Last week I went for an amazing aromatherapy massage with my lovely friend Cath Pilling of Big Calm Aromatherapy. Martyn, my husband, bought me the voucher as a present and it was such a treat. 110 minutes of massage with beautiful oils was just heaven!
I first met Cath through a local baby group as we had Noah and Anya at about the same time. When she trained as an aromatherapist she asked me whether I would like to be a case study for her. 6 weeks of free full body massages later I was hooked.
I have never really been into going for massages for relaxation, I had always opted for the gruelling sports massage to relieve tension in my legs. Too much running and not enough stretching always causes problems! So this changed everything. I absolutely loved it.
It got me thinking about relaxation and how most of us achieve it. I listened to a radio interview about mindfulness a little while ago and the female presenter concluded that after trying meditation she would rather go to the pub to chill out with her friends and a glass of wine! well I love doing that too but the level of relaxation from a night at the pub wouldn’t even come close to the Big Calm experience!
The lovely serene feeling I am left with at the end of a massage matches only the calm I feel from a meditation session. My whole body and mind feels a real sense of calm, still contentment.
Learning to relax your body and mind completely has so many benefits. It provides a boost to your immune system, it can lower blood pressure and improve overall health. Finding what works for you is so worthwhile. We all carry on rushing through life getting everything we need to done but if you can make time to stop and really look after yourself you will notice the benefits.
A day retreat with revitalise days will fill you with a complete sense of calm and clarity and will provide you with the tools to recreate this state of mind when ever you choose. Start thinking about what is good for you and your body, you will love the difference it makes.