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All treatments at The Yard are on hold until further notice.

If you head over to the Guided Treatments section you can access me for an online treatment. Meditations are carried out Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Trigger pointing and Facial Reflexology from Friday afternoon until early evening. 

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Self Soothing Treatments

Mindful bathing

Mindful chocolate meditation

Mindful chocolate meditation

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For thousands of years, the act of bathing has been linked to good health and relaxation. The Romans were such bathing enthusiasts that they even conducted business meetings in their large communal baths. Hydrotherapy is now used by physiotherapists and sports therapists, while thalassotherapy spas, where the healing properties of seawater are used in a range of relaxing and recuperative treatments, are popular around the world.

Mindful chocolate meditation

Mindful chocolate meditation

Mindful chocolate meditation

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First slowly unwrap the chocolate from it's wrapper. Pay attention to every sound, such as the foil ripping and the noise when you break off a small piece. Inspect it's colour, then lift the chocolate towards your nostrils, being mindful of the motion of your arm, inhale deeply and consider it's aroma. Place the chocolate between your thumb and index finger. How does it feel? Note it's temperature. Is it soft or slippery? Notice if you are anticipating eating the chocolate. Is it difficult to resist popping it into your mouth? Now close your eyes and bring the chocolate towards your lips, place it gently on your tongue, now let it melt in your mouth for a moment and stay in this moment for as long as you can. Use your tongue to gently swirl the chocolate around in your mouth, between your teeth, and finally bite into it. Pay close attention to the explosion of taste in your mouth.

Five senses meditation

Mindful chocolate meditation

Turn hand washing into a mindful activity

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The five senses meditation is intended to calm the mind down by bringing our awareness to our environment. Rather than focusing on the information and the internal dialogue and chatter that is often whirring around in our mind 24/7. 

First of all find a place to sit comfortably. Take a few deep breaths inhale gently, for three, hold then exhale gently for five. Always be aware of your breathing.

When you are ready to start the exercise, look around the room and find five things that you can see. Then when you have noticed them, find four things that you can hear, when you've noted these, find three things you can smell, two things you can feel and finally one thing you can taste. You'll be surprised how relaxing this exercise is.

Turn hand washing into a mindful activity

Turn hand washing into a mindful activity

Turn hand washing into a mindful activity

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When you use the bathroom, leave your thoughts outside, they will still be waiting for you when you get back. Instead, in the bathroom, take time to breathe deeply and if possible, close your eyes for a while. When you wash your hands do it with nice warm water: Wash them thoroughly and.allow the water to flow. If you get a thought, throw it to the other side of the bathroom door and tell it to wait there. During these repetitive breaks you also get a break from your thoughts. Concentrating on the present moment will ease your mind and body. 

Take a trip to your favourite place

Turn hand washing into a mindful activity

Take a trip to your favourite place

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Just because we are indoors in our physical reality, it doesn't mean that we have to remain indoors in our minds. .Did you know that your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is perceived. Let me try to show you with this example. Close your eyes and imagine a lemon in front of you. Now imagine I have sliced the lemon and the juice is dripping. Can you smell the lemon? what is happening in your mouth? There is no lemon in front of you but your body reacted right? Ok now, try this... Close your eyes and imagine yourself in your favourite place. It can be any place, anywhere you feel good and calm. When you get there look around for a bit. Who are the people there? What do you see, smell, taste, hear feel? What kind of details do you notice? Your body doesn't know that you actually didn't go there and will react as if you did, so take note, your body will relax. 

Be aware of your posture

Turn hand washing into a mindful activity

Take a trip to your favourite place

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When you are working from home please pay attention to your posture. Push your chest forward, press your shoulders down and back and lift your nose just a little bit upward. Imagine you are a puppet and someone has a string attached to your head pulling you straight up. Breathe deeply.

When you have good posture your body will get more oxygen and in turn will feel less stressed.

A good posture will help you feel more powerful, more refreshed and the cramped feeling usually attached to stress will be greatly reduced. 

If you are interested in learning self massage techniques please get in touch and we can schedule a brief video calling session.

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