Calm the Mind, Calm the Soul
The Zen Zone is exactly what it sounds like. It is a space that you can come to get your Zen on. It is a place free from the distractions of technology, kids, pets, bosses, spouses, or anything else that zaps your Zen. Stress causes so many mental, physical, and emotional problems, and sometimes what is needed is to just get away from everything for a while. So, schedule some "me" time and come and experience the Zen Zone while listening to some relaxing music and sipping on some nice soothing tea. While it might seem goofy at first, it has been proven that doing fun, mindless activities helps promote the relaxation response and take our minds off of pain or other discomfort we are feeling.
Remember when you were a kid and you could spend hours playing, losing yourself in whatever activity you were doing, be it digging in the sandbox, building something magnificent with your LEGO, creating magical creatures with your Play-Doh, becoming a character in the book you were reading, or bringing images to life in your colouring books? As children, so much of our experience in the world is sensory-based - we put things in our mouth (who hasn't eaten dirt?), we touch everything, we smell (remember scratch 'n sniff stickers?!), we love noisy things, and we watch everything and everyone. We are constantly running, and climbing, exploring, and imagining. As adults, we lose some of our playfulness and curiosity and tend to use our senses more for just navigating through our day than for the pure enjoyment of it.
We want to bring back the playfulness. So, how do we do this? We have created a room of "meditative" activities that allow you to engage and enhance the senses by focusing the mind on sensory objects and activities. It is a wonderful way to relax and unwind; it is a great distraction from the outside world; and it will allow you to experience a calm focus you likely don't get to feel very often. It is a sanctuary where you can experience the carefree joy of being a kid again, while at the same time improving your health and wellness. Yes, we even have bubble wrap! (And we promise not to make you eat dirt!)
You can simply use the activities and tools at your leisure to relax and unwind at your own pace, a form of self-guided relaxation if you will. If you work nearby you could always bring your lunch and enjoy a relaxing break instead of wolfing your food at your desk or in a crowded lunch room. We provide everything you need; you just show up. Alternatively, if you are just seeking a space outside the home to go to unwind, you can bring a book or a journal or even some knitting if that is your thing, listen to a guided meditation, or do your own meditation. Our lounger is very comfortable and you will find the space very soothing.