Date Published: 17 June 2011

Create a Spa Life For Healthier Living

According to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for 2009/10 “an estimated 1.3 million people who had worked in the last 12 months suffered from ill health which they thought was work related”, stress, depression or anxiety accounting for over 400,000 of cases.

Between 1990 and 2009/10 comprehensive data based on the LFS revealed that the prevalence of stress-related illness rose.

In an ever increasingly hectic world, we all love to indulge and pamper ourselves now and again. There's nothing better than a trip to a spa for a relaxing massage, sauna or Jacuzzi.

The association between bathing and wellbeing is not a new phenomenon. In fact even the Jacuzzi whirlpool bath was invented with health in mind. In 1956 the Jacuzzi brothers set out to treat a family member’s arthritis with a hydrotherapy pump and a small niche business was born. The portable pump was sold to hospitals and schools and the rest is history.

Considering that medical experts cite stress as the number one factor in illnesses, stress relief is the main priority of most spa seekers. So why not incorporte this at home as part of healthy living?

Far more than indulgence or beautification, a home spa can:

  • enhance our sense of wellbeing
  • increase the body’s energy flow
  • improve flexibility of our body
  • aid emotional distress
  • reduce the effects of ageing
  • soothe tired muscles
  • tone and nourish the skin
  • detoxify our body
  • stimulate circulation
  • reduce insomnia, stress and fatigue

Above all – the power of water and relaxation makes us feel good.

Creating a home spa doesn’t have to be expensive. When planning your bathroom combine textures, colours and materials like dark woods, stone & glass with candles, music and a seating area.  You don’t need a big bathroom either, think how tiny most spa treatment rooms are!

Want To Create A Fabulous Home Spa Without Refurbishing:
  1. Choose a time when you won’t be disturbed
  2. Play your favourite CD in the bedroom as you get ready.
  3. Light your bathroom with candles and fill the tub with fragrant oils
  4. Massage essential oils into your skin; they smell great and are very beneficial for your skin. Always use a mixture of two to three essential oils to have a good effect on your skin; or you can add a few drops in warm water, which opens the pores and allows the nutrients from the oil to enter your body.
  5. Essential oils contribute to better physical conditions, rejuvenation of the skin, elimination of waste, alleviation of stress, enhancement of mood, restoration of vitality and also facilitates the regeneration of new healthy cells.
  6. Soak a small towel in the water and then compress your face and neck with the towel and this procedure anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory facial splash.
  7. Indulge in a shower with a body scrub and cleansing with a nice fragrance like lavender or jasmine etc.
  8. Smear and scrub the soap gently in circular motions to increase your circulation and eliminate toxins and excess water in your body. Another good method of eliminating toxins is by scrubbing a paste of seasalt and essential oil on your body, in circular motions that will help remove dead skin cells; open your pores and allow the exit of toxins from the skin.
  9. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.
  10. Make the most of your home spa experience, avoid taking calls during or immediately after. Drink plenty of water and indulge in an activity that will maintain your relaxed state.
Health Benefits of Home Spas:
  1. Home spas relax and rejuvenate
  2. Help to remove metabolic wastes and toxins from the body.
  3. A good spa session heightens the oxygenation of the extremities and joints, and improves blood circulation.
  4. Including bath salts can increase the metabolic rate, which helps to burn down calories.
  5. Regular sessions can boost immunity, reduce stress and muscle pain, enhance mood and improve the digestive system.

Make spa part of your healthy lifestyle.

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