Sometimes you just need a day—a few hours, at least—at the spa. Spending the day getting scrubbed, wrapped, and deep-tissue massaged can help you unwind in ways that even a vacation cannot. While spas today may seem trendy, they’re hardly a new phenomenon. Since ancient times, weary minds and bodies have been rejuvenated by bathing in spring water, along with the imperative lounging around that accompanies a good soak. Nowadays the range of spas and spa treatments is so vast it can, ironically, stress you out. I find the best way to indulge in this historically-approved pastime is by booking one standard treatment, but arriving early and staying late to enjoy the facilities and maximize “me” time.
Katherine Cotter is a NYC-based home and garden consultant.