The Best Way To Relieve Stress And Body Tension

When Friday finally comes after a busy, "I can't believe my brain is still functioning"-type week, the first thing you want to do Saturday morning is a whole lot of absolutely nothing. To maximize the art of doing nothing, and really de-stress your mind and body in order to recharge your spirit for the upcoming week (which will surely be just as strenuous), explore the soothing wonder of soaks.

We're not just talking rub-a-dub in your tub (though that's nice too), we're talking serious soaks-stress-relieving bath soaks that go beyond the standard at-home bath time. Spa bath rituals, which are gaining popularity on spa menus across the country, help to deeply relax the body and can be incredibly beneficial when used in conjunction with other spa treatments. "We recommend them as a prelude to a massage," says The Ranch at Rock Creek's spa director Sarah Welles. "But, by themselves, they help promote overall well-being."

Although it specializes in the outdoors, The Ranch at Rock Creek Spa in Montana offers the Saddle Sore Soak ($135) for when a little more unwinding, balancing, and calming" is needed. The 75-minute bath features a custom blend of aromatic and healing herbs (infused with comfrey, sage, burdock, rosemary, lavender, chamomile, spearmint, elder and licorice) designed to soak away muscle soreness.

Have you ever tried a ritual spa soak? Doesn't it sound divine?

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