Category Archives: Spa Treatments

Homemade Hot Oil Treatment

Letting your spa treatments go to your head is perfect for this month’s at home spa treatment…because I’m going to give you the recipe and how to apply hot oil treatments to your hair.  Sounds fun and relaxing, right?  Of course!

Most people think of giving themselves a hot oil treatment when their hair is dry and brittle.  But, even if you have oily hair, you will benefit from a hot oil treatment.

Spa Treatment – Abdominal Massage

When you think of a spa treatment, abdominal massage is probably not the first thing that pops into your mind.  However, abdominal massage is very relaxing and has a whole lot of benefits, including improved digestion and improved elimination.

It is actually quite easy to give yourself an abdominal massage.  And, you’ll only need a couple of things:

  • olive oil
  • towels

Here is what you do:

  1. Spread out a towel on your bed or whatever you will be lying on to protect it from any oil that may drip.
  2. Lie down, face up.
  3. Expose your tummy.  I recommend wearing something like an old pair of pajamas or sweat pants and t-shirt.  Pull your shirt up under your chest, just below the base of the sternum, and situate your pants down just below your pelvic bone.
  4. Apply a generous amount of olive oil to your tummy.  Make large circles on your tummy with your hands in a clockwise motion.  Pressure should be firm.
  5. Referring to the picture below (yes, the picture is upside down…that is to indicate how you will be looking at your tummy), use your fingertips on your right hand and very firmly press just to the left of your right pelvic bone and pull up toward your right breast about 1/2 an inch.  Before letting go, use your fingertips on your left hand to press just below your right fingertips, release right fingertips and pull up with left fingertips about 1/2 an inch.  Repeat this process up the blue line.
  6. Now you will move on to the red line.  Use the same process as before, alternating your right and left fingertips to pull up the red line and then to pull across the red line to the left side of your body, a couple of inches above your belly button.
  7. Now go back and repeat this process up, across, and down the green line.
  8. Start over from the blue line and repeat the entire process 2 more times.
  9. End with the large clockwise circles around your entire stomach.
    Abdominal Massage

This is one of my favorite tummy massages.  It is called the “I Love You” massage.  It is used when massaging babies.  You’ll notice the blue line makes an “I,” the red line makes a backwards “L,” and the green line makes a “U” for the “you.”  So cute and easy to remember.

As a side note, you can totally do this to babies that have colic…it really helps to relieve the pressure in their tummies that are causing them to be so fussy.

Of course, don’t forget to set your relaxing mood before you begin your treatment.  Play relaxing music, dim the lights, light candles, etc. Make this time about you.

Men’s Papaya Facial

So many times the men in our lives just miss out on some of the really good stuff…like facials.  In our clinic, I use to give facials to men quite often…and they loved it!  So, here is a super simple facial to relax and pamper your man with.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • comfy chair (like a recliner), draped with a sheet and a dry towel laid across the headrest
  • 5 hot, moist hand towels
  • bowl of hot water
  • cotton pads
  • facial skin toner
  • facial scrub
  • papaya facial blend (see recipe)
  • facial moisturizing cream
  • relaxing music, candles, and other elements to enhance relaxation

Step 1:

  • If you are using the Igloo, dampen all of the hand towels with hot water ( you may put the dampened towels in the microwave to heat them more thoroughly, if you’d like) and then store them in the Igloo to keep them warm.  Or, if you are using the Crockpot, dampen all hand towels in warm water and place in Crockpot.  Set Crockpot to low and let heat through for about 30 minutes.
  • Set up the area you’ll be using…gather supplies in an orderly fashion near the treatment chair and set the mood with music, candles, etc.

Step 2:

  • Warmly greet your man, making sure you tell him how much he deserves to be pampered.  Have him sit in the special chair and relax.

