Bathing rituals and hot springs around the world
Across the world, every day, billions of people sink into a bath, step into a shower or experience relaxation in the traditional ways of their culture. As we adjust to staying home, you may find solace in your bathing routines and rituals as a way to de-stress. Have you noticed that you are spending more time unwinding in your bathtub at the end of the day? Filling the tub with hot water, bubbles and aromatic salts can transform your state of mind and encourage peaceful relaxation. A candlelit or dim-lit room can be perfect mood lighting for cosy comfort. How do you prefer to bathe? This question is general, yet would allure a different response depending on your location, traditions and beliefs.
We would love to focus on bathing rituals around the world. Immerse yourself in the ideas of these traditions and add it to your bucket list for the future.
In Indonesia, the Balinese people enjoy purification baths in waterfalls and Hindu water temples. They immerse themselves in baths filled with flowers, essential oils and herbs which is both aesthetically pleasing, refreshing and soothing. Flower baths are more popular among tourists and many spas in Bali offer a spa bath either on its own or within a skin-soothing ritual involving exfoliation and massage to increase blood circulation.
Finnish people have indulged themselves in daily saunas for so long that it was not possible to historically place the beginning of this tradition. Saunas are common all over Finland and are considered physically and mentally cleansing. Generally, clothing or bathers of any kind are not recommended in saunas as the chlorine or toxins from the clothing could evaporate into the air and cause respiratory issues for other bathing members. Traditionally men and women are separated in different saunas unless they are a family. Exceptions can be made with discussions and consent. Sometimes, Finnish people use a ‘vasta’ or ‘vihta’ (a bundle of fresh birch twigs) to gently whip the skin, encouraging circulation.
Japanese Onsens are hot springs, man-made or natural, used for relaxation and cleansing. Onsens can be outdoors or indoors. Like Finnish tradition, you are required to enter the bath naked and genders are separated. This applies unless you pay for a private onsen which can be quite expensive. The correct etiquette for using an onsen is to wash and scrub your body and hair in the shower on site before entering the hot spring water. When you enter the water, you are expected to keep a towel wrapped around your hair to ensure that your hair is not immersed in the water. Visiting Japan in winter is a magical experience. Sitting in a hot outdoor onsen overlooking the snow or even having snow falling gently above you is a therapeutic experience many dream about.
Allow yourself to travel mentally and enjoy a new culture by immersing yourself in one of our rituals. Our Japanese, Arabian and Polynesian bath rituals are available to buy online to satisfy your relaxation needs.