How you can create a spa experience at home

Mar 25, 2020
Posted in: Health & Beauty   Posted by: Natalie

We’re firm believers of taking time out and looking after your wellbeing, especially if you’re feeling a little stressed or anxious. If you’re spending more time indoors, make this your opportunity to give yourself some TLC by creating your own serene spa experience at home. Here’s our guide on how to turn your home into your own luxurious little sanctuary.

Create a calming atmosphere

Creating a spa-at-home experience is easier than you might think. If we were going to bring a touch of Ragdale to you, we’d start with some soothing background music- think gentle sea-waves, waterfalls or birdsong to tune out the world around you. You’ll need some soft lighting to create ambience, so light a few candles (scented, if you have some – we love the soothing scent of geranium, orange, lavender and ylang ylang) to give you a sense of calm. Set up your pampering den wherever is best for you, whether this is on your sofa, or in your bedroom or bathroom.

Clear the mind

Before you begin your pampering session, a cup of herbal tea will help you unwind (we love Chamomile tea for its antioxidant properties which help promote sleepiness – ahhhhhh).  Sit or lie down for half an hour or however long you feel you need, without your phone or tablet and just let the tension slowly melt away. With only your thoughts to keep you company, it can be difficult to feel completely de-stressed, so try this simple breathing technique to help free the mind of any worries:

  • Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
  • Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
  • Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
  • Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.

Run a bath

The home-equivalent of a whirlpool, a soak in the bath is the perfect end to any day. You can also add Epsom salts to your bath water to help ease your muscles – or opt for your favourite bubble soak. For an added sense of escapism, unwind and switch off with a few chapters from a good book.

Keeping your skin glowing with a facial 

Nothing says ‘spa’ more than a pampering facial – to achieve this at home try adding a little more time to your usual skincare routine to help you enjoy the pampering benefits. Begin with a fragrant balm cleanser to help melt away any stresses and any build up of oil and grease on the skin – on application, take a few deep breaths to allow the soothing fragrance give you that ‘ahhhhhh’ feeling. Follow with a gentle exfoliator to ensure the skin is primed, before applying a face mask. Sit back and let the mask do its magic, and follow by washing your face with lukewarm water. Complete your pampering facial with a toner, moisturiser, eye cream/gel, etc. and don’t forget to apply suncream if it’s daytime. 

A treat for the hair 

There’s a good chance you’re missing your hairdresser at the moment, so now is the perfect time to give your hair some TLC and add a hair mask into your at-home spa experience and give your locks a hydrating boost. If you don’t have a hair mask in your beauty cupboard, you can always reach for the coconut oil in your kitchen cupboard – simply melt 1 tbsp of coconut oil (you may need a little more for longer hair) and apply from the roots to the tips and cover with a shower cap Leave for 15-20-minutes and then rinse.


27 responses to “How you can create a spa experience at home”

  1. Lynne Green says:

    Thank you so much for this thoughtful newsletter. Just seeing that picture of Athol Brose took me right back to my bedroom at Ragdale. The ducklings are delightful. Hope to see you all in the summer. Be careful, all of you. Best wishes

  2. Linda Deas says:

    Thank you for this email and wonderful suggestions on how to relax and de-stress . It takes me straight back to the special times that I have on my Ragsdale visits .
    I will especially share this information with my teenage granddaughter who is so worried about the virus.Thankyou Ragsdale .

  3. Maggie says:

    Thank you for keeping in touch. I have just made the Athol brose, my favourite breakfast treat and it always reminds me of Ragdale.
    I have been coming there for such a long time and see the same faces each year that I hope everyone of you stays safe and well.

  4. Stef says:

    Thanks so much for all the tips. The breathing one is especially useful. Should have been coming to Ragdale on 14th for a 6 day break but I put on my Ragdale robe for a pampering session and am transported there. Take care. 😘

  5. Jacki Peak says:

    What a lovely e.mail and a reminder of how wonderful it is at Ragdale. The Spa at home sounds lovely, going to give it a try. We have booked for July, so hope we can make it

  6. Joy says:

    Thank you for keeping in touch. As usual the Ragdale staff are wonderful, caring about us even when we are in isolation. You have given me some superb things to try. Looking forward to visiting as soon as you are open again. Take care and stay safe everyone.

  7. Lynne Carboni says:

    I hope you and all the staff are keeping well and safe.I’m due to visit June and hope this will be possible as with everyone I could really do with some TLC.

    Take care and hope to see you soon.

