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How To Have A Spa Bath At Home

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A home bath with a few extras can feel like a relaxing spa treatment.

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Spa baths have been part of the spa experience throughout history. They still are today, with expensive hydrotherapy treatments and elaborate Jacuzzis and spas in resort locker rooms. But you can have a spa bath in your own bathroom, just by adding a few ingredients, props and a little drama.

How To Create A Spa Bath At Home

  • It's best to have your spa bath at a time where you won't have demands on you afterwards. Right before going to bed is perfect.

  • Bring a small CD player or I-pod dock into the bathroom and set it up where it won't get wet. Play some relaxing spa music. Don't touch it when your hands are wet.

  • Next, set up a safe area for a candle. Tea lights are a good choice. If you have a shower curtain, you can move it to the opposite side or tie it up to keep it safe from the flame. If you want to make it really special, you can bring in anything else pretty that says "spa" to you, such as shells, a few stones, or flowers.

  • Run your bath and add a cup of epsom salts, which are inexpensive and relieve aching muscles. At the last moment, as you get in, add a few drops of a high-quality essential oil to work on both mind and body. Lavender relaxes (great before bedtime) and grapefruit revives (if you want to be awake afterwards).

  • There are also algae-based marine bath products that don't smell quite as wonderful, but are good for detoxification. These are best used after a home body scrub, because they penetrate more easily. You could exfoliate one night, and then use the marine product the next night.

  • Relax and soak for twenty minutes.

  • Drain the tub.

  • You can give yourself a body scrub with your own home-made recipe, one you buy, or a Korean-style hand mitt or rolled up washcloth. Your skin will be softened up by now and you can get more skin off. Rinse in the shower to make sure you've gotten off all the scrub and dead skin.

  • Dry off, put a nice moisturizer on your body, wrap yourself in a cozy spa robe, and blow the candles out.

  • Relax afterwards. You can go straight to bed, take a nap, have cup of tea, read, or just sit and rest and look at something pretty, like a view out your window. !

  • Enjoy the feeling of being in your body, and being alive.
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