Why spend hundreds of dollars on a day at the spa with friends when you can create a relaxing spa oasis at home? With some imagination and a few items, you can easily transform your space into a zen and tranquil retreat.
The first thing a person tends to notice when they enter a home is the smell. Studies show that certain aromas can affect mood by eliciting a muscle-relaxing effect. So a great way to set the mood for your at-home spa day is to scatter candles around the space. The light from the candles also casts a soft, warm glow that enhances the ambiance.
To save money, you can often find packs of plain white unscented candles and tealights at a lower cost. Use those to fill the space and then purchase only a couple of scented ones to be thoughtfully placed where they will be most effective. You can also opt for incense instead to provide the aroma or some essential oil diffusers
Plants are not only great for transforming a space into a lush, natural oasis, but they are also proven to help you relax. Plants work like natural air purifiers by removing toxins from the atmosphere. Purchasing a few plants and some flowers in pastel colors to place around the room(s) you’ll be using for your at-home spa will help create a relaxing and inviting setting. If you already have plants scattered around your home, you can gather them all and move them into the room(s) you’ll be using instead of purchasing more.
Many scientific studies have proved the soothing power of music. Listening to relaxing music can have an immensely calming effect on your mind and body. You can create your own playlist or simply type the words “chill,” “calm,” or “relaxing” on Spotify, and you will be provided a variety of playlists to choose from.
Using pillows, cushions, and throws, create a cozy lounge area in a central space where you can all gather and socialize. Many spas often have communal areas where guests can relax and socialize or grab a snack and a drink in between treatments. Even if you have separate areas set up for the different spa treatments you’ll be offering, having a main social space will help tie everything together.
One of the best things about going to a fancy spa is the luxe robes they provide for you to wear. You don’t have to spend big bucks on these items for your at-home spa day – unless you want to. Simply having something more relaxing for your guests to change into can help set the tone from the start. You can easily find inexpensive robes online, or ask everyone to bring their own from home. Comfy pajamas work in a pinch as well.
You don’t have to create separate areas for each treatment that you’ll be offering. You can lay everything out in one area. However, if you have space for it, setting up designated areas mimics the feel of a real spa.
Have a table set up near the front door with some glasses of champagne or some refreshing fruit infused water. Immediately offer to take their things, offer them a drink, and then direct them to a room where they can change into something more comfortable. You can designate a spare bedroom or bathroom for this space.
In the room, have the robes laid out already if you are providing. It’s also nice to have a tray of warm moist towels for guests to wipe off their hands and face. If you want to get fancy, add a few drops of calming lavender oil to the towels.
If you have a hot tub or a jacuzzi, this is an excellent way to start the day or evening. Soaking in warm water helps soften the skin and opens the pores, preparing the body for any treatments that may follow. Just be sure not to stay in the hot tub for longer than 20 minutes. Overheating and dehydrating your guests is not a great way to start a relaxing spa day.
If you don’t have a hot tub, you can create a make-shift steam room in the bathroom. Turn on the shower as hot as it will go and shut the bathroom door allowing the room to fill up with steam. Light some candles, scatter some pillows and cushions around for seating and drop some essential oils in the shower or bath water. No one will get in – this is just to make the room steamy.
Manicures and pedicures are one of the most common reasons people visit a spa. If you can’t do any of the other treatments, having a mani-pedi station alone is still a great option. If you want to make it a real treat, put out some salt and sugar scrubs, and some bowls with warm water and essential oils for everyone to prep their hands and feet with before putting on polish. After prep, have a selection of polish colors nearby to choose from. You can also skip the polish and simply end this treatment with cuticle oil and lotion for those that want to keep things natural.
Facial masks and treatments are a classic at-home spa regimen. If you want to keep things simple, you can buy the one-time-use sheet face masks. They are mess-free and make for easy clean-up. However, to elevate this station, you can also provide a selection of mud masks and facial oils to give some variety.
A nice bath or a steamy shower works great in a pinch, but there is nothing more satisfying than having your own jacuzzi. Whether you are looking to share a relaxing soak with friends, or want your own private hot tub to relieve some after-work stress, Arizona Spa technology has got you covered.
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