Most of my friends like to take a COLD bath in the morning, even if the weather is chilly. I don’t. I like it HOT.I cannot take a cold bath. Aside from the goose bumps I get just dipping a finger tip into a pail of cold water, I will later have colds. My resistance to colds or to viral infections of the nose, throat and the bronchial tubes is not working to full capacity. In short, I am weak when it comes to colds.
Actually, my bath does not really have to be hot but lukewarm just enough to get rid of that unbearable degree of chill. Just enough to make me enjoy the relaxation one gets when taking a bath.
Some say cold baths are better than warm or hot baths. I prefer the latter. I remember a pretty PE teacher told me that hot baths open the pores of the skin so for the finale, one has to finish it with a splash or two of cold water. When the pores of the skin are open, the body becomes more susceptible to colds, she added. So to close the pores, finish the bath with cold water. I don’t remember doing that anymore.
I read from Encarta that therapeutic baths, which include hot, cold, medicated and mineral, serve as either stimulating or sedative or medicinal media. I think I’d go with stimulating though it is not advised for long duration. That is what I need… for now.