To most of us, the epitome of relaxation includes a day at the spa. A good spa day will leave you feeling brand new. Spa treatments and massage therapies, which are quick and relatively affordable, have a ton of benefits, both mental and physical. Saunas or steam showers soothe aches and pains from injury or ailments. Massages improves blood circulation, manages blood pressure and improves posture. Valentine’s Day is a great day to spend time relaxing with your significant other, enjoying each other’s company and showing each other how much you appreciate one another. What better place to do that than the spa?

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Valentine’s Day at the spa is a couple’s massage. It may seem a bit cliché, but you really can’t go wrong with this option. It’s a great way to enjoy an utterly relaxing experience alongside your lover.

When looking for the perfect gift for your loved one, skip the flowers and opt for a day at the spa. Whether it’s a facial, mani-pedi, hot stone or a dip in chocolate bath you will have endless options for the perfect Valentines day gift. Pair it with a self care hamper and not only say ‘I love you’ but also ‘take care of yourself for me’.

Rev up the romance with a dip in a bath. Mud, chocolate or hot spring. If you’re lucky enough to have a natural spring or a spa offering mineral baths near you, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Mineral and hot springs provide many healing properties and can be extremely therapeutic. Facials and mud baths detoxify the skin from built up waste and bacteria. They also release stress tension from the head and neck, which can prevent headaches. Mud baths exfoliate and nourish the skin through the earth’s natural elements, like soil, clay, and water, which are full of vitamins and minerals.

 

As an additional stress reliever, most spas make the effort to use products that increase the physical and mental benefits of your particular service or treatment. In other words, lotions, scrubs, wraps, etc. come in soothing scents like lavender, eucalyptus, and aloe. In fact, in between spa visits scrubs are easy to make at home from ingredients found in most cupboards. Here are a couple of scrubs you can make at home for the in-door spa experience.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Table spoons brown sugar
  • 2 Table spoons ground oats
  • 2 Table spoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 Table spoon of honey
  • 10 ml of lemon juice
  • 15 ml of almond oil

Mix all ingredients together and massage in a circular motion with your fingertips. Rinse with warm water. Best done after you take a shower.

 

Sea Salt and Sugar Scrub

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 table spoons of sea salt.
  • 2 table spoons of raw sugar.
  • 1 table brown sugar.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Lavender scents, so the scrub has a calming aroma.

Mix all ingredients together in a jar. Perfect for use after a long hot day. Store in next to your shower and watch yourself get addicted to these simple yet so amazing scrubs.

They can be modified to suit specific tastes of the user. Add in flavours to enhance the scents. Use them for yourself or gift to your significant other and let yourselves glow.