If you are planning to do some spa treatments at home it is important to consider the environment in which you are giving your treatments in. If you are not a spa professional by trade, but would just like to try some simple spa treatments on yourself, or your family or friends, remember that the spa atmosphere is almost as important as the spa treatment itself when it comes to the calming affect it has on the client. For a general guide, follow some basic feng shui principles and also look to your own five senses for guidance as to what a spa should look and feel like.
Visually a spa should look and feel relaxing. Remove as much clutter from the area as possible. Throw out and unnecessary papers and old boxes that might just be taking up space. Remove some of the more unnecessary and unsightly items from the area. If there is an ash tray, dump it and remove it from the area. If you have a cat litter box remove it at least temporarily from the room. Remove old newspapers, clothing and shoes also from the area. Put away as much as possible into back closets, drawers and cupboards. Take some time to thoroughly sweep, dust, wash and polish the tables, chairs, lamps and statues in the home area.
If you have some thriving plants bring them into the room you plan to do the spa therapy in. If there is a nice vase in the cupboard fill it with some fresh flowers for instant atmosphere. If you have any attractive plates or bowls bring them out and use them in your spa treatments or fill them with a light snack such as a small bowl of fruit or a small plate of sliced fruit or cookies.
Some people are lucky enough to have some relaxing natural sounds in the home. A small fountain is nice for the relaxing sound of running water. Wind chimes on the back porch or balcony also create a relaxing atmosphere. Singing bowls and other chimes are nice to add at the end of a spa treatment if you happen to have them.
Always ask what the individual getting the treatment would like to listen to, but in general simple relaxing instrumental music playing in the background always works well. Also ideal for spa treatments is music with the sounds of nature -the ocean, woodland sounds, etc. Music with simple chanting can also be relaxing. Avoid the more vocal and popular rock, pop, hip-hop or country music styles. They may be more fun to listen to, but are often not relaxing as much as they are stimulating and entertaining.
Once again plants and flowers can be great for improving the overall scent and air quality of a room. Plants give off oxygen and many house plants are also effective at cleaning the air(such as spider plants and some lilies). Flowers are uplifting to smell and look at and also give off a subtle fragrance.
Other fragrance sources include inscence burners and scented candles. Not everyone will appreciate a scented candle as some people are allergic to them and they are not as pure as soy or beeswax candles. Still, you can always use a traditional inscence burner with a few drops of essential oil added to a small bowl of water burning over a small candle or flame. Insence sticks are also an option but again not as environmental and organic as the organic essential oils that are added to the small burners. You can also cleanse and scent the air by misting it with a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of essential oil mixed with a small about of pure alcohol. This is refreshing and non toxic as long as you use 100% organic essential oils and preferably purified water(as opposed to tap water).
One of the most important senses to be aware of during a spa or skin care treatment is touch. Much of the therapy you will be providing will come from touch. Ensure that the temperature of the room you are using is inviting and not too hot or cold. One can always add a fan or a space heater to add some comfort to the air temperature.
Have some extra clean towels, sheets and pillows on hand so that you can offer them to your client if they are feeling chilly, damp or uncomfortable in any way. You might also want to keep a small throw blanket on hand in case they are feeling cold during a massage, facial, pedicure, manicure or reflexology treatment.
It is always nice to offer a beverage at the beginning, middle or end of a skin care treatment. Obviously it will depend on what treatment you are provinding as to when you will offer them a drink. If it is something more involved where the client will be lying down most of the time such as a massage, body wrap or a facial, you will not likely offer them anything to eat or drink until the end of the treatment. If however you are giving someone a pedicure or reflexology treatment, then you may want to offer them a refreshing drink or tea during the treatment.
A simple snack is also a nice way to end a treatment. Dried fruits and nuts are a quick and healthy snack as are some sliced fruit or chopped vegetables with dip. The snack can be sweet or savoury and is simply a snack not a meal.
Although it is always ideal to go to a spa for treatments or great to have a whole room devoted to spa treatments and therapies, with a few simple adjustments you can create a clean, cozy and calming atmosphere in your own home. Home spas can be more accessable and can still provide some relaxation and therapy for your friends and cleints.