January 20, 2010

Spa Therapy

We all need a bit of TLC once in a while and indulging in a bit of spa therapy might just be the ticket to beat the winter blues. If you can afford to go to a spa and partake of their many and varied services, by all means do so. Some spas, like Canyon Ranch, offer everything from manicures to a full week of restorative treatments, nutrition counseling and more. If you feel the need to spa but don't want to spend the money or time try creating a quick in-home spa experience.

What you will need:
scented candles
relaxing music
exfoliant (sugar or salt scrub)
mineral soak, oils or bubble bath
massage oil or moisturizer
cozy bathrobe and towels

Now that you have your accouterments make sure you have at least an hour to yourself without interruption. Turn off your cell phone and tell your family you're not to be disturbed. Pour a glass of wine or get a chilled bottle of mineral water, go into your bathroom and lock the door. Turn your music on low, dim the lights and light a few candles. Spa time!

The first thing I do is run a warm bath with a moisturizing mineral soak or bubble bath so it's ready when I want to step in the tub. While the bath is filling I use this time to exfoliate. I have a separate shower/bath, if you don't you can just wait to run the bath when you're done with your treatment. Step into your shower to moisten your skin and use your selected scrub to buff away dry, dull skin cells from top to bottom using gentle circular motions to help stimulate blood circulation. Don't forget to give special attention to elbows, knees and feet. Rinse the scrub off with warm water.

Time to sink into a scented tub of soothing water and soak for about 20 minutes. That should be enough time to drink your wine or mineral water and let the cares, aches and pains of the day fade away. When you're done with your soak, lightly pat your skin dry and apply your choice of moisturizer. If you're lucky to have someone willing to give you a massage, go for it. If not you can use a gentle kneading motion when you apply your lotion to further relax and rejuvenate your muscles. Use a good foot cream and slip on a pair of cotton spa socks, slide into your warm, cozy robe and you'll be ready to drift off for a well deserved nap or a good night's sleep.

It's easy and inexpensive to treat yourself to a relaxing spa experience. You can add additional treatments like pedicures and manicures, facial steams, face and body masques and hair treatments. Spa days will help you refresh your outlook and relax your body, mind and spirit. It does take some scheduling in our busy lives, but of course, you know you're worth it!

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