How to Slow Down a Busy Mind and Body
They say, ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.’
I am kind of over the word busy as I feel it’s overused or not a strong enough definition for what some of us take on. Nevertheless, everyone understands the term but being un-busy is a hard thing to do when you live a busy life.
While we all look forward to some down time, days off and holidays, it can be difficult for ‘busy people’ to stop being busy. I have noticed how hard it is for busy people to switch off and the time it takes for them to unwind and relax. Some of us can’t go from every minute of every day filled with tasks that need to be organised, actioned, completed, addressed, or dealt with, to just doing nothing, even though you have stopped.
If you’re a busy person and find it hard to slow down, switch off your mind and relax, then here are some of the best Spa treatments and ways to help you find some equilibrium when you do set aside some time for yourself to be un-busy.
How To Be Un-Busy
Don’t stop. Just slowing it all down while keeping your mind less active with something different, it’s what I find works best for busy people. Book a Spa package rather than a single treatment or book for longer than an hour and arrive early. It takes at least the first hour of trying to relax, for your mind to slow down. While some people think an hour is a long time to lay on a Day Spa bed, compare it to your hour’s lunch break at work and how fast that goes.
If you’re busy and running late, this only adds to the stress and the minute you lay down your mind will say ‘great, I have time to think and process everything I need to get done while I lay here’.
Foreplay For Your Mind
Like everything we do, preparation, planning and pre-empting what’s next, we also need to coerce the mind with a little foreplay to slow it down in preparation for relaxation.
I’m sure we can all relate to that first drink when we sit down at a restaurant, arriving at a function or getting home and put the kettle on. putting on your active wear before you exercise, It’s the little routines we all know that set the mood and prepare the mind for what’s to come.
At a day spa, generally, people relax better if they have a body treatment, foot massage or head massage before a body massage. When your mind and body experience different aromas or sensations, such as an exfoliation on the skin, warm water, scrub on the feet or a head massage with aroma oil, it engages different senses which help to distract your mind. Having something else to notice, think about and process, helps dissolve the busy mind.
Body treatments give you an experience for all your senses and they are excellent for distracting and slowing down the mind. Plus, some body treatments also offer therapeutic qualities with great benefits for helping with relaxation and skin improvements.
Busy mind, busy body, busy life needs the opposite to get un-busy.
Calming, nurturing, slow and soothing are the best treatment choices to release all your stress triggers. While some people assume a hard, deep tissue style massage is what they need, it’s not the ideal choice for a busy or stressed person.
While firm massage may release muscle tension, when your body is under stressful pressure, the last thing a body needs is more discomfort. Opt for a massage that offers kindness to the body, one that soothes away tension and calms the mind. You will find your mind will drift into a more relaxed state as your body lets go of tension because it feels nurtured and calmer.
Read about what style, type and massage pressure is best suited to your needs by clicking here.
Facials Are Trending
There’s been an upward trend in guests booking facials in the past few years. Now, this could be due to Zoom meetings, skin issues with wearing masks and feeling aged with stress but we also know how deeply relaxing facials are.
We feel your breathing rhythm change as your skin tone softens and sometimes a little snore within the first fifteen minutes of a facial. We also know a facial is a sensory journey with aroma, touch, and soothing sounds but it’s mostly the amount of massage to the face that relates to deep, nurturing instincts.
Think about the people that touch your face in a kind way and you will find it is usually related to those that love or care for you. Your mind relates to this kind and gentle touch, it knows it and it feels secure and soothing. Massage to the face also relaxes the muscles that hold the tension and create a stressed tired look and just another good reason to try facials as a great way to relax and improve skin for a busy person.
Making time for yourself is not always easy but I hope this helps you with what therapies to book to slow your world down.
Owner – ikatan Spa Noosa