While there’s nothing better than going to a spa for some professional pampering, sometimes we just don't have that luxury of time or energy to leave the house after work. It’s times like these when knowing a few DIY spa techniques can go a long way.
We sat down with Willow Stream Spa’s new manager Sunny Song to learn a few techniques from an expert with 10+ years’ experience in the industry. Take time to sit down for a little relaxation session for yourself or sweet talk your partner into a bit of assistance.
Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Beijing Hotel was created exclusively for the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. With locations all around the world, each spa reflects the energy of its surroundings, whether it’s the desert, the mountains, the sea, or the cityscape. The spas include treatments inspired by local traditions, plants, and herbs making each Willow Stream Spa uniquely its own.
While it might sound like a no-brainer to breathe, concentrated breathing can help relax your muscles as well as your mind. More often than not we’re more exhausted mentally than we are physically and that mental exhaustion will eventually exhibit itself in physical ways. To help relax your mind even quicker, rub a few drops of lavender scented essential oil into the palms of your hand and inhale deeply.
Dry brushing helps increase the body’s blood circulation and shed those dead skin cells. Brushes are readily available almost anywhere, from your neighborhood Watsons to Innisfree or Sephora. Dry brushing is ok for the whole body. Start at the tips of your fingers and brush toward your heart. Make sure to brush your feet, legs, and stomach. If your partner is helping, dry brushing the back is relaxing and helps eliminate stress.
There’s a reason why professional massages start with a foot soak. In traditional Chinese medicine it’s believed that the sole of the feet is connected to every part of your body and that the best way to relax the body is through the feet. Treat yourself to a 10 - 15-minute foot bath when you get home from work. Add in a bit of Epsome salt and you’ll feel relaxed and revitalized in no time. While you’re soaking, be sure to stretch your arms and back. Give those tired muscles a wake-up-call.
While you’re soaking your feet, take a few moments to pay some well-deserved attention to your stems. These muscles work hard day-in, day-out, especially if your job requires you to be on your feet quite often. A few minutes’ attention on a regular basis can help prevent tense knots from forming in your muscles and help you get a better night’s rest.
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