Create a merry—and calming—holiday both for your clients and yourself by engaging the senses while you work. Try one or more of these suggestions to make the holiday season warmer, more calming, and yes, more joyful. If you like, put into action all five for a complete and rejuvenating body, mind, and spirit experience for your clients and you.
Celebrate scent! Use a special aromatherapy blend in your diffuser to evoke relaxation and holiday cheer.
- Aromaweb.com is an award-winning and frequently referenced aromatherapy website. We like their Stress Relieving Blend Here is a citrusy favorite: 12 drops Grapefruit, 4 drops Jasmine, 4 drops Ylang Ylang.
- And here is a blend from Wavelengths Natural Health that may evoke scents of holidays past: 10 drops Pine essential oil, 5 drops Cedarwood, 3 drops Cypress, 2 drops Frankincense.
Add essential oils to a dark glass bottle and mix by rolling the bottle between your hands. Add the appropriate number of drops from your blend to your diffuser following the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you have a fountain at home or sitting unused in the corner, set it up in your treatment or waiting room now. Creating a source of flowing water with an indoor fountain promotes a peaceful atmosphere through our sense of hearing. It is also said to increase negative ions, which can combat the ill effects of air pollution. For those who enjoy feng shui, fountains are the ideal way to introduce the “water element” into your office.
Colors are thought to have an effect on human emotions through the sense of sight. For example, many people say that blue is a calming color, and can even lower blood pressure. For some, pastel pink is the most soothing color. Experiment with color and note if there are colors that seem to help you stay in balance throughout your day. Pin up colored fabric on the walls or drape it from the ceiling. You can even purchase special color lamps that allow you to easily change the color before and during treatments. For more information on color therapy, check out these books:
- How to Heal with Color by Ted Andrews, and
- Color Medicine: The Secrets of Color/Vibrational Healing by Charles Klotsche.
Serve a Special Tea
Create a taste experience by making your own tea blend for the holidays. Offer your clients (and yourself!) a brewed pot that you make fresh once or more a day. Unless you especially want to use black or green tea, use grounding, rejuvenating, and aromatic herbs and spices. The following are warming recipes for cold weather. Ginger and cinnamon help get your blood moving to the surface of your skin. Rosehips are high in Vitamin C, which can bolster the immune system. Alter the recipes as you like.
- Easy Ginger Tea. Perfect for the cold and flu season. Peel a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the ginger, cover, and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add honey and lemon slices to taste, and strain.
- Spice Tea. Invigorating and balancing. Combine 3 tsp grated ginger root, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/16 tsp allspice and 6 cups of water. Simmer for 20 minutes and strain.
- Apple Cinnamon Herbal Tea. Delicious! Combine 1/2 cup dried rosehips, 1/4 cup dried rose petals, 1/2 cup chopped, dried apple slices, 1/8 cup chopped cinnamon sticks. Use approximately 1 tsp mix per cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes, and strain.
Set an Intention for Peace with Your Client
Meditate, focus, or center on an intention together. When you bring your client into your treatment room, explain the idea and invite him or her to participate. Light a candle, play a beautiful piece of music, or strike a chime or gong. Spend a few minutes meditating or listening to music while focusing on peace or another intention of your choice. Or you may want to invite your client to join you in meditation after the session as a nice re-entry to the world.
Got ideas for making your studio an oasis of holiday cheer? Please share!