For less than the cost of a week at your favorite spa, you could transform your own home into a spa oasis. When you transform your home into an oasis of relaxation, you can enjoy the health benefits of stress reduction and relaxation every day, without traveling to a far off spa or puffing a crimp in your wallet. With a few simple techniques and a few simple materials, you can transform every room of your home into a relaxing spa-like environment.
Transforming each room of your home one at a time gives you time to work, and allows you to work within virtually any budget. Transforming your own home into a home spa is not as expensive, or as time consuming, as you might think. By starting small and working consistently, you can create the best spa in town — right under your own roof.
The master bedroom in your home should be an oasis of relaxation, and a place to let the stress of the day melt away. With a few simple changes to your bedroom environment, you can enjoy all the amenities of the typical spa, without the high cost of a spa visit. You can start your transformation with your bed. If your mattress is old and uncomfortable, it is no doubt impacting your ability to enjoy a good night’s sleep and a relaxing nighttime environment. Consider buying a new mattress complete with comfort items like a pillow topper or memory foam insert.
This can help you sleep through the night, reducing your stress level and even improving your health. Taking the time to create a relaxing library can also enhance the spa-like environment of your master bedroom. Stock your bedroom bookshelves with books about meditation, yoga, massage, biofeedback and other relaxation techniques. Enjoy a few pages from those books as you fall asleep each night, and implement the best ideas you glean from those pages.
If you have a sitting area in your master bedroom, consider creating a “pamper station” where you can not only apply your makeup and condition your skin but relax away the stress of the day as well. Stock your pamper station with an assortment of lotions from your latest spa visit, and take some “me time” each day to pamper yourself with those great items.
If you want to turn your master bathroom into a relaxing oasis in the middle of your stressful life, the master bath is the perfect place to start. Consider replacing that old worn out bathtub with a whirlpool spa or Jacuzzi. These relaxing bathtubs are staples of the spa industry, and when you install one in your master bathroom you can enjoy their relaxing waters every single day. And best of all, installing a Jacuzzi or whirl pool in your master bathroom can cost less than a single treatment at a professional spa.
Your top floor kitchenette can be an integral part of your home spa experience. The kitchenette gives you a place to prepare healthy meals, but it can also play a role in your new and more relaxing lifestyle. One of the best ways to recreate the spa experience at home is by creating a healthy smoothie station in your own private kitchen.
One of the reasons why spas are so effective is that the clients of the spa eat healthy meals and enjoy ail overall healthier lifestyle during their stay. You can recreate those healthy meals with a bowl of fruit and a blender; right in the comfort of your own home. Stock your home spa kitchenette with an assortment of attractive glasses, just like at the spa, and you will be ready to go. And since you probably already have a blender, your cash outlay will be minimal.
Taking the time to relax as a family is vital to your well-being, and to managing your stress. When you visit your local spa, you spend a lot of time hanging out and relaxing. Whether you are just lounging around on the couch or listening to your favorite tunes, you let the soothing environment of the spa wash around you. You can recreate that soothing environment in your own family area, with just a few simple items, many of which you already have.
Break out your old boom box or CD player, place an assortment of soothing CDs on the table and let the relaxation wash over your body. Arrange your couches, chairs and other furniture to give you the best view of the surrounding countryside, then enjoy a relaxing afternoon nap in your new home spa.
Chances are your living room is the center of your family life, but it can also be the center of your relaxing home spa environment. You can start by hiding your television — often an appliance that is anything but relaxing, in an attractive entertainment center or cabinet.
Keep the TV out of sight when it is not being watched, and relax with a good book instead. You can also enhance your home spa environment by replacing your traditional light switches with dimmer switches. They only cost a few dollars each, but they are perfect for creating a relaxing environment in any home. While you are at it, why not install dimmer switches in other rooms as, well. If you have always wanted a tropical aquarium, transforming your living room into a relaxing spa provides the perfect excuse.
Watching fish has been shown to reduce blood pressure and enhance mood, and what could be more relaxing than watching a tank full of fish swim lazily around in your living room. You can take care of the tank yourself, or you can hire a service to bring the aquarium, set it up, stock it and maintain it.
Guest Living Room
Your formal guest living room can be the center of your home spa environment. This room is the perfect location for many spa amenities, including a relaxation station where you can keep lotions, soaps, shampoos and other special items. Your guests are sure to enjoy the extra pampering, and you can enjoy those wonderful items when your guest room is empty.
You can add to the relaxation of your home spa with the right lighting accents, including an assortment of overhead lighting with dimmer switches, pole lights and track lighting. The right lighting can make all the difference in the world, whether you are working with a formal spa or your own home. Adding plants to your formal guest living room is another way to complete the home spa environment. Plants provide a relaxing and beautiful environment, as well as adding valuable oxygen to the air.
Use potted plants, especially tropical varieties like palm trees, to recreate your spa experience in your own home. You can help your guests relax and enjoy their visit with an assortment of relaxing music. Place a CD rack in the room, along with an assortment of relaxing music, to give your guests something wonderful to listen to. Accent the room with a bookshelf containing magazines and books that will help your guests and you relax and unwind at the end of a busy day.
Transform your indoor kitchen into a home spa environment by setting up a healthy cooking station where you can recreate your favorite spa recipes. The next time you visit your favorite spa, ask the spa owners for an assortment of recipes you can recreate in your own home. You can also clip recipes from your favorite magazines and newspapers, and use them to create your own custom cookbook for your new home spa.
Your outdoor kitchen is a vital part of your home, and it should play a vital role in your home spa environment as well. The outdoor kitchen is where you do your heavy cooking, and it can be the place where you create the healthiest meals for yourself and your family. You can enjoy those relaxing meals in a table you set up in the kitchen itself, or you can bring those healthy foods into your sitting room to enjoy with family members and friends.
Taking the time to build storage cabinets into your outdoor kitchen area can do a lot to reduce your overall stress and make cooking and meal preparation a lot easier. You can also set up a bakers rack for your cooking utensils and appliances, bringing a bit of beauty, as well as important utility, to your kitchen and your home spa environment.
Garden and Pool
Your garden and pool provide a naturally relaxing environment, and they can play a major role in your home spa experience. If you have not already done so, use your garden to create an oasis of beauty in the middle of your home environment. Plant an assortment of colorful flowers, each with a different blooming schedule. Staggering your plantings and blooming cycles will ensure that you always have some relaxing and beautiful flowers to look at.
Placing an assortment of potted plants around the garden can further enhance the spa experience and bring the beauty of nature into your home spa environment. Consider adding an outdoor whirl pool tub or Jacuzzi to your pool area for extra relaxation. When you sink into the warm waters of your whirlpool tub, you can relax away the cares of the day and recreate the spa experience for less than the cost of a single week at your favorite resort. You can further enhance the beauty of your Jacuzzi or whirlpool by enclosing it in an attractive gazebo, which can double as a changing station for your pool visitors and your family.
You can also enhance the beauty and relaxation of the pool itself with an assortment of tropical plants, just like you would find at your local spa. If you are not lucky enough to live in a tropical area, you can enjoy the next best thing by using silk replicas of palm trees and other tropical plants, while using live plants that grow better in your home environment. You can also enhance your pool area and more faithfully recreate the spa experience at home with inexpensive but very attractive touches like torches and candles.
Now before you spend thousands of dollars at a far off resort, consider taking some of that money to begin your own home transformation. Unlike repeated spa treatments, which cost more and more every year, the money you spend to transform your home into an oasis of relaxation will repay you day after day.