Treatment of the month: Mindful Massage

Treatment of the month - Mindful Massage

I reviewed a very interesting massage treatment for Natural Health  magazine recently which puts a totally new spin on a traditional massage. Instead of switching off, therapist Belinda Freeman encourages you to tune in and turn the mind on. The Mindful Massage (at Third Space, London) may sound like it defeats the object of having a massage but it’s actually quite clever and totally unique.

Belinda talks through the massage in a quiet, soft and soothing voice to keep you focussed on your body and breath. It’s totally guided so there’s little opportunity or space to let the mind wander, working in a similar way to some meditation where  you just focus on your breath. As the mind starts to drift off, she brings you back to the present and to the sensations of her touch.

She’s cleverly combined elements from yoga nidra (yoga sleep where you stay consciously focussed but your body is in deep relaxation) with the concept of mindfulness (being aware of thoughts, actions and emotions) as well as drawing on her 25 years of experience in Tai Chi, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, hypnotherapy, counselling and more.

Recommended? Yes, definitely. Try this massage if you’re having problems relaxing and need to de-stress and settle the mind. Not only do you get an excellent massage, worth the session in itself, but may discover a new way to increase focus, clarity and emotional stability. It’s great if you have experience of yoga nidra too as there are several similarities to relate to.

Available at Third Space gym in London. Check out Belinda’s profile on Third Space or her website Mindful Mind for more info. Let me know if you’ve tried anything like this before?


Future of supplements – read my article in Natural Health magazine

Natural Health magazine, Future of Supplements Feb'11 Natural Health magazine, Future of Supplements Feb'11

Out now in Natural Health magazine (Feb ’11 issue) is my article on the future of health supplements, which makes essential reading for anyone passionate about their health and the natural health industry.

At the end of March this year new EU laws and regulations will come into place restricting the supply of some supplements and herbal medicines. There are also plans to impost maximum permitted doses on vitamins, which will restrict what dosages you can buy vitamins in. Naturopaths, herbalists and consumers across Europe are deeply concerned about how this will impact people who are trying to take care of their health. This is ultimately an infringement on our freedom of health choice.

It’s a huge and complicated area and unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation out there but the Alliance of Natural Health is one of the most comprehensive and reliable sources on the internet. I advise everyone to read more about what’s going on