Where do you find your bath salts at? I usually pick something girly-looking out at TJ Maxx or Ross...but yours look lovely!
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    misikesmisikes member
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    edited December 2011
    I love soaking in a hot tub by candlelight. And I'm right up there with you on Pandora (I usually listen to the "New Age" station when I'm meditating or just generally trying to relax). Unfortunately, haven't taken a salt bath in ages. Our drain doesn't close all the way, so the water leaks out much too quickly. :(

    Once FI and I find a place of our own, though, I'll definitely be doing it more. I'll have to sticky this thread so I can find it again. :)
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    lunarsongbirdlunarsongbird member
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    Mis- Have you tried simply folding up a washcloth and sticking it over the drain? They didn't even give us a drain stopper in college (in our tub...)- so I used a washcloth and it worked wonders...

    Allusive- I get these bath salts at Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocer- they are kinda pricy, but totally worth it. The salt and essential oils they use are divine.

    This is what plantlife has to say about their bath salts, "Our Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salts are a unique blend of natural ingredients and Sea Salt imported from the pristine, cold, non-polluted water off the Northern Coast of France. This pure salt is hand-harvested and sun-dried in the 2000-year-old Celtic tradition, thus retaining 84 vital trace minerals essential to our “Internal Oceans” (blood plasma, lymphatic fluid and extra-cellular fluid). These deeply-penetrating and detoxifying minerals are blended with Epsom salt to balance, calm and release tension in the body. Most bath salts on the market today are made with salt gathered from polluted waters which have been washed and processed, thus removing the beneficial minerals from the salt. Plantlife uses Sea Salt harvested in its natural state: moist and silvery in color, retaining all the salts natural properties. We chose this salt for its high mineral content and quality. Unlike Dead Sea salt, this hand-harvested Celtic Sea Salt has long been recognized by the macrobiotic communities as a prime condiment. Organic flower extracts of Calendula and Chamomile are added to soothe and soften the skin. Aromatherapy grade essential oils are blended to create synergistic formulas that cater to specific health and wellness needs."
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    misikesmisikes member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_stop-breathe-serenity-3-steps?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:75258ca0-0f96-4c50-a3e7-c1164a81e3e9Post:27d93c82-cb6e-4c3b-a6d7-df64d2fce2bb">Re: Stop. Breathe. Serenity in 3 Steps.</a>:
    [QUOTE]Mis- Have you tried simply folding up a washcloth and sticking it over the drain? They didn't even give us a drain stopper in college (in our tub...)- so I used a washcloth and it worked wonders..[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, I tried it once before, but it seems like it doesn't leak enough to cause enough of a suction to hold the rag in place, but just enough that water keeps seeping out, and making that horrible sucking sound. It doesn't have a removable stopper, you just flip a handle below the faucet and it's supposed to stop the drain down in the piping. :\
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    SwazzleSwazzle member
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    edited December 2011
    I don't have a bathtub :(



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    edited December 2011
    I can't use salts... I have eczema.  :(  but sometimes DH and I use a little bit of baby oil in our bath.  I love how smooth it makes my skin, but I can only do it every once in a while.
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    That sounds awesome!  Sadly, I don't have a tube.  My parents do but it doesn't have any curtains and anytime I would want to do that they would be asleep :(  I miss baths.
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    edited December 2011
    I love baths, but if I use too much of the salts, I pretty much pass out on the spot. It can be very dangerous! So I recommend, if you have low blood pressure, that you use a very small amount of bath salts. No more than a couple tablespoons and I'd start with just 1 tablespoon and see how it goes. Also, I like keeping a bottle of cold water right next to the tub incase I start to feel queasy, the salt and warm water can dehydrate you quickly.
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    edited December 2011
    I can't relax in the tub. I'm not very good at relaxing in general.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_stop-breathe-serenity-3-steps?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:136Discussion:75258ca0-0f96-4c50-a3e7-c1164a81e3e9Post:26252076-2c6a-4eb7-b46b-a717320048bb">Re: Stop. Breathe. Serenity in 3 Steps.</a>:
    [QUOTE]I don't have a bathtub :(
    Posted by rdr716[/QUOTE]

    Oh heck no. That's a requirement for any place I plan on attempting to live! I come from a family of bath takers. In fact, this post makes me want to run from work straight to my bath tub tonight.

