August 15 is National Relaxation Day, a day where you shouldn’t feel guilty about putting your feet up and blissing out. You could book a spa day, but why go out when you could enjoy a spa experience in the comfort and privacy of your own home? You needn’t wait for an annual holiday to enjoy some me time in your bathroom with these relaxation tips.
It All Starts With the Perfect Tub
In the modern, fast-paced world, tubs are being squeezed out of bathrooms for showers. However, making room in your bathroom for a tub is crucial when you really want to relax. Nothing beats soaking in the warm water and letting your mind drift away.
A bathtub is likely to be the largest element in your bathroom, so make it the focal point and build the rest of your bathroom around it. Let it dictate your bathroom’s style and feel.
Your bath’s shape will directly affect your bathing experience. When you really want to relax, no ordinary tub will do. The following beautiful bath styles will help you bliss out in no time.
Bateau baths, sometimes called boat baths, originally became popular in the 18th century, but their appeal endures. Their sloping sides support your body when you’re sitting upright, so they’re perfect for people who enjoy reading a good book or sipping a glass of Champagne while they soak.
Slipper baths have one side that’s more pronounced than the other, so they slope a little just like Cinderella’s famous glass shoes. Position the lower side near a large window to take advantage of the views outside. Let the slope cradle your body as you watch the world go by.
Clawfoot tubs make us think of royalty and old-Hollywood glamour with their timeless elegance and high-end style. They’re usually much deeper than other baths, so they’re perfect for submerging yourself right under the water on cold winter days. Clawfoot tubs are a favorite choice among celebrities such as music power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Classic roll-top baths offer the best of both worlds. Their long silhouettes are made for immersing your entire body underneath the water. However, once your skin is pruny, you can sit up and rest your arms against their ergonomic rolled tops.
Is a Hot Tub More Your Style?
Soaking in the bath can be a wonderful way to relax, but perhaps a hot tub is more your style.
You can soak in a hot tub just as you can in a regular bathtub, but its powered jets help set it apart. Those jets relax your muscles, helping you feel calmer in just 10 minutes. As you feel your stresses melt away, you’ll also experience better circulation.
As the water warms and massages your muscles and joints, you’ll feel any aches and pains disappear. People with arthritis, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions all say hot tubs help them manage their health complaints. Soaking in a hot tub can also be a great way to recover from an intense workout session.
If you’re one of the 30 percent of Americans who suffer from interrupted sleep, a hot tub can make a valuable addition to your bathroom. The Better Sleep Council says raising your core body temperature with a hot soak and relieving tension with the jets can help you enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.
Set the Mood Right
Once your bathroom has the right fixtures, the finishing touches can give it that authentic spa feel.
Lighting your bathroom right can be a balancing act. You’ll want bright lights for shaving and applying makeup, but this kind of light is too harsh for relaxation. Adding a dimmer to your task lights will give you the brightness needed for tricky activities and the mood lighting required for relaxing. Install your light fixtures at eye level on either side of your mirror to give you the light you need without creating unflattering shadows.
Home improvement experts say practical task lighting should be complemented by ambient lighting. A pendant light with a translucent shade can look eye-catching while creating soft, peaceful illumination. Warm white light globes will make your bathroom feel more inviting than natural white or cold white bulbs.
Candles can add light and atmosphere to your bathroom. Watching a flickering flame dance about can quickly help you wind down and even enter a meditative state. Choose scented candles, and you can also benefit from the healing powers of aromatherapy. Candles with eucalyptus, lavender, and green tea notes all have calming properties. Place a few of them around your tub, and you’ll soon feel like you’re bathing in “The Bachelor” mansion, minus the cat fights!
Just like scented candles, bath bombs are a treat for the senses. Pop one in the bath and its scent will fill the room as it fizzes away. As it dissolves, it will also release nourishing ingredients into your bathwater such as shea butter, grape-seed oil, coconut oil, and milk. These ingredients will pamper your skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth, just like you’ve just had a spa treatment!
Don’t underestimate the calming power of music. Relaxing music can slow your heart rate and pulse, lower your blood pressure, and reduce the stress hormones in your system, so it’s a powerful tool for relaxation. Psychologists recommend slow, quiet classical music, but if you don’t enjoy this genre, you might find mellow jazz or folk works better. Spotify has several great playlists designed to help you relax. Mount some Bluetooth speakers in the corners of your bathroom and you can enjoy your favorite calming tunes in glorious stereo sound directly from your smartphone.
Any day is an excuse to get pampered when you follow these relaxation tips and bring the spa to your bathroom.
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