    Just going for a soak in the bath – as suggested!

  8. Julie says:

    Lovely to hear from you again. Especially pleased to hear that no staff will be missing when we return. Now … time for a spa session at home. Thanks for the tips!

  9. Anne Maskell says:

    This was such a helpful idea; the only problem that I have is no bath. The bathroom was turned into a wet room when Dad was alive. Can anybody tell me how to have a relaxing shower!! Like everybody else I’m looking forward to September when hopefully you will be up and running again.

    Just make sure that everybody stays safe.

  10. Nicola Barrows says:

    So good of you to keep in touch with us all. Ragdale is the place to go for the best R andR. We are all looking forward to being back with you soon. Booked for August and October, so just the thought of such a wonderful place is keeping us all going.
    Thank you !

  11. Helen Reynolds says:

    Thank you for the really useful tips , I will definitely be trying these out . Sending best wishes to you all at Ragdale in these unprecedented times .
    Hope to see you soon

  12. Cathy Wright says:

    Thank you for this email. I am on my own and although the neighbours, friends and family all keep in touch with phone and email there is no substitute for face to face interaction. Your suggestions are both timely and welcome

  13. Emma Hartley says:

    Amazing. Just reading this made me feel relaxed and calm. This will have to do until mum and I’s next visit to Ragdale when this is all over.

    Thank you for sharing. Sending well wishes to the Ragdale team.

  14. Margaret Collins says:

    Thank you. Bringing back fond memories of a wonderful place.

  15. Jenny Naisbitt says:

    Thanks for this. Like Emma, I found myself relaxing just reading it. Will definitely try the spa at home this week, and make the lovely Atholl Brose of course if our kind shoppers can find raspberries.
    Best wishes to you all – stay safe & well – and I look forward to my next visit (which will be much needed by then – whenever then is).

  16. Caroline Harley says:

    Thank you Ragdale for keeping in touch. I’m definitely going to try the spa at home! Sending best wishes to all the lovely staff and hope to see you all very soon!

  17. Lisa says:

    When I see an email from Ragdale it just lifts my mood. Thank you for keeping in touch it really does make a difference. My sister and I should have been at Ragdale the week of the first lockdown. So when we can finally Rebook we will be sooooo ready for a relaxing break and to see the full and very special team at Ragdale

  18. Anne Winfield says:

    Thank you for keeping in touch. I think of Ragdale often when indulging in planning for “afterwards”. I’ll definitely try the spa at home as a starter!

  19. Sue Pendleton says:

    Thank you so much to all at Ragdale Hall. Your email has inspired me to do just as you say.

    Good wishes to all the wonderful staff and hope to see you all again when this madness is over.

    Stay safe and well. x

  20. Suzanne Gates says:

    Thank you Ragdale for your advice to try and keep calm and do some home pampering. I always try to visit you once a year and was lucky enough to visit you twice last year. Looking forward to returning soon.
    Stay safe and best wishes to your lovely staff. ❤️

  21. Karen Johnson says:

    Like everyone else, I can’t wait for Ragdale to reopen. A friend and I hoped to visit before her wedding at the end of March but lockdown put paid to our plans and her wedding. Plan to visit before the rescheduled wedding in September. Thank-you for keeping in touch. Take care and stay safe.

  22. Daphne Lythgoe says:

    I love coming to Ragdale. It’s a special birthday year for me this year and I was due to come on a long break with a dear friend, I was so excited and really looking forward to it. Can’t wait until all this is over and we are able to join you once again. The owners and all the staff are wonderful, stay safe keep laughing when you can, and we will get through this.

  23. Bernadette says:

    Thank you for thinking about us and our well-being. Look forward to being with you again soon

  24. Sue swain says:

    Thank you for your email,my friend and I were coming to visit you on Wednesday for a couple of nights.
    As soon as possible we will be booking again.I am planning my at home spa day now.
    Stay safe, everyone.

  25. Wendy says:

    Thanks for the lovely suggestions, i was meant to be staying this weekend for a few days to celebrate my 60th birthday along with my mother & sister so it`s all on hold & really looking forward to a time when we can rebook, it will be much needed!

  26. Carole Green says:

    Welcome newsletter. Already made the raspberry special as a dessert! More recipes please. Good tips for relaxing too any special music

  27. Amanda Sisson says:

    Thank you so much for your “At Home Spa” tips. I only had to read through them and I felt my muscles melt into Relaxed Ragdale mode!

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