By Jo Finzi
Don’t have time to get to the spa? Then why not treat yourself at home. It’s easy and doesn’t take too much preparation.
The first step is to set aside time for yourself. Make sure you make time to relax and switch off from the outside world. Hang a “do not disturb” sign on the door.
First take off your makeup to let your skin breathe and help you relax. Next, use a skin brush if you have one, or just apply a body exfoliator to dry skin and massage vigorously using upwards movements, then rinse off. Do this in the bath or shower to avoid mess. You can make your own exfoliator with a mixture of sea salt, sweet almond oil and a few drops of rose or your favourite essential oil.
Turn it down
Set the mood with the right light. Use candle power or a dimmed light in a restful shade of dreamy pink or green.
Turn it on
Find a relaxation CD, or choose some peaceful drifting music.
Sprinkle essential oil into the bottom of the shower Choose your favourite scent. Lavender, ylang ylang and chamomile are relaxing; citrus, eucalyptus and peppermint energise, patchouli, rose and jasmine have sensual properties. Inhale the steam as it rises.
Rinse and rub
Massage your body in the shower with a massage mitt, or just use firm hand-pressure. Don’t forget a tension-releasing head massage while shampooing your hair. Using medium to firm pressure, move your fingertips in slow, circular motions all over your head, working from front to back. Avoid using you nails. This will improve your circulation and help keep your hair glossy.
Dry yourself and warm up a tub of body cream mixed with a little of your favourite essential oil. Lavish it on your body, then wrap up in a robe.
Lie down and cover your eyes with an eye mask. Empty your mind of all stressful thoughts. Relax each part of your body one by one, starting with your feet. Breathe in deep, hold your breath in for a few seconds, then take a long breath out. Try to do this for at least ten minutes.
Now you’re ready to face the world.