It’s Time To Transform Your Bathing

 

Bathing – so often a routine we rush through in order to get on with our day. Even when we take time for a relaxing bath, the best we can hope for is a few minutes to unwind.

Yet this barely dips below the surface of the transformative power of a simple shower, bath, or even hand wash.

Do it right and your humble bath could do wonders for your wellbeing – washing away everyday stresses and strains, while leaving you feeling deeply refreshed, energised and calm.

But don’t worry, this is not a complicated process – you can start reaping the rewards after just a few minutes’ simple practice.

Let’s find out how.

Discover Katie’s bathing rituals

 

There’s a better way to bathe

When it comes to bathing, the first thing to rethink is the role of water.

Water has long been central to cultures the world over. Revered for its ability to cleanse us; both spiritually and physically, water has always played a vital role in rituals and religious ceremonies, from baptisms to bathhouses.

Yet somewhere along the way our bathing routines have become monotonous, rushed affairs that fail to tap into this age-old wisdom, offering at best a brief time to unwind and at worst a snatched moment to wash.

Traditional cleansing rituals had three things in common: temperature change, therapeutic minerals and mindfulness.

Many of us buy the minerals, but are unaware of the other elements of this incredible bathing trio. Yet, it’s the combination of these three things that deliver the transformative experience we all crave.

Harmony and balance

Now for a bit of science.

All living things are made up of atoms. These atoms are in varying forms of constant motion, creating positive and negative electrical charges that exist in perfect balance with each other.

It is this vibration of positively and negatively-charged atoms – the balance and harmony of Ying and Yang – that makes up the very building blocks of all life.

Yes, but what has this got to do with having a bath or shower?

 

Why essences are essential

Essences such as essential oils and crystals carry vibrational energy – affecting us mentally, emotionally and physically.

This is why our products use carefully-selected ingredients such as rose quartz, relied upon the world over for its restorative properties, and frankincense, to help relax.

As you’ll see, when you combine the raised frequency of that supercharged water with mindful breathing and our passive heating techniques, you’ve got a superbly potent therapy in the comfort of your own bathroom.

The Hayo’u way to bathe

Here at Hayo’u, our founder and resident Chinese medical practitioner, Katie, has distilled thousands of years of ancient Chinese wisdom into simple one-minute rituals, refined for our modern lives.

Katie’s bathing rituals, combined with our specially blended, iconic Chinese Mineral Bath and Mineral Shower botanicals will truly transform the way you bathe.

Bringing together our passive heating techniques with a Daoist breathing practice, these rituals will leave you feeling restored, revived and replenished.

It’s time to transform the way you bathe, with Hayo’u.

Katie’s bathing rituals

Follow our simple, yet revolutionary bathing rituals to transform your humble bath, shower, foot or hand wash into something deeply healing, nourishing and replenishing for your body and soul, whatever the time of day or night.

Morning
The revitalising shower

Evening
The replenishing bath
The soothing foot bath

Any time
The reviving hand wash

 

The revitalising morning shower

“I’m just going to jump into the shower” is all too often the phrase we utter to ourselves or others first thing in the morning.

Just a quick wash and then on with the day. But we’re missing out on a fantastic opportunity to elevate this rushed routine into an incredibly restorative and invigorating experience.

It’s time to wake up our sluggish, stagnant selves and kickstart our circulation, shake off everyday stresses and strains, and get ready for the day feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Here’s what to do:

The technique

  • While in the shower, apply our Mineral Shower Wash.
  • Practise the Rescue Breath ritual, deeply inhaling the uplifting aroma of essential oils.
  • For best results, alternate the hot water with short bursts of cold.
  • Finish with a burst of cold water to invigorate, or hot to relax.

The ritual

  1. Expel

Expel stale air by breathing in through the nose and purposefully out through the mouth three times. Stale air accumulates overnight and during stressful periods.

  1. Decend

Take five slow, deep breaths. With each exhalation allow your focus to descend into the lower abdomen.

  1. Smile

During exhalation send your smile into the lower abdomen. This sends a positive mental intention right to the energetic centre of the body, leaving you calm and centered.

The reward

Renowned for millennia across Asia for its therapeutic qualities, when used regularly. These include:

  • Releasing stress
  • Assisting relaxation
  • Improving circulation

What next?

