State Of Mind | Living North

State Of Mind


Matfen Hall
Fay Pratt is the Spa Manager at the Aqua Vitae Spa at the award winning Matfen Hall Hotel in Northumberland, with over 14 years’ experience in the spa and beauty industry. This month, she’s getting mindful about mindfulness
‘Inhaling essential oils stimulates the brain’s olfactory system’

In association with Matfen Hall

The word ‘mindfulness’ is one which has become part of everyday conversation in recent years. 

In the ever-hectic age of technology and 24/7 culture, the act of taking a moment to focus on the here and now, both in terms of the environment we’re in and the feelings and thoughts we’re experiencing on the inside, can have a really positive impact.

Being present in the moment rather than rushing through each day can offer powerful benefits. As well as helping to maintain good mental health, mindfulness has also been found to greatly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

In a nutshell, taking some time for yourself; creating a sense of well-being and calm in your mind is something we should all try and work into our lives.

Getting something in the diary and booking a treatment is a great way to make sure you’re doing this, and there are a number of treatments which can help you drift away into a relaxed, mindful state.

My favourite treatments at Aqua Vitae are the Elemis Deeper than Deep Hot Stone massage and our signature Mindfulness ritual.  Both begin with awareness breathing which allows you to focus on the present rather than the 20 things currently flying around in your head.  

Your therapist will perform some holds on your energy points, which can help to release pent up emotional energy.  Meanwhile the soothing therapeutic movement of the massage eases away physical tension held in your body; allowing your mind to switch off from the stresses of day to day life.

As well as treatments, at Aqua Vitae our thermal spa experiences - featuring the monsoon shower, aromatherapy suite, the steam room, sauna, bucket shower and ice fountain - can also add to a therapeutic mindfulness process. The spa’s interior design is specifically planned to induce relaxation and ease tension, encouraging guests to leave the outside world at the door.

Now then, while treatments and spa visits are a lovely way to truly take time out, I think we can all agree that it’s often difficult to fit them in as often as we’d like. 

With that in mind, let me introduce you to Elemis Life Elixirs – five unique blends of essential oils formulated to carry you through your day in a none-stop world, where there is a need for mindfulness, but a distinct lack of time.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years; using aromatic plants and oils to enhance our psychological and physical wellbeing.

Inhaling essential oils stimulates the brain’s olfactory system, which passes on the message to the limbic system, which is, among other things, linked to our emotions, stress levels and hormone balance.

Each of the Life Elixirs are designed to address a specific concern. Clarity clears the mind; Fortitude promises to ground you and improve your confidence; Embrace offers a hug in a bottle; Sleep will give your quality of sleep a boost; and Calm will leave you with a sense of tranquillity.

So, how to get these into your daily routine? It couldn’t be easier. The range handily comes as a shower and bath oil, roll perfume oil or in a candle, offering every chance to get the most out of mindfulness.

Published in: June 2018

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