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Weekend spa detox

Weekend spa detox

A new breed of life-shaping detox experiences are on the menu at reputable spas and resort destinations. Forget sterile white clinics. From five-star luxury hotels to eco-chic and ashram-style, detox is increasingly luxurious — after all, pleasure is integral to the cure. But one doesn’t need to leave home to experience the good things in life. Why not transform your home into a detox health spa for the weekend and start the week afresh?

If you find yourself feeling a little impatient and sluggish or suffering from low energy, resentment or even a slight dose of depression, maybe it’s time to treat your liver with some loving kindness and rid it of accumulated toxins. Once you do this, you will return your body to its natural state of wellbeing.

You can start your detox on a Friday evening by forgoing a night out with friends and, instead, booking a massage followed by an early bedtime. Massage releases stress hormones from the body and increases endorphins, which are happiness hormones. You are sure to wake up on Saturday morning feeling sensational.

Start the day with a liver-cleansing drink made from freshly squeezed lemon, warm water and a dash of extra virgin olive oil. After this, a dry loofah brush massage will stimulate the lymphatic system to expel toxins through the skin. Blood circulation is increased to the internal organs, which in turn promotes oxygenation and healing. A body salt scrub made from sea salt, oil and purifying essential oils such as juniper, fennel and lemon will further exfoliate and leave your skin feeling very smooth.

Check in for a gentle yoga class. Twisting your body helps to squeeze out toxins from various parts of the body while deep, full breaths oxygenate the brain. Together, blood circulation is improved and rejuvenation kicks in. Come Saturday night, it’s time for an aromatherapy bath. Put on some soulful music, light a candle or aromatherapy burner and get into the groove. A soak in a tub filled with cleansing essential oils such as grapefruit and juniper will enliven, while ylang ylang and lavender work to restore and relax.

Why not continue the yoga path on Sunday morning or, even better, take a long, languid walk through the botanic gardens or by the beach. Walking is one of the most spirit-lifting exercises and works on the whole body to energise and inspire.

If you have the time and money, book in for a reflexology foot massage at a Thai or Chinese massage house. Reflexology encompasses the gentle yet firm pressing and massage of acupressure points that, in turn, helps detoxify corresponding organs in the body. This ancient healing modality works to improve circulation and energy flow throughout the body. Alternatively, fill a bowl with warm water and place pebbles in the bottom to create your own little reflexology session.

Finally, surround yourself with pure thoughts and experiences over the weekend. Buy or borrow some meaningful books that will enlighten and expand your brain. Watch feel-good movies to expand your happiness or practise creative visualisation techniques, gratitude and action plan lists. Spend time massaging your partner’s feet and making them feel good — after all, giving is a way to send good vibes throughout your home.

Detox shower scrub

Awaken the body with this body scrub, which is an ideal morning blend.

Ingredients

3–4 tbsp, fine sea salt

2 tbsp macadamia or sweet almond oil

4 drops each grapefruit, orange & juniper essential oils

Directions

Blend all ingredients into a paste. Stand in the shower and apply to the body in circular movements. Rinse in cool water to further boost circulation. Depart invigorated.

Epsom detox scrub

Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) are among the best and most affordable purifying ingredients for home spa. They contain numerous minerals that work to draw toxins from the body and relax the muscles.

Ingredients

Handful Epsom salts

1 tbsp olive or base oil

Directions

Mix to form a smooth paste and massage into damp skin in circular motions, leaving for 2 minutes to absorb. Rinse with cool water.

Evening detox bath

Ingredients

2 tbsp base oil

3 drops grapefruit, rosemary and/or juniper essential oils

Directions

Blend together and pour into the bath, then relax in peace.

Purifying bath

Ingredients

1 cup Epsom salts

Handful of sea salt

2 tbsp almond, olive or sesame oil

Directions

Pour into the bath as it is filling up with warm water. Soak for 15–20 minutes.

Clay bath wrap

Ingredients

1 cup bentonite or green clay

¼ cup sea salt

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cups water

Directions

Boil water and add sea salt until dissolved. Blend in remaining ingredients and stir to form a moist paste. Smooth over the entire body then wrap yourself in a sarong, cotton sheet or fine towel and relax in a warm bath for 15–20 minutes. The heat will aid the cleansing process as nutrients are more easily absorbed into the skin. Rinse in cool shower. Relax afterwards with a cool drink and fruit.

The WellBeing Team

The WellBeing Team

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