Why We Love Showers

Humans have always wanted to be clean – be it religious, cultural, practical or aesthetic reasons, the feeling of being clean, refreshed and washed is an important aspect of being regarded as civilized, respectable and presentable.

The first showers were probably rain showers or rivers in which humans would cleanse their bodies of the dirt that manual labour and outdoor existence inevitably brought. This process developed to the replication of falling water by tipping jugs of cold water over the body to wash away dirt.  Throughout civilization the history of bodily cleaning and cleansing develops with the progressions in technology and energy sources. 

From those water pitchers, to rudimentary early systems of ancient Greece, to the twenty-first century power showers of the modern day, humans have always loved the relaxing and restorative nature of showers and showering. Recent years in particular have seen shower usage become even more popular with personal hygiene as well as time-saving to be key factors in its popularity. Our lifestyles today are busy, full and active – the shower responds to all these needs, cleaning and refreshing our bodies whilst being quicker than the time-consuming process of running a bath.

Our culture regards washing and cleansing as an integral part of our daily routine. The scientific and medical advancements of the nineteenth century recognised that washing everyday helped prevent disease, infection and was crucial in leading to a healthy and long life. In addition, showering is part of an aesthetic and enjoyable experience – showers are tools that relax a person, making them look and feel good.

In ancient times, showers were communal spaces where the social classes would gather to cleanse and share news. Today, although showering tends to be an individual and solitary activity, many people use communal showers after sport and exercise. After swimming, a gym class, a sporting match or a road run, showers bring a sense of community and a feeling coming together after a physically and emotionally demanding event.

Most people tend to have a shower in the morning; throughout the night the body secretes perspiration, particularly when one is in a hot country or has a bad dream. In the morning, we naturally want to wash away those feelings of any residual tiredness and night time sleep and having a shower is the ideal morning activity. It is time efficient and a great way to wake up, leaving a person refreshed for a day of work, play and adventure. 

Personal hygiene is incredibly important to our health, sense of wellbeing and identity. To have a clean body connects with our minds and our souls: we feel mentally refreshed and emotionally content. Showers provide this sense of cleanliness more than a bath or a quick wash in a basin with a flannel. There are a multitude of soaps, gels, creams and washes available in the shops but nothing refreshes in quite the same way as falling water, taking us right back to those days of early humans and reigniting out sense of connection with nature.