Being a mom is a full-time job with no lunch breaks, no pay and no vacation time. It often requires 24-hour shifts filled with thankless tasks such as cooking, cleaning and carpooling in rush hour traffic. “Moms focus on everyone else all year round,” says Doreen Ellinwood, Vice President of Regional Operations for Massage Envy in Northern New Jersey. “They do everything for everybody else all of the time. That is essentially the definition of a mom.”

So why not treat that special lady in your life to a well-deserved day of rest and relaxation this Mother’s Day? Even if you can’t afford to splurge on a pricey massage or facial, you can still indulge her with a relaxing spa day at home.

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“All you need is a little bit of space, a little bit of time and, hopefully, a little bit of quiet,” says Ellinwood. “A spa experience is about someone focusing on her. She doesn’t have to do anything except lie down, relax and get pampered.”

Here are Ellinwood’s top 5 tips to give your mom the gift of bliss this Mother’s Day:

Create a Calm EnvironmentMother's Day
“Clean the bathroom so she doesn’t have to do anything, then draw her a bubble bath. There’s a great product we sell called Beauty and Her Bath Kit that comes with a foamy bath product and a terrycloth pillow so she can lay her head back and be comfortable. Thinking of small details like that really makes a difference.”

Add Some Soothing Scents
“There are many benefits to aromatherapy besides having a great scent. A good candle can reduce stress or bring your spirits up or calm you down. We sell a great candle called rareEarth’s Rose Geranium Candle. It’s got rose oil and lavender and geranium. It really helps reduce anxiety and stress and provides hormonal balance, which is great for women as well.”

Mother's DayFocus on the Face
“Moms spend so much time focusing on other people, they often need to focus more on their skin. So while she’s soaking in the bath, have your mom put on a facial mask to help hydrate and tighten the skin. I like Murad’s Age-Diffusing Firming Mask because it really tightens and firms.”

Warm Things UpMother's Day
“Have a warm body butter or lotion for when she gets out of the bath. You can use a heater to keep it warm. I like Whish Pomegranate Body Butter because it’s rich and emollient and really moisturizing.”

Relax with Music
“Your mom might just like some quiet but use music to drown out noises in the rest of the house. You can go on Pandora and search relaxing music and come up with a playlist. I like their classical music because it’s instrumental so it’s just background music which is really great to help you slow down.”


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