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Mindfulness is the new buzz word. Open any magazine or go to any lifestyle website and you’ll see reasons why you should be engaging in the practice of mindfulness in your everyday life. And whilst it’s easy to dismiss these thoughts, you might discover you need mindfulness more than you think. Here are just a few reasons why mindfulness might just be the ultimate- and most beneficial- spa break for you to take.

So, what is mindfulness? According to the NHS, mindfulness can be defined as the practice of being present, of acknowledging how we feel and what our needs are at this moment. In such a busy world, we can often forget to focus inwardly and examine what we require mentally, physically or emotionally. Mindfulness allows us to connect with ourselves and shut off from the outside world. Though you might not consider it to be a traditional spa treatment, being in a location designed for relaxation and the nurturing of natural beauty can really help you get in touch with your inner self.

Mindfulness treatments in any spa setting usually combine multiple things: some places will offer spa massages to truly allow you to relax and shut off your mind from the worries and stresses of the outside world. They’ll focus on breathing techniques and positive visualisation, and with the physical removal of tension from the back and shoulders, can help release mental tension and worries through classic massage techniques.

The path to mindfulness can also include sessions of light exercise, such as yoga and swimming or even meditation, all of which can be done in the soothing experience of a spa treatment. Some spas may also lead mindfulness focused workshops and group activities to help you develop ways to carry its techniques into the real world once you leave. Some even hold courses on eating and working mindfully, often for the achievement of other benefits, like holistic cures for insomnia or overeating and weight loss.

Mindfulness is an extraordinary journey to take during your spa day and will ensure that you leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and with a newfound sense of inner peace.

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