Friday, October 9, 2020

To the baths! This is how the world bathes.

When autumn arrives and the weather slowly gets uncomfortable, the bathtub season starts for many. A warm, fragrant full bath after work or a long walk promises relaxation, rest and me-time. Whether with a good book, a warm tea or a glass of red wine - relaxation is guaranteed in the bathtub, because the warm water increases the body temperature and loosens the muscles. Combined with the right bath additive, a bath also has a balancing effect and lets your soul dangle.

One more reason why bathing is so popular around the world. But what are the special features between the individual countries? What preferences do people have and what traditions do we know about bathing? We would now like to bring this and much more to you.

This is how Germans bathe

Did you know that 8 out of 10 people in Germany have a bathtub?

Every fourth German bathes at least once a week, especially in the cold season. Bath additives with a pine scent, such as the traditional Herbacin mountain pine wellness bath, are still the most popular.

Germans also love to dive into the bathtub with a good book.

Bathe like God in France

Inspired by the waters of the Atlantic, the Thalasso therapy was invented in France. Whether in the SPA or at home, bathing in sea salt and algae not only has an invigorating effect, it also relaxes fasciae and muscles and ensures smooth, rosy skin at the same time. That is why French women with an affinity for beauty rely primarily on thalasso baths.

Scandinavian bathing trends

Scandinavians swear by long herbal baths when colds arise. The aromatic scent of the herbs invigorates the senses and clears the airways.  They also use the herbal bath to relax muscles and warm up the body.

Bathing in the Far East

Unlike in the rest of the world, bathing is considered a group activity in the Arab world. In the hammam, the bathing ceremony, consisting of cleaning, steam bath, massages and watering, is initiated as a kind of ritual. The sensual scents here ensure relaxation and make bathing a total experience. Since the hammam is mainly carried out in bathing establishments, socializing and lively exchange with one another are an integral part of bathing.

For the love of health - bathing in India

In India, Ayurvedic bathing primarily serves to maintain health and beauty. Before bathing, the body is massaged with detoxifying oils, such as sesame oil, in order to then cleanse itself in the bath water mixed with fresh medicinal herbs. After bathing, you feel reborn.

Bath culture in Japan

The Japanese live a very extensive bathing culture. A quick bath is unthinkable here, because bathing is celebrated in public bathing establishments, to purify body and mind. In the warm springs, the onsen, relaxation is guaranteed - tensions are released and your thoughts can wander. But before you can get into the onsen, extensive cleaning is mandatory!

The Japanese also celebrate their bathing experience at home. Bathing is often a family affair here. After a thorough washing, the head of the family first steps into the bathtub, followed by the rest of the family by rank, naturally without changing the bath water.

As you can see, bathing is very important around the world. Cleansing the body is never the top priority here. Rather it is important to seek the moment of relaxation and allow yourself a break from everyday life. A real luxury!

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