I don’t do baths. Plain and simple. I don’t feel comfortable. Literally. I’d prefer to soak with my feet raised, a cushion on my bottom and one on my back. Plus, I feel soooo unproductive. Really, that’s what it comes down to for me. Not being able to sit still.
However, for mother’s day, my son made scented bath salts for me, which meant that I HAD to take a bath. Plus he kept asking and noticing the salts sitting around the house for a few days.
So, as part of my commitment to self-care, I gave in. I put it out to the universe that I would take a bath this weekend. And yes I did! What a HUGE deal for me. And although short (20-30minutes), I did enjoy it very much. I enjoyed the love with which my bath salts were made and the love with which my bath was drawn by my husband. I enjoyed doing nothing, being non-productive, and allowing myself the time and space to have healing, relaxation and to just be.
I was sitting in joy, in confidence, in pride, washing away all that does not serve me, and renewing my strength to continue to serve my family, my community and myself.
Now get this! After my bath I performed a ritual I haven’t done in a long time. Now when I say long, I mean long. I mean like maybe 8 years ago long. I vividly remember giving myself a massage nightly when I was pregnant with my first. I remember the feelings of patience, calmness and grace that it helped evoke from me. So somehow, after this said bath, I felt compelled to give myself a rub down. I rubbed down my feet, calves, thighs, belly, arms and neck. Sometimes I’ll include my scalp, face and ears as well, but today I needed more legs and feet.
I used almond oil and added Idaho balsam fir and bergamot essential oils. Now I chose these oils simply because I like them, however Idaho balsam fir can be used for aiding muscle fatigue while bergamot can aid in creating emotional balance and physical stress—all of which I REALLY needed. I guess I needed the bath too. Sometimes you just don’t know until you try.
So, do I now enjoy baths? Eh, not necessarily but I think they are a necessary part of my commitment to honoring my extraordinary self. So, if you can muster up 15-30minutes, try it. Take a soak and enjoy!
And if you'd like some of my home made massage oil or bath salts click HERE.