Designed with men in mind | Father's Day Gift Ideas
Our incredible Dads deserve to be looked after and spoilt on this one day of the year that is dedicated to appreciating their hard work and unconditional love.
For Father's Day gifts, look no further than SenSpa. We have a spa day designed specifically with these wonderful men in mind as well as pamper day gift vouchers and more.
Give the gift of 'me-time'
A visit to SenSpa could also be the perfect Father's Day gift, a surprise - just because, or something new for date night. Whatever your reason, discover your relaxation at SenSpa...
Make It A SenSpa Father's Day
Does he love to relax on Sundays reading the newspaper in peace and quiet? Perhaps he enjoys spicy cuisine or discovering new restaurants? Or maybe he loves to go for a morning swim for some time to think and unwind? Whatever he loves, show him you know him and give him the gift of SenSpa. Make it a Father's Day he'll never forget.
Treatments For Men
Designed specifically for men, discover treatments created to ease stress, soothe skin, relax the body and aid physical and mental exhaustion.
By Wellness Expert and SenSpa Director, Lina Lotto
A balanced diet, regular exercise and relaxation are the three fundamental keys to boundless energy and keeping stress at bay.
One of the deepest forms of relaxation is meditation, as it quietens the mind and frees it of clutter. The benefits of a quiet mind are more clarity, better and more sustained focus, more creativity and spontaneity and greater peace of mind. Relationships benefit too as we become calmer and less reactive.
Not all meditation techniques suit everyone and you may try several before finding one that works well for you. However all meditation focuses the mind on one thing, for example, the breath, a candle, a mantra, or even walking.
Here is a short, simple breathing meditation:
- Find somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed.
- Sit comfortably on a chair or on the floor with your back straight and shoulders relaxed.
- Close your eyes and focus your attention on your body for a few moments. Make adjustments to your position to make yourself more comfortable.
- Now observe your breath without wanting to control or change anything. Simply observe.
- Keep observing your breath and when thoughts enter witness the thoughts and return to your breath.
The process of meditation is to always return to the breath (or whatever it is you are focusing your mind on) when the mind wanders off. Do this for 20 minutes each day and notice a difference in how you feel.
Doing meditation with a master practitioner is the most direct and effective way of learning. You can learn meditation with David Passmore who has been holding several regular weekly sessions at SenSpa for a number of years.
if you would like to learn more about David's methods, click the link below for a free tutorial:
Phad Thai is a traditional street food dish in Thailand with stir-fried rice noodles, egg, vegetables, cashews and flavoured with tamarind.
The dish was made popular in Thailand during world war 2 as a way for the government to reduce domestic rice consumption. Phad Thai has since become one of Thailand's national dishes and is a firm favourite at the Zen Garden Restaurant.
Learn how to make this popular Thai dish served at The Zen Garden Restaurant:
- 100g Shelled Raw King Prawns
- 100g Dried Flat Noodles
- 50g Bean Sprouts
- 20g chopped Spring Onion
- 10g finely sliced Leeks
- 10g finely sliced Carrots
- 2 Tablespoons Tamarind
- 2 Tablespoons Palm Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
- 2 whisked Eggs
- 3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
- 2 Table spoons Crushed Cashew nuts
- Soak the noodles in hot water until soft.
- Add the oil to a wok and heat.
- Add the egg and prawns stir constantly until prawns are cooked, add the noodles and stir for a few minutes, add the rest of the ingredients (except the cashew nuts) and stir well.
- When everything is combined together add the cashew nuts and serve.
To find out more about the Zen Garden Restaurant in Hampshire, please visit the SenSpa website or contact us online. You can enjoy these meals as part of a spa experience or spa day at our award winning Thai Spa.
The talented massage therapists here at SenSpa have shared their massage wisdom so you can enjoy a little bit of SenSpa in your own home.
Seated Massage Routine – 5 minutes
Make sure the person receiving the massage is sitting comfortable with their legs un-crossed.
- Place your palms on the shoulders and then ask the recipient of your massage to close their eyes and take 3 deep breaths.
- Stroke your hands from the bottom of the shoulder blades up over the shoulders and down to the elbows. Repeat 3 times.
- Place a hand on each shoulder and use your fingers and thumbs to knead and squeeze the muscles. Repeat 10 times.
- Repeat the last movement with both hands alternately kneading on one side and then the other side. Repeat 10 times.
- Use your palms to alternately push the shoulders down in a rhythmic motion moving inwards and outwards.
- Squeeze your hands down the arms to the elbows and back up. Repeat 3 times.
- Use your thumbs to press on 3 points on top of the shoulders. Hold each point for a couple of seconds.
- Walk the thumbs alternately down the spine, up and down.
- Circle your thumb around the shoulder blades, being careful not to press on the bone. Go up and down on the other side. Repeat 3 times.
- Finish by placing both palms on the shoulders, then remove hands slowly and shake off any negative energy.
To unwind, de-stress and recharge why not purchase a gift voucher for a massage at SenSpa? From traditional Thai massage to stress-relieving back, neck and shoulder massage, the healing hands of our therapists will work wonders.
There is no better time to stop and ask ourselves the question “Am I doing ok?”
Unfortunately stress is something we all experience whether it's in our personal or work lives. It's important to take control of your stress levels and adopt some simple techniques to perform in your own home.
With a diploma in Stress Management, we asked Spa Director, Lina Lotto for her top 3 tips on de-stressing at home:
It’s the single most effective thing you can do to calm the nervous system, fortify your stress response and give your mind and body the rest you know it deserves. And you may be thinking that you breathe naturally, but actually many of us don’t. Just watch a young child breathe – it’s almost always into their belly.
Most of us have faced stressful situations or we live daily with low level stress. This can make us habitual shallow breathers, or we can over breathe, both symptoms of stress. These types of breathing deprive our bodies of the oxygen it needs to function optimally, either by not taking enough in or by upsetting the delicate O2 / CO2 balance that we require to use oxygen effectively.
Just 10 minutes of slow, deep, gentle breathing at the end of a busy day can make a world of difference to your response to stress.
Even just for 10 minutes at the end of day. It’s good for everyone and especially for people doing repetitive work or sitting at desks all day. Over time, if we sit in the same position or use certain muscles in a repetitive way we shorten one muscle group and elongate the other.
Our muscles are designed to work together in perfect parity to maintain posture and give us strength to perform tasks. When muscle groups become imbalanced it is important to restore equilibrium.
Yoga is superb at doing this as it both strengthens and stretches the muscles and you can focus on the whole body or specific areas where relief is most needed. As a SenSpa member you can access our yoga classes free of charge. Alternatively I can highly recommend Barbara Benagh’s superb yoga DVD for beginners called Yoga for Stress Relief.
The bathroom is one of the few refuges in the home where you can lock the door and have time to yourself; this is especially true in a busy household. Run a warm bath but not too hot as it is too stimulating and may prevent you from sleeping (37 – 39 degrees is ideal). Put a couple of handfuls of our Himalayan Bath Salts and soak. Warm water is comforting, nurturing, cleansing and relaxing. There’s nothing like it to soak away the stresses of the day.
To unwind, de-stress and recharge why not purchase a gift voucher for a much-needed spa day? Leave all your cares at the threshold when you enter our tranquil spa, hidden in the depths of the New Forest.
Is there anything more relaxing than a warm bath after a hard day? You can make your bath even more relaxing by trying out some simple mindfulness techniques.
Warning: don’t meditate in the bath if you’re feeling drowsy (safety first).
What you'll need:
- SenSpa Sleep Therapy Sweet Dream Bath Milk (or another bath soak of your choice)
- SenSpa Sleep therapy Blissful Moment Body Balm (or another body lotion of your choice)
When bathing before bed make sure your bath is at body temperature or just a little above. Too hot and it will be too stimulating. Just right and you will sleep soundly.
Pour the bath soak under warm running water, swirl around the bath and take in the calming aroma.
