Before you even get started, it is vitally important to cultivate the kind of atmosphere that will allow you to really relax. Central to establishing a positive mood is appealing to two of your so-called secondary senses – your sense of smell and your hearing.
Picking the right music
Don’t be hasty to dismiss the choice of music as inconsequential ‘background noise;’ numerous studies have verified the correlation between music and relaxation. One particular study conducted by Mindlab International demonstrated how a particular set of sounds in music can culminate in one very calming experience. A sustaining rhythm that slows over time is mirrored by the heart rate, which in turn, reduces blood pressure and the release of cortisol (the body’s stress hormone).
Selecting a scent
Similarly, used correctly, smell has also been scientifically shown to evoke a positive response. Smells trigger a response from the limbic system – the area of the brain responsible for processing emotions and memories. When a soothing lavender fragrance (for example) is present, the brain responds in kind, making it imperative to invest in a suitable scent for your home spa.
A glass of champagne is standard fare for spas the world over and your home spa is no exception – if you are so inclined anyway. Herbal teas are equally effective. Whatever you decide, the result should be the same – a feeling of calm before the spa experience gets into full flow. Whilst the spa process is underway, you may benefit from staying hydrated with some so-called spa water. If you were wondering, it is essentially just water with a few slices of cucumber, strawberry or lemon thrown in.
Treat your skin with a face mask
A face mask is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a typical spa experience. In order to live up to that stereotype, here’s how you can construct your own face mask with things you have lying around the house. Ingredients actually vary wildly, but the online consensus appears to favour the inclusion of honey. As well as smelling superb, honey is a natural acne remedy thanks to its antibiotic properties.
Healthy and simple food
No spa experience would be complete without some kind of physical nourishment. The most popular spas across the globe owe their stellar reputation, in part at least, to their food. And you should aim to consume something equally delightful in the comfort of your own home. Of course, it is best to prepare this beforehand to prevent any frantic food preparation from ruining an otherwise serene day. It is worth noting that, as a spa day is an exercise in health, wellness and relaxation, this food should also be healthy.
Taking a bath
Without the need for any fancy facial scrubs or the tiny Middle Eastern fish that are popular for pedicures, a simple steaming bath can have a profound effect – especially when used in collaboration with other inexpensive products. Warm water relaxes the muscles and helps to alleviate any pre-existing pains or aches. It is also great for the skin – researchers at Stanford University found that a hot bath can kill bacteria on the skin and minimise the body’s inflammatory response. To ensure your bath (and all other water-using outlets in your home) have adequate water pressure; it is well worth considering the installation of a booster pump from the Stuart Turner Monsoon range.