To include smoking cessation, sleep hygiene, nutrition/diet education, meditation and mindfulness, and Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is an alternative form of holistic therapy that uses essential oils to help improve and balance you both emotionally and physically, while helping you to take time out for yourself, to be mindful and to reconnect with yourself, even for a moment. The aromas experienced through aromatherapy and essential oils have a dynamic effect on the mind and body and emotional health. Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds. Aromas can trigger emotional and even physical responses and allow vivid memory recall of people and places. Think of a time a smell has reminded you of something… Maybe your favorite place, a loved one or even a childhood memory. The effect is experienced through the sense of smell which is linked to the deepest parts of the brain governed by your basic instincts, thoughts and emotions. On a physical level, essential oils help to ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation, ease sinus congestion and act as a strong antioxidant.
History: Plant extracts have been used for thousands of years for their exquisite aromas and natural healing powers. Rich in botanical activity and antioxidants, plant oils encourage radiant, healthy skin, working at a cellular level to keep the complexion soft and looking youthful. By harnessing their therapeutic properties, aromatherapy works to improve our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation can be challenging, especially without knowing if you’re doing it right.
Muse: the brain-sensing headband is wearable EEG technology and uses neurofeedback to help you understand what it feels like to have a calm or active mind
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. Mindfulness is the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now, fully engaged with whatever we’re doing in the moment. Meditation is a skill. Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill. Think of it like exercising a muscle that you’ve never really worked out before. It takes consistent practice to get comfortable. The mind can be a weird place. It takes time to get comfortable with your mind. There might be setbacks along the way but that’s part of meditating. We will keep practicing.
Here at HB, we utilize the Muse headband for meditation. Muse is your personal meditation assistant. While you meditate, Muse measures whether your mind is calm or active, and translates that data into weather sounds. Muse helps make learning the art of meditation easy. Muse allows you to discover your mind-body connection in a completely unique way: through powerful, accurate real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements.
You might be wondering:
- Is meditation good for me?
- Am I meditating correctly?
- Is meditation helping?
Through real-time audio feedback and progress-tracking, we resolve many of the barriers to meditation with a simple tool that helps you develop a consistent practice.