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Treat Yourself This Valentine's Day With a Soothing Bath

Transform the Bath Into a Self-Care Sanctuary for Valentine's Day

Having a long soak in a nice, hot bath is one of life's great pleasures. It's a perfect way to unwind and find some calm amidst the chaos of life and work. Even a short, basic bubble bath can work miracles for one's mental health. But today, bathtub manufacturers and health experts are finding new ways to enhance bath time for a refreshing and soul-nourishing experience - with resort-level luxury to boot. Whether it's a self-pampering session or a steamy soak after a romantic dinner, Valentine's Day is the perfect time for an in-home spa experience.

Popular Bathtub Types

Bathtubs come in various sizes, shapes, and materials, some with more advantages and features than others. Simple alcove bathtubs are usually in the form of a shower-tub combo. Made from fiberglass or acrylic, these are inexpensive but don't offer much in the way of special features or lounging space - most are five feet long and less than two feet deep. Drop-in tubs have a somewhat similar look, but they're usually roomier and are built into a wide deck or raised slab, usually of tile or finished granite. This surrounding structure provides extra space for candles, hygiene products, or beverages.


Freestanding tubs are becoming very popular for those who have space. There are many kinds of freestanding basins, from vintage clawfoot tubs to sleek modern designs that lay flush with the floor. Though pricier than the above tubs (especially cast-iron or marble models), they offer more space, some as big as 7 feet long and 3 feet deep. Corner tubs are very large and luxurious, more closely resembling Jacuzzis than bathtubs. These can comfortably fit two people and often feature whirlpool jets or air jets for a gentle massage - though some drop-ins and freestanding models also contain jets.

Relieve Stress With Audiotherapy, Aromatherapy, and Chromotherapy

Many new bathtubs are being built to accommodate several forms of sensory therapy. Some feature state-of-the-art acoustic transducers built into the tub shell that fully encompass the bather in the sound of their favorite music or soothing sounds. Chromotherapy bathtubs have special built-in LED lights capable of projecting various colors to stimulate particular patterns in the brain. Certain colors promote beneficial mental and physical states, such as tranquility, clarity, and deep relaxation - some even improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to reduce stress and anxiety as well as treat certain illnesses and bodily pain. Some use incense or essential oils for this purpose but find that the smoke can become problematic, and the oils can irritate the skin if misused. Aromatherapy tubs are built with an integrated scent diffuser machine that vaporizes essential oils and disperses the safe vapor directly into the air or through air jets in the tub.

Not a Fan of Baths? A Good Shower Can Be Equally Soothing!


There's good news for those who prefer a nice long shower over a soak in the tub. Many modern shower designs are very luxurious, with spacious benches or cubbies for sitting, gravity showerheads, and high-pressure massaging jets. Some newer shower enclosures even double as a sauna, which means one can enjoy the steam without wasting water. 

Shower-lovers can also reap the benefits of sensory therapy. Many shower enclosures feature chromotherapy lighting, a scent diffuser (which can also be installed), and excellent surround sound systems with easy voice command or smart-panel controls. Turning a bathroom into a veritable resort spa can be a big task, so homeowners should talk to a plumber with the right skills to ensure every detail is accounted for.

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