Feel the sensation of the water on your skin as you step into the bath, feel the temperature and the silkiness of the water.
Hear the sounds the water makes as you enter. Observe the ripples in the water as you slowly immerse yourself in the warmth. Take time to feel the texture of your skin and how it varies on different parts of your body. Inhale the fragrance of the bath milk as it delicately scents your skin. Keep gently focusing on the sensations of bathing and if other thoughts enter, simply witness them and return your attention to the sensations of bathing.
You will have just completed a mindfulness meditation.
After showering or bathing, apply the body balm liberally all over your skin until absorbed.
To purchase monetary gift vouchers to spend on dreamy SenSpa bath products, pop over to our online shop.
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health, so we caught up with Millbrook Beds to find out how to get the best night's sleep you've had in ages...
Look up the definition of sleep, and you’ll most likely come across a description of sleep as a ‘naturally occurring condition or state’. But isn’t it funny how, for some people, sleep can feel anything but natural these days...but is sleep something we can get away with faking?
Our bodies have a natural instinct for respite and a primitive need to restore ourselves following the daily exertion of our bodies and minds. But in our modern lives this need is often masked by stimulants, or our body’s natural rhythm is denied by working patterns, or positive sleep habits are eroded by the demands of parenting young children and - before we know it - sleep doesn’t seem to come so naturally anymore.
To make matters worse, our next step is often to turn to off-the-shelf artificial sleep remedies. From sleep apps or videos that trick our brains into falling asleep to alcohol or sleeping pills as a chemical override. If we’re not careful, all sleep remedies do is smokescreen the true cause of our poor sleep and invite the question: at what point does unnatural sleep followed by artificial remedies mean that our sleep can no longer be defined as a ‘naturally occurring state’?
If your relationship with your sleep is feeling anything but natural these days, it’s time to stop faking it. In the majority of cases sleep problems relate to our lifestyle or a poor sleeping environment. The former can take time and commitment to change, the latter is a much easier fix but, in either case, ignoring sleep problems can come at a cost to your short term wellbeing and your long term health.
Sleep and wellbeing are symbiotic: maintaining a natural balance in your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing becomes very difficult very quickly if we’re sleep deprived. More worrying still is that the health implications of long-term sleep deprivation are becoming ever-clearer through an ever-increasing volume of research that relate poor sleep to higher risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
So, because there’s no faking it when it comes to sleep, here at Millbrook Beds our luxurious mattresses and beds are designed to encourage natural sleep which is wny Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa chose our beds for their guest bedroom.
Traditionally handmade on the edge of the New Forest using craftsmanship techniques, our luxury pocket sprung mattresses are made using some of the finest natural fillings to create a naturally sumptuous sleeping surface that is breathable and free of chemicals to guarantee you the best night's sleep.
Visit the Milbrook Beds website to find out more about their locally handcrafted selection of beds and to view a list of retailers offering home delivery.
There comes a point, usually around 3pm when our energy levels can feel a little low. Our bodies are working hard to digest lunch and we haven’t had caffeine since the morning. Whether you are currently in self-isolation or working hard on the frontline helping to keep us all safe, there are many different ways to keep yourself energised or wake yourself up when you’re feeling low. Here are our top 5 tips:
Laughter is simply the best medicine, for everything! It cheers you up, it releases endorphins and you always feel much more energetic and motivated after a ‘good old laugh’ with a friend or colleague.
Take a moment to stand up and give your body a big stretch. Start with your arms, reach up high and take in a deep breath and exhale as you slowly drop your arms down. Give your back a stretch, again breathing slowly and deeply and you’ll feel as if you’ve grown taller afterwards. Stretching will release any stiffness in your body, improve circulation and strength and helps to calm stress.
Exercise is an amazing energy booster. Start your morning with a 30-45 minute workout whether it’s a walk, yoga or a morning workout via YouTube with Joe Wicks. Exercise can have a prolonged effect on your energy levels. It’s a very sustainable source of energy because it releases it slowly across a longer period of time.
