Take your time. It's easier said than done, isn't it? Yet, slowing down is a worthwhile goal since it creates a space in our mind and soul for happiness.
A daily ritual can help you do this. Routines give us time to be present at the moment, to embrace our inner silence, to find our new passion, or even to see something we normally take for granted in a new light.
But where do I begin? It may help to begin this process with a daily cleansing ritual that grounds you to the moment. What are its steps? Let's find out.
Your daily 5 step Solaris Me-Time Cleansing Ritual
1- Dry Body Brushing:
Super helpful to energize your body, stimulates the circulation and gets the lymph system working efficiently, super exfoliating, it helps shed dry skin and is even known to benefit by combating cellulitis in those hard to tone areas.
Try it for a few minutes each morning before having your shower.
I like to use a natural bristle body brush. Available in most health stores or chemists.
Use smooth circular or upwards strokes on your legs and arms, always working towards your heart. Smooth circular movements on the buttocks and hip area.
Gentle circular movements on the tummy area and upper chest.
Avoid face and delicate areas.
Take care and avoid areas with broken skin, rashes, varicose veins or phlebitis.
2- Hot/ Cold Showers:
Cold therapy is super trendy at the moment, inspired by the Wim Hof movement, but has been around an age and a half.
Alternating from hot to cold several times during the shower has many benefits- from energizing your body, helping de-stress, stimulating your skin's and lymphatic systems, cleansing mechanisms and resetting your nervous system for a calmer and more energized day ahead.
How to hot/ cold shower:
Acclimatize under the shower at a comfortable temperature, increase the temperature to slightly hotter making sure you briefly emerse all of you, Now switch to cold immersing all of you.
Repeat or build up to seven switches from hot to cold, ending on a brief and brisk cold immersion.
Alternatively, if you're short on time, end your warm/ hot shower with a 15-30 second blast of cold!
Soothing to the nervous system, stimulates the circulation, loosens tight muscles and aids the body's natural cleansing systems by stimulating lymph flow. Self massage is a true act of kindness towards yourself. 5-10 minutes self massage a day helps you to:
- Rejuvenate your body and mind.
Try an energetic, quick massage stroke to re-vitalize body and mind. A gentler, slower self-massage, focusing on your breath, helps to soothe your mind and aids your body to relax.
- