by Sarah JF Braley | April 10, 2020

While we're all stuck at home, wellness and spa experts at Four Seasons properties around the world have come up with suggestions for adding activities and wellness to our days.

• Turn everyday activities into exercise. Marvin Rolle, director of tennis at the Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, notes that, with proper form, even daily chores and activities provide the opportunity for an exercise-induced serotonin boost. One of his favorites: incorporating lunges and squats into vacuuming or mopping.

• Steam and sip for serenity. For Erin Stewart, spa director at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, a favorite self-care routine is creating a DIY steam shower and heating up some Pure Inventions Tranquility Vanilla Tea to relieve stress and keep calm. Stewart says: "To create a spa-worthy steam room at home, simply turn on the hot water in your shower (keeping the vent off if you have one), let the steam rise, add a couple of drops of lavender and eucalyptus oil. Immediately enter the shower, and take 10 deep breaths - inhaling through your nose and providing deep exhales through your mouth. This will help relieve stress and provide a perfect antidote to a restless mind. I recommend this ritual before going to bed; it naturally aids in a better night's sleep."

• Hit pause and be positive. Tara Cruz, senior spa director at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, recommends not turning to social media right away in the morning. Whether it's guided mediations, simple stretches, breathing exercises or practicing at home acupressure -- take your time and think positively for the first few moments of your day.

• Soak it in. Cecilia Hercik, director of the spa and the sports club at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Island of Hawaii, offers this simple how-to for making your own Hualalai Spa Apothecary Body Treatment. This Niu (coconut) bath treatment uses items that represent the Hawaiian Island but are also commonly found in the household. Light some candles, put on a playlist of soothing music, grab your softest robe and enjoy. Here are the recipes for a lovely respite:

Ingredients

Scrub:

1/2 cup of sugar (white or brown)
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of cocoa powder

Bath:
1/2 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt
1 12-oz. can of coconut milk

Drink:
12 oz. coconut water
Lime wedge

After the bath:
Cocoa butter lotion

Instructions

Scrub. Place the sugar in a bowl. Add coconut oil and cocoa powder, and stir to create a paste. You will use this mixture to exfoliate your knees and elbows once you are soaking.

Bath. Fill your tub with warm water. Add 1/2 cup of mineral salts such as Epsom Salt or sea salt. Add a can of coconut milk. Relax in the steamy (but not too hot) tub.

Drink. Fill a glass of coconut water and add a wedge of lime for sipping while soaking in the tub. (If you have a coconut sorbet in your freezer, this is the perfect time to eat this treat.) For extra relaxation, put a few drops of your favorite essential oils on a couple of chilled washcloths to refresh yourself during the bath.

Grand Finale. After the bath, caress your body skin with the cocoa butter lotion to leave your skin soft and supple with a hint of chocolate.