4. Eat Well
Snack on foods such as bananas and nuts throughout the day to keep your body and brain energised. Bananas have high potassium levels supplying energy to the brain as well as magnesium, which improves focus. Nuts are full of protein, which releases energy slowly, meaning you’ll feel better for longer. They also store energy in the body and help lower LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol).
Taking time to rest and recuperate is good for you; don’t ever feel guilty for taking time out. It’s unhealthy to soldier on without that vital “me time”. Plan in some time for yourself for when the Coronavirus epidemic subsides with a luxury spa break gift voucher at our Thai spa in Hampshire. We won’t judge you if you fall asleep in our relaxation room, it happens rather often among our guests, we also won’t judge you for eating lunch in your SenSpa robe, why shouldn’t you? You’re ‘resting’.
Wellness Expert and Spa Director, Lina Lotto shares her helpful mindfulness tips for a calmer, happier you during the Coronavirus epidemic.
By following these simple exercises you will achieve a level of mindfulness which will help you through your day to day. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that enables our minds to relax yet feel alert. In a world currently filled with much uncertainty, more and more of us are focusing on the way in which we distress and reconnect with what is important around us. There are many useful tools out there, but I prefer to go back to basics with my exercises.
Tip 1 – Showering
This is a 5 -10 minute meditation session.
Focusing the mind on one thing is a technique in many types of meditation which helps to calm and relax.
In this mini mindfulness exercise you focus on showering. Most people find showering really pleasant and as it’s something we do daily, adding mindfulness techniques super boost its beneficial effects.
Showering in this way heightens and raises awareness which in turn calms and relaxes the mind and body.
- Feel the sensation of the water on your skin and hair.
- Feel the temperature and the pressure of the water.
- Hear the sound as it falls and sprays.
- Observe the droplets splashing on your body.
- Take time to feel your skin’s texture, see its colour.
- Deeply inhale the scent of the soap as you wash, feel the lather.
- Notice how your aches diminish and you relax under the heat of the water.
- Keep focused on sensations.
- If other distracting thoughts enter, simply witness them and return your attention to observing.
Tip 2 - Put your Feet Up
Lie on your back and put your feet up against the wall for anything from 5-20 minutes depending on how much time you have.
This is a huge relief for legs and feet after a long day. It allows blood to flow away from feet and legs releasing pressure on veins and you can feel the relief immediately.
Doing this daily works wonders for feet and legs and helps prevent swelling especially for people who are sitting or on the go all day.
Better still, if you have more time, soak your feet for 5 minutes in warm water. Then towel dry and massage your calves and feet using body lotion. Now elevate your legs and feel the difference a bit of pampering and therapy makes to your sense of wellbeing.
Tip 3 – Go for a Walk
Take a soothing 1 hour stroll. Take a moment to absorb what is around you; the scents, the feeling of fresh air on your skin, the sights of birds, the trees moving in the breeze, the crunch of leaves beneath your feet and listen to the sounds of nature as you move slowly along the path.
Sue Leach, owner of The Natural Health Hub, gives some key ingredients to staying on an even keel through these turbulent times
Never has it been more important to look after ourselves. From how nutritious our food is, to how nutritious our outlook on life is. When the team at The Natural Health Hub did some research last year into levels of happiness in this country we were horrified just what a depressed and anxious nation we are. It is a sad fact that many of us are not happy. In a 2018 survey by the Office for National Statistics people scored 7.5 out of 10 for happiness yesterday, 7.7 out of 10 for life satisfaction and 7.9 out of 10 for feeling worthwhile. That means just about a third of us feel we could be happier and more fulfilled, so it’s hardly surprising that one in six people between the ages of 18 and 65 were prescribed antidepressants in 2017 (the latest year for which we have figures).
But at this time when we have been forced to take a pause on normal life we at The Natural Health Hub believe this is an opportunity for all of us to review. How much do you do to look after yourself? Do you take time out, actually timetable, periods that you devote to self-care? No, don’t roll your eyes inwardly. These are not an indulgence – they are a necessity! The reason the UK scores so low on happiness is because we’re all so bogged down in the day-to-day drodge there’s isn’t time even to think about ourselves, let alone do anything to particularly help ourselves. We are full of good intentions but self-sabotage or prevent ourselves living our lives to the full become of self-limiting beliefs.
