STEP 5/8- SPA RITUALS FOR BALANCE & HARMONY
How did you go with Step 4?
Are you feeling inspired by adding the power of your morning rituals to the sleep rituals?
Step 5 is one of my favourite steps- it is where we start personalising to YOU!
This step is Spa Rituals!
To start: Ask yourself how you are feeling right now.
Next: Ask yourself how you want to feel.
|HOW YOU FEEL||HOW YOU WANT TO FEEL|
Tired and unfocused
Energised and clear
Low self esteem
Radiant and vibrant
iKOU Spa Rituals begin by choosing the products that match your intention to create the way you would like to feel.
The ritual may be as simple as a single product applied with a series of sacred techniques, through to a full spa experience with a collection of products and candles.
Each ritual incorporates aromatherapy to shift your mood.
The techniques used also match your mood, they may be invigorating and energising for example, or invite you to slow down and relax.
At iKOU we encourage a movement called “Sunday Spa Day” where we each choose a day of the week (my day is Sunday) to incorporate a home spa ritual into your week.
Why are home spa rituals beneficial?
Regardless of our gender, we all have a masculine and feminine side.
Our masculine side is what we connect with when we are working hard, being strong or undergoing stress (fight or flight mode).
Our feminine side is the opposite- we let go and connect with softness.
Connecting with our feminine side helps reset our nervous system.
It’s amazing how different we can feel in a short time after some self-care.
This is even more important for women.
DID YOU KNOW STRESS AFFECTS WOMEN DIFFERENTLY?
One of the effects of stress is it robs us of our connection with our soft side and makes us sacrifice self-care. Stress connects us with our strong side- and the more we do this, the more disconnected we become to feeling radiant and relaxed.
As women particularly, we give so much to others that we often forget to leave time to care for ourselves.
Women also have a special stress response that overrides “Fight or Flight”.. it’s called "Tend and Befriend”. It's prompted by a hormone called “oxytocin” (often called the “Hug Hormone”.)
Women release more oxytocin than men, and the higher the levels we have in our bodies, the less stress affects us.
The great news is- oxytocin is released in rituals of self-care!
And even more interesting is, we release it even just planning and anticipating self-care.
It makes us feel love, joy, bonding, connection, all the things that make us feel great.. so seek ways to boost it through connecting with your feminine side.
Refill your tank with home spa & wellness rituals!
TO HELP MAKE IT EASY TO FIND YOUR PERFECT RITUAL:
WE’VE CREATED A QUICK, FREE QUIZ!
Take the quiz and find your perfect ritual for this week.
Have fun with it!
Naomi Whitfeld is the Founder of iKOU and author of the book "Energise your life".
Her passion for inspiring others to live a life of wellness & joy shines through in everything she does.
As an intuitive Aromatherapist, Naomi incorporates mind & body benefits into all she creates, believing we respond best when we treat as a 'whole".
Winner of the Telstra Business Women's Award for "Entrepreneur of the Year", Naomi has a particular interest in supporting busy women to enjoy rituals of self-care on a daily basis.