The Surprising Health Benefits of a Whirlpool Bath
We all know how amazing it can feel to slip into a luxurious whirlpool bath at the end of a busy day, but did you know that there are plenty of other reasons to indulge yourself? That’s right; in fact, many of the health benefits of whirlpool baths and regular bathing aren’t exactly common knowledge. With that being the case, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to list a few health benefits of whirlpool baths that may just surprise you.
Releases mood-boosting endorphins
One of the most enjoyable things about a whirlpool bath is how warm and welcoming they can be. But having the water at a relatively high (yet comfortable) temperature doesn’t just feel great – it actually releases endorphins. The science goes like this: when the body is submersed in warm temperatures, the body begins to produce something called endogenous opioid peptides which are a form of natural endorphin. These endorphins are also known as ‘happy hormones’, meaning a soak in a whirlpool bath really can make you happier!
Alleviate sleeplessness and insomnia
In a world that’s more hectic than ever before, the problem of sleeplessness and insomnia is becoming more and more common. There are several chemical solutions which can provide short-term answers, but you may be surprised to hear that some people have turned to the bath to solve the problem. If you’ve ever had a late night whirlpool bath, you may already have experienced how relaxing it can be, and that it can quickly bring on that feeling of sleepiness. It does this by encouraging production of melatonin in the body. If you have a whirlpool bath just before going to bed, you’re in a very good position to make falling asleep happen naturally – so give it a try.
Lower stress-producing hormones
Along with producing the happy hormones we discussed earlier, whirlpool baths can also actively reduce another form of hormone which is a bit less welcome: cortisol. This is the nasty one that’s directly responsible for creating stress in the body. The more cortisol you have in your bloodstream, the higher your blood pressure and the more stressed out you feel. It stands to reason, then, that reducing this hormone will relax you – and that’s exactly what a long soak in a whirlpool bath will do for you. If you’re stressed about life, work or anything else, take a bath – you might be surprised how much it helps.
Add oils for an extra boost
Did you know that your whirlpool bath can make you into a genius? Well, there are no guarantees, but still. By simply adding certain essential oils to your bath, you can actually produce responses within the brain and body. For example, soaking in the sage essential oil can improve your memory recall, whilst a bergamot essential oil will actively reduce stress levels. Amazing stuff, eh? Try some out in your next whirlpool bath – we sell a host of quality bath oils here at The Whirlpool Bath Shop.
If you’d like to experience the wide array of health benefits that a whirlpool bath can bring to your life, why not explore our full range of whirlpool baths today?