Relax like a Parisian
Ahh. Close your eyes. The scent of rose petals wafts gently through the air; lilting classical music is playing softly, you’re lying on a cloud-like linen sheet…
Imagine designating a few days a month just to relax, decompress, and revitalize. You’d head to a day spa, get a massage, or create your own at-home spa atmosphere—an afternoon par excellence.
The French have realized that taming stress and prioritizing relaxation shouldn’t be a luxury reserved for those who don’t lead busy lives. Rather it should be a necessity for every person. After all, the benefits of real, guilt-free relaxation have lasting effects on our physical and mental health, which in turn encourages healthy, beautiful skin and hair. Beauty must be inside and out.
Read on for the best tips for relaxation à la française:
Even the busiest person should make time to unplug for a portion of the day. This can be as simple as taking a screen-free lunch or a long bath at the end of the day. Put down the phone and step away from your computer – find a quiet space to truly ease your mind from the constant distractions and busyness in your life.
Opt for a French massage
The French are particularly fond of two types of massage.
The first is pincement de jacquet, a facial massage that doesn’t require any cream or oils and involves pinching the skin gently between the thumb and forefinger to stimulate the skin for an instantly glowy complexion.
The second is palper rouler (pinch and roll), a body massage that consists of squeezing and rolling muscle and skin. This massage dramatically improves lymphatic draining and smooths the appearance of cellulite and other unwanted little bumps on the skin.
Treat yourself to a day-spa & facial
It’s a common practice for the average French woman to get their favorite facial a few times a month. And, whenever they need to decompress more fully, they book time at their local day spa for a full treatment and ultra relaxation.
Create a personalized, cozy spa at home
If you can’t make it to the spa, there are some simple ways to create your very own tranquil, relaxing atmosphere right at home. Draw a warm bath, close your doors, and sink into calm.
Here are some helpful ideas for creating an at-home spa experience:
Start by infusing your bathroom with your favorite relaxing scent, like lavender, vanilla, or something floral. Use an essential oil diffuser or light candles to fill your space with a pleasant aroma.
Close your blinds and dim the overhead lights, or rely solely on candlelight to create an atmosphere that soothes stress and fosters peace.
Play some gentle, quiet music that you like. Any music will do, as long as you feel transported and relaxed when you hear it.
Finally, lower yourself into your bath with a glass of red wine, a teacup of steaming herbal tea, or a tall glass of ice water.
Mmm, we feel more relaxed already. Et toi?