Bath Salts Related Articles of Interest
Below is a compilation of various bathing and bath salt related articles of interest for your enjoyment and reading pleasure.
Thursday, 5 January, 2006
Park Hyatt now offers in-room spa
by Sarah Campbell of ITPBusiness.net
New spa rooms at Park Hyatt offer unparalleled level of service, according to Jason Sloane.
Park Hyatt Dubai has introduced eight residential spa rooms to its accommodation offering. The five-star property, which is located on the Creek, is the first in Dubai to offer residential rooms specially equipped for private spa treatments.
The rooms operate as an extension to the hotel’s spa, Amara, which opened in August. The eight residential spa suites come complete with a dedicated spa area, equipped with a massage table and multi-purpose treatment chair, which can be used for a facial, manicure, pedicure or a reflexology treatment.
Additional spa elements in the room include a steam shower bath, which can be used as a hammam, and a rain shower.
“In the spa rooms in the hotel, the guest has their own hamman, a massage table and special amenities, such as 100% olive oil soap. The shower alone offers steam, rain shower and side jets. There are eight such spa rooms, all offering views over the Creek, and because of the way the hotel has been built on eight different plots, you are not aware of any other guests,” said Jason Sloane, spa manager, Amara Spa at Park Hyatt Dubai.
“The business traveller who comes here is used to the best of the best. The hotel facilities are all part of the experience for them, including the spa. I want people who appreciate great quality treatments and privacy,” he adds.
The residential spa concept certainly offers privacy, and with a dedicated in-room spa menu, the treatments hit the spot too. Guests can enjoy a flavoured steam bath, a floral body wrap and a massage in the peace and privacy of their own room, followed by dinner on the terrace watching the sunset over the Creek.
The in-room spa treatments include the Shiffa Arabian Rose Hammam ritual, a two-hour treatment which includes a rose essence steam, followed by a rose body mask scalp and face massage and ending with a massage with organic Arabian rose balm.
Also available is the Rasul Ceremony, offered to couples and singles alike and said to be inspired by ancient harem rituals. Three different kinds of rare organic muds are used to detoxify, heal and exfoliate, and are applied to specific areas of the body. Whilst bathing in aromatherapy steam, Atlantic Sea salt is applied over the mud to ensure thorough cleansing of the skin. A massage with precious body oil completes the ritual.
Guests who choose not to use the Amara services, can create their own rituals. Guests are provided with a range of spa amenities, including a Kesa mit with hand made pure olive oil soap for a typical Turkish bath, aromatherapy oils and Carita or Anne Semonin products provided in the residential spa.
Sloane is confident the residential spa rooms will prove popular and complement the existing spa offering. He said: “Amara Spa promises to take you on journey of the senses with the finest spa experiences, rituals and apothecary available. We have put tremendous effort into providing exceptional treatments and an unparalleled level of service.”
December 5, 2005
Enjoying the Benefits of Hydrotherapy
By Liz Koch
Santa Cruz Sentinel Correspondent
Long before indoor plumbing, bathing was a highly regarded form of renewal and relaxation. The ancient Greeks constructed great bath halls; the Roman's built elaborate baths of marble and gold. The Japanese long revered the bath, or ofuro, elevating it into an art form. Throughout the world people have established sacred bathing rituals in recognition of the healing power of water.
Within our own homes and community we too can enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy. Santa Cruz is home to several hot tub and bathing spas dedicated to enjoying the benefits of bathing. At home using fresh and dried herbs, essential essences, sea and mineral salts, oats and oils can transform any bath from simply a means of cleanliness into a deeply healing experience.
Bath salts pull toxins, stimulate the skin and balance the electrical system. Sea salt returns us to the sea, feeding our cellular memory. The common mineral salt product Epson salts found in every drug, food and health food store not only sooths tight aching muscles but calms and relaxes nerves and emotional stress.
Combined or used alone fresh and or dried herbs offer array of healing benefits; stimulating, soothing, decongesting, uplifting. Chamomile well known for its calming effects as an herbal tea when added to the bath continues to enhance a sense of wellbeing.
Chamaimelon or "earth apple" was well known to the ancient Greeks" writes Barbara Close author of "Well Being: Rejuvenating Recipes for Body and Soul." She writes: "Its sedative properties have been used for centuries to treat insomnia and anxiety." A combination of peppermint, sage, eucalyptus and calendula flowers offer to uplift and invigorate; opening the pores, increasing elimination, soothing the skin and refreshing the digestion.
For those without a bath tub, a hot herbal foot soak is an excellent way to pull tension out of the head, sooth the feet and stimulate circulation. National herbalist Rosemary Gladstar explains" all of the nerves in the entire body pass through the feet and hands, making them a map of our inner being"¦in fact, soaking your feet in a warm bath while resting with a cold pack on your head will often stop a migraine in its tracts."
