Do You Live a Hectic Life?
Don't we all feel like having a spa day out from time to time - to shake off the physical and mental load we accumulate as we go through life? I certainly do! Work, family obligations, running a business, house chores, people we deal with every day can often be rather challenging. If we don't have an effective coping strategy to deal with what life throws at us it can have an impact on our health over time, and not a good one.
Whether you are a parent with young kids or a pensioner living on your own, life's challenges can leave us feeling achy and exhausted. As the weekend approaches, we sigh with relief and anticipation only to gasp at the end of it how fast it has passed by! Mentally and physically we feel that we could do with another day or two.
Ways to Recharge
We think that maybe we should go to bed earlier, and we do. Some of us have no problem going to sleep while others just cannot shake the worries of the day. We toss and turn and wake up on Monday morning tired and frustrated rather than rested and re-energised.
What can we do to recharge ourselves? There are lots of things actually, for example eating nutritious balanced food, exercising regularly, supplementing our diet with vitamins and minerals, having 8-9 hours of sleep, have a regular massage and more. However, while all these measures are important, results from these steps can take time to show.
What can we do in the meantime? We could visit the spa regularly. However, for many of us, it is unaffordable. Who has £150-200 to spend on a weekly basis? Not many for sure. Instead of booking yourself for a day in a spa, why not enjoy at least some of its benefits in your own home? Here are 5 simple ideas for a home spa which you can use and benefit from daily.
5 Simple Ideas for a Home Spa
1. Relaxing bath recipe to unwind after a stressful day
4 handfuls of Epsom salt (about 500g), 5 drops geranium and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. These oils are soft on the skin, but if your skin is sensitive then it is best to mix them in 5-10ml of vegetable oil before adding to a bath. Mix everything well in very warm water.
2. Pain relief bath soak for a painful back and muscles
4 handfuls of Epsom salt (about 500g), 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops of marjoram and 5 drops of black pepper essential oils. Mix in 5-10 ml of vegetable oil, add to the bath.
3. Sleep time bath soak
4 handfuls of Epsom salt, frankincense - 5 drops, patchouli - 5 drops, pine needle - 5 drops, lavender - 5 drops. Mix the oils in 10 ml of vegetable oil, add a handful of sodium bicarbonate, 3 handfuls of Epsom salt. Add it all to a bathful of very warm water.
4. The "Velvet skin" body scrub
Mix 2 tablespoonfuls of honey, t tablespoonfuls of finely ground Himalayan salt, add 3 drops of geranium, 3 drops of ylang-ylang and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Use once a week before a shower or a bath. As well as skin-cleansing effect, it acts as a powerful relaxant, so can help with relaxation and falling asleep.
5. Soothing and relaxing foot bath
Our feet are our silent servants carrying a lot of load during the day, sometimes while being clad in footwear which is less than comfortable. But even if we wear well-fitting soft shoes a day of walking or standing takes its toll on our feet. This is why taking a foot bath at the end of a day can feel like a real luxury. Apart from bringing almost instant relief in terms of aches and pain, a foot bath with added magnesium salt will relax your whole body and mind promoting good sleep. So here is a recipe which will refresh your feet and calm down your mind: 2 handfuls of Epsom salt, 3 drops of peppermint, 3 drops of lemon and 5 drops of lavender essential oil.
Other ways to pamper yourself
Far Infrared Magnesium Wrap
This is a luxury treatment which can be done both at a clinic and is also ideal for a home spa. To learn how to do it, sign up for a course or if you would like to learn what the course is about without having to do the quizzes you can also buy the course in a book format. Just go to this page and choose an appropriate link.
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy
This is another course we offer to therapists and the public. It gives detailed information about the importance of magnesium for health, dangers of magnesium deficiency, how magnesium helps with various health problems and how it can be used transdermally to help alleviate them. To sign up for the course, use a link on this page. If you would like to buy the book version of the course from Amazon, you can do so here.