New Beginning - spa bathing rituals

I'll take any opportunity to make a point in time a 'new beginning'.  Today for example, being 1 August, is a new beginning - its the start of a new month. Just like the 1st of September will be, as well as, being the start of a new season - yeah, bring on spring and ditch winter!  The start of a new week, the start of a new day, I embrace them all as being a fresh new start.  Nothing stays the same forever, we have the opportunity to create and make a new start, when ever we feel the desire. Embracing a 'new beginning' often entices a bit of celebration, cheer or indulgence.
Tomorrow night being a full moon, I'm planning on dedicating time to reflect on the waxing cycle, on what has been.  The waxing cycle is the time between the new moon and the full moon, it is a time of growth and positive energy. To sit or lay quietly with the full moon, before commencing the waning cycle, where negative unwanted energies can be released and dissolved.
My plan is to enjoy this quiet time with a deserving bath ritual.  I say deserving, as it is not every night I climb into a bath with oils, herbs and aromas and reap their benefits.  Its probably once or twice a season.  This bath ritual combined with aromas made me think of Judy Chapman, a friend who is knowledgeable and passionate about spa and who I met probably nearly ten years ago.  She has published books on spa and been the editor of Spa Asia.  It is here, I share some of her bathing rituals from her book "Spa - bathing blends for your home". Yes, this is what I'll be doing tomorrow night...
Mermaid Spa
Revitalise your being in this salt-drenched spa. Surrender to the healing properties of water and allow your muscles to relax completely - relaxation equals the restoration of health!
2 drops cypress essential oil
1 tablespoon carrier oil
50ml rosewater
1/2 cup epsom salts
1 teaspoon kelp
Dilute the Cypress oil in the carrier oil, blend with the remaining ingredients and add to a filled bath.
 Another option...
Deodorising blend
Keep your skin cleansed and naturally deodorised with this blend.
4 drops clary sage essential oil
2 drops thyme essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1 tablespoon carrier oil
Blend the oils and add to a filled, neutral bath.
 Having these ingredients stocked in the cupboard, will stimulate more rejuvenating bath rituals...
The thalassotherapy philosophy is founded on treatments using seawater - thalassa is the Greek word for 'sea'. The beneficial minerals and iodine found in seaweed are believed to increase cell cohesion and metabolism which, in turn, helps eliminate toxins from the body. Traditional thalassotherapy is curative for stress and cellulite and slimming for the body.
Sheets of nori seaweed
1 cup crushed course sea salt
1 tablespoon kelp powder
pinch spirulina
1 teaspoon macadamia oil
Crumble the nor sheets and mix with the remaining ingredients. Run a neutral bath and add this nutritious blend.
 Bring on tomorrow evening... ah, of course I will be turning the lights off and bathing by candle light. aahhh.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. What a bathing session - I loved it! I decided on the Thalassotherapy. You could smell the kelp, the nori went soft, slimmy-like and desolved. I broke the nori up into pieces (1 sheet), as it was breaking down, I rubbed into on your my face and layed back in the hot bath a blissfully relaxed. Yes, candles burning. To aid the salt, I rubbed and squeezed by feet and legs. Best sleep I had in a long while. Enjoy, speak soon. Karen ~ Spa Travel


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