The Ultimate Natural Shower
My husband enters the room, having been awake for an hour already (he is a morning person) gently rouses me with his hand on my shoulder and a kiss to my forehead. He places a freshly brewed coffee on the bedside table and announces that he is making breakfast.
I flutter my eyes open and am welcomed to the sunrise of another beautiful day as he has raised the blind to flood the room with morning light. Sleepily I take a sip of water on my bedside as I move towards the shower.
The warm water washes over my body. The pressure of the water massaging my head and soothing my shoulders, I consciously draw my shoulder blades back and down away from ears, releasing the tension from the previous days workout. I wash my body, set my intention for the day ahead, and move through my routine stretches that limber my body into action.
Before I can create a myriad of excuses, my heart takes control over my mind and abruptly turns the tap to full cold. It takes approximately 4 seconds before the chilling water hits my skin and the initial gasp reaction is instantly controlled with conscious breathing. I tingle all over as the water hits my head and washes over my body. My skin tightens closing off the pores and to retain heat to my organs, the chilly water hits my skin like little needles penetrating the psyche; the masochist in me loves it. Truth be told, it’s a learned effort.
I love the resilience of my body and mind being built with this simple daily routine. The power that is created from breath control and the mental override that I am able to practice that will resonate into all areas of my holistic well-being. Strengthening my resolve, connecting body and mind as one.
90 secs is the approximate time I spend in the “chill-out zone”, sometimes more, rarely less. 3 minutes is said to be the optimal time, something that I am working myself up to. I’d prefer a full-body immersion such as the beach or bath but the shower provides a daily opportunity to reap the benefits.
Stepping out of the shower, there is a rush of blood as my circulatory system powers up, delivering fresh oxygenated blood to my extremities, a feeling of warmth, exhilarating, and invigorating.
“Out of life’s school of war—what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher