One of the best things about being on retreat is having the time to do those beautifully pampering things like getting a massage or facial. And one of my favourite things about Bali was the body scrubs. It is one of the island’s specialties and to me it feels like the ultimate in luxury.
But, here in the real world a body scrub might feel like the impossible dream. Who has time to make an appointment at the spa, let alone finding a time that suits and spending the money on one’s self. That just sounds like a ton of guilt!

Well, do I have a treat for you!

Below are some instructions for giving yourself a hot towel scrub. It doesn’t take more than 30 minutes and you don’t even need to leave the house. It’s a beautiful way to (re)connect with your body and can even be done daily.

Here’s how you do your very own hot towel scrub:

Turn on the hot water and fill the sink.
Hold the towel at both ends and place in the hot water.
Wring out the towel.
While the towel is still hot and steamy, begin to scrub the skin gently.
Do one section of the body at a time: for example, begin with the hands and fingers and work your way up the arms to the shoulders, neck and face, then down to the chest, upper back, abdomen, lower back, buttocks, legs, feet, and toes.
Scrub until the skin becomes slightly pink or until each part becomes warm.
Reheat the towel often by dipping it in the sink of hot water after scrubbing each body section, or as soon as the towel starts to cool

And the benefits are amazing:

Reduces muscle tension
Reenergizes in the morning and deeply relaxes at night
Opens the pores to release stored toxins
Softens deposits of hard fat below the skin and prepares them for discharge
Allows excess fat, mucus, cellulite, and toxins to actively discharge to the surface rather than to accumulate around deeper vital organs
Relieves stress through meditative action of rubbing the skin
Calms the mind
Promotes circulation
Activates the lymphatic system, especially when scrubbing the underarms and groin
Easy massage and deep self-care
Can be a sacred moment in your day, especially if done with candlelight and a drop or two of essential oil, such as lavender
Creates a profound and loving relationship with the body, especially parts not often shown care, and especially for a person with body image problems
Spreads energy through the chakras

What do you think? I’d love you to give it a try and tell me what your reaction was in the comments below.

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