Bringing Balance to Your Life

Triggering the 5 Senses in Your Home


Spas and wellness projects. Robert Henry Architects - Bringing Balance to Your LifeWe design a lot of spas and wellness projects with relaxed and regenerative environments that counter people’s stressful nanosecond-driven day. I think there is a real synergy between the current high-tech, high-touch condition of our lives, which are so intensified by the new technology, and our need to search out still and look for the aspects that make us human. .   People visiting these projects ask, “How can I incorporate that into my daily existence? Could I bring that to my home?” The answer is yes.


There are two ways to accomplish this; building an in-home spa as part of the master bedroom suite or introducing simple spa elements to your existing master bath. We are doing several projects where the home becomes a sanctuary bringing peace of mind.


A key element for your home spa is water. An “experience shower” uses different body sprays to distribute water, including rain head showers that can create everything from a fine mist to a deluge. The deluge is a strong current of water that can be used to massage tired, achy muscles. Saunas providing dry heat and steam units are also popular. Deep bathtubs called “steeping tubs” allow you to immerse yourself up to your neck. Adding specific scents and oils can help soothe your muscles. For example, eucalyptus or pine will stimulate the body, versus chamomile or lavender, which creates a more relaxing environment.


Fire is also very contemplative and relaxing. We are designing fireplaces in master bedroom suites to be viewed from the bedroom and spa bathroom. You can sit and watch a fire and relax. It is very primal, so it triggers many senses – – smelling the type of wood being burned, watching the flames, and feeling the warmth and heat all contribute to the experience.


When we are working on spas and wellness projects, we incorporate as many of the senses as possible. Having a water element and/or a fireplace that is within view of the bath or separating the bath from the bedroom, where you can see it from both sides, is very relaxing and effective. Implementing these soothing environmental changes into your home can help you deal with the hectic lifestyle’s stress.


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