Enhance Wellness With These Four Home Upgrades
Home should be the place where you can relax — a comforting space that strips away the stress of the day and lets you recharge, heal, get stronger and feel better. Along those lines of thinking, home wellness offers a holistic approach to physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that can lift your spirit yet keep you grounded.
Making your home your refuge doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. All you need are a few good home upgrades that resonate with who you are and your commitment to health and wellness.
1. Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa
With leading wellness technology, like the beautiful state-of-the-art therapeutic bath collection from MTI Therapies, it’s easier than you think. MTI Therapies embodies the ultimate selection in tubs, showers, sinks and more that serve aesthetic as much as function.
In fact, MTI offers more than 200 models of tubs, each beautifully designed to deliver the ultimate hydrotherapy experience. The looks are distinctive, one-of-a-kind centerpiece profiles that can elevate your entire bathroom. They’re available in a variety of quality materials—SculptureStone, mineral composite, DoloMatte and acrylic — and include soaker tubs, air baths, whirlpool baths, walk-in tubs, corner and drop-in tubs, and even foot spas.
MTI Therapies is known for its exacting standards for beauty and valuable hydrotherapies, but their newest tub products recognize the value of complete sensory immersion and make it integral to the bathing experience:
- Aromatherapy: Most air bath tubs and Designer drop-in tubs come with an aromatherapy well. Place your favorite scent in the canister, and let the air jets bubble and release the fragrance into the air.
- Audiotherapy: Most Designer models are available with Stereo H2O technology. Acoustic transducer components are completely hidden but use the tub shell to distribute full-spectrum sound—and bass vibration through the water—literally bathing you in music.
- Chromatherapy: Imagine underwater LED lighting that lets you choose the color that suits your mood or occasion. MTI’s digitally controlled chromatherapy system is built right into the tub.
- Thermal Therapy: MTI offers two forms of thermal therapy. Its Incline Water Heating System is available in most Designer drop-in tubs. The system circulates bath water through a small incline heater to maintain water at a perfect 102 degrees for as long as you want to soak. MTI’s Radiance System is available in most Designer tubs and uses low-voltage technology to incorporate radiant heat into the bath shell structure.
2. Add a Home Gym Tailored to Your Fitness Goals
The pandemic radically reduced access to public gyms, and many people—after creating their own home gyms and workout spaces—swore never to go back. Instead, a home gym area complete with high ceilings and rubber-mat flooring or an open space with energizing colors and room to move is becoming a popular request for building contractors. Before you order your equipment, however, be sure to set yourself up for success.
- Internet Access: Virtual fitness and streaming content have become a fact of life, with trainers from every discipline eager to motivate you through your workout. Be sure to leave room for a large smart TV screen with uninterrupted streaming service and Internet access.
- Privacy: Most of us don’t like an audience or interruptions while we exercise, and some disciplines can be noisy because of the equipment involved or the audio that we listen to. Ideally, a home gym will be located so that workout noise won’t disturb anyone else.
- Space: Be sure that the space will serve what you want to do. Flooring needs to be able to easily support the weight of the equipment. Flooring also needs to be clear of obstacles, safe from slips and falls, and able to handle your activities. Ceilings need to be high enough to accommodate equipment, and square footage should allow free, unhindered movement.
- Ventilation and Power: You’ll be more likely to use your space if it’s comfortable and able to support the equipment and devices you want to use. You’ll need a way to heat and cool the space as well as electrical service for lighting and equipment.
Whether you dedicate a single wall or an entire gallery, a home wellness space gives you the flexibility to use it when you want to and increases the likelihood of you sticking to your exercise regimen.
3. Bring in Natural Light
Light is important to our sense of wellbeing. Photoreceptors in our eyes sense the shifts in the rich spectrum of natural light throughout the day—the key to setting our circadian cycles and regulating our metabolism. Natural light is also essential for boosting vitamin D, which is important for maintaining bone health and preventing many chronic conditions. It improves mood and lets us sleep better at night. Working by a window where you get natural light can even make you more productive.
If your home tends to be dark, a big step toward creating more spaces of wellness could be adding sources of natural light:
- Add a window or skylight. With more choices than ever from quality window and door manufacturers, you’re sure to find the right size and type of window to complement your home, fit the destination room’s purpose and style, and be easy to maintain. If wall space is too limited for a window, a skylight could be an alternative.
- Enclose a porch or patio. You can add a whole new room dedicated to natural light and wellness. Popular options include making it a screened room, a three-season room or a four-season room. Screened rooms keep out bugs and pests but are vulnerable to weather and pollen. Three-season rooms typically have windows but lack air-conditioning and heat. Four-season rooms have all the benefits—plenty of windows and climate control.
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4. Create a Space of Zen
You can start with a portion of a small room or transform your entire home. It’s all about making your space a place of peace, calm and relaxation. While for some people, that may mean clearing away items, for others, it may actually mean adding furnishings or rearranging elements. The principles, however, remain the same:
- Keep it calm, cool, light and neutral in color.
- Keep it simple. The more impact something has, the less you need of that item or element. Impact can come from size, color values and texture.
- Keep it natural. This means natural lighting, natural materials and even natural plants. Make nature present.
- Keep it artistic. The art you choose and how you place it should flow with the room.
- Keep it comfortable. Choose things that appeal to all of your senses—things that you find beautiful, furniture you’ll want to curl up on when you’re feeling less than 100 percent, the soothing scents of aromatherapy or the musical release of stress flowing away from you one musical note at a time. It’s all part of finding and creating a relaxing environment that reduces your stress.
Welcome Home Wellness at Coburn’s
Your home should never add to tension or unwellness. It should be a place you look to for a recharge. If you’d like help in making your home feel more uplifting and energizing, visit your nearest Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom, or explore our website today. We have hundreds of options from manufacturers you can trust to make every aspect of life—and wellness—better.
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