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Bring the spa home

Most who live in the valley have heard from friends toiling away in less idyllic parts of the country: “Gee, it must be rough livin’ in Summit County.”

OK, so a bike ride is far more emotionally edifying than a trip under New York City on a jam-packed subway. But along with the vistas, powder days, whitewater rapids and bears – it’s true – we have stress up here in the High Country.

Not that much, but it’s still stress.



Solution: Quit your job.

Just kidding.



Here’s a better solution: make your own bath salts.

Folks go to spas to relax. But the spa can also come to you to help you relax after a rough day in the High Country. You just have to bring a little bit of the spa home with you in the form of soothing products like aromatic salts and lotions, wind chimes, candles and even a new coat of paint.

So how do we stressed-out mountain folks go about pampering ourselves in our own bathrooms? Take a trip to the hardware store, the supermarket or the retail shop at any local spa.

One way to mellow out your bathroom is paint the walls a more soothing color. That’s in case you’re one of those weirdos who painted your bathroom day-glo orange with yellow polka-dots.

Then buy towels and wash clothes to match. And think about plants or flowers for the window in the case your view of the Mountain isn’t relaxing enough.

To enhance the soothing sound of the water splashing into the tub, hang some wind chimes or play soothing music. In many parts of the valley, these gentle tunes can be a lot more calming than the truckers applying their jake breaks out on Interstate 70.

Home bath salts can be made by purchasing coarse salts like Dead Sea Salts and add scented oils.

If you’re not so ambitious, you can of course buy premade bath salts in a variety of scents. Usually, the scents are aptly named. For instance, the more relaxing ones have names like “jackhammer” and “train crash.”

Just kidding.

If they’re supposed to be calming, they’re usually called things like “comfy pajamas” or “starry night.” Tip: anything with lavender in it is usually calming.

There are also soothingly scented bubbles and lotions to apply after the shower or bath. Remember: Don’t forget to buy the ones with calming names.

Finally, next time you call the landlord to have him do some repainting, ask him about installing a bathtub with massage jets. Better yet, ask him for a personal spa.


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