Here are a couple of Ripple’s favorite day spa bathing rituals, perfect for enjoying either before or after you Ripple massage.
Milk Spa Baths
The tale of Queen Cleopatra and her milk baths is well known, yet do you know anyone who pours a few pints of milk into the bath before climbing in? The Indonesians have their own form of milk bath, known as Mandi Susu which helps soften the skin. Modern formulations of this popular ritual have eliminated the taste and smell of milk while maintaining it nutrients and softening proteins. At home, you can pour fresh water into your bath and add a few tablespoons of powdered milk to it to give the same effect. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil as well.
Ocean Spa Baths
This bath focuses on the healing properties of sea salt harvested on the east coast of Bali. Although not strictly thalasso therapy, this bath relies on the nutrients in the salt to draw out toxins from the body.
The benefit of sea salt is based on the premise that sea water has practically the same chemical makeup as human plasma allowing the body to easily absorb its healing properties. At home, simply add a few table spoons of sea salt to a warm bath and maybe add some essential oils drops of coconut, vanilla and citrus to uplift the senses.
Of course the biggest spa bath in the world, the ocean, is fantastic for your body and mind. Don’t like normal baths or spas? Then take some time out to have a refreshing swim in the ocean. The mix of salt, sand and a little sun (don’t forget the sunscreen!) makes for a great pick me up.
Relaxation Muscle Spa Bath
If you would really like to make the most of your massage, a simple tip most massage therapists will tell you is to have a hot shower before hand to start relaxing the muscles. Even better is to soak in an epsom salt spa bath with some lavender essential oil. Epsom salts are great for relaxing muscles and lavender is known for its sleep inducing properties. Do this for at least half an hour before your therapist arrives and your body will be better able to let the therapist work on your muscles. Plus what better way to kick off your relaxation?
Floral Spa Baths
For those of us born outside of tropical Asia, the floral bath is the nub of the tropical spa experience. We can hardly believe our eyes when a bucket of vivid blooms is tossed in the water purely for our pleasure. Flowers – jasmine, gardenia, magnolia, hibiscus, frangipani, rose and ylang ylang – are chosen both for their fragrance and rich colours.
Asians believe that flowers are the tangible link to the forces of the spiritual world, representing a symbolic purge of our earthly impurities. In Asian spas, it is often used after a massage.
Aromatherapy Spa Baths
The bath is a perfect place to enjoy the sensual pleasures of aromatherapy oils. Simply drop in one or two drops into warm water. Some of the oil’s properties will be absorbed into the skin while the rest evaporate for inhaling. Some of our favorite ones are …
For calming – camomile, lavender and rose
For Detoxifying – ginger, sage and rosemary
Passion – ylang ylang, geranium and sandalwood
Brain boosting – grapefruit, lemon, mandarin and peppermint