Introducing “Mindfulness by Cherry”
A brand new range formulated to enhance mindful living.
Look for the Mindfulness logo on products lending themselves to mindfulness practice:
Calming and Soothing Body Moisturiser with Neroli, Frangipani and Sandalwood 250ml£22.00
Mindfulness Cooling and Awakening Face Cream with Cucumber, Orange and Lemongrass 30ml£20.00
Mindfulness Massage Bar with Jasmine, Rose and Vanilla 75g£8.00
Nourishing and Protecting Hand Cream with Neroli and Jasmine 30ml£10.00
Why not try using these products in conjunction with mindfulness exercises? The advantages are endless if you do, read below to find a summary:
- maintaining healthy, hydrated skin (of course!)
- getting to know your body (or maintaining familiarity with it) by literally touching every part of its exterior on a daily basis. Moisturising head to toe is a great way to check in with your physical health. You can (for instance) notice any new lumps and bumps or cuts and bruises and keep a watchful eye on old ones healing or that were already there.*
- training our brains to respond to a task with full awareness encourages gradual changes in the brain’s functioning which keeps us from re-enacting established unhealthy patterns.
- shed negativity from your self-image by noticing the details about yourself with fresh emotions.
- learn from your mind’s detours and tangents allowing yourself to see the big picture and stop neglecting realities.
- enjoy your body and life’s pleasures more.
*Please note: If you do find new lumps or bumps in your body or one has changed in some manner I strongly recommend going to see your GP about this.
Directions for a mindful self-massage
Face & Body
With a few simple techniques and some awesome products you can enjoy all the benefits of a professional massage in the comfort of your own home or on the go when it suits you. Self-massage increases our vibrancy and advocates soft and healthy skin. Its detoxifying, energising and balancing effects uphold the principles we associate with being young, such as resilience, joy, and vitality. It’s important to nurture yourself and self-massage is an effective act of self-care and compassion. By taking 10 minutes each morning for this practice, you’ll turn off your inner chatter and find yourself feeling more content and better equipped for the day ahead.
“Of all the mindful beauty practices, I feel the benefits from this one the most when I do it first thing in the morning. It’s an invigorating way to start the day and leaves you feeling all awake and a little tingly.” Cherry – Aug 2017
- Make sure your room is warm enough and get comfortable. After a shower or bath is a great time for a massage, as your muscles will be relaxed.
- Starting with your head (or neck, if now is simply not the time to get product in your hair) begin to work Calming and Soothing Body Moisturiser into the skin. If applying oil to the head first, begin with the crown and work slowly out from there in circular motions. Try to spend a few minutes massaging your entire scalp.
- Move to the face and massage in upward circular motions on your forehead, temples, cheeks, and jaws (always ensuring movement is in an upward manner). Massage your ears, especially the lobes.
Some people find they prefer a lighter emulsion for use on their face
- Apply long sweeping movements to your arms and legs, taking notice of your actions; don’t rush and try to just observe yourself and thoughts. Apply circular motions at the joints (elbows and knees) and ensure to always massage in the direction of your heart.
- Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. On the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine; moving up on the right side of the abdomen, then across, then down on the left side.
- Lastly, spend at least a couple of minutes massaging your feet. Feet are a very important part of the body with as they operate in conjunction with our vital organs through the nervous system. Massage the sole of your foot making a figure of eight with your knuckles, covering the length of the foot. Then, beginning at the heel, use the knuckle of your index finger work to work upwards with gentle circular motions in the direction of the toes. Move to the pad beneath the big toe, making smaller circles here. Finally, finishing by holding your foot in the palm of your hand and use the finger tips to massage along the sides.
Take your time while massaging your body, enjoy the aromas of the oil as you gently massage it into your skin, increasing or decreasing the pressure depending on what feels good for you. Remember when you start your day with a self-massage, you are doing this to “check in” with yourself, i.e. meet yourself where you are. An energetic massage stroke will vitalise the body and mind, which helps if you’ve been feeling mentally or physically lethargic. A slower, leisurely self-massage while focusing on your breath helps your mind slow down and your body relax.
Even just giving yourself a hand massage is a fabulous way to relax and care for your hands…with so many reasons to look after your hands, why not show them you care?
- Take a small amount of Nourishing and Protecting Hand Cream and begin to work it across the palms, fingers, knuckles and wrists. (You can do this to unwind while on the go, even if only for a moment.)
- Begin to massage the product into the skin using sure, firm or “comfortable” movements. You’re aiming to cover as much area as possible with each movement. Use your thumb to gently circle around the wrist, topside and bottom.
- For the palms, use your thumb again and work in circular motions. This time the focus ends up on the muscles in the thumb. You’d be surprised how good this feels as this muscle is often very overworked.
- Lastly, you can massage the fingers from the base up to the tips. Finish each finger with a little pull as this helps stretch and relax the finger muscles. Ensure to release gently and glide away from the end without too much force.