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How to Create a Spa Sanctuary

How to Create a Spa Sanctuary

Instead of spending a fortune at your local spa, why not consider these simple steps for turning your own bathroom into a place for balance, centering, healing, refreshment, relaxation and renewal?

It isn’t difficult: All you have to do is trust your senses. Choose the most soothing colors, sounds, scents and more to make your bathroom the spa sanctuary you need for the good of your body and soul.

SIGHT
Tranquil aquamarine is a great color for the bathroom. The blue of sky is a restful choice too, because it is a clear and calming color. Green is a very healing color, and it contains a revitalizing quality—the energy of new life. And white, pure and pristine as it is, represents cleanliness in almost every culture. Choose a color to meet your deepest need.

Light is important. You can draw attention to the outdoor light entering the room by hanging sun catchers in windows and opening shades and curtains wide for natural light. If your bathroom isn’t private, try using half-curtains on just the bottom half of the window, so natural light comes streaming in the top.

Towels and shower curtains can have a comforting, all-natural look. Organic cotton or hemp shower curtains are the very best choice, since plastic shower curtains made from PVC emit compounds which can interfere with healthy hormone functioning.

TOUCH
The cleansing feel of water against your skin is so sensual. Cooling off with cold water on a hot day refreshes the senses, stimulates circulation and reduces inflammation. On a cold day, warming up with a warm shower or bath is womblike and may evoke deep memories.

Dry your body with the soft, welcoming luxury of a towel made of high-quality 100 percent combed cotton. Hold a wooden brash in your hands, enjoy a few drops of pure essential oil in your tub water, and feel the steam of the hot bath before you step in. Most of all, spend time enjoying the feel of water against your skin.

You can also tingle your sense of touch underfoot. Natural fiber mats or rugs feel best on your bare feet after stepping out of the shower or tub. The key to a good bath mat or rug is for it to be absorbent and skid-resistant. You’ll want to wash them frequently, so make sure the ones you purchase are washable. A natural fiber rug with a nonslip backing is ideal, because the natural fiber absorbs more water than a synthetic fiber, and the nonslip backing feels secure on the floor.

SOUND
Few sounds are as calming as falling water. Filling a bath or running a shower sounds like a waterfall. After you turn off the water, the quiet is welcome. Listening to music can be nice in the bath, but just letting your mind go still—without much stimulation—can be a treat.

SMELL

The ideal bathroom for health and revitalization is a room with the scent of clean air, rather than a chemical stew of fragrances from personal care products, cleaning product fumes, additives in grout, and a host of other odors from commercial products. If you desire fragrances, choose natural plant essences.

NATURAL BEAUTY

The most popular spas are built and furnished with all-natural materials. Bathrooms that reflect the natural world help you to feel connected to the Earth. Here are some suggestions for introducing natural materials to your bathroom:

  • Plants give a sense of fresh air, natural beauty and herbal wisdom. They also absorb positive ions, replenishing the healthy negative ion balance. Try introducing real potted plants if you have enough light, or use dried plants such as potpourri or wreaths. Even images of plants (especially water flowers like lily pads) on cotton shower curtains, paintings, or photos, or flowers make of silk can help connect you to nature.

  • Line windowsills and bathtub decks with shells, pebbles and stones you’ve collected from oceans, rivers and mountain paths. Just looking at sea shells can open your imagination so you can “hear” the crashing of waves on the shore, feel the heat of the sun and the sand on your toes.
  • Stones and crystals can be powerful memory triggers when you see them. Rose quartz, for example, is supposed to be the vibration of unconditional love, and water seems to respond positively to that vibration. Choose a crystal you are drawn to and place it in the tub.
  • Images of animals and wildlife can transport you to another place and another way of thinking.

Read more: Health, Bath & Shower, Green Home Decor, Mental Wellness

Adapted from Home Enlightenment: Practical, Earth-Friendly Advice for Creating a Nurturing, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Home and Lifestyle, by Annie B. Bond (Rodale Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Annie B. Bond. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
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31 comments

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9:22PM PDT on May 14, 2010

Great tips Annie, thanks so much for the info.

5:42PM PST on Feb 23, 2010

Thank you! Only by reading this article I begin to relax.

12:47AM PDT on Jun 19, 2009

thanks...
Kabin
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9:35PM PDT on Apr 4, 2009

I have incorporated this idea into our Natural Living Boutique. We have everything one would need to create a personal
"At Home Spa"
http://www.BotanysDesire.blogspot.com

8:35PM PST on Feb 17, 2009

Very helpful article.

Frank Wong
http://www.hottubs-spa.com/spa-supplies

6:07PM PST on Dec 15, 2008

www.naturalsaltessentials.com, has a selection of shower and spa for a spa feeling at home

4:27PM PDT on Oct 16, 2008

My sister got a steam shower from an online company based in Kansas City, http://www.mybath.biz that carries these freestanding spa like steam showers. She got one of their best units (the 78 i think) that makes you wonder why you would continue to OUT to a spa instead of staying in if you have one of these in your home. You really have to see with your own eyes to see what I mean, but it's the closest thing having a spa in your own home. It's a steam room, got a builtin hot tub, three showerheads, acupressure jets for a massage from head to toe, TV, radio, mp3/,mp4 inputs for your own music, handsfree phone for us busy people, foot massage, and lots of other extras. You can also use aromatherepy in the steam box. Truely amazing. I want one!

4:25PM PDT on Oct 16, 2008

My sister got a steam shower from an online company based in Kansas City, http://www.mybath.biz that carries these freestanding spa like steam showers. She got one of their best units (the 78 i think) that makes you wonder why you would continue to OUT to a spa instead of staying in if you have one of these in your home. You really have to see with your own eyes to see what I mean, but it's the closest thing having a spa in your own home. It's a steam room, got a builtin hot tub, three showerheads, acupressure jets for a massage from head to toe, TV, radio, mp3/,mp4 inputs for your own music, handsfree phone for us busy people, foot massage, and lots of other extras. You can also use aromatherepy in the steam box. Truely amazing. I want one!

3:30PM PDT on May 11, 2008

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9:01PM PDT on Apr 30, 2008

I've adapted my bathroom into a spa like room, but it not only looks like a spa, it actually works like a spa.
Most of the things in my bathroom are usable.
Glass jars of Epsom Salts, Dry Milk, Crushed and powdered Sea Aglae, Sea Salts and Bentonite Clay. I've got blue and amber bottles of different kinds of essential and carrier oils. Different body soaps, (both liquid and block) shampoos and conditioners that are all organic and chemical free...all these things take up space and need room. I also have a steamer and a portable spa for the bath and numerous kinds of loofas and body brushes, all organic or natural. So, I not only have the look of a spa, I actually have a spa and it smells like one too. The beautiful thing is, is that my kitchen is an herb nook, with 20 some different kinds of bottles of herbs and several kinds of local honey's that I use in my baths. On hand I have Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Three different Olive Oils, Coconut Oil, Flax Seed and Rose Hip Seed oil. It's a lot of fun to have lots of different options to play with.

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