Very rarely do we take time out of our busy schedule to sit back and indulge ourselves for a few minutes.  Usually, a soothing cucumber mask or an oatmeal, almond and avocado body scrub are fleeting fantasies during the day. As soon as the stoplight turns green or a telephone shrills ten we must snap out of the calming thoughts of spa indulgences and return to our daily grind or screaming, whiny kids and demanding bosses sending emails  on your blackberry after 6 pm every five minutes asking about the status of an overdue project…….

This is for the couple who can’t get away to a spa but can luxuriate at home with recipes for lotions, oils, rubs, scrubs, wraps and cuisine.

Things you'll need:

Sunflower or vitamin E oil
Sugar or salt
Fluffy Towels
Bubble bath or bath salts
Wine or tea
Glasses or cups
Oatmeal, brown sugar and olive oil.
Fruit, Almonds or chocolate
Scented candles
Massage Oil ( Olive Oil will also work)
Shaving cream, razor, lotion

First turn off the phone, Blackberry and send the kids to Grandma and Grandpa’s for the night.

Shower and Steam together. Crank up the hot water in the shower before you get in to fill the room with steam, then get in and scrub down. Use sunflower oil or vitamin E oil mixed with sugar or salt and rub your partner's back in even circles to stimulate the skin. 

Take a warm bubble bath together. Use scented bubbles or bath salts and sip a glass of wine or cup of hot tea while you enjoy the bath. A hot bath can reduce tension and anxiety and prepare your body for nurturing. Make your own body scrub using oatmeal, brown sugar and olive oil. If you're feeling really decadent, nibble some fruit or chocolate while you soak.

Light a few scented candles and place them around the room. Turn off the lights and set the mood with some soft music. Have your partner lie on her stomach and get ready for a massage with lotion. Spend at least 15 minutes on the massage, paying special attention to the upper back, shoulders and neck, the spots where people tend to hold in the most anxiety and tension. Be focused on your intention to give love and healing. Check in with your receiver to see if the pressure is ok. If you feel knots, try to rub out the tight spots with your thumb. Have a fluffy robe ready for your partner.

Have you ever shaved your man? It is quite an exercise in trust to have a blade so close to another person’s face. Sit him up in a comfortable chair that provides support for his neck and apply hot towels to his face. For a close shave with less risk of nicks, use a razor with four blades. Start with a shaving cream or oil and massage it into his face and neck. Slowly shave his face in the direction of the hair's growth. Finish with some shaving lotion.

 Give her a thorough, relaxing foot massage. Apply massage oil for about 15 seconds in the microwave in a heat-safe bowl. Have your partner sit in a chair and massage her feet while sitting on the floor. Use your thumbs to rub the soles and balls of her feet in a circular motion.

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