Mindfulness Therapy in London
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Mindfulness Therapy in London
Close your eyes and count your breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. How do you feel? Refreshed? Calm? Energised?
How often do you take a moment to truly pause, take stock and ground yourself in your body and mind? Our lives are hectic — every moment is saturated with a thousand conflicting tasks and stresses. And while we often find ourselves looking forward to the future or back into the past, few of us truly take the time to live and feel every second of the present.
Mindfulness is a holistic practice that teaches you to be fully present in the moment. It teaches you to be aware of who you are, where you are and what you’re doing. Just like breathing, mindfulness is something our bodies already have the potential to do — the skill lies in accessing it.
Mindfulness therapy provides you with the tools and techniques to cultivate mindfulness. Providing a short moment of peace that is free of judgement, mindfulness therapy can help you to reconnect and re-energise, and it can profoundly change the way you experience your everyday life.
Embrace the present and book yourself a session with a mindfulness therapist today!
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What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness Therapy?
Mindfulness teaches us not to fixate on the benefits or future rewards of practicing daily, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not a whole host of incredible advantages. Mindfulness and being present in the moment have a powerful effect on our stress, performance, awareness and insight, and that's not to mention the strengthening effect it has on the relationships we forge.
When we situate ourselves in the present, we’re able to brush away the usual distractions and preoccupations that cloud our minds and fully appreciate the present. Think of the present before mindfulness as a dirty mirror smeared with stains and marks that cloud the image of your face and distort the setting around you. Practicing mindfulness is like cleaning the mirror to reveal a clear image of you, the landscape and your place within it, allowing you to see and understand who you truly are and where you are in your life.
So what are the benefits of cleaning the proverbial mirror? It helps you to savour the pleasures of life, connect better with the people around you, gain insights into yourself — so that you can make smart decisions about what to do with your life — and access true happiness. By focusing on the present, many people claim to feel more at peace with their past and more positive about the future. Research also suggests that mindfulness can improve a range of mental illnesses, including depression, substance abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and insomnia.
Different Types of Mindfulness
There is no one way to practice mindfulness and each therapist will have their own techniques that help you to relax and reconnect with the here and now. A session could take place on a chair, seated on the floor, standing or lying down, but we’ve listed some of the techniques that you may follow below.
Basic mindfulness meditation uses natural breathing and mantra repetition to focus your mind and centre your body. Each mantra is different and can be catered to your particular needs and desires for the session.
Mindfulness therapy may focus on the senses to help you reconnect with the present. You might focus on sights, smells, tastes and the sensations you feel to build an image of where you are in your life.
If sensory meditation focuses on the senses and external stimuli, bodily sensation techniques draw you back into the body and guide you to fully experience the sensations within your body. This is often done through body scanning — a process that starts at your head and goes through your entire body to your toes, instructing you to feel everything that your body is experiencing.
Embrace the present, make peace with the past and look forward to the future today by booking yourself a mindfulness therapy session with The Holistic Guide.