You haven’t made weekend plans because you just need some time to relax and blow off some steam, right? Why don’t you go to the spa for the day, right in your own home! Treat yourself to the luxury of self-pampering, and nourish your body in a pot of roses – literally. Here are 5 simple do-it-yourself (DIY) at-home spa tricks:
Relax: Go ahead, it’s the weekend. Slip into your most cozy bathrobe and turn up the heat. You want to be as comfortable as possible. Maybe try a little yoga to release any tension that has built up in your muscles over the week.
Start with Sukhasana, a seated position that helps focus awareness, breathing and relaxation of the mind. Sit cross-legged with hands on knees. Focus on your breath. Keep your spine straight and push the sit bones down into the floor.
Then, move to Cat, which focuses on stretching the spine. Begin on your hands and knees. Keep your arms under your shoulders, your legs about hip width apart. Breathe in while tilting the tailbone and pelvis up, and let the spine curve downward, dropping the stomach low, and lift your head up. Stretch gently. Slowly exhale and tilt the pelvis down, drawing the spine up and pulling the chest and stomach in. You should feel a slight stretch in your spine.
After repeating, move into Downward Facing Dog, a position that stretches the legs, arms and back. Start from a kneeling position with your back flat. Roll your elbows so that the eye or inner elbow is facing forward. Inhale and curl your toes under, as if getting ready to stand on your toes. Exhale and straighten your legs; push upward with your arms.
From here, move to Bhujangasana, The Cobra. Lie down on your stomach. Bring your legs together, but keep your hands under your shoulders, and your arms should be bent at your side. Inhale slowly and push against the mat gently to raise your head and chest as high as comfortable. Keep your head up and chest and heart facing forward. Slowly come down, and repeat.
Savasana – The Corpse, which is probably the most important position that is the easiest to overlook. The corpse relaxes and refreshes the body and mind and relieves stress and anxiety. Lie flat on your back and let your body sink into the ground. Focus on breathing slowly. For a relaxing breathing pattern, try inhaling for 10 seconds, and exhaling for 10 seconds. Stay in the pose for at least 3-7 minutes.
And you’re ready! All relaxed.
Rose Water: First things first. Your senses are the number one thing to trigger during at-home-spa-day. Activate your nose by adding 1 cup packed rose petals to a pot of boiling water. Let cool and add lavender oil if wanted. Poor into a saucer or bowl large enough to fit both of your feet. Chill out for 10 minutes while your feet soak in this luxurious rose-bath – and don’t forget to breathe.
Face-Eye Feel-Good: I laugh at cucumber(ed) eyes – don’t you? Well, I guess it works. If your eyes look drained from the week of stress and no sleep, try this anti-eye-inflammatory method. Rub under eyes in a light circular motion for 2 minutes then lay back and relax and apply a wet chamomile tea bag under your right eye, and a chilled cucumber under the left eye. Sounds weird – you don’t have to tell me. Let sit for 5 minutes then switch the methods to the opposite eye and let sit for 5 minutes (total 10 minutes).
Oil up: Your body deserves a little moisture, especially if you live in a dry climate. Create your own body scrub by mixing 1/2 cup pure olive oil with a mixture of brown sugar, granulated sugar, sea salt and honey. The olive oil and honey combination will leave your skin feeling hydrated while the rough texture of the sugar and salt will take off the dead skin cells leaving it clean and smooth. If you’re going to give yourself a manicure or pedicure, use this mixture to exfoliate dead skin cells on the hands and feet. Make sure to get in between fingers and toes and around your knuckles and ankles.
Steam Room Bathroom: Turn up the shower, close the doors and let it run at its hottest from 10 to 15 minutes. A steam room is a great last step to releasing any tension or stress. Have a warm, wet washcloth at hand, drizzled with a little lavender oil. Hold it to your face and let its skin soothing qualities sink deep into your skin while you breathe in its calming aroma. Mmmm nothing like the sweet smell of serenity.
For more spa tips visit these great sites:
Featured: Whole Living Magazine (Did you see us in the February issue?)
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DIY SPA with Self Magazine