At The Natural Health Hub we believe not only in making people healthier, but also happier and more empowered. How? Here are some suggestions. We do not claim to have all the answers – life’s very complicated and many things are sent to try our happiness – but just have a go at a few of our suggestions and we guarantee you can lift yourself from the Covid-19 doldrums.
Achieving happiness is a matter of looking after yourself emotionally, physically and, we reckon, spiritually. Spiritual is nothing to do with religion, or connecting with ‘spirits’… in our book it is about reaching deeper than the day-to-day, having good friends and finding something that is ‘food for the soul’, that is deliciously, irresistibly, viscerally fun and satisfying! Make the most of lockdown, do not let it lock you down.
Other people and other things do not make you unhappy. Bad things happen, but if you are resilient and basically happy in yourself they will not get to you. Unhappiness is you allowing yourself to let outside influences get to you. Positive steps you can take to stop that happening include…
How many things do you have to feel grateful about? It’s sunny today, the blossom emerging on the trees, your health, your pets, a favourite song on the radio. Many of those who say they are do so because they have an attitude of gratitude. Once you start thinking through what you have to be grateful for there are plenty of reasons to be thankful. Keep a journal and jot down every day what you have to be grateful about – and savour those thoughts.
Mindfulness is a fantastic tool – which becomes a way of life if you practise it properly – that enables you to live in the moment for the moment. You can shut out mind chunter, curb anxiety and stop your body and mind being in permanent fight or flight mode. We advise you do more than merely read about mindfulness, join an online course and get helpfrom one of our experts at The Natural Health Hub to keep up the good work. It takes a bit of a change of mindset, and making that change is rather like embarking on regular exercise or adopting a healthier diet: sometimes it may hurt a little, and sometimes you will fall off the wagon! That’s all allowed and not beating yourself up because you’ve ‘failed’ is all part of the journey of living mindfully.
Think yourself happy
Yes, this really is possible. Holding onto negativity, dwelling on hurts and harbouring toxic thoughts will inhibit your path to happiness. We at The Hub are great believers of making positive affirmations or mantras – these are a vital tool to a happier (and healthier) life. So choose your sentence: say, ‘I am happy, positive and potent’. The sentence should be in the present tense (no ‘I will be…’ or ‘Id like to be’), and it has more force if you include a threesome like ‘happy, positive, potent’.
Repeat this sentence regularly: at least six times a day, preferably out loud. Write it down in your diary, on a slip of paper to go in your pocket, maybe under your pillo or, on your phone. And repeat, repeat, repeat. Think purposeful, bold and vibrant for your affirmation, and that is what will come back to you in life – and say it like you mean it!
Ever noticed how much happier you feel if you smile at people? Smiling activates the ‘feel-good' neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that help you counter stress and feel better – it doesn’t matter if you’re faking it either, your body doesn’t notice the difference! This not only relaxes your body, but it can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure and act as a natural pain reliever.
Studies show that regular exercise significantly lifts mild to moderate depression and, in some cases, is as effective as anti-depressants. That’s because working out leads to changes in your brain, such as increased bloodflow and the creation of new neural pathways. Hormones such as endorphins (make us feel high, and a natural painkiller), serotonin (regulates mood and helps make us feel calmer), dopamine (keeps you coming back for more) and testosterone (important for muscles and libido) are also released.
Improve your microbiome
The health of the bacteria in your gut (microbiome) is crucial to your overall health, including your emotional welfare. Yes, your belly (ie your diet) can determine how happy you feel. Most people’s microbiome has been battered by years of stress, medications and a less than saintly diet (particularly processed food).
