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Practicing Mindfulness During Your Massage

 

Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation are all about living in the moment and really paying attention to all the sights, sounds, and other sensations you’re feeling in that moment. It offers lots of benefits for your mental state and wellbeing, particularly when practiced regularly.

Receiving a professional massage can be a very meditative experience, so it could be the perfect opportunity to practice some mindfulness during your session.

How to practice mindfulness

You can practice mindfulness during whatever you are doing. All you have to do is gently place your focus on the different sensations that you notice during that activity, and gently bringing your attention back to these things whenever your mind wanders to specific thoughts or feelings.

Let’s say you’re out for a walk. Pay attention to how your feet feel on the ground with each step. Notice the weight of your arms as they naturally swing, your breath as you move, the feeling of the breeze on your skin. Or next time you’re eating, really take a moment to notice how the food feels, tastes, and smells as you hold it, bite into it, and chew it.

You can also practice mindfulness meditation more specifically. Click here for some comprehensive instructions on how to get started with mindfulness meditation. As you sit and meditate, you can try different things like focusing your attention on your breath or scanning your body to notice how you feel in that moment. It’s okay if your mind wanders; just gently bring your attention back to the breath when you notice this happening.

Massage and mindfulness meditation

Have you ever become distracted during a massage thinking about one thing or another? And before you know it, the session is over and you realize you weren’t really appreciating how good it felt or how relaxed you were. Practicing mindfulness meditation during your massage can help you enjoy and appreciate it as much as possible, and help you get as much benefit out of it as you can.

During your massage, focus your attention on the massage therapist’s touch as they work their way around your body. Focus on how it feels, how your muscles feel, the aromas and sounds in the room, your relaxed breathing. This helps to keep your mind from racing, ensuring that you can fully relax during your treatment. It also keeps you in tune with your body, which helps you identify any problem areas that you’d like your massage therapist to focus on.

If you want to try a mindful massage, then book an appointment with Moonstone Massage in Winston Salem. We offer a wide range of professional treatments that could really complement your meditation practice.

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All About Gemstone Facials

 

The beauty industry is one that sees a lot of fads come and go. The latest trends emerge, usually promoted by an Instagram influencer or a celebrity, and then everyone has to go out and try it for themselves, usually for a hefty price. One of these trends in recent years has been the use of crystals for a wide range of applications, and the healing abilities they are thought to have.

One treatment that has come out of this is the gemstone facial, but is it just a fad or does it have real benefits to it? Read on to find out more.

What is a gemstone facial?

A gemstone facial is part facial and part massage, and some treatments also incorporate acupuncture and even facial cupping. Typically, you lie on your back and certain gemstones are placed on the chakras or along the meridians on your face. These are points or lines of energy along the body, and meditative practices often focusing on opening the chakras to keep you in balance.

Various lotions or serums may be applied to the skin as part of the actual facial part of a gemstone facial. Another common technique that may be used is rolling, where a gemstone roller is used to massage the face. And, as mentioned, acupuncture and/or cupping may also be incorporated.

Gemstones that are commonly used include:

  • Jade
  • Quartz
  • Rose quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
  • Apatite

And this isn’t all a new age treatment; the use of gemstones goes back at least centuries, particularly in China. And a traditional Chinese medicine technique called gua sha may also be incorporated in gemstone facials, which uses a gemstone to lightly scrape the skin, although evidence supporting the benefits of this is limited.

The benefits of gemstone facials

You don’t have to believe in the “magical” properties of crystals and gemstones to benefit from a gemstone crystal. The massage techniques used are nice and relaxing and help to increase circulation to the face, which is beneficial for the skin as more oxygen-rich blood is delivered to it. These techniques can help with sculpting and lifting the face, and are combined with facial treatments and skincare products to produce glowing, younger-looking skin. Certain techniques used may also help to remove toxins from the skin.

In terms of the gemstones themselves, they have a very cooling and often soothing effect when placed on the skin. Some are thought to have purifying effects that help to clear toxins from your body. In fact, zeolite filters have been used to reduce nuclear waste at certain sites.

If you’re interested in trying a gemstone facial for yourself, then contact Moonstone Massage to find out more or go online to book an appointment with us in Winston Salem, NC.

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Types of Massage You Might Not Have Heard Of

 

You usually hear about sports massage, Swedish massage, and deep tissue massage when it comes to advice or advertisements about massage treatments. And more recently, treatments like cupping and hot stone massage have risen in popularity. But there are lots and lots of different types of massage with fascinating roots, including some types you may not have even heard of before.

They may be harder to come across when you’re looking to book a treatment, but let’s learn about some of the less common types of massage.

Tui na massage

This ancient Chinese form of massage (pronounced twee nah) translates to “pinch and pull”, which tells you a little bit about the techniques used. With tui na, the massage therapist targets certain points on the body, similar to acupressure or acupuncture, to address blockages and imbalances to your qi (or chi). A variety of massage techniques can be used, both light and deep, and oils and lotions can be incorporated.

Belavi massage

Also known as the facelift massage, this facial massage targets pressure points and stimulates the tissues around the face, helping to increase blood flow and drain lymph fluid. Heat is often used to open the pores as well, before applying moisturizers and other lotions to the face. This technique is said to improve the skin and combat signs of aging.

Pfrimmer deep muscle therapy

This type of deep muscle massage therapy was developed in the 20th century to help those experiencing muscle paralysis, but it is also useful for pain and injury. It uses cross-fiber massage techniques to remove waste, toxins, and lymph from the tissues, as well as increasing blood flow and improving joint mobility. It can be useful for managing chronic pain and aiding recovery, and can be useful for those with conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

Balinese massage

Balinese massage uses a combination of different massage techniques, drawing on acupressure, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, and others. It is a relaxing form of massage that aims to increase blood flow around your body as well as the flow of energy, or qi. Essential oils are commonly used, and the massage therapist will use gentle strokes as well as deeper ones to target knots and deep tissue.

Esalen massage

This kind of massage is different in that it aims to heal the mind more than the body. It uses gentle strokes across the entire body to strengthen the connection between mind and body, helping to improve bodily awareness. As well as the typical massage benefits such as increased blood flow and relaxation, Esalen massage helps you become more in-tune with your body.

Contact Moonstone Massage or check out our treatment options online to find out about the different kinds of massage and other treatments we offer in our clinic in Winston Salem, NC.