Thalassa (sea) Therapy (treatment)
Last week I attended continuing education classes for my massage therapy license, one of which was for spa treatments. Home spa treatments can be so relaxing and are only limited by our imagination. For many years I have enjoyed writing and sharing kitchen beauty recipes and more advanced spa treatments, all which can be done in the comfort of our home. This one is just a bit more advanced and basically includes three different applications, all which go together beautifully.
This treatment is probably not one that you would want to embark on if you are short on time. Think true spa; plan and schedule to achieve maximum benefits and enjoyment. While this treatment can be done solo, with a partner backs can also be included. So gather the applications, candles, music, drinks, adequate towels and head to the home spa treatment room, aka-the bathroom.
Three basic full body treatment application recipes:
Treatment recipes are per person, for two people, you will need to double the recipe.
Seaside Garden Salt Glow Recipe
In a bowl, mix together four ounces Dead Sea salt with one tablespoon light carrier oil (almond, cherry kernel, jojoba, etc.) and a drop or two (each) lavender and lemongrass essential oils.
Seaside Garden Kelp Masque Recipe
In a bowl, combine four ounces organic kelp, 1 tablespoon (each) lavender powder, orange peel powder, lemongrass powder, rose petal powder. Mix with pure water or hydrosol to make a paste. Start with a couple tablespoons and increase liquid to make a nice pliable consistency, not too thick, not too thin.
You will also want a body spritzer to properly end your treatment. My favorite is pure organic hydrosol, lavender would go nicely with this treatment. You can also make your own by adding a couple ounces of witch hazel and a drop or two of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle. Shake and use.
Thalassotherpy Seaside Garden Soak
Fill bathtub with warm to hot water.
Prepare the area; please take the time to prepare your treatment area properly. It does not matter if it is a tiny room or a big room, what matters are the touches. Have a beautiful CD playing in the background; bring a pitcher of cucumber water, a pot of tea, pure water or your favorite spa beverage, light some candles. Bring in some fresh flowers or even better eucalyptus, the steam from the tub will awaken the scent.
Step 1- Either stand in the shower (if it is separate from the bathtub) or cover the floor with towels and apply the salt glow in a circular motion to chest, arms, hands, legs, feet and back, if you have a partner. Let the salt do the work; do not rub it in hard, use the circular motion with a firm, but not hard pressure. Step into the tub filled with water and rinse off the salt from your body. Step out of the tub and very gently, pat skin dry. Do not drain the tub yet.
Step 2 – Apply the kelp masque, using your fingers to the same areas, a thin coat is all you need. If it looks like you have plenty left towards the end, you can apply it thicker, but make sure you have enough for the whole body before doing so. Once you have applied it, try to wait about 5-8 minutes or so until it starts to dry, you’ll feel it tightening. This would be a good time to have a chair covered with a towel to sit in. Sip on a beverage and calm your mind and body.
Step 3 – Once the body masque has dried, step back into the bathtub and soak for as long as you like in the salt and kelp water, at least for ten minutes. Then you will probably want to follow with a shower, but do not use a scrubby or anything harsh on your skin. A soft washcloth with very gentle strokes is all you’ll need at most. Gently pat skin dry.
Step 4 - Spritz your skin with lavender hydrosol or a bit of the witch hazel mixture, be generous with it, let it soak into your skin.
Now that you have done this wonderful treatment, complement it by drinking plenty of fresh water and eating fresh food.
All or most of the ingredients needed for this home spa treatment can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Pennie Mills of Vegan Aesthetics (formerly Ladies Blend) creates cruelty free vegan jewelry and housewares, she is an avid supporter of animal rights, animal welfare and donates continuously to animal charities.