At Rica we feel passionately about the bath and every now and then, we have to get up on our soapbox and preach. Look, we all appreciate a shower; it’s like a one-night-stand after a dry spell. You’re craving affection, the itch gets scratched, and off you go into the next morning, your emptiness full, or your fullness emptied.
“Nothing fits the body so well as water”
But if you really think about it, it’s likely you’re not satisfied, at least not like you would be if that one-night-stand turned into something you’d crave coming back to and repeating.
Now let’s examine the bath. The bath is a ritual. It’s not one and done; it’s a commitment that you and the water are joining each other as one entity. When you perform it, you get clean, but in some small way, you also get to experience a micro-rebirth of self. The feeling when you first hit that hot water is a quiet reminder; “THIS is what I needed, I just forgot how much”.
The mind empties, the jaw unclenches, the pores open, the toxins seep out, the muscles relax, and you get to wallow in a feeling of buoyancy. There is a quality of floating, a reconnection with taking care of yourself, which you are probably not doing enough of.
If you haven’t had a bath in while, try one, and we’ll bet that the person who comes out, is in a much better place, than the person who went in.