Standing upright and spilling water onto your head.
See also slow dousing
Dousing has been reported as being an aid to relieving ones self of Headaches after physicality.
One guy wrote to douse twice a day: Once before midday and once before midnight, so that it catches "both parts of the bodies natural cycle".
2005-03-26 or earlier ∞
- Observations from dousing
Some time has passed since my initial experimentation with "slow dousing" (cold showers). From that, I learned about how various subtleties in my breathing, posture and tension will help or hinder the "cold water experience". I especially loved being able to open the window in wintertime to experience just how warm that cold water really is (compared to the air). I miss that, since I moved three times since then and I still don't have another place with a window in the bathroom. Turning a fan on just doesn't do the trick. ;)
Well, yesterday I did some thinking. .wait.. first, I moved on the 24th. I moved and in moving I realised that I was missing a lot of the essentials in life. Like a mop and a bucket. "Aah, a bucket.." I was reminded. "I should get two, or three.. to include cleaning _and_ dousing."
Well, I ended up going off on a mental tangent, essentially worried about wildlife nesting in a bucket I would leave outside. In the end I solved both problems by using one of my storage bins. They're not big, but not small either, and attached to them are two halves of a lid which fold closed together.
So yesterday I ended up figuring that I could use one of these storage bins until I get a bucket.
Shortly after, I realised that my shower didn't work. I swear God is a cat, and I'm some kind of human ball of tin-foil. I supposed that I would have to douse now, just to keep clean! I did give an honest try at bathing in a bathtub without a stopper.. boy did I feel poor doing that.
So after I connected the two issues together (ok, I'm slow) I tried dousing with a bucket in the shower. This is when I realised that:
a) Water is heavy and I am weak
b) A rectangular bin is an odd shape to lift over one's head, especially when filled with water.
c) These storage bins aren't made for being lifted in non-standard ways, especially when filled with water.
d) When inside, there is a ceiling. When in the bathroom it's even closer. When lifting something over my head I'm going to run out of room.
e) Trying to squat or duck under a half-lifted and shaking bin of water isn't the safest thing to do.
f) Only two-thirds of me can get wet thanks to all of the above.
Of course I had other observations like "note to self: get a bathmat" or "crap, where's my towel?"
Right, so it seemed that I'd have to do this outside after all. So I filled up a bin and left it outside, wondering if I'll ever have the nerve to actually do it.
Later that evening, after working with my intuition a bit (I think the kids in this area already think I'm some kind of freak, but maybe I'll get into that when they approach me to ask why I'm swinging a shovel around or squat-walking with a stick over my shoulders.)
Uh.. ok, maybe I shouldn't tell an entire story in parentheses..
Later that evening, I was frustrated and annoyed and had this stupid headache because I hold my breath and tense myself really stupidly when I do certain exertions. So at about 8pm I found my bathing suit and went out to dump that bucket of water over me.
So I did.. I tried to go slow but I'll need practice to do this.
- It's hard for me to get the back of my arms wet.
- I need to practice to pour slower
- I didn't get that "Holy sh*t!" shock, but my body certainly felt something.
- I noticed a bit of steam wisping off of me.
- I shivered afterwards.. because I was cold and wet. (duh)
I left muddy footprints through my house. Note to self: get a doormat, maybe get indoor slippers. No, not fuzzy bunny slippers, plastic one's.. and not day-glow plastic either.
I did try to stay outside for a little bit, but I just didn't have the heart. Oh, and I also noticed I have a tiny patch of wildlife out my back door.. there was a raccoon who wouldn't have noticed if he hadn't looked at me (nighttime eyes).
I went inside and also poured a bucket of water over myself in the shower.. for good measure. It wasn't quite the same.
This morning, at almost 8am I went out. Well, a bird woke me up, so I figured I'd go try this stuff again. The neighbourhood is remarkably quiet compared to last night. I guess everyone is sleeping in or something.
So I went out there and did it again, resolving to pour more carefully and to stay out a bit longer.
- I still can't get the back of my arms very wet. I'd like to, because:
- Steam rose from my body quite readily.. and I self-dried in no time flat.
Also, wet feet on concrete is really difficult to bear.
Next time I will try to step onto a patch of earth. I'm kindof tempted to try standing on the nearby storm drain.
Now this time around things were different in ways I couldn't quite understand. I believe that the water was colder and that the effects were more marked because I was being slower. I still don't get the greater "shock" people talk about, but I do notice how my skin and flesh will change a bit.. and especially how fascinating the steam is. Before, in the shower, I would notice this only slightly.. but standing outside I sure can see it.
I'll have to work on my breathing and such, and maybe give myself something to do outside so that I can stay outside a little more comfortably.
Stuff I'll learn in the future:
- Differences between a bucket which is left outside open-air and with a lid.
- Using one or two buckets to douse with.
- Pouring speeds.
- Surfaces I stand on.
- Differences in the various temperatures of water.
- Differences in the various times of day.
- Differences with various weather / seasons.
- Experiences with staying outside longer.
- Things to do while outside drying off a bit.
- Meeting interesting neighbours (or getting shocked stares)
Maybe experimentation with hot buckets and cold buckets.. "contrast-dousing".