Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spa Girl likes active mind musing and a good soak!

Every time I turn around these days people are indicating they are trying to "live in the moment". And while this idyllic state of being might be the just what the doctor ordered, there are simply days when fretting just creeps into our head space.
When this happens to me, I like to steep my uncertainties away in a nice bath where I can relax, meditate and soak in some peace of mind. Meditation is something I have been practicing for many years. I like to refer to my method of mediation as active-mind musing. I use an audio program from Centerpointe Research Institute ( which helps provide the benefits of long-term meditation, boosts intelligence and creativity, lowers stress levels, helps to create new levels of self-awareness and inner peace and helps reduce anxiety, anger, fear and other issues we often fret over. What I like about using these CDès is that I can listen and begin to relax even when my mind is going a mile a minute.
Here is how they describe it...
Centerpointe has created a very powerful audio technology called Holosync®, which we place inaudibly beneath peaceful music and environmental sounds. Many people call it "instant meditation"—but it's much more than that. Experiencing these deep meditative states each day provides a super-enriched environment for your nervous system, causing enormous (and very beneficial) changes in the brain. What we're actually doing is gradually giving the nervous system more input (of a very precise nature) than it can handle... the way it is currently structured much the same way exercise gives your body more than it can handle physically, pushing it to grow stronger. The brain's response? Reorganization at a higher level. Creation of new neural pathways. Increased communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, leading to what scientists call "whole-brain functioning".
Add this amazing meditation when having a nice relaxing bath and you come away feeling totally rejuvenated and restored!
I have written a number of blogs on the delights of soaking in a nice bath. It is comfortable, soothing, and one of the most pleasurable ways I find to unwind. I tend to love a hot bath, however I have been trying hard for the sake of my skin, to keep the temperature a little more temperate and add some of my favourite essential oils and a touch of olive oil to pamper my skin. If you have dry skin, try using essential oils such as Chamomile German Oil, Benzoin Oil, Palma Rosa Oil, Pettigrain Oil, Bosi De Rose Oil, Patchouli Oil, Geranium Oil, Lavender Oil and Carrot Oil. I also use a fabulous "all in one cream" to help keep my skin hydrated and silky smooth after my bath.
For all you Spa Girls, who like me, love to soak your worries away, here is a great DIY recipe for the bath.
Soak Your Worries Away Bath Blend
  • 4tbsp almond oil
  • 12 drops of sandalwood essential oil
  • 8 drops orange oil essential oil
  • 4 drops of rose oil
  • 2 drops lemon oil
Mix together and store in a dark bottle. Add about 1tbls of oil to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.
Sandalwood oil has a sweet-woody, warm, balsamic aroma that improves with age. The essential oil blends wonderfully with most oils, especially rose, lavender, neroli and bergamot. Sandalwood oil is also an excellent cleansing, astringent addition to massage and facial oils, bath oils, aftershaves, lotions and creams. Aromatherapy benefits: relaxing, centering, sensual.
Although the botanical differences between mandarin and tangerine are slight, the oils expressed from each differ in aroma and are not considered interchangeable in aromatherapy. The floral, neroli-like undertones of mandarin are evocative and sensual. Mandarin is used in combination with other citrus oils in colognes and fantasy-type perfumes. Aromatherapy benefits: uplifting, cheering, sensual.
Rose oil is one of the oldest and best known of all the essential oils. The fragrance of rose is associated with love. It is warm, intense, immensely rich and rosy. It is used in perfumes to lend beauty and depth. A drop or two in a massage, facial or bath oil is luxurious and soothing. The oil is used in skin creams, powders and lotions. Aromatherapy benefits: romantic, supportive, gently uplifting.
The aroma of Lemon Eucalyptus is similar to the aroma of citronella. Both contain citronellal as a major component. Lemon Eucalyptus has a fresh, rosy, grass-like aroma. Aromatherapy benefits: purifying, invigorating.
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