We speak about stretching in the bath and shower whilst using a few of our products and a few people have asked how best to do that.
You have to be careful when stretching in the bath or shower – for obvious reasons – so we don’t recommend any stretches involving balance or a shift of weight on one side of the body. But, a little bit of light stretching is great for your muscles.
Warm water increases your blood circulation. It causes your arteries and veins to expand which means you can carry more blood around your body. The benefits of having a healthy blood flow are numerous, but perhaps the most important one is the positive impact it has on your blood pressure.
So, how do I stretch during my bath or shower?
By stretching when your veins and arteries are expanded, you can actively encourage more blood flow through the limbs you stretch. In turn, this delivers more oxygen to tired muscles and helps them recover quicker.
It’s important to warm up your muscles before stretching – and if you’d like to stretch but you haven’t just done a workout – a bath is a great way to warm them up. Plus, paired with the right essential oils, you can get an even deeper muscle and mind relaxation.
If you’d rather do more complex stretching moves, you can get out of the shower/bath and then do some light yoga.
But, if you’d like to keep your body moving whilst in the shower or bath, here are three of our favourites:
- Circle your wrists, ankles and neck one at a time.
- Tense and then release your bum cheeks.
- If you’re in the shower, gently twist your body from the waist for a satisfying back stretch.
If you’re going to try this yourself, remember to keep the stretches very light and only partake in them in you’re physically able.