With “Valentimes” rolling in, it’s time to take care of your body to get ready. Do you and your lover have a big date planned, why not get into the right mood by trying this? Or have you left things to the last minute and been thinking of something romantic to do with your significant other? Or even if you don’t have any valentine’s plan, you could just treat yourself – a self-date.
Why don’t you try this simple yet effective and intimate idea? This is a simple guide for the lazies, the romantics, the extremely busybodies who just can’t find the time for anything else.
This guide would help bring your luxurious and expensive spa experience home for a fraction of the price with some simple lying at home items.
Step 1: Ambience
First and foremost you need to set the mood right.
- Make sure there’s no mess
- Diffuse some essential oil, light a nice fragranced candle or burn some incense
- You want some soft mellow music playing in the background
- Make sure you’re alone or at least, you have no distractions and you won’t be disturbed – no unscheduled friends coming over, no mailman delivering your parcel, no baby crying, put your phone on silent, make sure your laptop, phone or speaker have enough charge
Step 2: Let’s get you comfy
Now that you got the mood going, you need to dress for the occasion. Put your hair up. Dust off your soft and fluffy robe. Or are you more of a silk robe gal?
Step 3: Spa drink
Maybe pour yourself a glass of wine or prosecco. Or are you more of a lemonade gal? Or you want to make some of that spa water everyone loves so much? Or are you more about the tea? You’ve got choices and I’m here to help
A refreshing old fashioned Lemonade:
You need 8 Lemons, 6 cups of water, 1.5 to 2 cups of sugar
- Wash and dry the lemons and roll them firmly on a hard surface until they become soft (this makes them easier to juice).
- Zest 2-3 lemons and set aside.
- Heat 2 cups of water and sugar in a large pot over medium heat. Add the zest and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the mixture has a light yellow colour. Remove from heat. Make sure not to boil!!
- Juice lemons and strain the juice (to separate pulp and seed) into a large pitcher.
- Strain the zest water into the same pitcher and top up with the remaining water.
- Taste to make sure it’s not too sweet. If it is, simply add more water.
- Store in the fridge.
- To serve, fill chilled glasses with ice and pour in lemonade. Garnish each glass with sliced lemons.
Soothing Spa water:
Combine freshly sliced lemons, cucumber slices, mint leaves and still or mineral water in a mason jar and enjoy this soothing drink.
Detoxing Hibiscus tea:
Combine 1 tsp. natural sweetener (xylitol), 1 cinnamon stick, hot water, 2 tsp. dried hibiscus flowers in a mason jar.
Let it steep for a little while. Can be drunk hot or cold (simply cool in the fridge).
Step 4: Massage
If you ever visited a spa, you’d testify to how amazing those deep tissues massages make you feel after. OH! So relaxing, so light. What if I told you could replicate this experience at home and you don’t need to break the bank to get it?
All you need is a foam roller. A simple foam roller. How crazy is that?
- For your calves – roll on it nice and slowly. For a deeper massage, cross one leg over the other to increase the pressure
- Repeat the motion for your hamstring, glutes, quads and upper back
Simple video on foam rolling (what is it? and why do it?)
Tip: Consider drizzling some oil over areas you intend to massage to reduce friction and enhance your massage. I use sweet almond oil (which you can pick up at any drug store)
Step 5: Bath
For the most relaxing bath, all you need are the following
- Sugar scrub – 2 part brown sugar, 1 part oil (almond, olive, coconut or whatever on hand), honey, lemon juice
- Bubbles – bath bomb
- Bath tea – 1 organza bag with ties, 1/3 cup of Epsom salt, ¼ cup of sea salt, fresh herbs (fresh sprig of rosemary) and flowers (lavender and/or chamomile). Combine all the ingredients into the organza bag and tie.
Draw yourself a nice warm/hot bubble bath and place some tea lights around the tub for that relaxing and intimate feel.
Tip: If you’re scared of burning yourself consider using some LED flameless candles
Toss your bath tea into your bath to steep and simply soak it in. Scrub your skin for good measure and just relax for a few minutes.
You’re sure to come out feeling very refreshed and relaxed. Plus there’s the added value of your skin feeling like a newborn baby’s.
Did you feel relaxed after?