SPA LIVING

FOR HEALTH

INDULGE AT HOME IN A LUXURIOUS SPA TREATMENT WITH YOUR

Homemade body wraps are easy to do yourself and can save you a lot of money.

Body wraps have become one of the most popular spa treatments and also one of the most expensive.

You don’t need to pay a small fortune at a day spa or health spa to indulge in a body wrap. You can use these recipes for homemade body wraps to make your own.

As well as being a beautiful way to relax and pamper, spa body wraps have been used for centuries for their health and beauty benefits such as;


Cellulite elimination

Detoxification

Healing

Toning and tightening skin

Improving circulation

Alleviating muscle and joint pain

Acne

Mobilizing fat so it can be eliminated from the body naturally




Basic instructions for body wraps

Warm your room so that you can lay down comfortably and quietly for an hour to enjoy your homemade body wrap.

You may like to use 2 plastic drop sheets (can be purchased cheaply at any home or handyman store), one to place your tub or bucket on and another to lay on.

Layer your blankets; first a space blanket (can be bought very cheaply), then a normal blanket, then one of the plastic drop sheets. Wrap yourself in this over the top of the body wrap to stay warm.

Light candles, burn essential oils and play some soft relaxation music.

Use a loofah or dry face washer to dry brush your skin, working in small circular motions.

Have a warm shower which will help to open your pores.

Drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and dislodged fat before, during and after the wrap.

Keep a glass of water with a straw beside you so that you can sip it during the wrap. The water should be at room temperature.

Spas generally use linen sheets but you can use towels. Try white salon towels (available from beauty supply stores) or old thin towels work just as well. You will need 6 - 8 towels. Remember they may be hard to get clean especially with seaweed and clay.

For the best results you will need to do one body wrap a week for 6 weeks and then once a month for maintenance.

Have a hot bath a couple of days after the treatment to release any accumulated toxins.

You can record the inches you lose by measuring your body before and after each wrap.

Although all of the ingredients are natural you should always do a sensitivity test first.

Avoid caffeine, sugar, fried fatty foods, soda drinks and alcohol for the next 48 hours.


Method for body wraps

Boil 8 cups of distilled water in a pot.

Remove it from the heat and add your chosen body wrap ingredients from the recipes below.

Allow your mixture to sit until it is comfortable to touch – about 10-15 minutes.

Dip your towels in one at a time and wrap your body starting at your ankles all the way to your neck. Use a towel length ways for each leg, one cross ways around your mid section and the same for your chest and upper back, and then one for each arm.

Lie down and snuggle into your plastic covered blanket for 60 minutes.

After the body wrap take a cool/tepid bath.

Remember to drink lots of fluids before, during and after your wrap.


Ingedients for body wraps

Herbal Body Wraps

2 cups of clay according to your skin type Bentonite for oily skin, Pink Kaolin for sensitive or dry skin, Yellow Kaolin for normal skin

1 cup of Epsom salts

1 cup of powdered herbs (or powder your own in the food processor) Good choices are; Chamomile, Lavender, Calendula, Ginger or a combination

Sea Vegetable Body Wraps

Sea vegetables have the added benefit of adding nutrients to your body through the body wrap by absorption through your skin.

2 cups of clay according to your skin type Bentonite for oily skin, Pink Kaolin for sensitive or dry skin, Yellow Kaolin for normal skin

1 cup of sea salt

1 cup of powdered sea vegetables Good choices are; Kelp or Dulse

For seaweed try seaveg.com they have organic powdered Kelp for about $7.25 for 1lb

If your skin tends to be dry add 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil. Good choices are; olive, almond or flax seed oil.


Have the treat without the mess

The following Health Spa Body Wrap recipes will give you a blissful pampering without too much mess.

Herbal Tea Wrap

Light candles, burn essential oils and play some soft relaxation music.

Lay a plastic sheet over your bed.

Use a loofah or face cloth to dry brush your skin, working in small circular motions.

Take a warm shower to open up your pores.

Fill a bucket or large sink with hot but not boiling water.

Add 1 cup of your favorite herbs (eg. chamomile, lavender, calendula, ginger)

Allow the herbs to steep for five minutes.

Immerse 2 towels into the water.

Wring the towels out and wrap them around yourself

Lie down for 10 minutes and do some relaxation breathing.

Wrapped in Heaven

Light candles, burn essential oils and play some soft relaxation music.

Use a loofah or face cloth to dry brush your skin, working in small circular motions.

Make up a massage oil for detoxifying;

Add the following oils to 100 ml of a carrier oil (eg. almond oil or olive oil)

25 drops of Lemon

15 drops of Juniper

5 drops of Carrot Seed

10 drops of Peppermint

Please consult the Essential Oil Safety Guidelines before using any essential oil blend.

Massage this blend into your body paying particular attention to problem areas.

Lay 3 blankets one on top of the other on your bed. Save the softest blanket for the top as this will be closest to your skin. Warm this blanket in the tumble dryer.

Lie down and wrap yourself up.

Do some relaxation breaths. Breathe in to the count of four, breathe out to the count of 8. Repeat 3 or 4 times until you feel totally relaxed. Visualise yourself wrapped in healing white light and enjoy the aroma of the oils.