Water has many amazing properties. It is one of the basic elements on Earth and is necessary for our survival. It can cleanse, it can heal, it can soothe and it can be used in all sorts of ways.
In certain areas in Asia and India, they consider bathing and cleansing as important part of their religious rituals. This is tied down to the healing waters of rivers. In traditional Japanese religious practices, Shinto followers practiced water ablution, which is a cleansing ritual before they enter a shrine. African cultures characterize water, by virtue of its life-giving nature, as both physical and spiritual in essence – but even of greater spiritual utility than physical. Water is used in important prayer forms in various acts of libation.
But what about taking a bath, shower or swimming? Before we get into the details, let’s look at some of the benefits that water has to offer:
Physical benefits: Water is a natural lubricant and helps you maintain healthy skin. You can also use it to wash your hair, where it will help remove dirt, oil and make your hair shiny. Warm water bath helps relax the muscles and provide relief.
Mental benefits: Water can help you stay calm especially when you’re stressed out or depressed because it has an antidepressant effect on your mind. It also improves concentration and attention span which makes you more productive in your daily tasks at work or school.
Emotional benefits: Water calms down your nerves, relieves tension in the body and eases depression by releasing endorphins into your brain which give you a sense of well-being and happiness.
These benefits are best summed up by putting it simply: being in the water, whether it’s long showers, baths or swimming, makes us happy! Immersion bathing should improve both physical and emotional aspects of quality of life.