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5 Ways to Plan a Spa Day for Mom That's Relaxing and Exciting

BY: EDITORIAL TEAM | 5.3.2017 |

There comes a point in every child's life when macaroni art just won't cut it anymore, but not because your mom doesn't cherish your artistic masterpieces. However, once you start to have some disposable income of your own, it's just good manners to try to repay mom for all those Beanie Babies she bought you (one day they'll be worth something, I swear!).

There's no better way to celebrate one of the most important women in your life than a spa day for mom. But save the mani-pedi—this year, choose some spa gifts for mom that will feel fresh and exciting in addition to relaxing. Below, we've compiled five pampering Mother's Day gifts that are anything but ordinary.

If she likes to be active . . .

Get her an ashiatsu massage

Help her work out muscle kinks with this specialized massage, in which the therapist is positioned above the client and balances on parallel bars attached to the ceiling. The therapist uses their feet instead of their hands to work out tension in the muscles and connective tissue. Since their kneads and strokes are aided by gravity, therapists are able to apply deeper pressure without overexerting themselves. In the traditional version, a clothed client lies on the floor while the therapist essentially dances across their back to target certain pressure points. The Westernized adaptation is known as oriental bar therapy and is generally performed atop a massage table.

If she likes alone time . . .

Book her an hour in an isolation tank

This unique type of spa day for mom may sound like a punishment, but she'll probably end her session feeling totally blissed out. The tank is filled with Epsom salt–infused water that's heated to match your body temperature, allowing for effortless floating and a feeling of weightlessness. Customers can choose to float in darkness or flip on a light. The operating concept here is sensory-deprivation therapy, in which the senses are deprived of external stimuli in order to put the body at rest and relax the mind. Many people report enhanced creativity and problem-solving abilities while floating.

If she hates alone time . . .

Let her take a buddy along to a couples massage

Just be prepared—with this idea, a massage for mom could become a massage for you, too! And what's more relaxing than lying naked next to your mom on a table, just like on the day you were born? (Okay, if that's too weird for either of you, she can always bring her SO, a sibling, or a friend instead.) Even though it's an experience for a duo, the massages don't have to be exactly the same. Each person should have a personalized consultation with a therapist to discuss their pain points and determine the best modality for their needs.

If she loves her beauty products . . .

Treat her to a professional facial

This is one of our favorite beauty gifts for mom. The aesthetician should start with a skin analysis, which will indicate any special concerns and which skincare products should be used. The facial itself usually cleanses pores, exfoliates away dead skin cells, and removes pesky blackheads and whiteheads. It will likely also include a custom mask (featuring a specific formulation for oiliness, dry skin, or aging), a facial massage, and application of a moisturizer with SPF.

If she likes diamonds in all shapes and sizes . . .

Send her for a diamond-tip microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion offers deep exfoliation, buffing away the outermost layer of skin cells to expose the newer, smoother skin underneath. It helps improve the complexion's tone and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and blemishes. (Sorry, Mom, maybe next year's gift will be diamond jewelry.) A diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wand, which makes direct contact with the skin, often allows aestheticians to have more control and accuracy. Crystal microdermabrasion, on the other hand, sprays the face with abrasive crystal particles—the spray is harder to control, but the crystals can reach places the diamond-tipped wand can't.