In her book "Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health and Vitality," Gladstar recommends using mustard powder, ginger, sage or rosemary for your foot bath.
Whether preparing a whole body bath or a foot bath soak prepare the herbs ahead of time. This keeps the drain from getting clogged and makes for simple clean up. Use cheese cloth bags filled with herbs like a large tea bag slung over the spout lets hot water release the properties into your bath. Or in a large pot filled with water place your herbs and let simmer over a low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and pour into your bathwater or into a large basin. Adjust the temperature with cold water. If using bath salts, simply add directly into the bath. Swish and enjoy.
Cleanse and refresh: DETOX I Salt baths, yoga and herbs can help undo damage from the season of excess
Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, January 02, 2006
After talking to Lyneah Watson, I'm feeling desperate for a hot sauna and a salt bath. She has that effect on people around this time of year.
Watson, a clinical herbal therapist at Gaia Garden Healing Centre in Vancouver, fields inquiries from customers who have had too many exhausting late nights, and over-indulged in all things sweet and fattening. It is, in short, the season for cleansing worn-out bodies, a fresh new start from a year of living toxically. A sauna or a salt bath are easy ways of detoxing through sweat.
Heavy metal buildup, hormones from meat and dairy, pesticide and herbicide residues or environmental pollutants make up some of the toxins the body deals with, says Watson. "Symptoms that the body needs detoxing include fatigue, food sensitivities or allergies in later life," she says.
"It's not just a hippie thing anymore. People are becoming more and more aware each year. It used to be a master cleanse with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, honey and maple syrup. Now there are different types of cleanses that are organ-specific," she says. "But people are saying, 'Geeze, how do I even start?' "
A simple sauna or epsom salt bath can cleanse in the same way a fever helps rid the body of bacteria and toxins. "The skin is like a giant liver," says Watson. "Sweating can help draw out toxins but you need to consume a lot of water afterwards."
That's why she recommends against wearing anti-perspirants during a detox. "If you're going to detox, wear a deodorant," she says. And drink lots of water, too, she says, not juice, which contains sugar. "One tablespoon of sugar depresses the immune system for five hours and if you're detoxing, the body's more open to infection because it's vulnerable."
A more disciplined method is to buy a herbal detox kit from health-oriented stores like Gaia, Capers, Whole Foods and Finlandia. Bitter herbs like dandelion root, yellow dock, milk thistle, burdock root stimulate the liver; wormwood and black walnut are good for parasite cleanses.
"Many people try many things and symptoms just got worse and worse until they've tried detoxing. Detoxing can make you feel worse for two to seven days, as toxins are released, she says. "You could have itchiness, headaches or rashes."
The lymph system, too, can use a boost with herbs like cleavers (also known as couch grass or goose grass), or through yoga, pilates or exercise. "The lymph system doesn't have its own pumping system and relies on the flexing of muscles and gravity to move things back into the blood and to the liver," says Watson.
Dry brushing is becoming better known as a way to stimulate the lymph system. Brushing on the surface of the skin in specific directions helps stimulate the lymph. "It takes five minutes, max," says Watson. Yoga and pilates are also good because of the stretching and releasing of muscles. Toxins can be stuck in muscles, she said. "But if you're detoxing, heavy exercise is out of the question."
As well as herbal cleanses, there are homeopathic cleanses, chelation and fasting methods. Watson fasts once or twice a year but doesn't recommend it to the beginner. "It should be done under supervision and people should start gently."
Fasting, she says, makes her irritable and tired because she's detoxing. "I do it once or twice a year, in spring and fall. When we talk about fasting, it's a juice fast or mono food fast or a combination."
Around Easter, people come in because it's allergy season. "We know detoxing has helped them previously, because they're complaining they had forgotten to do the cleanse in time for the allergy season that year."
Foods, too, can help detox the body. For instance, cilantro and garlic help to eliminate heavy metals from the body. Turmeric, parsley, fresh artichokes, too, help the body's detoxifying process. Grapes, melons, beets, celery helps build the blood, which in turn eases pressure on the liver.
"Knowing what certain herbs, spices and vegetables can do creates a respect for food," says Watson.
© The Vancouver Sun 2006
Bath Time Magic For Kids by Lindsay Small (10-29-2005)
Bath time is the perfect opportunity for parents and children to really get to know each other and spend quality time together.
How you view "bath time" is up to you. Many parents choose to treat it as a chore and dread the evenings - as do their children. In many homes, bath time is about as boring as brushing teeth. You, however, can choose to turn bath time into something special, which both you and your child will look forward to every day. For a child, bath time should be a transition between the noisy, busy world of day and the peaceful, cosy world of bed. With very little effort on your part you can make it a magic time for both of you.
