Who doesn't love a spa break, eh? The fluffy towels, the soothing music, the politely manicured woman brandishing the chip-and-pin machine at you... Ah yes, now we remember why we don't go as often as we'd like.
While we're more aware than ever of the importance of health and wellbeing, we don't all have the means required to shell out for another spa day. But never fear! With a little ingenuity, you can create your very own 'spathroom' in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you have the budget for a full bathroom refurbishment including a private hot tub, glitzing steam room and sauna (hey, a girl can dream), or just enough for picking up a few luxurious candles and towels, Nordic, the UK's sauna and steam room specialists gave us their top tips for recreating the spa experience at home.
1. Choose your colours
Colour acts in three ways - active, passive, and neutral and can positively influence your mood. Use active yellow in your bathroom to capture the joy of sunshine and communicate happiness, or try passive blue, which is considered calming, relaxing and serene. It can even reduce your blood pressure.
2. Invest in good towels
High-end spas and hotels normally use ultra-soft Egyptian or Pima cotton towels, To create their fluffy and luxurious feel, start reading those labels next time you're in John Lewis. All towels have a fabric weight, measured with a GSM (grams per square meter) number. This refers to the density of the fabric used to make that particular towel. The higher the GSM, the fluffier they'll be.
3. Bring nature indoors
Being one with nature is proven to relax people, so add some plants to your spathroom. Research has shown living plants in at home make us happier - choose plants with bright flowers, nice aromas and that have a unique texture to satisfy all the senses!
4. Harness aromatherapy
Hang fresh eucalyptus leaves in your shower to benefit from the aromatherapy properties. Eucalyptus is commonly used in spas to soothe muscular tension and to alleviate respiratory problems.
5. Get steamy
From soothing respiratory passages to promoting softer, more supple skin, a daily steam shower feels super-luxurious. And while turning up the shower temperature to scalding levels will leave you pretty steamy (though potentially also with second degree burns), we suggest taking a safer route. Invest in iSteam. It's pricey, but the swipe-touch style control is very cool and lets you control your shower's steam duration, fragrance and even music.
6. Oil up
Bath oils are definitively a must-have for spathrooms as the different aromas will help you to unwind and relax. Choose something that contains lavender for relaxation, eucalyptus to relieve tired muscles and citrus or peppermint to give you that kick of energy.
7. Oat so simple
Combine the skin healing properties of chamomile with oatmeal for a super skin restorative spa-like bath. Pour three cups of boiling water over one cup of oatmeal, and three tablespoons of chamomile flowers. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes and then add it to your bath. This is the perfect combination to calm psoriasis and relieve dry-sensitive skin.
8. Put it away!
You know what they say - a clear space equals a clear mind. Keeping your spa bathroom tidy will help you to see it as an ideal relaxation area. Make the most of your storage space and hide away all your cleaning products and spare loo rolls. Try adding more shelves, or buy a storage tower with multiple drawers.
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