Bringing the Health Spa Home: Essentials of the Home Spa (Part 3)8th May 2007
Setting up your Home Spa
If you are looking to recreate the health spa in your home, it is important to consider some of the following elements in order to enhance your relaxation experience.
Time - One of the most challenging aspects of creating your own health spa is finding the time to completely isolate yourself from the rest of the world. You must ensure that you are away from all types of distraction when pampering and caring for yourself. To guarantee total sanctuary try switching off your mobile, turning on the answering machine, and let your family & friends know that you don’t want to be disturbed.
Water – This is the most important commodity of your home health spa. Treat it as the basis of all routines and ensure that you intake enough throughout each day. Try to drink at least 8 pints of water each day making certain that you have supplies with you throughout the day. Water should be drunk without any added flavourings, such as a slice of lemon, in order to have the maximum detoxifying effects for your kidneys.
Temperature – It is essential to maintain warm and comfortable surroundings within your home health spa environment. During the winter seasons this may mean turning the house heating higher, as apposed to the summer where the outside temperature should be warm enough to work with. This aspect is entirely down to personally preference, so make the temperature something you feel content with.
Music – Being surrounded by relaxing and inspiring music will help calm the mindset, and enhance your overall health spa session. Try choosing a selection of classical orchestral tracks, and gentle music containing natural sounds.
Incense – Use incense to purify the air around you with the aid of burning incense sticks, or incense oils. Incense sticks are secured in a suitable holder whilst oils are burned in saucers. Sandalwood or patchouli based incense smell sweet and musky whereas pine or sage based aromas offer a fresh, invigorating effect.
Flowers – Fresh flowers provide colour and scent to any open space, instantly transforming any room that you use by bringing nature inside. Try creating your own displays with home grown flowers and plants or purchase a selection from your florist to arrange.
Essential Health Spa Equipment
Creating a health spa in the home doesn’t require complicated equipment or a large spending budget. Many items that are easily obtainable and affordable can increase the effectiveness of many spa treatments. Consider purchasing a selection of the following items in order to stimulate the overall detoxifying process.
Loofah – This natural sea product has a rough texture that softens when wet. Use this to stimulate your circulation in the shower or bath. Rub exfoliating body scrub or shower gel into the skin and massage with the loofah in circular motions to create a skin warming effect.
Pumice Stone – Pumice stones originate from volcanic regions, and are often used in salons during the pedicure process to remove dry, calloused or excess skin. Massage the skin gently and always apply a skin moisturiser to follow.
Friction Glove – A coarse outer layer allows this glove to help stimulate the circulation when used in the shower or bath, especially on the underarms or thighs. When using a friction glove ensure that you use gentle circular motions, taking extra care when dealing with sensitive skin.
Back Brush – Use a back brush to get to hard to reach places during a solo spa session in the bath. Circular application of the body scrub will improve the circulation and skin condition of areas that don’t get as much attention as others.
Skin Brush – Softer than a back brush, a skin brush can be used on dry skin before a bath or shower treatment. It is particularly good for removing old skin cells, which can foster the skins ability to excrete toxins through the skin. Brush in circular motions starting from the feet and moving up towards the heart for maximum effect.
Cooling Eye Mask – Use a cooling eye mask to relax your eyes and reduce puffiness around the eye area. Typically, the mask is filled with a gel that needs to be cooled by placing it in the refrigerator a few hours before use.
Cellulite Massager - This padded cellulite massager gently stimulates circulation to rejuvenate skin and lessen the appearance of cellulite. It can be combined with the use of a body scrub, or aromatherapy blend to enhance the process. So why not try a treatment today?
By developing your home spa setting you increase the desirability and usability of your spa treatments. Make sure you take full advantage of the benefits that spa treatments can provide in the comfort of your own home.
Part 2: Bringing the Health Spa Home: Aromatherapy
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