We all know what a bath is right? While we all think of the hygienic or relaxing definition of taking a bath, a “bath” is a method of immersing yourself in something—water being one of those somethings. Here are two bath practices you’ve never heard of before.
Forest bathing is a popular alternative practice in Japan, called shinrin-yoku, which has recently spiked in popularity here in the US. Forest bathing is easy to do, as you just need to find a forest and immerse yourself in nature for at least 30 minutes. Ideally, you will do this bath 3 or more days a week. The key is that you must be fully unplugged. If you don’t have access to a forest, tree-filled park or lush garden will do. Ideally, away from the sounds of the city. The benefits include decreased stress, improved clarity and perspective, and a decrease in internal toxins. Why? Because as easy as it is to forget we are one with nature.
Gong Bath Class
The second alternative bath practice you may have never heard of before is a gong bath class. If you have ever taken a yoga class where the instructor chimes a gong during Shavasana, then you have had a taste of what a gong bath is like. However, a full gong bath class typically has no yoga. Instead, you comfortably sit or lay on your mat the entire session, while the instructor uses any combination of gongs, bells, and singing bowls to create healing and calming sound frequencies. You will instantly feel the benefits. You can purchase gong, bell, or singing bowl CDs, but neither compares to a live class where you can feel the vibrations.
The common ground with a traditional and alternative bath seems to be immersing yourself in healing, healthy, and calming energy.