Bathing is more than just a process to help us get clean. Bathing is an essential ritual for healing the physical, emotional and spiritual self.

Earlier healthcare protocols understood that water was not only the basis for life, it's also responsible for creating health and wellness. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees illness as “disharmony within the person” and water plays a central role in the restoration of health and balance.

In TCM, water is the mover of Chi (energy); similarly in Indian Vedic healing, water is said to contain "prana" (life-giving energy) that restores and strengthens the body.

One way to activate the natural healing powers of the body is to immerse it in cold water. In this article, we’ll explore the history of therapeutic bathing/ hydrotherapy, as well as five surprising health benefits of taking a cold shower or bath.