A private spa in your own home is the ultimate luxury, and has numerous health and wellbeing benefits. If you’ve decided you need this in your life and would like to install a spa, how do you go about it and what do you need to look out for when choosing a supplier?
Firstly, you’re not alone; the home spa market is growing fast with more and more people looking to focus on fitness and wellness at home in order to alleviate stress or to simply create a calming sanctuary.
Last year alone, the total number of working days lost due to stress totalled 11.7 million days and accounted for 37% of workplace illness, so it’s no surprise people are turning to home spas to help with stress and boost wellbeing.
If you compete in high impact sports such as cycling, triathlons or running, a spa can help alleviate any stresses or strains the body may be feeling. You’d be amazed by what can be created in a spare room or unused space in your home.
What is a home spa?
A home spa is made up of a range of facilities ranging from sauna, jacuzzi, and steam room, all the way through to a swimming pool, whirlpool or infrared sauna. Like a hotel or gym, a home spa aims to be a calming and rejuvenating space designed to repair the body or reduce stress levels.
Some products, such as sauna and steam, are designed to relax, whilst others, such as the pool and jacuzzi, are ideal for improving circulation. This means that a home spa can not only help you to de-stress, cleanse and detoxify the skin, but can also soothe muscles after exercise, improve blood flow and circulation, as well as reduce joint and muscle pain.
Economies of scale
With all this mind, there is a misconception that a home spa is an indulgence affordable only to the super-rich, expensive gyms or five star hotels.
This isn’t the case. If anything, a home spa could save you money. When you look at the costs of gym membership, hotel accommodation and associated travel, it could be a more cost-effective solution in the long-term.
In London alone, a spa break experience could cost up to £400 and a day spa treatment averages at about £60 for a 1 hour treatment. A good cool down and relaxation routine after sports could also help with aches or strains that could lead to injuries and therefore long-term physio costs. Ranging between £200 – £400 for a few sessions with a physiotherapist, the costs soon stack up.
Things to consider
Installing a home spa does require planning and design, however. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ view may not necessarily match your needs. Not all of us are the same, so if you’re suffering from stress or compete in sports then each project will require a different approach.
It is important to get a knowledgeable consultant to talk through your options and to ensure you get the right solution, not only for you, but for your space.
Spas are mainly made up of a pool, sauna and steam, which all require water, so securing and waterproofing your space is crucial, as well as ensuring it is safe and meets all safety standards.
This is where consultancy and design come into their own.
Calm and relaxation
A spa has to do two things: bring calm and relaxation to your home, and deliver tangible health and wellness benefits. Nick Sadler, Managing Director, m8group says:
“Ultimately, a spa has to be a calming environment and this needs to be factored into the design to create a space that is both functional and relaxing”.
Aesthetics also play a major role when building a spa. A calming and relaxing look and feel is crucial, so getting advice on tile and mosaic combinations, as well as tips on calming colours that look great, and work on a practical level, within a spa environment will also help you achieve that hotel feel many people want to recreate.
Another area to consider is maintenance. As mentioned earlier, spas need water, so it is important to make sure the environment is safe and secure, temperatures are tested and calibrated, and equipment is cleaned and functioning properly. This may seem a lot to consider, but if ignored, the long-term costs and inconvenience of having to repair damaged equipment could result in an unused space.
At motive8, we have extensive experience in project management and delivery and can coordinate all aspects of an installation. We provide on-site supervision throughout the project’s build to ensure that the installation is finished to the highest standard. Not only that, but we make sure all health and safety, usage and maintenance considerations are put in place, as well as ongoing sauna, steam room and/or pool maintenance. We also offer a free, initial consultation, whereby we can come to your home and give you our thoughts on getting the best out of your home spa.
There quite a bit to consider when creating a home spa, but with the right professional support and expertise it’ll all be worth it to get the spa of your dreams.