Pick up this week’s new issue of Grazia and you’ll find a rather brilliant feature deep in the beauty pages all about the hottest health buzzword sweeping 2014 by storm. While the start of the new year sees most of us fixated on diets and the treadmill, ‘mindfulness’, aka beauty’s latest buzzword, is all about detoxing stress from your life and becoming slimmer, happier and younger-looking as a result. Sound good? It does to us! Whilst you’re going to have to pick up this week’s issue of Grazia for the full 411, we’ve got a treat lined up for you in the meantime…
Ready for a mind-overhaul? Experts tell us that the key to being ‘mindful’ lies in removing stress from your life, arguably the most ageing and debilitating ‘toxin’ of all- more than coffee, sugar or cigarettes. As if we ever needed the excuse for a de-stressing beauty treatment, we’ve only gone and pulled together our favourite stress-busting treats out there, which, we think, will get your mindful 2014 off to a pretty perfect start.
1. Being Content The Mindful Massage, £50 for 45 minutes
Find it hard to unwind at the end of the day? Book yourself in to natural beauty haven Being Content to melt away every teensy last bit of stress. The treatment starts with an assessment of your health to establish any blocks that may be stopping you from fully relaxing, followed by a guided breathing exercise, a full massage and a short reiki session to help you ground your energy. We’ll see you there!
2. Champneys 2 Night Mastering The Mind Retreat, from £399
Need a mindful mini-break? Spa experts Champneys have just launched a two-day stress retreat called Mastering The Mind. It focuses on mindfulness, mind fitness and stress management. For more information click here.
3. Bliss The Rubber Neck Massage, £80 for 60 minutes
A real Grazia fave, this stellar upper back and neck massage concentrates solely on loosening sore muscles in the upper body. A combination of stretching, deep tissue treatment and a heated parafango pack ensure that you’re left feeling totally rejuvenated. Prone to stiff necks, migraines and stress headaches? This one’s for you.
4. Ushvani The Balinese Massage, £180 for 90 minutes
One of the best massages we’ve ever come across for restoring vitality and re-balancing frayed nerves. A deep pressured treatment which will leave even the most stressed-out of souls feeling uplifted and recharged.
5. Elemis De-Stress Face and Body Sensation, £85 for 55 minutes
If too many late nights have taken their toll on your skin and mind then this sensational massage will restore and re-energise your body. A stellar massage combined with an anti-ageing booster facial- we love!
The new issue of Grazia is out now.