Ever found yourself at a health spa having the dreamiest massage on the most comfortable bed, surrounded by soothing tunes and delicious scents….?
BUT, you can’t stop thinking about that bill you have to pay, that frustrating situation at work, or the meeting tomorrow you really want to get out of. How our minds can wander even at the most relaxing of times. I have been guilty of this many times so when I heard about the Mindfulness Massage treatment at the Heart and Soul Spa, Al Barari, I had to try it out.
Our minds are made to think, but, – sometimes wouldn’t it be nice if there was a off switch button? This massage really helps you to unwind from the moment you walk in the door. Simply stepping out of the car into the lush surroundings of Al Barari makes you feel a world away from the craziness of Dubai.
At the beginning and at end of the treatment, mindfulness cards are given with pointers to draw your attention to the present moment and disconnect from the day. As you’re lying down, before the full massage begins, the therapist talks you through a body scan meditation. The aim of this is to draw your attention to your body rather than being caught up in thought. The therapist makes you aware of each body part from head to toe, as you gradually distance yourself from job-like, list-making thoughts or pent-up emotions of the day.
When the full body massage began, I found that my mind was much less likely to wander. I felt more relaxed and my attention was much more in the moment. At times, when thoughts did start to take over, I was much more aware and able to switch them off. The full body massage itself was heavenly and the therapist was very careful about pregnancy sensitive positions I should be lying in.
Both the specialised mindfulness cards and body scan meditation at the beginning of the treatment, truly helped me to gain more from the massage experience. I really didn’t want it to end. Afterwards, I felt refreshed, relaxed and ready to face the world again. I can’t wait to book in for my next one!
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Price – 90 minutes – AED 500 / 120 minutes – AED 700
Date posted: 30th October 2016