Get away from it all… in the comfort of your own home
Create a spa experience at home
The kids are back in school so now’s the time to sneak away to an all day pampering at the local spa, right? If only! Even with the children back at school there are still items too pressing to be able to spend the day at a spa, but with a little planning you can re-create the spa experience in the comfort of your own home.
Imagine getting the kids on the bus, brewing up a pot of herbal tea and slipping way to soak and revitalize yourself in the comfort of your own bathroom.
Set the mood for your in-home spa with aromatherapy. Pull the blinds in the bathroom and pull out your most comfortable pair of slippers and your robe.
Set the mood with aromatherapy
You can use essential oils or scented candles to set the mood. If you opt for essential oils, put a few drops onto a cotton ball then set the scented cotton ball on a coaster and the scent will fill the room. If you’re partial to the flickering glow of a candle, choose a scent that you adore, and light a few candles in your darkened bathroom to enjoy while you soak.
Add ambiance with music
When was the last time you listened to music that you actually wanted to listen to? During your spa day the choice is yours – whether it’s classical, opera or even rap, set your CD player to a continuous loop so you don’t have to worry about turning it on when you’re relaxing.
Getting ready for the soak
Choose your favorite bubble bath, bath salts or scented
oils for soaking and pampering your skin. Have a loofah and a either a store bought mud mask for your face or consider mixing up a bowl of oatmeal to put on your face as a cleansing mask. Oatmeal is both a gentle scrub and soothing for your skin at the same time.
Pamper your toes
Once your tub water has cooled, now comes the time for foot therapy. Wrap yourself in a cozy robe or towel and soak your feet in a basic of warm water to which you’ve added some sea salt and an essential oil – many people choose peppermint or rosemary for their deodorizing qualities. After the foot soak, massage in your favorite lotion then comes the manicure. Choose your favorite nail polish and paint them up!
While your feet are soaking, slather yourself either with your favorite moisturizer or splurge on a lotion you’ve always dreamed of and keep it hidden away for your spa days. Also while you’re soaking you can treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment.
Don’t forget to spend some time on a manicure. Treat your cuticles, file your nails, give your hands a deep conditioning moisture treatment and when that’s over, paint your nails a bright, festive color. Your freshly painted fingernails will be a visual reminder of your day of pampering.
Once you’ve got the supplies for your first spa day, stash them away in a lovely wicker basket draped with a special towel or washcloth. Keep them next to your tub as a reminder of the relaxing day you just finished, and as a visual nudge to plan another!
Robbi Hess is a professional blogger and social media consultant who works with writers and entrepreneurs to help them build their online presence. You can find her at www.robbihess.com