My dear friend Jenny sent me a wonderful article from an issue of Whole Living magazine – (apparently it’s an off-shoot from the Martha Stewart conglomeration but there is nothing there about the perfect cupcake or anything…)
I loved the article because it was concise and really hit home about how valuable taking a bath and getting in touch with WATER as a healing agent was.
The article features a woman named Stef Miller and her struggles after she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome & fibromyaliga and how water had helped heal her. At 35, Stef had been an active, vital woman and then found herself crawling across the floor to get where she wanted to go. How much does that suck? It sucks BIG TIME!
She decided to forgo the “typical western” prescriptions for her ailments and instead turned to alternate healthcare. One of the things she did was to take long baths – a ritual that helped her relieve her swollen, aching joints and muscles as well as her wounded psyche. Miller said “I swam constantly as a kid and have always associated water with joy, early on, these baths were my only comfort and gave me hope that at some point I’d feel better.”
Eventually Stef felt strong enough to exercise again and water was crucial to her progress. She started exercising in her families backyard pool, and within months she started feeling stronger and more energetic. “When my limbs ached and I was too tired to hold myself upright, water was the only thing that helped. It set me on a path towards healing , and its helped me keep well ever since.”
Here’s the thing with water:
- Water treatment is one of the oldest forms of medicine
- Ancient Celts, Greeks and Romans turned to the sea and mineral springs to remedy both physical and emotional woes
- Water has no side effects, it’s free and anyone can use it
- Simple H2O might just be one of the most promising health resources in the world today
- Water is HEALING – it makes you lighter – step into it and you immediately weigh less – when submersed, the bodies bones bear about 25% less than the weight they do on land
- Weightlessness makes exercising in water much easier on the joints than doing the same exercise on land
- Water gives you STRENGTH!
- When underwater you are always pushing against a force – water compresses the body, squeezing the blood from extremities into the chest which actually increase the amount of blood the heart pumps with each beat. When you are submerged up to your neck, your heart moves about 30% more blood than on land.
- Just sitting in water may give your heart a mild work-out
- Water REPAIRS and REVITALIZES muscles!
- More blood reaches muscles when you are underwater, more oxygen does too. An influx of oxygen can rebuild fatigued or injured tissue – probably one reason Miller found relief for her aching muscles and joints in a warm bath
- Water REJUVENATES your skin!
- Salt water can be incredibly medicinal – especially when it comes from the sea. It’s naturally exfoliating so it scours away dead cells, and it’s antibacterial and drying properties can help clear up acne
- The sea – which is FULL of salt water – seems to be therapeutic on a visceral level, calming nerves, broadening perspectives, lifting spirits. How many of us have gone to the ocean and felt rejuvenated afterwards? I think everyone reading this article can attest to that!
Pretty great bullet points there ‘eh?
Back to Stef Miller – she’s doing really well now and has taken up surfing! She says “ My time in the water always centers and calms me.” Yay for Stef! The Diva is thrilled that she’s healed and happy.
I’m going to assume that even with the ocean close by Stef still manages to take a bath here and there, because the ocean, for all it’s grandeur, doesn’t have oodles of bubbles does it?
The article goes on to ask “why exactly does water have such a powerful effect on our psyches?” It states that possibly because humans spend the first formative nine months of their existence afloat in amniotic fluid. A point that I made in as a recent guest author – score!
I love what Stef said lastly about getting in water: “You go in feeling one way – stressed out, angry, resentful, in pain – and come out feeling happier, healthier, and stronger.“
Transform your life one bath a time – indeed.
I blatantly used chunks of the Whole Living Magazine article for this post:
The article was written by Ginny Graves
Do get the magazine (I just subscribed!) and read the full article, has lots more great info on the healing power of water, and visit Stef’s site too!