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On my quest for Calm, here are four things I've learnt that help me relax

If you’ve read any of my other blogs you’ll know that relaxation doesn’t come easily to me. But it’s not because I don’t prioritise it. I’m not one of those people who find it hard to treat themselves (sadly I find this all too easy judging by my bank balance!) or has such a busy life that they find it impossible to make time. I do make time for it. I just find it really hard!

How can we work on the Mind / Body Connection?

I find comfort and fascination in the idea of connection, patterns, links… And whether you believe in subtle inner connections, or not, viewing the mind and body as something which is deeply complex, sophisticated, unified, is perhaps more relatable… and seeking balance and harmony within yourself. I recently experienced the most beautiful facial in Tynemouth, and it brought to mind the idea of harmony.

Ten days of ten-minute meditations… could this make any difference to our lives?

Could we find a way to make it a routine? How would it feel? And crucially would be thus become entirely enlightened beings?!! (Wishful thinking).Ten days of ten-minute meditations… could this make any difference to our lives? Could we find a way to make it a routine? How would it feel? And crucially would be thus become entirely enlightened beings?!! (Wishful thinking).

What can we learn by helping children to enjoy relaxation?

For children and young people, it’s useful to see Savasana in a similar way to resting in the car after a big day out expending lots of energy. It’s the downtime when you let your mind and body be. For children and young people, it’s useful to see Savasana in a similar way to resting in the car after a big day out expending lots of energy. It’s the downtime when you let your mind and body be.  But the mind can get in the way can’t it?! 

What does it feel like to Dip in the North Sea?

In my quest for a quiet mind and some bonding time with my pal, during a socially distanced cold November walk in Lockdown 2020, I suggested (partly seriously and partly in jest), that a sea dip might be a fun thing to try! 

What is a Gua Sha Facial?

In my tireless (there’s a joke in there somewhere) pursuit of relaxation, I wanted to try a soothing facial treatment. When I’ve had facials previously, they usually revolve around product after product being applied to the skin until I’m more glazed than a Crispy Kreme doughnut. This was different. 

What is Relaxation?

When was the last time you were told to relax? How did it make you feel? Annoyed, frustrated, irritated? Or is that just me?! Maybe you found it kind, a helpful prompt or compassionate?

Rest and relaxation, we know how important they are….. But why is it so difficult to weave into our lives?

What happens when we get creative?

At times, when our minds feel full, when our patience is thin or our emotions feel unbalanced, then understanding how to help yourself is vital. It doesn’t have to be something big!  

This week, my mum and I tried something new, something arty, and I found some unexpected, very welcomed calm!


Why did we start The Calm Chronicles?

Running a yoga studio on the beach, you’d think Steph and I would be a bastion of calm right? Well, the truth is both of us have struggled over the last few years in the pursuit of relaxation. 

We’ve all seen quotes like: ​​“sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax,” but is it always that simple? 

We would say not! 


What happens when we close our eyes?

In our quest for calm, I’m intrigued by how closing the eyes, and taking away this prominent sense, can enhance sensations and awareness of nuances in the body, ultimately helping us to remain more present, and to keep that endless to-do list at bay.

 
 

What happens during a full body massage?

I received a massage voucher off my canny mum for a treatment at Sammy Anne’s, a local relaxation sanctuary, providing holistic and sports therapies, just down the road from me.

I pondered on their extensive treatment list and decided to go with something sumptuous – The Works.

What is Reiki and how can it help?

As I lay down to relax, I was wrapped up in a comfy blanket with the smell of the oils across my face. The therapist began with gentle pressure on my head, it really felt nice! Comforted somehow. To me it felt a bit like progressive muscle relaxation or Yoga Nidra, she went down my body laying her hands on various parts of my body and I did start to feel very relaxed!  It felt very warm, I’d almost describe it as a tingle. 

What is a Gong Bath, and what does it feel like?

Ever in my pursuit of relaxing experiences, you can imagine my elation to hear of a local Gong Bath in a lovely little studio near where I live. There’s something magical about the sound of a “gong bath,” or is that just me?!
Let’s start with the basics, what on earth is a gong bath?

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