Whether you’re looking to unwind in the comfort of your home or find peace and calm at an exclusive spa, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of spa and relaxation.
Spas offer many different treatments, including massages, body wraps and hydrotherapy. Some also have sensory deprivation rooms and pleasant aromatherapy.
If you want to bring the relaxation home, there are a few quick ideas that can have you feeling like you’re at the spa in no time.
Make a relaxing bath at home by using cosmetic clay, which exfoliates skin and helps to relieve tension in the back, legs and arms. You can add it to the water as you soak or mix a little with some hot water and use it as a body scrub.
Set the mood with candles and lighting, which creates a relaxing atmosphere that’s perfect for meditation. You can even download apps like Headspace or Calm for guided meditation programs and soothing spa music to help you relax.
Smells are another way to create a calming environment at the spa, says Tara Cruz, senior spa director at Five-Star The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Choose scents such as jasmine, lavender, sage and vanilla that are calming to both body and mind.
Improves circulation: When you’re stressed out or anxious, your blood vessels constrict to protect your body from potential harm. A treatment at the spa can increase circulation by allowing blood to flow more freely.