Mindfulness works on a number of levels.
From a physical point of view, formal mindfulness practice causes the relaxation response, which means your breathing slows, your blood pressure drops, you relax and feel calmer.
From a brain science point of view, regular mindfulness reduces the reactivity of the amygdala; a part of the brain that processes emotions. This means you become less reactive and less stressed out about things, in particular worries, and thoughts that previously may have caused you stress, are not so problematical.
From a psychological point of view, mindfulness allows you to start to feel in to and experience a very natural and real sense of being totally OK. This feeling of being OK creates a high degree of self-acceptance and less striving to try and trying to perfect or fix yourself or your life.
What happens in a one-to-one mindfulness session with you?
I offer one-to-one mindfulness sessions and can integrate mindfulness-based techniques into my therapies, such as using mindfulness with reflexology. I will discuss with you what situations and thoughts are problematical with a view to helping you become much more mindful and aware in these situations. There is no attempt to change your thinking, but simply to become more aware of the unhelpfulness of some your thoughts. You may be encouraged to reflect on a difficult situation as it is happening or soon after. Similarly, you may be encouraged to stay with an upsetting emotion for some length of time so that you can become more familiar with it and perhaps avoid the need to bring a lot of resources to fighting it off time after time. In essence the aim of a one-to-one mindfulness session is to allow you to have a different, easier relationship with problematical thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations.
What are the results of one-to-one mindfulness sessions?
The result is an increase in well-being, more control over your own mind as you spend less time thinking about difficulties and troublesome thoughts. A regular mindfulness practice helps us move through our lives with inner peace.
Informal practice is taking what you have learned through your formal practice of being present and applying this moment-to-moment in everyday life. Like any skill, the more you practise it, the easier it becomes.
It is relatively easy to learn how to be mindful.
Mindfulness is developed through a series of simple practices that help us to become aware of what is happening to us. Over time we learn to see what is actually happening and to develop the ability to choose how we respond instead of what often is an automatic reaction.
What is taught in mindfulness meditation?
In mindfulness meditation, participants are taught to focus their thoughts on their immediate physical sensations - including ones normally taken for granted, such as breathing in and out - in a way that helps them cope more easily with physical pain and to minimise any worries or anxieties they might have about the past or future.
Mindfulness training is 100% secular and non-religious fashion with no religious terms, philosophy or ritual. The benefits of mindfulness do not rely on any belief system.
I hold a full Level 3 Diploma from the London School of Reflexology in Regent’s Park University under the tuition of Louise Keet – described by the Mail on Sunday as “Britain's leading Reflexology practitioner”. I’ve also completed specialist training to Diploma level in Fertility, Pregnancy and Post-natal Reflexology with Louise Keet at the London School of Reflexology.
I am committed to maintaining the highest clinical and professional standards in my practice and undertake regular professional development as part of this drive for excellence.