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    Jeter1028Jeter1028 member
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    edited December 2011

    I'm totally taking a bubble bath tonight.  Good thinking Lunar!

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_stop-breathe-serenity-3-steps?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:75258ca0-0f96-4c50-a3e7-c1164a81e3e9Post:2f739deb-2a77-492b-866b-e508869fc455">Re: Stop. Breathe. Serenity in 3 Steps.</a>:
    [QUOTE]I can't use salts... I have eczema.  :(  but sometimes DH and I use a little bit of baby oil in our bath.  I love how smooth it makes my skin, but I can only do it every once in a while.
    Posted by CocoBellaF[/QUOTE]

    <div>Me too!! Have you tried oatmeal baths?? When I was younger they did wonders for my eczema! </div>



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    SwazzleSwazzle member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_stop-breathe-serenity-3-steps?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:75258ca0-0f96-4c50-a3e7-c1164a81e3e9Post:3da2c5f8-b5d5-4684-86a8-8225b93f5ca3">Re: Stop. Breathe. Serenity in 3 Steps.</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Stop. Breathe. Serenity in 3 Steps. : Oh heck no. That's a requirement for any place I plan on attempting to live! I come from a family of bath takers. In fact, this post makes me want to run from work straight to my bath tub tonight.
    Posted by Ollie08[/QUOTE]

    <div>Sometimes I miss my big tub back from when I lived with my parents in DE (pre-college).  My mom loved that tub so much that she installed a TV in there, it was great hahahaha</div>



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    lunarsongbirdlunarsongbird member
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    Oh my...I can't believe how many people don't have tubs. Whhaaa! That's awful! I love me a tub....I hardly take showers, except for at the gym.
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    edited December 2011
    @rdr - yes!  I have several packets in my bathroom cabinet right now!  maybe tonight?  :)  thanks for reminding me!!
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    edited December 2011
    Now I want a nice relaxing bath.... sigh I already showered and am trying to make it to bed soon

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    I don't have a tub either. :(
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_stop-breathe-serenity-3-steps?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:75258ca0-0f96-4c50-a3e7-c1164a81e3e9Post:27d93c82-cb6e-4c3b-a6d7-df64d2fce2bb">Re: Stop. Breathe. Serenity in 3 Steps.</a>:
    [QUOTE]Allusive- I get these bath salts at Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocer- they are kinda pricy, but totally worth it. The salt and essential oils they use are divine. This is what plantlife has to say about their bath salts, "Our Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salts are a unique blend of natural ingredients and Sea Salt imported from the pristine, cold, non-polluted water off the Northern Coast of France. This pure salt is hand-harvested and sun-dried in the 2000-year-old Celtic tradition, thus retaining 84 vital trace minerals essential to our “Internal Oceans” (blood plasma, lymphatic fluid and extra-cellular fluid). These deeply-penetrating and detoxifying minerals are blended with Epsom salt to balance, calm and release tension in the body. Most bath salts on the market today are made with salt gathered from polluted waters which have been washed and processed, thus removing the beneficial minerals from the salt. Plantlife uses Sea Salt harvested in its natural state: moist and silvery in color, retaining all the salts natural properties. We chose this salt for its high mineral content and quality. Unlike Dead Sea salt, this hand-harvested Celtic Sea Salt has long been recognized by the macrobiotic communities as a prime condiment. Organic flower extracts of Calendula and Chamomile are added to soothe and soften the skin. Aromatherapy grade essential oils are blended to create synergistic formulas that cater to specific health and wellness needs."
    Posted by lunarsongbird[/QUOTE]

    <div>I'm sold.  I'm going to go find myself some of this.  Thanks for sharing!</div>
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