Can you recall the last time you felt great physically, mentally and spiritually? Many of us are finding it more difficult than ever to find space in our lives for periods of rest and relaxation. For those of us past the age of fifty-five, we’re being challenged physically and emotionally by tough economic times and all too often by serious health concerns. More than ever before it is essential that we make a healing space for ourselves close to home. Many Boomers are creating at home spas and healing spaces that begin with simple steps such as adding a steam unit to the shower, heated towel rails to the bath area or even something as simple as aromatherapy to their master bedroom and bath.
Deepak Chopra, M. D., wrote “The A-Z Steps to a Richer Life”, and told us that the letter “Y” stands for youthful vigor. Chopra goes on to describe this quality as an, “experience (of) health when our identity of who we are comes from the reference of self.” None of us can remain young forever, but we can certainly create space in our lives that feed our need for health and healing.
Being good to yourself and caring for your body isn’t merely a luxury. It is the necessary first step to becoming more enlightened. If you’re not convinced that having heated towel rails installed in your home will make a difference in your overall state of well being, spend one week working on a small exercise that may prove to you that making a small change in your daily life can have a huge impact on how well you feel.
With economic conditions such as they are, some aging Boomers who sat behind desks most of their lives are being called into work that pays less and demands more physical stamina. Aching backs, stiff knee joints and arthritis are hard enough to handle as one ages. For some, even something as sedentary as sitting at a computer for a couple of hours can make a back or neck very stiff. Those being forced back to work in their senior years are likely seeking more holistic means to help alleviate pain and improve their quality of life.
In this exercise you will be asked to view your gym as a haven. Think of it as special place where you can retreat, where there is total peace waiting just for you at the end of each day. If this sounds silly to you, work on envisioning it anyway, at various times during your busy day. After your workout, or in place of one, you’ll need to shower before taking the next step. After your shower, take two clean bath towels and place them in the dry sauna. If you must, place a tag on the towels with your name on it. Now get a cold bottle of water, preferably with a little lemon in it, and head over to the steam room or to the Jacuzzi. Spend at least 20 minutes, or more if you can handle it, relaxing in these spaces. Meditate, close your eyes and drift into a deep state of relaxation. The next step is to head back to the shower for your final wash of the day. Go slow and wash every part of your body in a very thoughtful and caring manner. Use exfoliating hand mitts to apply your soap and be sure to take the time to wash your feet and give them a little massage in the process. If the shower at your gym doesn’t have a bench try taking a small plastic chair or stool into the shower with you, in order to allow for a place to sit, if needed.
Imagine waking up every morning knowing that a moment of peace and tranquility resides right in your own home. What would it feel like to have warm towels available at your fingertips after your morning shower? You hear soft ‘spa-music’, you smell a light scent of spa-like aromatherapy and an assortment of fine lotions awaits you on the vanity. Add a small cooler of filtered cucumber or pineapple water to the picture and soon you’re not in your dingy old bathroom anymore. You’re transported back to a space where you felt cared for, happy and healthier.
Compare this feeling to the contrast you felt when using cold towels at home after a bath or shower. Go one step further and try popping your towels in the dryer during your next shower at home. The towels will be warm, but they will not have the same property that the ‘sauna towels’ in your gym exercise had. You can keep performing this exercise week in and week out and you’ll feel better and better the longer you do it. If you haven’t been on a treadmill for a long while, you may even find yourself feeling good enough to give it a try ‘before’ taking your steam and shower. Now, wouldn’t you like to have the small luxury of this same sense of well being at home? Install heated towel rails in your bath and experience again and again how one small change in your routine can make a big difference in your overall sense of well being.
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