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Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Bath City of America




Here are some photos from one of the bath houses in Mount Clemens, Michigan–a small town outside of Detroit whose curative mineral baths attracted myriads of travelers from the time of the Civil War through World War II. Read more from the Detroit News about Mount Clemens, Bath City of America. Make sure you click on the link there to see more photos–interesting Michigan and American history.




The 5-Minute Bath

Okay, here’s my little secret–every morning I take a 5-minute bath! In fact as much as I love baths the majority of my baths never last beyond 15 minutes.


Here’s my "technique" for the 5-minute bath. Start running the water, pour in your bath salts and go ahead and get in the tub as it is filling up. Make the water as hot as you can take it and fill the tub only half way. When you slide your body down into the water, it should cover only your backside and slightly up over your sides. This allows your chest, belly and tops of legs to be exposed to the air.  (Sometimes I think I look like a frog when I do this.) 


The skin that is out of the water will be able to breath (respiration) and you will experience a releasing, rejuvenating bath. You will feel the soothing hot water and the cooler air above you. This also helps to regulate your body temperature so that you don’t overheat. You can close your shower curtain or sliding glass doors, if you have them, to keep in the steam. 


Relax like this for about five minutes and when you’re ready to get up, sit and splash water on the parts of your body that were not submerged. This will be the final cleansing of your skin. Did you know that salt is a natural anti-bacterial so you don’t even have to use soap.


Take a Foot Bath!

If you don’t have time for a bath or just don’t have a bathtub, try taking a foot bath to soak up the many therapeutic benefits of our luxurious bath salt blends.


Reflexologists and other body workers pay a lot of attention to the role of feet in staying healthy and happy. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 lid full of salts into a small plastic tub or other type of container that allows hot water to cover your feet and ankles. Soak feet for 15-20 minutes. While soaking your feet, close your eyes, breath deeply and let your body and soul relax and detoxify.

Tub TV




If you don’t take a bath for fear of missing your favorite TV show, perhaps American Idol, then here’s the solution. The waterproof Tub TV–the Evergreen EG-FTV71S. The Japanese take their baths seriously and have developed this handy dandy 7" 480 x 234 600g color TV selling for 37,980 Yen–approx. $340.00. You CAN have it all and never miss your bath! (Had hoped to provide the link as to where you can buy this baby but everything I find is in Japanese. Let me know if you find a link and I’ll add it.)

Sophie’s Favorite



Sixth grader, Sophie Mittelstadt, takes her sports seriously. Not only is she a competive short track speedskater training six days a week, she just earned her 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Sophie attends the Silver Spring International Middle School French Immersion program in Silver Spring, Maryland. When not doing sports, Sophie plays violin and piano.


After her workouts, Sophie loves to take a bath and Joyful Bath Co. bath salts are her choice for the tub. "I really like all of them but my favorites are Oatsy Floatsie and ‘Nilla Buttermilk. I used Epsom salts the other day and they didn’t work as well."




On the left, Sophie’s mom, Alison Mittelstadt. She’s also a speedskater and trains several times a week.

Happy New Year!

Make bath time in 2009!  –an unbiased public service announcement from Joyful Bath Co.–splish, splash!