A great thing to do after your revitalising shower is Katie’s one-minute Reset Ritual.

The ritual is based on the Chinese martial arts practice of Qi Gong, renowned for boosting flagging energy, invigorating circulation, releasing stored tension and loosening up your body.

The increased blood flow will also help distribute the benefits of the essential oils in Hayo’u Mineral Shower Wash around the body.

You’re now set for the day ahead.

 

Hayo'u - Mineral Wash

The replenishing evening Bath

We all know instinctively that a hot bath is a great way to relax after a long day.

Yet to really tap into the benefits of this simple form of hydrotherapy, we’ve refined the passive heating techniques of ancient China into a simple bathing ritual. Combine with our aromatic Bath Minerals to feel deeply replenished, refreshed and restored.

Katie’s bathing ritual

The technique

  • Run a comfortably warm bath to about a third full.
  • Dissolve one handful of Hayo’u Mineral Bath, and step in.
  • Stay seated as you slowly increase the temperature.
  • Stop once the bath is hot but not unbearable.
  • While the bath is warming carry out Katie’s Rescue Breath Ritual.
  • Lie back and soak.
  • For best results, intermittently stand and enjoy short bursts of cold water from the shower.
  • At the end of your bath, add a burst of cold water to refresh, or hot to relax.

The ritual

  1. Expel

Expel stale air by breathing in through the nose and purposefully out through the mouth three times. Stale air accumulates overnight and during stressful periods.

  1. Descend

Take five slow, deep breaths. With each exhalation allow your focus to descend into the lower abdomen.

  1. Smile

During exhalation send your smile into the lower abdomen. This sends a positive mental intention right to the energetic centre of the body, leaving you calm and centered.

The reward

Renowned for millennia across Asia for its therapeutic qualities, when used regularly. These include:

  • Releasing everyday stress
  • Assisting relaxation
  • Improving circulation

 

Hayo'u bathing article

 

The fact is we don’t all have our own roll-top bath to slip into.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the restorative benefits of Katie’s bathing ritual.

All you need is a simple washing up tub to get started. In fact, foot bathing has a rich heritage throughout China, and for good reason.

Chinese medicine believes that soaking the feet is an efficient way to detox, as the slightly raised body temperature unblocks energy channels in the body.

Simple soaking can be surprisingly effective. Six meridians (liver, gall bladder, kidney, spleen and stomach) reach the feet, each of which has more than 60 acupuncture points. The feet have points that correspond to many parts and organs of the body.

Soaking in hot water activates blood and energy throughout the body. In herbal foot baths, the skin absorbs elements through the skin and these travel through energy channels to target points.

The technique

  • Half fill a foot bath or washing up tub with hot water, next to a seat
  • Add a magnesium mineral compound such as our Hayo’u Mineral Bath to your foot bath.
  • Sit down, step your feet into the washing up tub and soak for 20 minutes.
  • While soaking, carry out Katie’s Rescue Breath Ritual.

The ritual

  1. Expel

Expel stale air by breathing in through the nose and purposefully out through the mouth three times. Stale air accumulates overnight and during stressful periods.

  1. Descend

Take five slow, deep breaths. With each exhalation allow your focus to descend into the lower abdomen.

  1. Smile

During exhalation send your smile into the lower abdomen. This sends a positive mental intention right to the energetic centre of the body, leaving you calm and centered.

The reward

Renowned for millennia across Asia for its therapeutic qualities, when used regularly. These include:

  • Releasing everyday stress
  • Assisting relaxation
  • Improving circulation

The reviving hand wash

This is a great way to tap into the reviving benefits of Katie’s morning shower ritual.

All you need to do is use the Hayo’u Mineral Shower Wash when you wash your hands, it’s as easy as that.

When you smell something, you create a memory. Repeating the action of washing your hands with the Mineral Shower Wash deepens that memory.

It will take you back to that moment of focus and calm from your morning shower, and that same sensation of deep relaxation.

 

 


*A study at Loughborough University assigned 14 men to an hour-long soak in a hot bath (40˚C) and found it burned as many calories as a half-hour walk (around 140 calories). Peak blood sugar after eating was about 10% lower when participants took a hot bath compared with when they exercised. The study also showed an anti-inflammatory response similar to that following exercise.

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