A Sense-sational Meditative Experience
While a typical spa menu includes a variety of body treatments such as wraps, manicures, pedicures, and facials, we prefer to focus on giving your often-neglected mind a relaxing and rejuvenating break. Thus, the MindSpa!
Unfortunately, in our chaotic world of multi-tasking and technology, our senses often become overwhelmed. Think of sitting on the couch using your laptop while watching TV and at the same time your cell phone is going off, the dog is barking and the kids are screaming. How easy is to relax or focus when that is going on? Our attention is pulled in so many directions it can be exhausting, and constant overload can contribute to stress and stress-related illness.
One of the most well-known ways to combat mental-overload is meditation, which at its basic is focusing one’s attention on a particular object, thought, or activity with the intention of achieving mental clarity, emotional calm, and a heightened state of awareness. The goal is to have a mind that is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused rather than being focused on the external world or events taking place around you. It involves bodily relaxation, mental calmness, and introspection (looking within) rather than trying to change the mind, such as when one uses affirmations or self-hypnosis. Scientific evidence supports the positive benefits of meditating, including reducing stress, controlling anxiety, reducing blood pressure, boosting mood, helping with attention and memory, improving sleep, and helping to control pain.
Sadly, even though people know the benefits, many either stop their practice or do not start in the first place because they struggle with it or become bored. Trying to meditate can seem a daunting task with all of the different instructions - how to sit, how to breathe, when to do it, how often to do it, what mantras to chant, how many times to say each mantra, whether or not to even use mantras, what to do with your mind, and on and on. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of different methods of meditating thanks to various cultures. This means there is a technique out there for everyone.
The purpose of Senses MindSpa is to show how you can achieve similar benefits to a formal meditation practice, but in a fun, creative, and completely unstructured way. Our practitioners will help guide you through a unique sensory experience where you will learn how to use your senses to promote ultimate mental relaxation.
Sensory Meditation focuses on taking in the world around you using one or combination of your senses. By allowing yourself to be present in a sensory experience and focusing on the object of attention, it develops a deeper awareness by allowing you to quiet the mind and expand the consciousness.
Meditating, even if it is by immersing oneself in a sensory experience rather than using a more traditional style of meditation, moves the mind from activity to a state of stillness in the present moment.
Aroma Meditation: the object of attention is fragrances.
Auditory Meditation: the object of attention is sound. For more information on Music Meditation and the benefits of music therapy, click HERE.
Tasting Meditation: the object of attention is food or beverages. All consumable items at Healing Vibrations are vegan-friendly. Selection varies by appointment. Please advise the practitioner prior your session if you have any food allergies or sensitivities, diabetes, or other conditions that may restrict the foods you can safely consume and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Touch Meditation: the object of attention is both touch and sensation, with the focus being on items that heighten the tactile and proprioceptive senses. For more information on the relaxing benefits of touch meditation, click HERE.
Visual Meditation: the object of attention is the eyes, with the focus being on items that can hold the visual attention.