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Sneaky Relaxation

Sneaky Relaxation

- Tracey Stewart

Sometimes when I come home exhausted from a long day I find it very beneficial for my kids and me to play “Pretend Spa.” They’re having a blast and I’m getting a free backrub. Mwa Ha Ha. I discovered this game when my daughter was ready to drop her nap but still needed some down time in the afternoon.

Here are some things you can do:

1. Decide which character everyone is going to play. You can choose to be the receptionist, the masseuse, or the client.

2. Set up a cozy but firm surface for the massage “client.” Cover the surface with a towel or blanket that is okay to get oil on.

3. Together, pick out some relaxing music. It’s fun to just watch your kids contemplate what makes music relaxing; is it violins? is it a soft voice? I recommend doing this on a separate day from the massage, as your child’s interest and your patience may wane. Remember the point is to relax. 

4. Decide what you will use for your base massage oil. Here are some yummy choices of base oils, many of which you can find in your kitchen cabinet: 
• Almond oil 
• Grape seed oil
• Peach oil
• Apricot Kernel oil
• Olive oil
• Coconut oil

Base oils are a safe choice for infants, but once your child is older and you’re more aware of any skin sensitivities or allergies, you may want to experiment with essential oils. Be sure to use only a few drops of essential oil and test a very small spot of skin first. 
Here are some essential oils that are great for calming:
• Chamomile
• Lavender
• Neroli (Orange Blossom)

5. You can make things up as you go. The point is to just to have fun and connect. If you want to increase your massage repertoire, lots of spas are offering first massages for kids and parents. Our favorite Tribeca spa offers the following fantastic services: My First Massage, My First Foot Soak and Facial and Infant Massage Classes. Visit Euphoria Spa for a full list of services. 

Have fun and relax. You earned it!

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