Modified and translated by CFJA
How to bathe
In Japan, people used to wear Zori sandals when they traveled, which are similar to the current flip flop sandal so when they arrived at a traditional inn (旅籠 Hatago), they would need to have their feet washed to clean but also to relieve tired feet.
A foot bath is ideal when the body is not feeling well. It is best to dip your feet in water just above the ankle, and it feels great! The directions begin with taking a bucket or basin and fill with water that is about 37 degrees celsius, place your feet in and add a bit more water to bring the temperature up to approximately 40 degrees. Depending on the season and room temperature, you may find that you start to sweat after 10-15 minutes. This is the sign that it is time to stop. The body gives us signs and it is up to us to pay close attention. Remove your feet from the bucket, dry and wipe your feet as well as your body and change your underwear. This is a great way to relieve cold and tiredness.
There is a similar method called “koshi-yu”. Where you fill the tub with hot water and put only your bottom in. The rest of the process is the same as a foot bath. In both cases, the body is not completely submerged in the water, which prevents burden on the heart. Even in good health, it is best to enter the bath slowly, feet first. When washing your body, it is also a good idea to wash the part of the body farthest from the heart first so you would start with the legs then the hands and finally the body should be washed. When you are not feeling well it is best to not wash your head until feeling better. With any type of bathing Ideally, the room temperature should be high, especially when washing the body, as the body can easily get cold. In all cases of washing the body, we should try to wash the body as quickly as possible.