HOW TO CREATE A SPA EXPERIENCE AT HOME
As any woman can tell you, a trip to the spa can be an oasis in a world of responsibility and stress. However, it can also be quite the drain on your wallet. You can recreate the pleasures and relaxation of a day at the sauna or resort, and you can do so from within your own home.
1) The first thing to do is to set the mood for your gentle evening of pampering. This involves telling your husband that, under no circumstances are you to be disturbed and that the sleeping children are to be his responsibility for the next ninety minutes. Next, quickly clear the area of all clutter that would otherwise bother you or diminish the moment. Make sure that all of the day’s chores are done so there is no lingering task to rush or haunt you.
2) Dim the lamps, light the scented candles; scents like vanilla and lavender are found to have particularly calming effects. Prepare yourself a cup of chamomile tea of a glass of your favorite wine (though be careful not to get overly intoxicated). Play your favorite calming tunes or perhaps listen to recorded sounds of the ocean, forest or something that reminds you of paradise.
3) A nice, warm, relaxing bath is the essential second step to your at home spa experience. Fill the tub with bubble bath and bath salts, which will help to relax your muscles and diminish any aches. As you settle into the steamy waters, focus on your breathing and try to forget the stresses of the day, at least temporarily. Perhaps prop a towel underneath your neck to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Place the warm wash cloth or an eye mask over your face to force your lids to stay closed as you peacefully soak. Don’t forget to have a bottle of water within reach, as both the wine and the warmth will dehydrate you. Exfoliate your skin with a sugar scrub to get rid of the day’s grime and dead skin cells. The steam from the bath will open your pores, so this is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a facial mask. As you immerse yourself in the water, keep a hand towel close so you can lightly snack on delicious, guilt-free snacks like fruit, nuts and a slither of dark chocolate.
4) When getting out of the bath, put on a quality robe and slippers to be cocooned from the air’s chill. Sit down, dry your feet, and clear away the flaky skin and calluses with a pumice stone. Follow this up by giving your skin some TLC with a quick absorbing and nourishing cream.