Friday, October 15, 2010

Soaking For Your Health

At body blitz we know that soaking in our therapeutic waters makes us feel better, but now there is research to prove it. Bruce Becker, a physician and research professor at Washington State University, sums up his groundbreaking study on the health impacts of warm-water immersion “You know when you come home from a long day at work and you’re stressed out? You want to sink into a hot bathtub and go, “Ahhh.” I’m trying to figure out what the hell the “Ahhh” is all about.”

After more than 18 months of research, he’s getting closer to finding some answers. Becker’s study focuses on the benefits to the autonomic nervous system when soaking in warm water. He discovered that the body responds to warm water immersion in the same way it responds to meditation or other relaxed states. This balanced state has been associated with a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, a decrease in depression and anxiety, enhanced cognitive processes and increased concentration.

A relaxing bath can also improve your sleep, which may in turn lead to more energy and less stress. A 1999 study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that women who took a 20-minute bath were able to fall asleep more quickly and had a better-quality sleep than those who did not. "I wish women would stop thinking of baths as a luxury and instead make them an essential part of their lifestyle to alleviate stress and reenergize," says Kathleen Hall, PhD, founder and CEO of the Stress Institute, in Atlanta.

These are just two more reasons to buy our waters card – now on sale for $215. (regularly $240). Sale ends October 31st. Limit two per person.

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