You might hear people discussing how ‘Zen’ they are. But what does that mean? The word ‘Zen’ is the Japanese way of saying ‘Chan’, which is the Chinese attempt at pronouncing ‘Dhyana’ – the Sanskrit translation of ‘meditation’.
Peace, tranquillity, slowing down and finding harmony amid the chaos – all of this is what it means to be Zen.
However, finding your Zen isn’t just about meditation, although according to Zen experts, it does help. Realistically, not everyone has the time to practise meditation, so there are other ways of achieving your Zen.
Here at SpaSeekers, we think we can help; spa treatments can really help you relax. We invited three lovely bloggers (Suzy, Lis and Eilidih) to find their Zen at the Scottish Westerwood Hotel and they both thoroughly enjoyed their time with us.
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You might be thinking ‘but I can relax at home?’. This is true – but there is usually some sort of distraction. The dishes need to be done, the bathroom needs to be cleaned and the dog won’t stop barking. At a spa, there is nothing to distract you. Nothing to clean, no one to take care of, nothing you need to do. This is when the real relaxation can begin.
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According to experts, relaxation is a fundamental part of being healthy. We need time to destress, and what better way than relaxing in a hot tub or sauna?
A few hours at the spa is great for your mind and body, as well as your relationships. It is a perfect excuse for a catch-up with the girls or family. We also have refreshment facilities at our spas, some offering afternoon tea – because what is a catch up without tea and scones?
Laughing and smiling releases endorphins in the brain that automatically make you feel good, and according to research, helps relieve pain.
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Sometimes you just need to think with no distractions. Our brains need time to digest and reflect on the new information we’re constantly acquiring. Research has shown that this helps us to maximise all that we’re learning and process any difficult experiences we may be having. Finding time and space to reflect can be hard in a normal environment.
The peace and quiet of a spa is the perfect opportunity for reflection. Wind down with a facial or a visit to the steam room, and let your brain wander.
Massages can help your body and your brain, relaxing your muscles and your mood. We won’t bore you with the details, but certain hormones are released during massages which in turn increase your serotonin levels – making you feel happier. Some research even says that massages have such a positive effect on your mental health, that they can help with depression.
Inspired yet? If you would like to win a spa day and feel #ZenWithSpaSeekers at The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort, enter our Facebook competition now for the chance to win a spa day voucher for TWO, including complementary afternoon tea & mocktail, 50 minutes treatments of choice and wonderful spa time. And for those who miss the deadline, you can always book your own special spa day here! #ZenWithSpaSeekers
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