Today I had a wonderful day with Neal’s Yard Remedies, I was lucky enough to be invited to a day of relaxation by one of my favourite beauty and therapy brands. We learnt massage techniques, relaxation methods and experienced NYR organic essential oils.
I feel like we all suffer from stress, sometimes I feel super stressed, I can get headaches and insomnia. Sometimes I don’t feel stressed, then I go to a spa for a couple of days, really relax and discover I was stressed without even realising.
National Stress Awareness day is on the 7th November so for that reason Neal’s Yard Remedies invited a few of us along to learn a little about aromatherapy and massage. I learnt a lot today, first of all, we learnt about essential oils and the benefits they can give to us, how they can trigger memories, heal, uplift, soothe. Essential oils can make you feel wonderful, dropped into baths, vaporised and used in massage. Scents are personal, so find the right ones for you, but they can really help to calm and relax. We also learnt a little about the history of scent and how essential oils have been used throughout history. I’m a bit of a geek, so I loved this bit of the day.
So this morning we spent a long time smelling scents and working out which single scents we liked and how they made us feel, then smelling combinations of those scents to see how they worked together. Individually we selected a blend which we liked and used it to practice massage on each other.
I have been to a fair few spas in my time, I love a good massage, but I had no idea how to give one, and no confidence to try. We were taught in very easy steps how to give hand and arm massages, which is great for taking all the tension out our hands from typing. Then we moved onto head massage, which always feels incredible. After a delicious lunch we moved onto backs, necks, shoulders and arms. As time went on we all grew with confidence and the massages felt incredible. Between the soothing music, rose vapours in the air and soft lighting and blended massage oils, it was impossible not to feel relaxed. I felt like I learnt so much today, not just about the power of essential oils but also about the skills of massage. I’m not sure how naturally it came to me, but we had a great teacher. I took my boyfriend along for the day, so I had a practice partner, he was so relaxed he fell asleep, he may have snored a little! It’s hard giving a massage when you are giggling, and it’s probably a little distracting for everyone else in the room which I feel a but bad about. However, I would like to point out, that is how relaxing the experience was!
It makes me realise there is so much I can do to try and more effectively de-stress. Hand massages are so easy to do at home; a base oil, a few drops of essential oils and 20 minutes can make you feel a whole lot less tense. As can vaporising essential oils in a burner in your home or using them in a bath. I really want to put oils on my pillow and wake up inhaling the scent.
I learnt so much today but it really did make me realise sometimes I do feel we need to make the effort to breathe deeply, light some scented candles, and once in a while and maybe book yourself in for a therapy. Don’t forget the power of essential oils, you can use them in so many different ways and Neal’s Yard Remedies add them into a lot of their beauty products. So you can enjoy the scent as you wash your hands and moisturise your skin.
Stress is hard to avoid, but sometimes we all need to be reminded to relax.
Thanks to Neal’s Yard Remedies for a lovely and informative day! Here are some snaps I took of the beautiful venue and the experience they created for us…