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Soothe: Set Up Your Inner Sanctum

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a spa, you feel the tension begin to melt away before you even have a treatment? You're likely being cloaked in a preplanned double whammy of beautiful music and calming scents upon entering. But there is actually much more at work here, because spas make sure that their entry points are designed to make you leave your regular life literally at the door.In other words, it's all about the entry point, your door to stress relief. Mike McAdams, who is a co-owner and the designer of the ultra glamorous Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas, reports that spas use many different sensory cues to make sure the nervous energy and troubles from outside stay there.How can you incorporate what a spa does when it comes to your own home?Start by focusing on the entrance to your home. Of course many of us who live in apartments or have small homes can't exactly build a flowering pathway to the front door. Perhaps you can't have an archway with roses blooming overhead or the perfect Japanese rock garden as your bridge between the stress of the outside world and your home. …

Reprinted from Soothe by Jim Brickman. Copyright (c) 2015 by Jim Brickman. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.

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