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The sensual bath is something that can be enjoyed in a bathroom that has been transformed into a personal spa. The bathroom is a superb locale for exploring the sexual possibilities.
Water can intensify touch, and wetness can be incredibly sexy. Light a few candles, fill the tub, get naked and slip into a nurturing environment for mind, body and spirit. If you have a partner, invite them to join you and celebrate your sensuality together.
Since the beginning of recorded history, bathing has expanded from a simple cleaning into a luxurious treatment for the unkempt body, to soothe sore muscles, and to enjoy our sensual selves while we socially interact with others.
at health spas, things aren’t much different. We bathe in a communal
facility, relax while pampering our bodies and rejuvenating our minds.
While the Roman Baths were originally designed to clean the body, the
Japanese’s idea of a sensual bath, called the Ofuro, was a ritualized
process thought to cleanse the person’s spirit.
The biggest difference between the Roman and the Japanese bath is that before they enjoyed the Ofuro (the hot Japanese bath) the participants would clean themselves. This allowed many to soak in clean water for hours without a soiled ring forming around the tub.
Although Ofuro is not traditionally a sexual experience, it is most definitely sensual in nature. The clean, hot water relaxes the body, opens the mind and can serve as a prelude to lovemaking. It is a practical way to build intimacy between partners before or after sex.
The most famous of all sensual bath experiences is the Turkish bath. This ritual begins with sitting in a warm room heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air. As the bathers’ pores open, dirt and other toxins are released from the body.
After leaving the hot room, the bather splashes their face with cold water. For a true Turkish bath, there’s a full body wash and massage afterwards. This process, called the hamam, ends with a few relaxing moments in a cooling-off room.
It is not difficult to create a physical environment in your own home that resembles a spa. Begin with a clean bathroom, a few luxurious toiletries and bath products that have pleasing packaging and fragrances, and focus on the little extras that differentiate functional bathing from sensual bathing.
Use water that is only a degree or two warmer than your body temperature; hotter water is drying to the skin. Add a few drops of baby oil to soften the water and have on hand a good collection of essential oils to create whatever aromatic combination appeals to you best.
Although many equate taking a bubble bath as luxurious, these products if used too often, can irritate the skin.
If bubbles are what you want, use a mixture of purified water, liquid glycerin and castile soap as the base, adding a combination of essential oils as befit your need.
Bath oil is superior to bubble bath because it doesn’t dehydrate the skin or irritate sensitive flesh.
Any bath oil will do, but if you using a quality toiletry, it will enhance the bathwater visually, last longer, hold its fragrance better, and leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, and restored.
These are recipes for a sensual bath:
Tranquility: 2 drops lavender, 2 drops bergamot, 2 drops cedarwood
Energy: 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops lemon, 2 drops frankincense
Happiness: 1 drop geranium, 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops orange
Romance: 3 drops ylang-ylang, 2 drops jasmine, 1 drop sandalwood, 1 drop patchouli
Seduction: 4 drops sandalwood, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop rose
Gentle Love: 4 drops ylang-ylang, 1 drop patchouli, 1 drop black pepper, 2 drops clary sage, 1 drop neroli, 1 drop rose, 1 drop jasmine
Sensual Ecstasy: 2 drops lavender, 2 drops ylang-ylang, 1 drop basil, 1 drop geranium, 1 drop bergamot