If yoga, meditation and mindfulness are your thing, then get ready to discover some new wellbeing obsessions. We’ve spoken to leading experts in emotional wellness and have uncovered innovative therapies and approaches that can bring about a greater sense of harmony for your mind, body and soul.
Imagine being able to crawl back into the comfort of the womb and feel like a tiny fetus. We were all a lot more zen back then…
Flotation Therapy allows you to reconnect with yourself in a way that’s totally different. Karuna, meditation teacher and Global Wellbeing Expert, explains it as, “The practice of deep relaxation whilst suspended in soft, warm saline water which is enhanced with Epsom Salts.”
Normally, and this is the freaky bit, this is done in a ‘flotation chamber’ which does away with other sensory stimulation like sound and lights, so you can focus solely on your body with out distraction.
Karuna says, “Through floating, the brain has the opportunity to be released from distraction. The practitioner is left to his or her own experience, free of another person, healer, teacher or guide, so if you like to take control of your own mindfulness, flotation could be for you.”
It works because floating is fun! It basically enhances mood and supports your feel-good neurotransmitters, like endorphins and dopamine. While it may not be as readily available as heading to your local yoga class, flotation is becoming more popular and is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for the ultimate reset on your wellbeing.
Mantra Chanting combines singing, affirmations and breathing techniques all three. Sounds or words are repeated with melody, using varied tones that affect each of the chakras to bring about balance. Uplifting, enjoyable and only slightly disconcerting to your partner/flatmate/children, it is a great way to bring balance to your mind and soul. Karuna explains that chanting is deeply soothing for restless minds.
“Mantra means ‘that which protects the mind from its tendencies.’ So when we chant, we have the opportunity to break patterns in the mind, such as negativity or unworthiness.”
If you’re a chronic worrier or have crushing social anxiety, you could find this massively helpful. It may sound a little strange at first, but changing sharpens your focus and gives you more emotional resilience. The best thing about Mantra Chanting is that it can be silent or out loud. Plus, mantra is medicine! Karuna says, “Want a boost of self confidence? Or feeling vulnerable? You can apply a mantra to each need.” Effective, practical and free for everyone – why not try Mantra Chanting today?
Beata Aleksandrowicz, founder of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method and all round massage guru, is an advocate for the benefits of touch and massage – beyond using it as a quick fix for aches and pains. While massage may sound very serene, massage’s main benefits are in fact very emotional.
Beata says, “Touch is the very first sense that we use in life. The power of touch is profound, it offers incredible self-healing ability. It also helps people to connect with the spiritual side of life and to reconnect with themselves.”
Massage is becoming increasingly used as a maintenance technique to check in with the body and soul. Massage can and should be something you build more regularly into your lifestyle so that you can reap the benefits of physical and emotional rebalancing. I know I don’t need much convincing to get horizontal on a massage bed.
Whichever massage you go for, be it hot stone or deep tissue, Beata suggests ensuring your chosen massage therapist respects the mind-body connection in their practice. That’s the most important thing. Listen to your skin and muscles and see how they respond to touch. It can be deeply reviving on many levels.
If you want a more mindfully spiritual experience with a Freudian twist then Theta Healing could be an interesting choice. It combines emotional analysis and cleansing with discussion and altered behaviors. Beata explains it as a “healing modality.” This is based upon the agreement between the client and practitioner that, “We create our own reality through our choices and decisions.”
Theta Healing essentially looks at what’s behind our every choice and action. It looks at negative thought patterns, learned belief systems and helps you to press the reset button.
So far so shrink-y? Well yes and no, because it analyses the choices you’ve made but also acknowledges the spiritual forces behind our actions. (In a strictly non-religion specific way.)
To bring the benefits of Theta Healing into your everyday life, start with actively replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Effectively destroying that so called “destructive inner monologue.”
As Beata says, “We all need healing to learn who we really are and what was imposed on us. Theta Healing helps to bring balance and clarity.”
It’s particularly relevant if you feel your life is heading in the wrong direction or if you make bad choices with guys, jobs or diet. You can take a long Theta look at yourself and emerge as the butterfly you’ve always been all along.
Imagine being able to be your best self, everyday? That’s kind of what Sophrology can help you to do. Sophrology has been popular in Europe for a little while now. Expert Sophrologist, Domnique Antiglio, Sophrologist and Founder of BeSophro explains it as, “A simple practice cleverly mixing relaxation, meditation, breathing and gentle movement so that throughout your day you can tune into your emotional, mental and physical resources.”
Like I said, it helps you to be the best version of yourself. Tennis Champion Andy Murray is a fan, and it did great things for him!
Used to help combat things like anxiety, confidence issues, stress or sleep problems, after just a few sessions, you can expect to feel calmer and more in control. It can be especially helpful to prepare for important events, public speaking or even childbirth.
Dominique says, “Through Sophrology you are taught how to better manage your emotions” this means you can expect to have more perspective and feel less dominated by negative thinking. Sophrology techniques combine positive visualisation, simple movements, breathing methods and mental exercises to allow you to tune into your body and mind and emotions. “This way they can be processed more easily and don’t accumulate over time, leaving us tired or angry. We learn to connect with all the positives that our consciousness holds.” Dominique says.
Ultimately, it is a practice that will help you transform deeply and look at life through a positive lens.
Pass me those glasses please!
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