A spa day can seem a far-fetched idea. The combination of time, responsibilities and financial commitments can make escaping away near impossible.
We would all love to be whisked away to an extravagant spa for the day; to have time to escape the chores and chaos that daily life entails and enjoy some solitude and pamper time. But for most, this simply isn’t possible.
We can’t get an hour to ourselves, let alone a whole afternoon, and they can also be crazy expensive.
So how can we gain the benefits of a spa day without leaving our own home?
It’s difficult to know what products and equipment are worth investing in, so we’ve put together a guide to help you enjoy a spa day at home.
The benefits of a spa day
The benefits we relish from a spa can be achieved in plenty of other ways.
A spa offers much more than a treatment for the body. It's a time for you to switch off, feel some self-love, work on our inner-selves and escape from normal life.
Therefore, the most important thing you need to do is set an ambience where this same sense of ‘refuelling’ is achievable from home.
Setting a spa ambience
Remove (or at least limit) anything you know is going to distract you. Whether that’s your kids and pets, the housework or technology.
Next, create a space for yourself. Make sure it’s tidy and serene, so you don't feel like you should be doing house chores instead.
Lighting is crucial, as you want to feel calm and relaxed. Add some candles (preferably ones containing relaxing and calming essential oils) and make sure it’s a comfortable temperature. Play some relaxing music, perhaps a spa playlist on Spotify which helps to mimic the experience of being in an external spa and means you don’t feel you have to keep choosing songs.
Burn some incense to recreate the perfect spa like feel.
Get in the zone with some meditation
To ensure you’re in the right headspace, start with some simple meditation exercises:
- Sit comfortably and close your eyes.
- Take deep breaths in, and out. Relax every part of your body making sure you’re letting go of any tension.
- Focus your attention on your breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Be mindful of the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
What do I need to create the perfect home-spa?
Now you’ve set the ambience, you're relaxed, but there’s no one to give you a massage. Fear not! Be mindful of the benefits that you’re aiming for. It’s not the masseuse/masseur that’s important, it’s the experience.
There are a number of self-treatments that you can enjoy at home, which don’t require expensive spa products.
Here’s a selection to pick ‘n’ mix from, depending on your preferences and budget:
Face masks - Try something more indulgent that your regular skincare routine. Remember to use one that complements the benefits you are trying to achieve and to suit your skin type.
Foot spa - A foot spa is great if you are looking for that touch of spa at home. They soothe tired feet and leave them feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. It’s something to invest in if you are looking to do a home-spa a few times a year, and you can get decent quality ones for around £30-£50. I would recommend one with a removable aroma filter so you can add your own bath salts and oils.
Herbal tea – Not quite a treatment, but a way to keep you hydrated during your pamper time and also nourish your wellbeing. Try the Calming Calamity relaxing wellness tea for an indulgent exeprience.
Self-massage – Get some hot towels and your favourite relaxation oils and apply some self-massage techniques on the areas which are most tense and in need of some TLC.
Hot bath – Finish with an indulgent bath. We recommend adding extra special soothing bath oils. Use exfoliation gloves to gently exfoliate your body, remembering to finish by applying a comforting body oil once dry.
You can read our 'Guide to an evening of relaxation' post for further inspiration on how to relax and unwind before bedtime.
The most important thing to remember is that this is time you have made for you, to do things to help you relax and unwind. It's less about the activities and more about quietening your mind.
We hope this inspires you to create a spa day at home. Let us know how you get on!