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Turn your home into a pampering spa retreat with this easy guide

Like travelling, making a trip to the spa’s definitely on our to-do list once the pandemic runs its course. 

There’s nothing more satisfying than stepping into a sanctuary that’s been specifically designed to keep you relaxed. Now that the line between the office and the home has been blurred beyond recognition, there’s never been a greater need to unwind, however impossible that may seem. You won’t be able to go to the spa for this, so we’ve decided to bring it to you.

Creating a home spa isn’t as complicated as it seems. All you really need to get started is a bit of space, some essential oils, and a fair amount of time. If you’re ready to go all out, the rest of this guide will take you through the process of transforming your residence into a place for you to rest, recover, and hopefully, emerge from these tough times as rejuvenated as possible.

Determine your sacred space

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Just as how a spa wouldn’t make you meditate or give you a massage inside a room full of people, your home spa should have the same level of privacy. Carve out a spot which is clean and decluttered enough to be free of distractions, and is an inviting space where you can sit — let alone meditate — in peace. 

This space could be anywhere from your bathroom, bedroom, or a corner of the family room, and should have comfortable seating like a plush cushion or even a hammock for you to lounge on.

Stimulate your senses

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The mind can be a stubborn thing, so the next step is to create a more transportive journey by stimulating your senses. 

Lighting a scented candle or burning essential oils are also easy ways of incorporating aromatherapy into the experience. If you’re going to clean the space first (you should), add a few drops of essential oils in water to wipe down the area as a way of setting the tone for your session. Consider calming scents like lavender and jasmine.

Having crystals around — as do most luxury spas — can have a relaxing effect too, and if silence makes you nervous, choose background music that isn’t invasive to you. 

Trick out your amenities

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Not everyone has the good fortune of a rainforest shower nor a cold plunge pool, but there are more affordable ways in replicating an authentic home spa experience. Thick, plush towels can make all the difference here, and if you’re looking to go all out, always choose Egyptian or Turkish cotton. Don’t forget to throw in a bathrobe while you’re at it. 

Silk pillowcases can also make the spa journey a more luxurious affair, besides preventing hair damage and skin ageing in the long run. 

Get handsy

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Your personal spa doesn’t come with a masseuse, so you’ll have to get creative. Emotional and physical stress — more so during these pandemic times — are stored on your face like an unfortunate badge of honour, so a little TLC should be in order.

Tools like a jade roller or gua sha can replicate the rejuvenating touch of a facialist, and a mini lymphatic drainage massage helps not only in the absorption of skincare products and serums, but also creates a brighter skin tone and appearance.

Acupressure slippers — while notoriously painful — are also effective in activating pressure points in the feet. This reflexology treatment promotes blood circulation and can induce better sleep at night. 

Add a touch of nature

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Bringing nature into your personal spa can be an intimate way of connecting with the outdoors even while staying home. Houseplants and flowers not only add life into your space but also create a healthy and tranquil environment. Embrace natural elements by filling a vase with your favourite blooms, placing potted plants around the room, or by hanging a potted plant from the ceiling if you’re space-constrained. 

Create your own relaxation ritual

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It’ll take a while to completely shut out the noise of the outside world. Just as how a luxury spa would have you relax with a cup of tea and perhaps a heated therapy session before your treatment, give yourself some time to soak up the atmosphere instead of diving right in. 

A soothing herbal tea (think chamomile or peppermint) is always a pleasant way of starting your personal spa journey, as is a hot bath with essential oils, or a reading an inspirational book. Leave your phone — and other devices — out of this one, and definitely do not read the news. 

Stretch it out

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Stretching for a few minutes can do plenty for muscle tightness and the sad emotional state quarantine life has left you with. A basic yoga flow is effective for this, but if that’s not your jam, there are simple back, shoulder and neck stretches that’ll ease the tension from sitting around all day. 

The nitty-gritties

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Sometimes, it’s the little details that matter. That includes not having to leave your sanctuary mid-way through for things like water. Keep the experience fuss-free by preparing a pitcher with cucumber, lemon and whatever the hell else you like your water with. If you need a glass of wine, that’s perfectly understandable too. 

Air purifiers and diffusers will also keep your space smelling fresh. If you’re up for splurging, invest in a Himalayan salt lamp, a dry brush, and a singing bowl for the ultimate personal spa day.

Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.