In today’s fast-paced world, engaging in a meaningful relationship with your own mind can yield a multitude of health benefits for the body and soul. People are increasingly focusing on their spiritual wellbeing – on a short break, they want to take a deeper journey that will provide them with something more than pretty photographs – this is where meditation can come in. From a spa perspective, meditation can offer guests an altogether more profound sense of escape with potentially life-changing benefits. Spas can help to cultivate mindfulness by offering nature walks; floating guided meditation sessions in treatment rooms and pools; moonlight breathing regimens; or a simple appreciation of stillness in a quiet yoga studio. According to the International Spa Association’s 2012 Spa Industry Study, 22% of American spas now provide body-mind-spirit offerings. This trend is also on the rise in Europe, where awareness of such practices as Transcendental Meditation has grown significantly since Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced it to the Western consciousness in the 1960s, courtesy of his association with The Beatles.
Guiding guests to inner peace Meditation is a holistic, integrated and lifestyle-orientated wellness tool and to benefit from its results, spa guests should be open to new ways of thinking and keen to embrace a new way of life in order to sustain inner wellbeing and balance. If your venue has the right setting and brand philosophy to integrate such a concept, then ask some searching questions of your guests. Do they feel stressed, upset, angry or worried? Are they seeking more purpose and meaning in life? Do they lack confidence? Are they at a crossroads in their life or lacking in motivation? Once people have identified one or more of these traits in themselves your spa is in a position to offer them a way forward. An introduction to meditation can set people on the path to a new way of life that offers significantly increased contentment, confidence, positivity and purpose. What better impression could your spa hope to leave on its guests than to open the door to a whole new way of life?
Three levels of meditation for your spa menu
Mind and body basics Add either 15 minutes of breathing or visualisation to a facial or massage pre-treatment. All emotional and mental stress is held in our body and this is expressed outwardly in our skin, body and tissues. Starting a treatment in this way is fundamental to switch the client’s mind off, transporting them to a place of complete and deep relaxation. This technique immediately rebalances and harmonises the whole body and skin, enabling it to appear more youthful and stress-free.
A retreat into relaxation Offer a three or five-day meditation retreat. The schedule should include two 45-minute meditation sessions a day, with an optional yoga class and holistic treatment. Here, the guest can experience the tranquil surroundings of the spa and grounds, observing a silence that refreshes the spirit during the day, but allows for the enjoyment of a wholesome meal and glass of wine in the evening. Lifestyle sheets can be given to the client, teaching skills for optimal living through educational experiences for the mind, body and spirit.
An advanced introduction Not for the faint hearted; a three day professional course teaching a powerful meditation technique in an easy-to-learn format can be combined with holistic spa services to balance and harmonise the mind and body, releasing tension and stress from the face, neck and mind. To facilitate this deepest possible level of healing you will need to work with a professional meditation teacher or a school
Guest blog with Sunita Passi
Sunita is a spa innovator who aims to connect businesses with wellness using a conscious-based approach, Sunita is a qualified Ayurvedic therapist and meditation teacher, journalist, key note wellness speaker, and is now embarking on a new journey at the College of Ayurveda in Ayurvedic Medicine. She is also the founder of Ayurvedic wellbeing brand Tri-Dosha.