Because they concentrate the flow of water onto specific body parts, showers offer a wide array of health and beauty benefits. Learn how to head off a headache, hydrate scaly skin, soothe sore muscles, increase your energy, and much more–all in the shower.
You can put the power of your shower to work for you. Here’s how:
Increase Your Energy: Shower in water that is approximately body temperature for 2 to 3 minutes, then lower the temperature to very cool for about 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat twice more. This form of hydrotherapy has been used by many cultures to strengthen the immune system, thereby staving off colds and flus.
Hydrate Scaly Skin: If your skin resembles a desert reptile’s, take a quickie shower in warm water for about 2 minutes, then while your skin is still wet, slather on your favorite body oil before patting dry.
Head Off a Headache: A handheld shower apparatus is best for this type of therapy. Turn on very warm water and aim the stream directly onto the aching area of your head for 5 minutes. Sometimes, simply aiming the water onto the back of your head and neck will ease the pain. Some people find that alternating very warm and cold water every 30 seconds for 5 minutes works wonders, too.
Reduce Swelling: If you have an acute injury such as a burn, sprained ankle, or wrist, or severely stubbed toe, aim a cold spray of water onto the affected part for 5 minutes, then off for 5 minutes, repeating a few times. Do this immediately after the injury occurs, then seek medical attention if necessary.
Relieve Sore Muscles: For muscles that are chronically sore or are sore from mere overexertion, but are not inflamed, aim a very warm water spray directly onto the muscle for 5 minutes, then off for 5 minutes. Do this a few times.
Put an End to PMS Pain: To relieve lower-back pain occurring before and/or during menstruation, a very warm stream of water on the lower back for a few minutes will help lessen the cramping and muscle tension. Follow with a rich moisturizer to avoid dry skin.
Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Stephanie Tourles. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999).