What is Spa
Per the International Spa Association, “a spa is a place dedicated to enhancing overall well-being through services that encourage the renewal of mind, body, and spirit.”
Manicures, pedicures, facials, cucumber slices over your eyes, and a relaxing massage come to mind.
Given our busy lifestyle today, there is an increasing need to devote to this time of mind, body, and spirit renewal to look and feel our best.
However, who really has the budget or time for daily spa services? When people hear “professional spa services” they tend to picture cartoon eyes flashing dollar signs. That is the difference between American and Asian Spa traditions. Americans view spa trips as luxuries whereas Asians view them as daily routines.
Asia’s wellness tradition
In Asia, we have deeply rooted wellness traditions like bathing, massages and various healing therapies conducted at home.
Growing up in Japan, it was a family affair. We would enjoy hot springs, Japanese Anma massage, and therapies like healing herb moxa, poultice, body brushing, and facial steams at home. Sometimes we had a home visit by experienced therapists, but mostly done by family or ourselves. Therefore, wellness was affordable. It was for everybody including children and elderly, savvy or non-savvy and we enjoyed it every day.
Why Create a Home Spa?
To release our everyday tensions
Often, many of us work in front of a computer day in and day out causing muscle tension. While exercise helps greatly to release your built-up tensions, pampering rituals work well to soothe your aching stiffed body after long hours of sitting at a desk. There is no need to depend on your masseurs to unknot your shoulders and neck.
To relax and reconnect to ourselves everyday
It is easy to neglect ourselves in the everyday hustle and bustle of balancing work, family, friends, hobbies, and home. This makes taking the time to reconnect with ourselves more important than ever.
It is affordable
It is a common belief that Spas are an expensive luxury item. You are not alone if you couldn’t afford a trip to the Spa as often as you feel the need to go. The good news is that you can create your own affordable Home Spa instead. You do not need to build a thermal facility or a massage room in your home to create a home spa. It is more about creating a dedicated space and setting aside the time you would to spare to go to the Spa.
It requires no reservation (no cancellation fee), no parking or traffic
We don’t need to stress just to get de-stress. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have your own space dedicated to relaxing spa treatments at home?
How to set-up Home Spa
If you create your own products, a home spa is an almost inevitable part of the journey. You have precious personalised products that you will want to use in a special way!
Think of your bathroom as your treatment room where you cleanse, heal, and rejuvenate. Ideally, this room will have natural light and fresh air flow to bring fresh energy in between treatments.
The shower is also a place for relaxation as it helps to calm and prepare the mind for quality wellness time. Heat facilities, in this case your shower, are vital to maximising the effect of spa therapies. Heat helps to release tension, open your pores, and allows the products you are using to work more effectively by increasing their absorption.
Hang dry herbs such as eucalyptus near the shower head to release its beneficial aroma.
Amethyst crystals are known to have healing effects.
Candles and music help set the relaxing mood.
Essential oil burners can transform the ordinary bathroom into a place of well-being.
Stay hydrated with spa water. Add cucumber, berries, or your favorite herbs to purified water.
Amenities can enhance your products and create special rituals, so consider a mini makeover by upgrading some of the amenities in your home bathroom.
While you are waiting for the face mask to dry, or between some home spa rituals, use this time to enrich your home spa experience. One of the best ways to do this is by sipping a cup of your favorite tea. Tea is rich in healing antioxidants, boosts the immune system, improves metabolism, and rejuvenates the spa experience.
Unfortunately, detaching yourself from the hustle and bustle of a hectic lifestyle is not as easy as simply lying on a treatment couch. It is important to take time to prepare for relaxation. A cup of tea is a great way to begin this relaxing process. Afterwards, be sure to take time for yourself to rest and absorb the products used.
Embrace the time you spend for yourself to reflect and rejuvenate your soul.
Refer to the ‘Amazing bathing rituals’ I have written for detailed instructions on how to maximise the effect of bathing for your body, mind & soul. Next to continue with Home Spa Rituals and Massage Techniques you can do at home.