Restoring your microbiome to a healthier state – through probiotics and eating better – could make the world of difference to how happy you feel. We’d advise getting professional help from a nutritionist as it can be an uphill struggle to do that restoration work yourself… because the unhealthy gut bacteria that are making you feel low will also be making you crave junk food and anything sweet! If you reach for a chocolate bar at some point most days, this is a sure sign that your microbiome is out of balance. And that will be making you feel less happy.
Do a regular digital detox
Your use of your phone, the internet and social media could be denting your happiness. Research at the University of Gothenburg found that ‘intensive use of cell phones and computers can be linked to an increase in stress, sleep disorders and depressive symptoms in young adults’. And a study from the University of Illinois confirmed that people who described themselves as having addictive-style behaviour toward the internet and mobile phones scored much higher on depression and anxiety scales.
So our advice is: limit your phone use daily, and try having regular digital detoxes – a whole day off is both liberating and surprisingly uplifting!
Take Vitamin D
The annual National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that 90% of people in the UK have lower than recommended levels of Vitamin D. This is a nutrient that comes predominantly not from our diet (you’d have to eat 2-4 servings of wild salmon every day to get enough) – but from the sun (hence its nickname, the ‘sunshine vitamin’). Through winter there just aren’t enough sun hours in the day in this country for most of us to have optimal levels of Vitamin D, so be sure to make the most of these longer days now that Spring has arrives.
Research shows that the ability to become aware of and regulate your breath is key to lowering feelings of stress and anchoring yourself in the moment – both crucial to happiness. Just think how agitated you feel when you start shallow-breathing when you’re under pressure! Trouble is that, if you’re not careful, many people never slow down enough or relax so they ‘unlearn’ how to breathe properly. Here are some NHS guidelines on discovering how well you are breathing, and how to breathe more deeply here.
The team at The Hub are passionate about helping people to find ‘soul food’. This is nothing more than giving yourself permission (and acting on it!) to do things for yourself – just for yourself. Treats, having passions, hobbies and a purpose in life lift you from the humdrum of everyday life. Trouble is we often feel ‘guilty’ or that we’re ‘indulging’ ourselves or ‘being selfish’ when actually the evidence shows that those who nurture this extra element in themselves – what we would call our ‘soul’ – are the happiest.
Here are some aspects to think about if you’re craving for greater happiness:
Make and keep friends
There is multiple evidence that friendship makes us happier. True friends come to your rescue, celebrate your success as if it was their own, and respect the ebb and flow of your life. They show trust, forgiveness, gratitude, honesty, commitment, support, enthusiasm and gladness toward their friends without expectation of gain or return. Psychologists have found that those who have regular meaningful contact with same-sex friends have a greater feeling of self-worth.
Psychologist Dr Miyaly Csíkszentmihályi has proved that one key to happiness is to have something you can immerse yourself in – being completely involved in an activity for its own sake to the exclusion of everything else. In his book, Flow: the Psychology of Happiness, he describes this total immersion as when we are making, doing, creating or playing using our skills to the utmost and we go into a ‘flow state’. Experiments show that the grey matter density (GMD) of our brains upgrades itself when we achieve this state.
Studies at Boston University show that yoga increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) in the brain. As higher GABA levels are associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety, the scientists have suggested that yoga be used as an alternative treatment for depression and anxiety. And you don’t have to be a yoga devotee – the studies reveal that improvements in happiness are evident after just a single hour of yoga.
If you’d like a regular injection of the feelgood factor The Natural Health Hub is launching The Daily Dose, a subscription-only membership to their daily feed of exclusive advice and expertise on how to stay on an even keel. From dietary dos and don’ts, to relaxation and mindfulness exercises, to everyday complementary health guidance, to natural alternatives to conventional medication, the team at The Hub give you a treasure trove of videos, blogs and audios to download and keep. Everything you need to proactively stay healthy, happy and empowered.
The Natural Health Hub, 87b High Street, Lymington SO41 9AN.
Congratulations on your upcoming arrival!
