Mindfulness during massage came to the fore in 2013, and become a trend in 2014 in the world of spa’s….so what exactly does this mean for us as estheticians?
Can we create a service for the client to become deeply relaxed, and for them to have a profound experience using breath work and techniques like “body scans,” so every body part and the action of ‘our hands’ are thoughtful, attended to, and our minds are focused on their service.
More and more people are starting to practice various forms of meditation (contemplation and self-reflection), and in the world of cancer there seems to be an increasing appreciation that mindfulness is a completely separate faculty of consciousness, independent of the other four faculties: cognition (thought and visualizations), emotion and intuition, behavior and kinesthetic-related activity and sensation (the five senses).
More recently, mindfulness is being appreciated as not only a faculty of consciousness—an experience—but also as a faculty which is conferred by certain brain regions. Neuroimagery studies have demonstrated dramatic changes in brain function of mindfulness practitioners, especially in the prefrontal cortex and associated structures.