Many of us nowadays lead hectic lives, and it’s important to find time to relax. But equally important is finding a quiet and private place to do it. That’s one reason why spas are so beneficial to our health and wellbeing. A spa provides the perfect location to de-stress. Comfortable surroundings, beautiful aromas and relaxing sensations are all part of the experience. So wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could have your very own spa at home? The good news is, you can. All you need is a space, a little bit of time and a little bit of imagination.
Prepare your space
Lots of us fill our homes with things we don’t actually need, so the first thing to do is clear your preferred space to use. Once you have a blank canvas it’s time to start turning it into a beautiful spa. Pick a colour you find relaxing or mix and match to your taste. You’ll need to consider the floor, too. You could use tiles, carpet, or keep the original flooring. A couple of thick rugs would add a sense of luxury. Tip: Do the painting first to avoid getting splashes on your new floor.
The spa element
If you have running water in your space, it can be an added bonus. This would allow you to install a bath of your choice. However, if a bath is a step too far, the combination of a comfortable chair and a foot spa is a great alternative. The truth is, you don’t need a bath to create an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation.
Creating the right environment
Once the basic elements are in place, it’s time to make your space as welcoming and relaxing as possible. If your space has a window, you may want to attach a blind or small curtain. (Or perhaps some lace if you want to keep the light). Decorate the walls with your favorite photos, or images that make you feel calm. Poster-size sunsets, landscapes and seascapes are readily available online. Hanging mobiles will add a gentle sense of movement, while crystals will sooth and catch the light. Bringing elements of nature into your space will add to your sense of calm. Create something beautiful from things you find in your garden. It might also be worth splashing out on some thick luxurious towels and a cozy bathrobe, to be used exclusively in your new spa.
Soothing the senses
Scented candles are a great way to add to the sensuous atmosphere of a space. Choose your favourite fragrances (but remember to put out the candles before you leave your spa). Aromatherapy bath oil and body oil should also be a part of your experience. Aromas like sea breeze, lavender and ylang ylang have been found to have a calming effect on the senses. Geranium, bergamot and chamomile are also known for their stress-relieving properties. Lastly, fill the space with soothing music or the sound of waves breaking on a beach – lie back, relax and read.
Your own space
Hopefully you’ve been inspired by some of these ideas, but ultimately it’s all about creating a space of your own. It doesn’t matter whether you install hot running water or simply give your space a lick of paint and put a comfy chair in it. What matters is how it makes you feel. And if it makes you feel peaceful, calm and relaxed, then you’ve achieved your aim.
Author Bio: This article was written by Des Brosnan of Brosnan Property Solutions. Des regularly helps homeowners convert their garage or spare room into a more functional space.