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October, 2009

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Sneak Some Spa into Your Day

Sneak Some Spa into Your Day

Ahh...the spa. The tranquil sounds, low lighting and refreshing treatments are just what the doctor ordered to add some peace and serenity to the hustle and bustle of your busy life. But most of us don't have the time (or funds) to interrupt our daily routine to make spa visits more than an occasional treat.

Here are a few ideas to add some "spa" to your day and achieve a more serene state of mind.

Shower Worries Away

From the minute you awake in the morning, step into a spa sanctuary with a revitalizing shower. Start by updating your current showerhead with an oversized rainshower, such as Moen's Inspire™ nine-inch rainshower with InvigoRain™ pressurized spray, which provides a strong, invigorating rainshower experience with full coverage that envelops the entire body in high- performance water sprays. Or if you'd prefer a variety of spray options, try a multi-setting showerhead. Moen's Inspire seven-setting showerhead allows you to choose the distinct spray setting that suits your mood. These showerheads are available at Lowe's in today's most popular finishes.

Create a Pleasant "Scentmosphere"

As you slip out of the shower, continue to stimulate your senses by smoothing aromatherapy oils over your skin. Products with essential oils provide both psychological and physical benefits; the aroma stimulates the brain, while the oils leave your skin feeling clean and moisturized. Some brands, such as Aveda, even offer a variety of body oils to "balance," "calm" or "refresh" your senses.

Mood Music

Music has powerful effects on our mood. In fact, numerous studies prove that music can ease tension and uplift our frame of mind. As you start or end your workday, keep the pressures and stresses outside the car by swapping your Top-40 tunes for more tranquil harmonies. Amazon.com has a variety of great CD ideas, such as "Calm the Mind," a compilation of relaxing piano compositions and the soothing sounds of nature, or "Peace: Pure Classical Calm," a broad array of soothing classical tunes, or create your own serene mix by downloading your favorites from iTunes.

Less Stress at Your Desk

Does work have you stressed out and tense? Take a few moments at your desk for the art of reflexology. This age-old technique involves applying pressure to the reflex points on the hands to improve circulation and stimulate relaxation. Start by pinching each of your fingertips. Then, grasp each finger at its base and tug firmly. Allow your grip to loosen slightly, graduating it from the base to the finger tip until your finger slips out of your grasp completely. Within minutes you'll be feeling less stressed and ready to finish out the day.

Fancy Feet

Whether you're on your feet at work or just suffering from those stylish shoes, the end of the day can leave you with sore and swollen feet. Luckily, treating your tootsies is simple to incorporate into your day. Try a footbath with a variety of features, such as bubbles, jets and loofahs, to energize your sore soles. Or for an easy (and inexpensive) fix, use a small, frozen plastic water bottle and roll your feet over it to stimulate pressure points and reduce swelling. Both treatments will refresh fatigued feet and are simple enough for you to enjoy while multi-tasking.

By adding just a few of these spa-like secrets to your day, you'll soon be feeling cool, calm and collected – all without an appointment!

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