You don’t have to go out to an expensive spa to relax and unwind…you can make your own spa at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to a spa and having someone else give me a massage, a facial, a body wrap, and other relaxing treatments, but I don’t always enjoy paying the price.
Think about what it is that you love about the spa…other than somebody else giving you treatments. Do you love the sounds (music, running water, etc.)? Do you love the smells (herbs, oils, lotions, tonics, etc.)? Do you love the lighting? Do you love the artwork? Do you love the mood (relaxing, calm, quaint, quiet)? Do you love the food (teas, light sandwiches, salads, etc.)? Do you love the feel (soft robe, warmth, comfort, etc.)? Make a list of these things…most, if not all, of these things can be recreated in your own home to give you the feeling of being in a spa.
Here are some things you will need to get setup:
- a space to give treatments – usually your bathroom is the perfect place…even small bathrooms can be transformed into a soothing space
- time to yourself – get a babysitter, send your loved one out for the evening with the guys/girls, turn off your cell phone, turn off your house phone, turn off the TV, turn off the computer/laptop/iPad, etc.
- relaxing music – either get a CD with music you find relaxing or play your favorite playlist from your iPod or even spend time meditating during the treatment phase
- a small cooler (Igloo lunch box or the like) – this will be what you use to keep hot towels hot ~~OR~~ an alternative is to put damp towels in a crock pot (this is what we use in our clinic)…NOTE that you would only use the crock pot for spa treatment towels – do not cook in the crock pot that you use for therapy treatments.
- plastic bowl – a quart-sized plastic bowl is great to hold water, body baths, salts, and other spa ingredients
- high-quality sheet (natural muslin or pure unbleached cotton) – you’ll use the sheet to wrap your body in when applying herbs, emollient creams and essential oils to your skin…it’s important that you use something that won’t interfere with the absorption of these products into your pores
- insulating sheet/blanket – the perfect thing to use to keep warm during a body wrap is a thermal foil sheet or space blanket…you can usually find them at Walmart or Academy
- skin brush / loofah – brushing your skin has many benefits and increases the effects of the spa treatments
- towels – these are essential to spa treatments to wrap your face or body and wipe up messes…dark green towels are recommended to help hide the stains of muds, clays, seaweed products, and oils OR use some older towels you don’t mind if they get stained
- robe – spend some money here…you’ll want a very plush, soft, comfortable robe to wear around the house and relax in on your spa days
- massage oil – if you plan on doing treatments often get a medium sized bottle of oil, otherwise; stick to a smaller bottle as oil will go rancid over time…best oils for treatments are grapeseed, jojoba, and sesame
- body scrubs – lighter scrubs for faces, medium scrubs for body, and heavier scrubs for feet…you can purchase at a local bath and body store or make your own from salt or sugar (check out our recipe blogs to see what we’ve posted)
- herbs – these can be in the form of dried, powered, or essential oils
- seaweeds / muds / clays – choose an organic variety…usually found at health food stores or at cosmetic counters or order online
- thermometer – to manage your water temperatures for spa treatments
- cotton pads / swabs – used to apply and remove products to and from the body…get some in different sizes (large and small)
While the list looks a little long…it really isn’t that bad as you probably have some of these items on hand already. And, none of the items listed above are expensive items. You should be able to get everything you need (minus your robe) for under $100…and then you’ll be using those items over and over again.
The thing to remember is that the ambiance is really important and sets the stage for your spa day. Take a little time to clean up and set up your bathroom in advance so that you can truly relax and enjoy the time you are spending with yourself, pampering yourself, loving yourself.
For specifics on how to use the items listed above, check out our Spa Treatment blog.