How do you inject some magic into bath time? Firstly, by prioritizing it. Fix a time for baths that works around meals, cooking, welcoming home your spouse, making evening telephone calls and relaxing - and establish that time for both you and your child. If the phone rings, leave the answer machine to pick it up. Try to do a quick tidy-up with your child before bath time, so that you aren't faced with a horrible mess afterwards - that way it becomes a transition between day and evening for you too. Make sure that you set aside enough time so that you aren't rushing and nagging your child to hurry.
Now, to make bath time fun! Here are some suggestions for adding magic.
Bubbles: Have an assortment of bubble baths suitable for your child. As long as you don't choose anything too harsh, you don't have to stick to children's products, which can have very unnatural scents and colors. Include basic baby bubble bath and some therapeutic bath salts for energetic, sporty days. Display your different bottles and make a show of choosing which bubbles you will use each night. Perhaps if your child has been helpful tidying up, they can choose?
Essential Oils: Two drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil (no more!) added to the bath and stirred in well will soothe and calm a fractious child after a long day. For variation, and to be sure that the oil disperses well, you can also add the drops to a cup of milk before adding to the bath. We sometimes use an unscented mild bubble bath with the essential oil.
Candle light for special occasions: This is obviously only suitable for well-supervised bath times - but kids really do love the atmosphere of a candle lit bath. We would suggest that candles are lit only when the children are in the bath, and are extinguished before they climb out to be completely safe.
Warm towels and pyjamas: Especially pampering in the winter months, children love to get out of the bath into a warmed towel and pyjamas! Little touches make all the difference.
Poetry night: In our household, every Friday night bath time was poetry night. We chose Friday night because we often had other children round to play on a Friday afternoon and that meant that our kids were often over-tired and irritable when it came to bath time. We found suitable poetry in the library and on the internet, stored any printed pages in plastic file folders to keep them splash proof, and tried to introduce an interesting variety of poems to the kids. In reality, we read the same favorite poems over and over again!
Bath toys: Rotate bath toys ruthlessly so that there is always something interesting to play with! Every so often you can raid the kitchen for suitable implements too - children love playing with sieves, whisks, measuring cups and jugs. Our kids would play endlessly with a plastic funnel, plastic bottles (some with holes punched in them) and a couple of plastic jugs. If you don't want to use your own kitchen equipment, you can find these things very cheaply at garage sales and dollar stores. A plastic colander doubles as an excellent storage basket.
Fun foam toys: You can buy fun foam shapes in buckets, or you can buy the foam at the craft store and cut your own shapes. Perhaps you could change your shapes to match holidays and seasons - flowers for spring and summer, Christmas trees at Christmas, bunnies and eggs at Easter? There are many possible learning activities too: cut pieces to teach colours, shapes, numbers or the alphabet, and practice matching, grouping, sorting, ordering and so on.
Shaving foam sculpture: Squirt a few large blobs of shaving foam onto the side of bath or into your child's hands (warn him to keep it away from his eyes) and let his imagination take over!
Music and story tapes: Bath time is a good opportunity to introduce music of all kinds or to listen to a special story on tape or CD.
Blowing bubbles: For a special treat, bring some bubble blowing mixture into the bathroom. Make sure that it doesn't get into anyone's eyes!
Colorful baths: A few drops of food coloring will transform the bath into something exotic! Try orange or green at Halloween, red or green at Christmas, red for Valentine's Day and so on. Keep the bottle well out of children's reach! Language night: A friend used bath time once a week as "language night", teaching her kids French by listening to French tapes and singing French songs. She decorated the room with small colorful posters, made by cutting up old exercise books or printing pages off the net and laminating them, which she stuck around the bath with sticky-tack. Any bath toys used that night were objects that could be named in French (plastic vegetables from her child's shop, plastic boy and girl dolls, and so on).
Finally, remember that in a few short years the whole ritual of bath time will be long gone and your children will be old enough to shower or bath on their own - resisting any attempt from you to interfere! Have you noticed how eagerly a grandmother runs her grandchild's bath and splashes and plays for much longer than necessary? If you asked her she would tell you to make he most of bath time while you can. Whatever you do now to make bath times magic will be repaid a thousand times in memories for you and your children in the future!
About the Author
Lindsay Small is the owner of Activity Village, packed full of fun and educational activities for kids. Do you have children aged 2-10? Visit http://ww.ActivityVillage.co.uk to find free kids crafts, printables, educational resources, worksheets, coloring pages and puzzles, jigsaws, Sudoku for kids and much more!