For the past year I've been jumpstarting my day by gradually adjusting the water temperature towards the end of my morning showers from steamy warm, to chilling cold, for 30, 60, 90 seconds or a bit longer! AND WOW, DOES THAT FEEL GOOD! But it’s not for the faint of heart!*
Taking cold showers is a form of Hydrotherapy, one of the basic methods known to mankind, with multiple benefits, to improve health and general wellbeing since the beginning of time.
Cold water stimulates the vast cold receptors throughout your skin sending large amounts of electrical pulses from nerve endings to the brain, increasing the blood flow of feel good beta-endorphins and noradrenaline neurotransmitters, releasing noradrenaline in the brain, increasing the mood stabilizing hormone serotonin and reducing the stress hormone cortisol.
Help increase energy levels
Improve brain health
Stimulate the immune system
Ease pain, inflammation and swelling
Decrease muscle soreness and fatigue
Maintain skin and hair hydration and much more...
It does not get better than that and here are scientific evidence and ongoing clinical trials to get excited about!
To my own Hydrotherapy I add botanical aromatics, by hanging an aromatic sachet from the shower head, boosting it up to Hydro-aromatherapy supporting my mind+body+spirit!
In a pinch a couple of herbal infused tea bags like peppermint, ginger, and chamomile, for this time of year, will do the trick. Also applying an exfoliating salt body scrub, with honey, essential oils and botanical goodness, further encourages circulation and sloths off my dead skin cells.
I enjoy increased, lasting energy throughout the day, feel good, Zen and alive, am more productive and can readily tap into my creative flow and my skin feels great too!
Try your own form of Hydro-aromatherapy in your morning shower routine and jumpstart your day.
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With love, purpose and gratitude – Yvette xo
*PS: If you are pregnant or have a heart condition, consult you medical practitioner before practicing Hydrotherapy as rapid water temperature changes may cause fluctuation in heart rate.