If you ever want to liven up a dinner party, ask whether people prefer showers to baths or vice versa. Opinions run strong and habits are longstanding. Generally, both sides will claim relaxation, speed and economy. So, which is better? Here are some solid reasons why choosing a shower can be a better benefit to your life than a bath.
An Easy Way to Introduce Wellness
The bathroom is often the place we retreat to relax. Learning to use bathing as a means of relaxation can begin to introduce the benefits of a meditative practice to a busy life. The first things that leap to mind are the various sponges, rollers and lotions that are marketed towards enhancing the shower experience. What most people do not consider is that showers, by their very nature, act as a white noise machine. The sound of the water not only can block external sounds, giving you a needed respite from the world, but it also can help to relax your brain. Add in the sinus clearing properties of the steam of a hot shower and you have begun to create a ritual of wellness that will benefit your whole life.
Getting Out the Clean
A bath contains water. When you add yourself into the bath, it contains you. It is also going to contain anything you scrub, pumice or shave off your body. Showers are a more efficient way to get clean because dirt, hair and old skin cells are washed off and then away from your body. While many people say that baths are more relaxing to the muscles, a shower with a good shower head will provide the same effect without requiring you sit in your own debris as the surrounding water cools.
Opening Pores is the Smallest Benefit
Much is made of the benefits of a bath soak to open up skin pores. There are numerous products and recipes to help exfoliate, cleanse and soften skin, but your skin is just one of the things being helped in the shower. Unlike baths, you can adjust between hot and cold temperatures easily in showers. This raising and lowering of the surface temperature of the skin stimulates the skin, opens pores changes your breathing and affects your heart rate. Good for the skin, but an even better way to stimulate the lymphatic drainage system in the body. The lymph system is a key part of your immune system but it doesn’t have a built in pump to help it circulate in the body. Getting your chest to move and massaging the skin are well known techniques to get it going faster. A shower with alternating temperatures is an easy way to work this into your daily routine.
Choosing a shower makes it easier to get through the day, both from its benefits and the speed of its process. When there is time to take full advantage of a leisurely bathing session, the additional benefits of a shower will transform your bathroom into a healing spa.
Louisa Jenkins is a blogger and an interior design expert. She’s also a keen advocate for installing showers in bathrooms, instead of baths.