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Bathing is Back and Better than Ever


(ARA) - Thousands of years ago in ancient Rome, bathing wasn't just something people did to get clean. It was a social activity that played a huge role in their daily lives. Men and women alike would spend hours at the bath houses, sharing stories about their daily lives and bathing in pools of various temperatures.

Fast forward to 2005 and relaxation, unfortunately, isn't quite as big a part of today's hectic lives; but those who soak in a bath regularly still consider it one of the most pleasurable personal rituals of the day. It's also beneficial. Numerous studies have shown that taking a bath daily helps reduce stress, relieves muscle pain and spasms, and improves circulation. It also promotes physical and mental relaxation, rest and a feeling of well-being.

Jean Kolb says she can attest to that. "I'm either on my feet or working on the computer all day, and often come home from work tired and stressed; but after a 15- minute soak in the tub, I am relaxed and refreshed."

Kolb is an expert on the benefits of water therapy. As the Director of Wellness Businesses for Kohler Co., it is her job to make sure Kohler Waters Spa, located across the street from the kitchen and bath company's Wisconsin headquarters, offers the best water experiences available.

"Bathing is the most luxurious treat you can give yourself," she says. "Take a 15-minute soak in water above your normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees and your pores will open up and release whatever toxins they may be holding. Conversely, anything you put in the water will be absorbed directly into your skin. Bath beads containing essential oils (zinc, iron and other essential minerals) are used extensively at our spa."

Kolb also points out that when you get the water moving, you receive all the benefits of massage, including stimulated muscles and increased blood flow. "Whirlpools offer very physical, active water experiences and tend to be more enjoyed by men," she says. "Women prefer our BubbleMassage baths which use air instead of water to gently massage the body. They offer a very soothing and sensual bathing experience. It feels like your skin is gently being caressed by champagne bubbles."

If upgrading your bath isn't in your budget at the present time, there are other more economical ways to make your bathing experience more pleasurable. Kolb says taking a bubble bath in a standard tub is extremely soothing. So is lying in a tub filled with luxurious aromatherapy bath treats while music from your favorite CD plays in the background and candles flicker all around you.

For more information about the benefits of bathing, log on to www.kohler.com/experience.

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