Down to Busyness
They say, ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it’. Katrina Thorpe shares the best therapies for busy people.
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 and being ‘un-busy’ is a hard thing to do when you live a full life.
While we all look forward to some downtime, days off and holidays, it can be difficult for ‘busy people’ to break the cycle and switch off. It also generally requires a lot more time for busy people to unwind and relax.
Some of us can’t go from a day full of tasks that need to be organised, actioned, completed, addressed or dealt with, to doing nothing, even though you have physically or mentally stopped.
Spa treatments offer a great respite from the rush. Not only will you physically relax but your mind can clear enough to induce a sense of calm through the clutter.
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 is what I find works best for busy people. Book a spa treatment for longer than an hour and arrive early to set your body and mind up for the maximum benefits.
Taking time to slow down, change your outlook and breathe in the beautiful day spa aromas. Your cellular memories of previous treatments and the benefits to your body will get you in the mood for what lies ahead.
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, arrive at a function or get home and put the kettle on. Just like putting on your activewear before you exercise, it’s the little routines that set the mood and prepare the mind for what’s to come.
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 skin exfoliation, warm water, a foot scrub or head massage with aromatic oils, 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, the therapeutic qualities of most body treatments also offer great benefits for relaxation and skin improvements.
WITH THE FLOW
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 tension. 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.
When your body is under stress and pressure, the last thing it needs is more discomfort. Opt for a massage that offers kindness and soothes away tension for a more nurturing and calmer experience.
The past two years has seen a big increase in the demand for facials. 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.
Therapists can feel your breathing rhythm change as your skin tone softens, and a little snore within the first fifteen minutes of a facial is not uncommon. It’s a good sign that you are relaxed!
Facials offer 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. Face massages also relax the muscles that hold tension and create a stressed, tired look. Your skin will be glowing from the treatment in more ways than one.
Making time for yourself is not always easy for busy people, but I hope this helps you with what therapies to book to slow your world down. You deserve it!