A wellness centre in your home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Wellness centres and spas have a long running tradition; it was documented that the Ancient Romans started this trend when they discovered the bubbling mineral springs of Saturnia, in Tuscany. Even with all our advances in modern technology, the ruins of these ancient baths are still to be admired today. The principle of the spa, whose name derives from Latin, Sanus per aquam, which literally means, health through water. This tradition, especially in the last few decades, has become so popular that many luxury and exclusive wellness spas and centres have been built. This demand has set a new industry standard for relaxation and recovery. 

Therefore, it is a popular belief that for many, the idea of a dip in a hot bathtub or sauna session, will extend and be conducive to our well-being. Unfortunately, there are those who believe that these earthly pleasures are only possible on vacation, or at the public swimming pool. But this is far from the truth. Today, within the confines of your own four walls, you can create your own personal oasis, and indeed, your own personal wellness centre. With the help of our international homify experts, we are going to show you exactly how this can be achieved. We will place our emphasis on the bathroom; the one room in our homes that is synonymous with cleansing and revitalisation. Hopefully, soon enough, you should be able to splash around in your own whirlpool tub, sweat it out in the sauna, or chillout in your own private relaxation room.

Finnish first

The absolute classic in home spa luxury, is of course, the Finnish sauna. With temperatures normally between 70 and 100°C, you can set the scale to suit your needs best. The benefits of a sauna are plentiful; in winter, it is toasty warm, and for your general health, it allows you to sweat out built up toxins which the body unfortunately holds on to. Another positive side effect is the stimulating effect it has on the immune system.

If you are lucky enough to have a home sauna, you don't have to grapple with a public sauna, steep temperatures, hygiene concerns and well, your dislike to be around half-naked strangers. You can also choose the scent you would like to place inside, such as invigorating lemon or eucalyptus, or relaxing lavender. Before you install a sauna, you should ensure you have the right space to put it. A basement is always a good choice, but one needs to be wary of water-resistant floors, adequate ventilation and availability to power, otherwise you may just end up with a playground for germs and mould.

Detached sauna house

This is a great alternative for those of you who have a garden—a detached house sauna! Glazed on all sides, it nevertheless offers enough privacy for undisturbed sauna enjoyment. Small lights make the house shine in the dark, as well as giving it a kitschy and fun appearance. 

Incidentally, there are a variety of types of sauna, apart from the Finnish one. How about, for example, a child-friendly family sauna which is cooler than the classic? Or a herbal sauna, which is ideal for those who want a more intense fragrance. The infrared sauna is finally suitable for people with weaker circulation, and also hardly needs to be preheated.

Relaxation room

How about an entire relaxation room with built-in fireplace? On top of giving the room a soothing warmth, the firepace adds to the relaxing ambience in this space. Watching the flames will surely help you to close your mind, and put you into a trance-like state. The beds, held back from detail and decoration, let you know that there is only one objective that needs to be achieved in the space—calm and tranquility. Nothing should distract from this.

The whirlpool

For those who think a Jacuzzi is too large, or at least is too much effort, you can instead choose a whirlpool tub or bath. Jacuzzi and whirlpools differ in the sense that the water remains in the pool, while a whirlpool is filled again each time, much like a normal bathtub. So, the required water disinfection and chemical cleaning, which is necessary in a hot tub, is of course, negated. These tubs fit better in a standard home due to their smaller size, and are possible to install outside, too. In the water, you can put bath salts or oil. Or, as pictured, a glass bowl with floating candles on the surface of the water and a comfortable headrest that will complete your wellness experience at home.

A simple spa feeling in the bathroom

Even if you have no place for  a Jacuzzi, sauna, or swimming pool in your own home, you can achieve the spa feeling very easily in your bathroom. Let us explain how. Instead of bright tiles, choose muted colours like light brown or warm beige, natural stone cladding and simple wooden furniture. A freestanding tub draws everyone's attention, commanding respect in the centre of the room. Adding a few scented candles, a bubble bath or even adding fresh petals to the bath water, are all easy ways to bring the spa experience into your own home. A heated towel rail keeps our towels toasty warm, so we do not feel the slightest bit cold when we emerge from the water. While you are soaking away in the bath, you can also make good use of your time to leave on a homemade facial or hair mask. With the warm water vapor, it will intensify and purvey the ingredients further into your skin.

We hope we have given you some useful tips and suggestions for your own personal home spa. It's now time to draw a bath, put on a pair of fluffy slippers and a robe, and soak the stresses of the day away…

What are your thought on adding a wellness centre to your home? Let us know in the comment below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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