Water and WellnessThe Art of Balance
There’s more to the act of bathing than merely getting clean. Bathing provides tangible health benefits: stress reduction, awakened senses and the ability to bring the entirety of our being into alignment.
Despite Western culture’s longstanding opinion of bathing as purely utilitarian, a number of enlightened health professionals take a more balanced approach toward its role in wellness. Some health providers incorporate bathing therapies into treatments for problems with body alignment and posture, joint pain, and even serious spinal and nerve-related issues.
“Picture a gymnast on a balance beam,” says Jean Kolb, Director of the Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, WI. “That balance is a very small movement … just like the very small choices in your life, which cumulatively can take you from being in balance to imbalance. It doesn’t take a huge movement to lose control and fall off.”
A wealth of health
There’s a good reason that a wide range of therapeutic bathing options are available at the best spas. Positive benefits include increased circulation, deep relaxation, even absorption of vital trace minerals through the water—and each is part of a domino effect that can contribute to improved health.
A perfect circle
The Kohler Waters Spa routinely wins accolades and awards for its five-star service and facilities, including a menu of relaxing and restorative bathing experiences. But what sets it apart from other spas is its unique partnership with Kohler plumbing business professionals and their product development expertise.
“My spa colleagues are very jealous of me,” Kolb laughs, “because they know that if I can’t find something I want in the current offerings of this industry, all I have to do is call my plumbing colleagues and they’ll create it.”
That relationship also provides the bath products business with key feedback about what customers want. “It’s very much a circle of shared information,” Kolb confirms, “And that free exchange results in some truly great products.”
The spa bath at home
Today's bathing experiences run the gamut from extra-deep soaking bath tubs to air baths, which allow you to fully immerse yourself in gently massaging bubbles. In fact, many of the bathing technologies, from whirlpool jets to chromatherapy, have made their way from destination spas into the home bathroom. Experiences such as the VibrAcoustic bath, which sends ambient, sound-wave vibrations through the water, offer what may be the ultimate in deep relaxation.
Luxury-seeking homeowners who prefer showers to baths can opt for showers in a variety of configurations that combine a series of showerheads and bodysprays mounted on the walls and ceiling. There is even the option for digital controls allowing the user to preset sprays, temperature and water use. The result is a highly personalised therapeutic experience and a relaxing break from the mental and physical stresses of the day.
The body remembers
Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and we can’t live without it. And we have a connection to water that transcends the physical. Whether it’s the rhythmic sound of waves on the shore, the soft patter of raindrops on a rooftop, or the soothing splash as your bath fills with water at the end of a long day, our daily communion with water allows us to restore balance to our mind and spirit.