Monday, 18 February 2013

The Art of Relaxation


Every so often, it's nice to take a little break from the stresses and strains of life and indulge in a little relaxation. My favourite way to unwind is to spoil myself with a spa treatment. I remember the first time I experienced the delights of a back, neck and shoulder massage when Matt treated me to a spa break for my birthday a few years ago. All tension and worry simply melted away. Since then, I've also experimented with a body polish and dry flotation, and I always like to follow up a treatment with a manicure. The ultimate way to feel pampered and relaxed!

For an at-home spa experience, I love to run a hot bath and add some luxurious oils. My current favourites are Neom Organic Oil and Espa Bath Elixir for providing a soothing and tranquil experience. I then follow this up by lighting a candle, snuggling under a cosy blanket and reading a good book. Most recently, I've been re-reading some childhood classics and delving into the enchanting worlds of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. Letting your imagination run away with you whilst surrounding yourself with a lovely scent and you can't help but forget your troubles!

What are your favourite ways to relax?



30 comments:

  1. Sounds relaxing! I love to have a long bath with lots of bubbles and a good book. I think it's so important to take time out from everything and just treat yourself to a little time out - even if it's just half an hour every now and then.

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  2. I love going to spa's, my favourite treat! x

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  3. My friend and I watched The Little Princess on Friday evening and it was amazing - so nice to revisit our childhood! The secret garden is amazing too and I'd love to read that again/watch the film.

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    1. I didn't realise it had been made into a film - I shall have to watch it! Such a great story. x

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  4. That Neom oil looks amazing! I'm the same as you - love going to spas or relaxing in the bath to unwind :) x

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  5. I like to put on some music and have a dance around the room!

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  6. This sounds like absolute bliss! I love having a nice bath, I haven't tried the oils you mentioned, but I am a big fan of a good Lush or Weleda soak!

    A Little Princess was one of my favourite books when I was younger, and I also absolutely adored the film. I bought it on DVD last year because I wanted to be able to rewatch it whenever I like! It's just magical <3

    The Secret Garden was actually another favourite, I cannot count the times I went hunting for my own 'secret garden'. I was forever diving into hedges and trespassing XD

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  7. I love having a long hot bath with all my favourite products to relax and de-stress my body, but I've never actually been for any sort of professional treatment or massage. I have problems with my back and I really ought to, but usually I can't justify the price and end up treating myself to something material instead as I'd tell myself that is more 'worth while'. I always hear and read people saying how great they are and how much of a difference it can make on your mood for days afterwards, but I never usually listen. Though saying all of that, this post has really made me want to actually look into getting something done for the first time, as I think I deserve a treat, so I'm putting some money aside so I've no excuses - I want a massage! :)

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    1. You should definitely treat yourself, you'll feel amazing afterwards! x

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  8. Such a beautiful book!


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  9. I love a good spa treatment too, I usually go for a wrap and a shoulder/scalp massage. I've never tried dry flotation - what's it like??

    rachael @ madeupoflittlethings.com xx

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    1. If you're claustrophobic I wouldn't recommend it, I panicked a little at first! Once I'd relaxed, it was enjoyable - you're cocooned in a warm water blanket and you feel weightless, perfect for drifting off. x

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  10. bath oils really are a treat, I love chamomile and lavender ones especially, with candles :-)

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    x

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  11. I love the cover of the Secret Garden book. It is so nice to take some time out and relax.

    Lou

    www.thekeypieces.co.uk

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  12. The Little Princess was one of my favorite books/movies ever as a child! I'd love to re-read it someday. Gorgeous pictures!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

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  13. I love a good Sunday night pamper to set me right. I'd love a spa trip, bet it would be incredible

    Katie xo
    http://sugarfixxbeauty.com

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  14. Oh I so agree- I have a voucher for a facial which I MUST book, I think the stresses of a new job will make it a necessary treat! And I agree about the children's books- my favourite is Alice in Wonderland (for obvious reasons), and reading it makes me feel so relaxed :) x

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  15. Your pictures are so pretty! My favourite way to relax to have a bath but do a face mask and exfoliate and everything, just really pamper myself :)

    Louisa's Notebook

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    1. Thank you! I forgot about face masks, I love using clay ones :) x

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  16. Nice post! Hearing the rain beating against the window when I´m snuggled up inside with a good film and huge steaming mug of hot chocolate is a favourite. In the spring I like just sitting out on my terrace on a sunny day with a glass of wine or something nice to eat, some magazines, feel the sun on my skin and passively hear the traffic going past below.

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  17. This sounds perfect! I'd love to try a Neom bath oil, I bet they're lovely! :)
    Catherine x
    Brighton Girl

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  18. Long long time ago I used to go to a spa often but ever since I move NJ. I didn't go so my only way to relax is to read, write, sew, daydream...

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  19. I just like to sit and read to relax! Off for a massage tomorrow though, so super excited!

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  20. Sounds like a fabulous way to relax darling, I like to have a bubble bath, cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream and a copy of my favourite fashion magazine.

    Eda x

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  21. This is just what I'm about to do this eve. I personally love the lavender bath oil from Neom for relaxing - it's gorgeous. My book at the mo is a training toddler book (hence lots of relaxation needed at the end of the day) lovely post x

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  22. Never tried that bath oil, but I LOVE Neom products. They smell amazing :)

    Michelle x
    www.theneverendingwardrobe.com

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  24. Hello Amy!

    This spa treatment looks amazing! What does it smell like out of interest? x

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