Step 3:

    • Soak several cotton pads in the facial toner.  Use these toner soaked cotton pads to gently wipe away the day’s dirt and debris from the face and neck.  Don’t forget to run down his jawline to and around his ears.  This is very cooling and invigorating.
    • Take one the warm towels out and open it so the steam can escape…be sure it isn’t too hot for his face and gently lay the towel around his face, making sure his nose and mouth are free and clear for breathing…the easiest way to do this is to grab the towel at each short end, place the middle of the towel on his face around his chin and bring the tails up and around his face allowing them to overlap and rest on his forehead.  Allow the warm towel to soak into his skin for about a minute or two and then remove it gently.
    • Now apply a little facial scrub to your fingers, adding a couple of drops of water from your bowl of warm water, and massage his face from the chin up and over his cheeks, nose, and around and up and over his forehead in a circulation motion.  Follow this pattern two more times.
    • Take another warm towel out and open it so the steam can escape making sure it isn’t too hot for his face and lay it on his face as previously explained.  Allow to soak for a minute or two and then gently remove it, using it to help take the scrub off his face.  You may also use a couple of more clean cotton pads dipped in the warm water in the bowl to aid in this process as well.

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  • Now apply the papaya facial blend (which you made earlier) to his face evenly…be sure to include the neck.  It may be easier to apply the blend with an artist’s paint brush.  Apply a warm towel to the top of the blend and allow to cool off a bit…do not remove but add a 2nd warm towel on top of it.
  • While these towels soak and warm the face, massage each of your man’s hands, one at a time for about 3 minutes each.  After you are finished with the hand massage, gently take the towels off, using them to help take the mask off his face.  You may also use a couple of more clean cotton pads dipped in the warm water in the bowl to aid in this process as well.
  • Use the final warm towel to wrap his face for the last time, allow it to soak for a moment and then remove it.
  • Apply a thin layer of facial moisturizer to his face and massage it in.

Step 4:

  • Allow your man to rest and relax afterwards for a few extra minutes.
  • Remind him of how special he is and how deserving he is of such treatment.
  • Have him look in the mirror after he gets up to see how great he looks!

Step 5:

  • Clean up any messes.
  • Launder the dirty towels.
  • Put away all ingredients.

Back Facial

This is probably one of the most relaxing and refreshing treatments that we do in our clinic.  We have been giving back facials for over 10 years with great results.  The only downfall to this at home spa treatment is that you’ll need someone to give you the treatment.  I bet you’ll be able to find somebody to give you a back facial if you promise to return the favor. 😉

Here is what you’ll need:

  • massage table w/twin sheet set , optional
  • relaxing music, candles, and other elements to enhance relaxation
  • small Igloo insulated container or Crockpot
  • plastic bowl filled with warm water
  • small plastic trash can
  • 10 hand towels
  • 1 large bath towel
  • exfoliating gloves
  • body wash
  • body scrub
  • facial / body mask
  • Grapeseed oil
  • essential oil, optional

Step 1:

  • If you are using the Igloo, dampen all 10 of the hand towels with hot water ( you may put the dampened towels in the microwave to heat them more thoroughly, if you’d like) and then store them in the Igloo to keep them warm.  Or, if you are using the Crockpot, dampen all 10 hand towels in warm water and place in Crockpot.  Set Crockpot to low and let heat through for about 30 minutes.
  • Set up the area you’ll be using…gather supplies in an orderly fashion near the treatment table/bed and set the mood with music, candles, etc.

Step 2:

  • Have the person receiving the treatment lie face down on a massage table or bed (note: you may need to wash the sheets afterward) with their back bare.  Ask them to close their eyes and relax.

Step 3:

  • Put on the exfoliating gloves and dip your gloved hands into the warmed water.  Squeeze a little body wash into your gloved hands.  Rub your hands together and then apply the body wash to the recipient’s back.  Be sure to lightly rub the entire back, spreading the wash all over the back with your gloved hands.  Do this for about 5 minutes.  For people with itchy backs…they will fall in love instantly. <3  Take off the exfoliating gloves.  Carefully get a warmed towel out of the Igloo or Crockpot…be sure it isn’t too hot before placing it on the recipient’s back.  Allow the heat to soak in for a few minutes and then clean the body wash off their back with the towel.  Put the cold dirty towel in the plastic trash can.
  • Place a small amount of scrub into your hands and drip a few drops of warmed water onto the scrub.  Rub your hands together and then apply scrub to recipient’s back.  Lightly scrub their entire back for 5 minutes.  If the scrub gets too abrasive, add more water.  Rinse your hands in the warm water.  Carefully get a warmed towel out of the Igloo or Crockpot…be sure it isn’t too hot before placing it on the recipient’s back.  Allow the heat to soak in for a few minutes and then clean the scrub off their back with the towel.  Put the cold dirty towel in the plastic trash can.
  • Place a medium amount of body mask into your hands.  Rub your hands together and apply mask to back, being sure to cover the entire area.  Add more mask as needed.  Sometimes you’ll need to add just a drop or two of water to help spread the mask evenly and smoothly.  Rinse your hands and allow the mask to dry, about 5-10 minutes.  While the mask is drying, take the plastic bowl of dirty water and clean it out.  Just allow the recipient to relax…don’t talk to them or disturb them.  After the mask is dry, apply 2 warmed towels to the recipient’s back to make sure all areas are covered with the moistened towel…of course, be sure the towels aren’t too hot before applying.  Allow the heat and moisture of the towel to soak into the skin for about a minute or 2…this will help loosen the mask.  Get as much of the mask off as possible with the same 2 towels.  Get a 3rd warmed towel and use it to get all the rest of the mask off the back.  Put all the dirty towels into the plastic trash can.

Step 4:

  • Be sure your hands and the recipient’s back are free of any soap, scrub, and mask.  Place some oil into your hands and rub them together.  Apply the oil to the back and massage their back.  Be sure to be firm, yet gentle, and be thorough.  Massage their back for 10 minutes (note: before you begin ask the recipient how they like their back massaged…light, heavy, tapping, squeezing, etc.).
  • Apply a little more oil to their back…do not rub in.
  • Place 2 warmed hand towels across their back, making sure they aren’t too hot.  Layer the rest of the warmed towels on top…creating a pack.  Place the large bath towel, folded in half, on the top of all the hot towels.  Allow the pack to warm and soak for 5 minutes.  Then slowly remove all the towels (placing them in the plastic trash can).  At this point, the recipient may feel a little cold.  Lightly and quickly rub one last little bit of oil into the skin for moisture.  Cover the recipients back with a sheet or blanket.  Allow them to rest for another 10-15 minutes before disturbing them.

Step 5:

  • Clean up any messes.
  • Launder the dirty towels.
  • Put away all ingredients.

 

Schedule time for your “pay back” or get ready for your turn!!!

Hydrotherapy Bath

A hydrotherapy bath is one of the simplest spa treatments that you can give yourself at home.  Here is how to pamper yourself with a hydrotherapy bath:

    1. Create the ambiance – place candles around your tub and light them, hang a live green plant nearby or put a vase of fresh cut flowers so you can see them while you soak, set up your CD player or iPod to play your favorite relaxing music or meditation, hang/drape silk scarves or other beautiful linens around the room, place your plush towel or robe in easy reach.
    2. Fill your tub with water – you’ll want nice hot water (no more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit).  While waiting for the tub to fill, sit on the edge of the tub, in a vanity chair, or on the closed toilet seat and give yourself a nice foot massage.
    3. Just before your tub is full, add one of the following special ingredients right into the flow of the faucet so it will swirl and mix into the bath water:
      • seaweed powder – to remineralize, relax, and detox your body
      • clay powder – to stimulate the lymph system and draw out toxins
      • essential oils – rosemary and peppermint to invigorate your body for increased energy
    4. Carefully step into your hot bath water, sink into the water…all the way up and over your shoulders, breathe deeply, either meditate or enjoy listening to  your relaxing music while looking at your plant/flowers, candles, and beautiful linens.

Sm - Cleansing Bath

  1. Soak for 20 minutes.  Then slowly rise and get out of the tub, lightly patting yourself dry with your soft towel…leave a little of the bath essence on your skin to continue to seep into your pores.  Wrap yourself in your comfy robe.
  2. Make yourself a cup of herbal tea and do nothing for the next 20 minutes.

Tell me what your favorite special additives are to your bath in the comment section below…