Wooosaaahhh…Spa-ing On A Budget

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Going to the spa is often considered a luxury most people cannot afford. Spas are considered “special occasion” trips, something to engage in as a couple, or a day out with your best girlfriends. It is rarely seen as a practice to engage in weekly or even monthly.

In both Japan and Europe, spas or public baths are widely popular and are known for their positive impact on managing good health. Some of the practices that are a part of going to the spa include aromatherapy, bathing, massage, body scrubs and wraps, facials, and waxing. All of these practices work to reduce stress and promote healing of the body.

As my summer break approaches, I’ve made a vow to myself to go to the spa at least once a week. I won’t be working this summer and yet I still will have enough in my savings to indulge in this luxury weekly for my benefit. How will I accomplish this you may ask? Here’s how I plan (and you can too) to treat myself to spa visits on a budget:

The oh-so-practical Korean spa: Korean spas maintain an old-world practice of bathing as something all should partake in, and as such, offer unbeatable prices for a day spa. For as little as $15, you can gain access to the spa’s steam rooms, saunas, and clay rooms. Korean spas are also known for their body scrubs that remove dead skin cells and leave your skin baby soft and smooth. Scrub treatments tend to start at $30. Lucky for Los Angelenos, our city is chocked full of Korean day spas, some of which are open 24 hours. Check out Natura Spa, Wilshire Day Spa, and Awe Spa just to name a few. Quick note: Korean spas are not for the faint of heart. Most of the spaces are communal (not coed necessarily, though some are) and patrons are in the nude. Check your body image issues at the door.

Join the YMCA: Many local YMCA’s not only have gym facilities, but spa facilities with saunas and steam rooms. If you already work out at the Y, or have your child in an after school program there, give yourself an extra hour to let the stress fade away in their facilities – your membership fee covers it.

Neighborhood day spas: Large day spa chains often get the bulk of clients looking to relax, but often smaller chains or individually owned spas offer you more bang for your buck. For a reasonably priced massage, check out The Massage Company, with 60-minutes massages that tend to run about $45. In the Crenshaw District visit Lotus On The Nile and try their 45 minute massage for $35, take a yoga class, or enjoy an acupuncture treatment. Or try Dubunne, a quaint neighborhood spa in Torrance. For $35, you can take advantage of their Spa Ritual: a do-it-yourself body scrub bar, steam room, sauna, and personal soaking tubs. The ritual is free with the purchase of any service.

Turn your bathroom into a spa: Candles, music, a clay mask, and a body scrub are all you need to set yourself up to relax right at home. Choose your favorite candle scent, music that relaxes you, and affordable spa products like  Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque and Alba’s Sugar Cane Body Polish.

Whatever route you take, be sure to put your needs first. Make the time and spend a little of your hard-earned money on you!

One Comment on "Wooosaaahhh…Spa-ing On A Budget"

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