No matter how much we enjoy our work, our family and our friends, they can still stress us out. That’s why we all need a chance to get away, relax and pamper ourselves, even if it’s just for an hour.
Few things cater to that need to relax and pamper better than a spa. Massages, facials, body treatments, steam rooms…who couldn’t de-stress in a place like that?
Of course, sometimes it can take the entire hour just to get your mind to settle down enough to enjoy your visit. By that time you’ve got to get up and return to the real world. If that’s the case, why not consider starting your relaxation period before your spa visit?
Whether you’re at home or already at the spa, you can find other ways to soothe your mind and spirit. That way, you’re already in the process of calming your mind, and by the time your get to the spa, you’ll be ready mentally, physically and spiritually for your treatment.
Get there early
One of the best ways to make sure that you can fully enjoy your time at the spa is to get there at least 20 minutes early. That way, you’ve got plenty of time to check in, change into your robe, and enjoy any other amenities they offer, like a hot tub or a sauna. You won’t have to rush around and worry about being late. Plus, you’ll also have time to shower so that you’re fresh and clean before your treatment.
Start relaxing at home
Sometimes it’s just not possible for you to be able to get to your appointment as early as you’d like. In that case, try to do things at home that will start relaxing you before you go. One way is to take a hot shower or bath before you go. Even if it’s only 5 or 10 minutes, that’s 5 or 10 minutes that you’re starting the process of calming your mind. If you can just get into that mindset, it will make relaxing at the spa worlds easier.
Another way to start decompressing in your home could involve your favorite meditation tool or technique. Do your meditation technique right before you go, and you’ll be carrying that tranquility with you when you enter the spa.
For some people, though, time is of the essence, and some meditation can take more time than they have. If that’s the case, a meditation tool can help you focus quickly. One such tool is the Zen Stick, a polished wood stick that you simply toss and catch with your eyes closed. Having a physical connection like this with your meditation can clear your mind faster than a breathing meditation alone.
Even better, a meditation tool is portable, so you can take it with you to the spa. That way, you can use it both before your treatment to attain serenity, and after to extend it.
Time at the spa calms even the most harassed mind, re-centers the spirit, and helps erase the little stresses of the day. By adding meditation tools and techniques to your spa repertoire, you will be able to extend your peaceful state of mind even if you can’t extend your massage beyond 60 minutes.
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