Relaxation for the Mind, Body, & Soul

relaxation day- the lil spa roomHappy National Relaxation Day! Whether you are looking for physical or spiritual relaxation, here are a few tips to relax your body, soul & mind.

•Get comfortable: To be able to calm & relax, remove your shoes, undo your tie or neck button, loosen your belt, unclasp your bra, slip into something comfortable.

• Enjoy some Fresh air: Open the windows & breathe in the fresh air.

• Mother Nature: Instead of hanging in a busy part of town, take a couple of minutes outdoors to slow down. Nature has its own way of calming your mind.

•Silence: Find a place in silence; treasure it, absorb it, immerse yourself in it, hang on to it as long as you can.

happiness- the lil spa room• Deep Breaths: Straighten up and take a deep slow breath through your nose, deep into your tummy, do not let the chest rise, relax your shoulders – then release the breath slowly through your mouth.

•New Age Music: Play some relaxing music with nature sounds and wind chimes to set up a more relaxing mood. This goes well with open windows.

•Reject stress: Reorganize your priorities. Reject anything that will put pressure on you. Learn to say no and become more positive and energetic.

•Influence your subconscious: To reinforce messages to your subconscious, like “I am calm and can cope with this situation”, there is no way like this: repeat, repeat, repeat.

•Visualization: Go to sleep with a picture in your mind how you would like to be. (Positive things of course) Do this again and again, every night. Try to wake up with this picture in your mind.

•Concentrate on the task at hand: If you immerse yourself totally in a task, so that you achieve the very best result you are capable of (this can be anything at all, for example washing the dishes, ironing, driving a car or mowing the lawn), you will find that task becomes like a meditation in itself. Time flies, you derive satisfaction from your efforts and you spend at least this time completely in the here and now, not worrying about past or future.

  • Lastly, get a massage or better yet get a facial. Not only will you escape into pampering bliss, you’ll go home with great skin.

And if you are home, make yourself a refreshing margarita or pour yourself a glass of serve wine to enhance that relaxation. 😉

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Bedtime Bath Recipe

Do you struggle to wind down at night? Does it take you a while to get comfortable in bed, or to feel relaxed and ready for sleep? Are the muscles in your shoulders and back feeling tight and tense by the end of the day?

How does a nice, hot bath sound to remedy all that? Uh, yeah. My guess is it’s been a while since your last bath time, right?

A bedtime bath is by far one of the most therapeutic tools you can have in establishing healthy sleep patterns. Taking time to yourself to relax in warm, soothing water is great as it is, but if you really want to turn your bath into a sleep-boosting, stress-busting, muscle-relaxing miracle worker of a sleep remedy, this is how it’s done.

(Oh, and YES—this works for calming the kids down at night, too!)

You’ll need just two simple key ingredients: epsom salts and baking soda.

Epsom salts, made of magnesium sulphate, are an old-fashioned remedy for soothing tired, aching muscles.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant; it accomplishes this by moving calcium out of the muscles, and back into the bloodstream where it can be mobilized elsewhere. It’s also a critical nutrient to your body’s glucose metabolism—magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar by assisting cells in producing energy from glucose.

What does that all have to do with sleep? Well, releasing muscle tension is a key element in allowing the body to initiate the relaxation response (think, the opposite of the stress response), which is necessary for sleep. And because the metabolism-supportive benefits of magnesium help to produce cellular energy, your blood sugar can be better stabilized—this is essential for maintaining balanced hormonal levels that help you sleep.

Your body can absorb this magnesium from epsom salts quite efficiently, so epsom salt baths are an excellent way to supplement the calmative mineral. And epsom salts also serve to provide a gentle, effective detox bath. 

Sleep benefits of baking soda
Baking soda added to an epsom salt bath is another powerful sleep aid. That’s because it supplements the body with extra CO2 to be absorbed. Did you know that C02 is one of the most important chemicals in your body? It supports healthy cellular energy production—which in turn promotes healthy sleep and keeps stress hormones at bay.

Your sleep cycles are designed to maintain CO2 levels during the night. In REM sleep, breathing is shallow and inhibited, and CO2 levels rise. The naturally-restful deep sleep stages allow for a greater production of CO2, which allows for cellular repairs to take place as stem cells multiply and mitochondrial energy is supported with lots of that good CO2.

So here’s a recipe for the ultimate in bedtime relaxation:

Bath Recipe it’s to be used in a regular-sized full bath tub filled.

Ingredients
2-4 cups (or more) epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
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For aromatherapy:
Essential oils or dried herbs of your choosing. Chamomile (oil; dried) and lavender (oil;dried) are excellent sleep-promoting choices.

If you aren’t noticing a muscle-relaxing effect from the epsom salts, increase the amount until you do. Some people need as much as 4 pounds of epsom salts in their bath! As your body’s magnesium stores become replenished, you will find that you’ll need less epsom salt as time goes on. Generally, a good maintenance dose is about 2 cups of epsom salts, when used in a full bath for at least 20-40 minutes.  
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Coffee for Tired Feet

A home recipe to pamper your feet. The caffeine in the coffee reduces redness and swelling, while the salt, coffee grinds, and vanilla beans, along with the lactic acid in the whipped cream, are all natural exfoliants.

What you need:
¼ cup sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground coffee beans
1 tablespoon ground vanilla beans
¼ cup olive oil
1 pot of coffee, at room temperature
Whipped cream

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Follow these steps.
1. Mix salt, coffee and vanilla bean grounds, and oil in a bowl.
2. Pour the coffee in a basin and add the whipped cream.
3. Place feet in the basin and soak for about 10 minutes.
4. Take a scoop of the salt mixture and rub it over feet and calves, concentrating on callused areas.
5. Rinse feet with warm water, dry them lightly with a towel, and follow with a hydrating moisturizer.

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Best Time of Year for a Facial

Maybe you don’t have the time or the cash to have regular facials. For you, a facial might be just a yearly indulgence. If you are going to do it only once a year, the best time of the year to get a facial is the fall. Although the outdoor cold and indoor dry heat in the winter are dehydrating to the skin, the worst time for your skin is the summer. Considering the time spent in the sun, the exposure to chlorine in pools, and the increased time outdoors (which means more contact with air pollution), summertime can be very damaging to the skin. A fall facial might help to repair some of the damage the summer season has caused. It could unclog your pores, get rid of dead skin cells (remember that sunburn?) and moisturize dry skin — all the better to face the trials of the cooler weather ahead. For more information on skin care, Check out the rest of my blog or book an appointment with me.

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April M. Monterrosa, The Lil Spa Room
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