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Spa at Home!
Source: spas.about.com, www.goodearthindia.com, www.bombaystore.com
“Spa” is derived from two main theories. One is that spa is an acronym for the Latin phrase, "salus per aquae," or "health through water." Others consider the origin of the word "spa" from the Belgian town of Spa, known since Roman times for its baths. They speculate that the town was so prominent that the very word spa became synonymous in the English language with a place to be restored and pampered.

The modern spa is derived from the ancient practice of bathing in hot springs and mineral waters. This dates back to the Babylonians and Greeks. In the 19th century, Europe's great spas were destinations for the wealthy.

Spas have become a big business in India, especially when India has a culture of holistic treatment like ayurveda to begin with. Also the hot oil massages and then the bathing was a festival ritual in many communities. Only this form of relaxation has become more sophisticated with more treatments and products being introduced by a variety of top-end brands.

De-stressing after a tiring hard day’s work has been a dilemma in many people’s lives. De-stressing has become essential as it brings one’s body, mind and soul at par. One can either treat it by indulging in a good body massage or by taking a power nap. However. de-stressing yourself at a spa could be extremely relaxing. But if one does not wish to shell large sums of money at a spa, an in-house spa can be created.

A home spa experience should include products and tools to revitalize the body, face and hair. Here are few basic things one should possess for a home spa:

1. Long handled natural bristle bath brush
2. Loofah or Terry cloth washcloth (Avoid synthetic scrubbers as they are overly harsh)
3. Bath salts
4. Variety of essential aromatic oils
5. Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory cleansers, toners and moisturizers.
6. Coarse sea salt
7. Plenty of chilled spring water (with a splash of lime or lemon) to keep your body hydrated and to eliminate toxins from the inside out.

A variety of spa products are available in the market these days. A good spa product will have a soothing and healing effect on your body and will relax the mind.

The Bombay Store has always been a favored destination for ‘aroma therapy’ or ‘Spa products’. It keeps a good variety of spa products of well - known brands like Cama, Breathe and Soul Flower. They are made from herbs found in tribal areas. Some of their products are soap-free face cleanser, natural plant mask, revitalizing and re-texturing soaps.

Good Earth has wide array of spa products named 'Amratm'. It comprises of all natural products like bath salts, de-stressing tea leaves and essential oils. Essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus have great soothing qualities. Normally, spa oils would cost around Rs 150 - 300.

If you are looking at self-indulgence within the privacy of your home, install a spa at home. It’s the best way to rejuvenate your mind

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