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Cast stone baths are great for candlelit bathing. Bathing by candlelight brings forth images of romance, calm, and relaxation. At one time, bathing by candlelight was a necessity since electric lights were not yet invented. It's easy to imagine a vintage freestanding tub surrounded by candles while someone washes up at the end of a long day. Despite the advent of modern electric lights, bathing in warm water by the soft glow of candlelight has always had a sort of charming allure.
In addition to their soothing qualities, candlelit baths are also an expression of romance. On Valentine's day or anniversaries, it's not uncommon to surprise your beloved with a bathroom full of soft music, rose petals, and candles surrounding the bathtub. Even if your partner has had a bad day, such a surprise is sure to lift their spirits instantly. Such a thoughtful gesture never goes unnoticed. Candles provide just enough illumination to set the mood for a very romantic evening. The romance effect is especially potent with a classic freestanding tub.
Since candles are such a soft source of illumination, they're perfect for inducing relaxation. When you come home after a long day of work, nothing soothes the nerves like a nice warm bath. The warm water is perfect for soothing tense muscles, and gently flickering candles are a calm alternative to the bright, static illumination of electric lights. Combine your end-of-the-day bath with lit candles and a favorite album playing in the background, and you have the makings of a perfectly relaxing end to the day. High-end bathtubs are great for candlelit baths since they add the elements of air jets and ergonomic comfort to your bath.
It's also not surprising that candles are also used in meditation. Meditation has many benefits, including reducing stress, alleviating depression, improving concentration, and improving memory. Since antiquity, meditation practitioners have used them in their day to day meditation practice. In yoga, this practice is called trataka, or the practice of meditating on a fixed spot. This method of meditation is used to develop concentration and strengthen the eyes. The soft glow and gentle flicker of candles are the perfect subjects to focus on when trying to relax the mind. You can achieve the same effect when taking a candlelit bath in a cast stone bath. Sitting in a natural stone tub while focusing on the gentle flame is a great way to get calm and centered, as well as improve your concentration.
You can make a candlelit bath even more special by adding a few additional elements. As mentioned before, high-end bathtubs add the extra element of air jets to a tub. This is great for bubble baths. Just add a cap full or two of your favorite body wash or bubble bath. If you want to relax your muscles, add a cup of Epsom salts to the bath water. Bath bombs and bath salts add effervescence to a bath.
Aromatherapy also adds an extra element of relaxation. Studies have found that certain scents can have an effect on a person's mood by triggering certain parts of the brain. For example, the scent of lavender is believed to stimulate the same parts of the brain that a sedative would. Add a few drops of relaxing essential oils to your water such as lavender or bergamot. Adding oils to your bath also helps to moisturize dry skin. Alternately you can also light incense or use aromatherapy candles.
A candlelight bath is a great way to bring the spa home to you. We recommend using candles that won't damage cast stone baths. Use a candle holder or a dish that will catch the wax and keep it from making a mess of your high-end tub. If using a freestanding tub, you can set the candles on the ground or on shelves. Be sure to keep open flames away from flammable objects. Also, never leave candles unattended, and be sure to blow the candles out when you're finished. Enjoy your bath!