Pregnancy is a wonderfully exciting time, but for some it is not always a walk in the park. From early on, lots of women will experience morning sickness hot flushes and getting comfortable for a good night’s sleep becomes a struggle. Before your little one arrives, take some time to look after yourself so that you can enjoy this time as much as possible. Here are our 7 ways to enjoy being pregnant!
1. Keep active
According to the NHS, staying active during pregnancy can help women to cope during labour and with getting back into shape after giving birth - that's definitely a good reason to get moving! Find activities you enjoy such as pregnancy yoga or swimming, or perhaps join a mother to be walking group. These are also a great way to socialise and meet other mother’s to be.
2. Treat yourself to a new wardrobe
As your bump expands, you will need a whole new wardrobe – there has never been a better reason to go shopping! Treat yourself to a few maternity must haves – jeans with an elastic waistband, a few staple work pieces and some nice tops for when you want to dress up. As your pregnancy progresses, you may notice that you are always feeling hot. Due to hormone changes and an increased blood supply to the skin, your body temperate will likely increase. To keep cooler, try to wear clothing made from natural fibres as these are breathable and more absorbent.
3. Pregnancy massage
Becoming a mum is hard work and sometimes you need a caring break from that lower back ache and tired legs and a SenSpa pregnancy massage is exactly what you need! Using specialised Swedish style massage techniques, your pregnancy massage will help to ease any discomfort, focusing on your legs and lower back. It will also help soothe and nourish your skin so you can look and feel your best. Our pregnancy massage uses an organic jojoba oil, which is completely safe for you and your baby and has been midwife approved, to help nurture you both through this delicate time.
4. Take some time out
Pregnancy is one of the few times in life where it is perfectly acceptable to relax and enjoy it! People will never be more willing to help you out, so let them do the washing up or carry a box for you! If someone offers you a seat, take the opportunity to take some weight off your feet. Rather than feeling guilty, pass on the favour to another pregnant woman later. Make time to do the things you might not normally, like taking a long bubble bath or using a nourishing hair mask like SenSpa's Lava Clay mask.
5. Treat yourself to some pampering products
During pregnancy, parts of your body such as your feet and hands may be prone to swelling due to water retention. Particularly at the end of the day and further towards the end of your pregnancy. This is the perfect time to treat yourself to some quality, natural products ready to pamper yourself. SenSpa’s Nourishing Moisture Bliss Body Butter is the perfect product for mother’s to be. At the end of a long day, take a relaxing shower before using the nourishing body butter on your bump and to massage your swollen ankles and hands. Then, all that’s left to do is sit back and put your feet up (that will help to reduce the swelling too!).
6. Become a model for the day
A maternity photoshoot is a wonderful way to capture the magical moments of pregnancy to then share and remember your beautiful baby bump and how amazing women's bodies are. It may also be a great chance to get Dad involved and have some lovely pictures whilst it’s still just the two of you. Photographs are the perfect way to remember those precious moments – it’s a keepsake you’ll be thankful for, for many years to come.
7. Practice mindfulness exercises
The practice of mindfulness can help to deal with the rollercoaster of emotions that many pregnant women deal with. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that enables our minds to relax whilst still being alert, taking in your thoughts and feelings as the moment happens.
How to practice mindfulness during pregnancy:
- Choose a space that is calm and quiet where you will not be disturbed
- Make sure that you are comfortable
- Focus on the present moment and allow yourself to do nothing, just be
- Focus on your breathing, physical sensations and the sounds around you
- If your mind drifts away, simply bring your attention back to where you are
This will help to give yourself a little break from the worries of pregnancy and focus on the little life that you are growing. A positive mind set is also a part of practicing mindfulness. By savouring the positives of each day, you will begin to notice happy moments. Make your mindfulness practice part of your routine and who knows, it may even help to reduce the pain during delivery as you will be in a wonderful, relaxed state of mind!
There has never been a better excuse for some ‘me’ time. Before your little bundle of joy arrives, visit SenSpa for a Mother-to-be Spa Day. Specially designed for expecting mothers, your body will be left glowing, your mind renewed and your soul soothed as you embark on this exciting new chapter in your life.
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