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11 Ways to Create the Perfect Bath

Posted: 01/06/12 08:40 AM ET

Water- or hydro-therapy can be traced to about 4,500 BC to the areas that are now Egypt, Iraq and Iran. Immersing the body in water has been shown to be very relaxing, therapeutic and a complement to a healthy lifestyle The deep muscle relaxation associated with a good hot bath helps to reduce cramps, tension headaches and improves muscle elasticity. The process is similar to a massage and beneficial for everyone from athletes to those who sit at a desk all day. It has even been said that taking a bath takes you back to a time when you were in the womb, thus creating a comforting and relaxing environment. So, next time you have a stressful day, draw a bath and use the tips below to create the ultimate soaking experience.

Use Scented Bath Oil
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Choose scented bath oil; floral scents like lavender, jasmine, iris and rose are associated with relaxation and can help to ease you into a relaxing state quicker. Add oils to the tub when the bath is halfway full, this will help them disperse evenly throughout the water.

Josie Feria is the director of operations at hydro-centric Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.