Judith Hanson Lasater, an American yoga teacher and writer, says “Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well.” Similarly, relaxing and renewing as a couple is essential to a good relationship. A spa date helps you accomplish both.
The luxury and indulgence of a spa creates an immediate response in many people. Keep reading to learn exactly what it offers for couples.
Benefits of a Spa Date
A day at the spa presents an opportunity for a relaxing experience. But, there are many more advantages on top of that. Check out these other benefits you can get when you spend time at a spa:
- Improved Health
Spa treatments are great for the human body. De-stressing in the quiet retreat of a spa improves physical health. Spending time in a sauna or steam room give your lungs the power to breathe deeper and better. Skin gets a healthy boost from facials and other services.mOther spa treatments improve blood circulation to carry needed oxygen and nutrients to your cells. Getting a massage stimulates the lymphatic system to flush away toxins and bolster the immune system so it can fight infection. It relieves muscle tension, cramps, and helps with pain management.
- Boosted Confidence
Bodies that feel good glow with confidence. A spa night, whether home or away, relaxes the body and helps you and your partner feel good. Since confidence is attractive, it helps boost your connection to each other. Plus, the power of touch promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety. Your partner gains confidence and your satisfaction in your relationship grows. Plus, when your next conflict rolls around, the practice of physical touch resolves it more easily.
- Increased Energy
Confidence and relationship satisfaction energize couples. But, there’s more. Certain massage techniques boost energy levels as well. Using oils or diffusing scents of lemon, orange, peppermint or cedarwood increases vitality. Even the date itself works to this end. Meaningful, well-spent moments with your partner renew your energy.
- Greater Happiness
Physical touch releases serotonin, which is a hormone that brings about feelings of happiness. Touching your partner with a full-body rubdown, a scalp massage or gently touching your partner’s face during a facial helps to boost happiness for both you and your significant other. The feelings created by touch impact both the body and mind. When serotonin courses through the body, your mind body and soul find greater unity and helps you achieve a happier relationship.
- Improved Bond
Massage also stimulates the release of oxytocin, the “cuddle-chemical”. This hormone accompanies the early stages of falling in love. High levels of it show up in committed couples. When you add it to the hormones serotonin and dopamine, you get a powerful bonding cocktail. Intimacy increases with the rise in these feel-good hormones. Also, as you relax during a spa experience, anxiety melts away leaving room for your connection to grow. The physical touch and conversation work together so you and your partner can bond.
- Added Affection
Not only does intimacy grow with the release of serotonin and dopamine, but feelings of affection do as well. In fact, your partner may even look different to you in the dimly lit, relaxed state of a date night spa experience. With the worries of the day exfoliated away, you will receive affection more readily. The barriers between you and your partner will evaporate away and new avenues of communication will open.
- Renewed Connection
Spa experiences give you an opportunity to shut out the world for a brief time. The issues that create distance between you and your partner can be forgotten for a while as having a spa night gives your relationship a chance to breathe. As you both experience the physical and mental benefits of a spa date, you will be more relaxed and less agitated as you interact with each other. Even tense topics get a facelift when discussed in the afterglow of a spa night.
Bringing a Spa Date Home
If you and your partner are not interested in going out to a spa, with a little planning you can bring the spa experience to your home. Follow these five steps for creating the perfectly-you at-home spa.
1. Plan Ahead
Will your at-home spa date be an overt or covert operation? Revealing the idea to your partner allows you both to look forward to the event and boosts mood. If a surprise is your plan, set a date and build excitement by dropping a few hints. Do your research and get everything you need to set the mood and make the night flow smoothly. Doing the work ahead of time keeps stress from creeping into your date night. Plus, you can enjoy the spa experience as well.
2. Learn the Tricks of the Trade
Take advantage of the many available resources for creating the perfect at-home spa night. Learn tips for giving the perfect massage, applying a relaxing and skin boosting facial treatment or how to show love to your partner with an exfoliating body scrub.
Here are a few resources to get started:
- Couple’s massage tips from Canyon Ranch.
- A simple primer on dry brushing from Babble.
- Professional facial tips salon owners use from Salon Success Academy.
- Stylecraze’s at-home spa hair treatments.
- A quick 3-minute video on the benefits and skills of a great foot massage.
3. Create Customized Products
Local store shelves offer plenty of products to stock your at-home spa. Fortunately, so does your kitchen. Preparing ahead of time gives you a chance to create the products you need without spending a dime. So, you can have a spa date on a budget!
Do an internet search for the DIY product you want. Look for recipes using ingredients you already have stocked in your pantry. Even better, choose ingredients to accommodate your partner’s sensitivities, allergies and scent preferences to make a tailor-made spa experience. There’s no better way to say, “I love you”.
Dig into these recipes to get started:
4. Create a Peaceful Atmosphere
From the moment you park your car at a spa, the scene is set for you to relax and feel nurtured. Mimic this ambience in your at-home spa. Focus on whatever your partner finds relaxing. Again, your home offers the perfect place to cater to the whims of your partner.
Some choices you may want to consider include:
- Asian-inspired melodies or soothing classical tunes? Maybe no music at all?
- Vanilla, citrus or ocean breeze scents for candles and massage oil?
- Silk or cotton sheets and blankets?
- Tepid bath water or a steamy hot soak?
- Flavored water or straight from the tap?
When you have your spa night, make your electronic devices off limits. Your spa needs to be a Wi-Fi free zone so you have a chance to disconnect from the world and reconnect with your partner. Lower the lights, whip up a few refreshing snacks, chill plenty of water and settle in for a great stay-at-home date.
5. Reconnect With Your Partner
When the day arrives, try to slow your pace as you approach the date. A stressed masseur fails to ease away the worries of the day in his or her partner. Take a few moments before your partner arrives at your home spa to quiet your body and mind.
As the date unwinds, focus on your partner. The spa treatments will allow you to connect through touch. Be sure to include conversation mixed with quiet moments that will enable you and your sweetheart to connect emotionally and reflect internally. Leave hot topics for another time. Get to know one another on a new level.
Focusing on What’s Important
An at-home spa date night takes some planning. The amount of effort you need to put in depends on your availability and creativity. A bottle of massage oil and a soft blanket on the floor, a fire in the fireplace and lights turned low are simple but effective ways to create the right mood. You can even choose to go all out with head-to-toe pampering.
Either way, focus on your partner and don’t let yourself get stressed out. The perfect spa date is perfectly imperfect. Laugh if the dry brushing fails because your partner is far too ticklish. Get creative with spilled massage oil clean up. Whatever it takes, just connect with each other.
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