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The art of bathing. Monday September 16, 2013

Meandering around the small but charming Cavendish Shopping Arcade in Buxton, it's hard not to ponder about its history as a thermal bathhouse.

My Grandmother being Estonian, instilled in the family the love of 'a good sweat' in a sauna. (My father even built one for my nan in our cellar. It's a real sanctuary down there.) For my nan, growing up in Estonia, the sauna was ubiquitous, everyone had one. The weekly ritual of taking a sauna was as much about relaxation and well-being as it was about cleansing. (Although you don't have to be an expert in saunas to know that taking one regularly is a great cleanser both inside and out.)*

Thinking about the Romans and the Victorians in their bath houses or the Finns in their sauna's, the intention was the same: to relieve tension. It was a chance to escape the everyday troubles and tedium of life. In other words, it was therapy.

We can enjoy such healing every day in the privacy of our own home. In fact, it's arguable that it's the cheapest and most accessible form of therapy that we have.

Bathe mindfully; washing gently, limb by limb. Perhaps imagine our soap is as precious and as priceless as it would have been during the war years. Light candles, warm your towels, make this time beautiful.

Don't forget the wonder and alchemy of aromatherapy too. It's therapy in itself and makes for fascinating reading. Choosing the right essential oil for our mood can add a drop of luxury and provide comfort to our bathing time.

Yes, there is washing and then there is bathing.

*High on my 'bucket list' is to enjoy a sauna somewhere like Finland, where I can jump straight from sauna to deep snow, completely starkers!

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Anonymous Mon, Sep 16th 2013 @ 8:39am

I love this! I am learning more and more about nurturing myself and others! After recovering from sexual abuse it is a new thing to be aware of my body and I am learning to look after it and appreciate it. Thank you. :)

Elizabeth Mon, Sep 16th 2013 @ 11:23am

I never commented on any of your blogs, but I really appreciate them. They so far from my own (analysing) thinking with their poetry, that I might never put most of them into practice, but I really enjoy the glimps of a completely different world view. Thank you very much for writing.

Suzy Mon, Sep 16th 2013 @ 8:22pm

I'm really, truly touched by these two expressions above. Thank you both so very much for taking the time to write.

Hearty greetings and a hearty handshake in thought (as Vincent van Gogh would say at the end of his letters).

Anonymous Mon, Sep 16th 2013 @ 11:06pm

Suzy, I am new to the site, but can say that I am finding comfort in the various forums and messages . Your message showed up on my phone as I was just getting in my salt bath for relaxing therapy that has served me on my recovery in the last several years . I continue with my recovery and currently I am struggling heavily and it is painful to experience, but I am doing my best . Thank you for the mental escape while I soak away in my little Nirvana! It is indeed fantastic, cheap therapy that WORKS!

Suzy Tue, Sep 17th 2013 @ 11:01pm

Well, I think your determination to be well really shows. I can really feel it! I hope you are giving yourself goodly scores with the ole 'proud' and 'determined' cards.
Certainly finding as much beauty as we can in the everyday routine can help can't it?
Hope that doesn't sound trite!
Be gentle with you,
Suzy x

Anonymous Wed, Sep 18th 2013 @ 12:42am

I most certainly agree, All the times that we spend dreaming of a relaxing pamper day or escaping to a luxurious well-being spa (that we cant afford) we forget that we can do it from the comfort of our own home and at any time we like. No appointments needed! The comfort and richness of lighting those candels, smelling the aroma in the room and sinking into total bliss is something we all need xthebaytree

Anonymous Fri, Sep 20th 2013 @ 9:11am

Amazing entry, I need to match your tips to my shower reality.
Many Thanks

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