The Bath Project in Stylist Magazine
Bathing rituals from around the world
Stylist Magazine was so inspired by Dr Kubicka’s book ‘The Bath Project’ that they dedicated a whole article to the subject of baths and bathing.
As Dr Barbara Kubicka explains:
“Bathing [in British society] is seen as a treat as opposed to a necessary component of self-service and care… If we look at countries such as Japan and those within the Middle East, bathing is a social ritual.”
So baths are about far more than a quick soak to get clean. There are vastly more benefits. Dr Kubicka told Stylist Magazine:
“Baths are not only cleansing but also relax our muscles, detox our body and calm our mind.
“There are many aspects of modern life that impact our health, [including] physical burnout and injuries, and stress due to political or social pressures.
“While a bath might not be able to solve Brexit, it can help remedy some of life’s trials.”
Recreate bathing rituals at home
The feature in Stylist suggested 6 ways to recreate rituals from around the world at home
- Icelandic geothermal pools
To following the Icelandic mineral rich water, try a Dead Sea Mud before soaking off in the bath for exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effects
- Russian Banya
To incorporating the Banya brushing and steam to open up pores, bring in fresh eucalyptus and brush your body to boost circulation
- Bali flower bath
Luxury bath salts with dried petals and essential oils are a great way to mimic the Balinese flower bath
- Japanese Onsen
A social bath isn’t for everyone in the UK, but adding Onsen bath salts can bring healing properties to your bath
- Indian Ayurvedic bath
Massaging oil before bathing then adding ayurvedic oils gives an at-home version of Ayurvedic bathing
- French thalassotherapy
Salty seawater has trace elements to soften the skin and ease muscles. Seaweed bath preparations can give a similar experience at home
The Bath Project
For more information on the culture and tradition of bathing – plus recipes to recreate at home – Dr Kubicka’s book The Bath Project is an authority on the subject and a comprehensive guide to the art and science of bathing.
To purchase the book – https://www.thebathproject.com/product/the-bath-project-book/.