Home run

Updated: Jul 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
Pure indulgence in the comfort of your home! After getting the home theatre experience, people are now going a step forward to revive their personal spaces to create a spa at home to pamper their mind, body and senses. Renewing the spirit sounds interesting. Does it not And considering those who have been there and seen it all, the benefits far outweigh the efforts and costs.

Says Reeta Juneja, an aromatherapist and spa veteran, It is critical to ensure that there is no disturbance and that the little time you take out to de-stress is completely yours. So switch off your mobile, give the maids the afternoon off and make sure your hubby and the kids are out.

The spa essentially works on the senses of sight, sound and smell and that is the aura you need to create at home for the spa-like experience. Says Kamayani Kanwar, managing director, Asian Roots Spa, Play some relaxing and soulful music and switch off the lights and burn lots of aromatherapy candles. Prepare the bath water for a luxurious soak by putting some vitaminous oils. Use soft scrubs for exfoliation. Or else, try besan with milk or salt with a little olive oil. They make for excellent home remedies.

You can also add essential oils, aromatic salts and foaming agents to target your fatigue, anxiety or stress. Taste is a very important part of the soak experience so pour yourself a refreshing natural drink such as a cup of cocoa or fresh juice to enjoy. Have a scrubby puff or loofah handy and keep a stack of soft fluffy towels, a cosy robe and slippers ready too, adds Juneja.

Advertising executive Ankana Mamgain, who has done up her bathroom with potpourri and a small burner which she picked from the flea market to burn incense tablets, says that a home spa is worth it. You need to take time off and focus just on yourself. I found keeping my spa appointments quite an effort, but the home spa schedule depends on me, she adds.

And if you are planning a complete bathroom makeover, choosing the right bath accessories will be a tedious task considering the variety available in the market, which ranges from bath tubs, whirlpool tubs, multiple shower panels, Vichy to steam showers.

Raman Dutta, sales manager, Ripara OFuro, says, You can pick up accessories like the Jacuzzi kit with six nozzles. It is compatible with any bath tub and costs Rs 20,000. A foot massager with rollers and water jet, costing just Rs 5,000, is another good bargain. Or, scale up your investment and go in for a Jacuzzi tub for Rs 1.5 lakh. Or get the whirlpool customised for your rooftop for a couple of extra grands.

The trend of having spas at home is fast catching up because people find it convenient and instant. Agrees Meenal Agarwal, interior designer, Bathline Accessories, We offer spa tubs starting at a lakh. The latest, a German bathtub priced at Rs 3 lakh, sports a touchscreen operating system wherein you can programme the tub to suit your needs. For instance, the massage timings, temperature, etc. It even has LAD lights, too.

Indeed, a small price for the customised luxury. All you need now is an appointment with yourself this weekend to allow lavender, peppermint or lemongrass to rejuvenate your body and soul.