Probably every married couple has showered together at least once. It can be fun or it can be functional. At the very least, it saves some water, unless your shower is really, really fun. But showering together is usually more function than friction and lacks the romantic, relaxing vibe you may like to have every now and then when you have the time and privacy.
Couples’ spas are all the rage right now, and they’re great.
But you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a spa experience in order to enjoy a romantic, sensuous evening in the master bath. You can easily recreate it for very little money and it makes a great at-home date night, especially as the weather turns cooler.
Discovery Health has a great article on creating the spa experience at home for very little money, and the post includes a handy list of equipment you might want to have on hand, such as natural sea sponges, a long-handled natural bristle brush and some fluffy robes. They also have some very good information on essential oils, which we think are, well, essential to a great couples spa night. If you’re not familiar with the different types of oils, their advice may help:
Oils that balance and soothe include lavender, chamomile, niaouli and ylang-ylang. Essential oils to revitalize, stimulate and invigorate include peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, basil and juniper. (Most commercially sold essential oils are diluted with a carrier oil like sweet almond oil for topical application.)”
Aside from picking up a selection of essential oils to add to your bath, here are some of our favorite ways to create a great couples spa experience at home:
1. Mood lighting is essential. Place candles in a corner of the tub, on the vanity or on a windowsill and either turn off the lights or dim them.
2. Music can really make the atmosphere. Pick something soulful and sensuous or something soft and melodic, but make sure it suits both your moods. Keep the volume low – you still want to be able to talk.
3. Go with the flow. Try not to have a set idea or list of ideas for what you’re going to do. Perhaps some mutual back scrubbing, or you can rub each other’s feet with a sugar scrub (very relaxing and arousing, by the way) or just lie back and share a glass of wine. Have plenty of supplies on hand, but don’t feel obligated to use them. Agendas are the enemy of relaxation.
4. Lock the door! If you have kids at home, even sleeping ones, lock the door.If there’s a real emergency, you can get out of the tub to answer the knocking, but nothing kills the mood like having three kids in the bathroom asking for water, a back rub and a story.
Get creative with your own home spa and try it out one night this week. It’s cheap, it doesn’t require a babysitter and the master bedroom is just steps away.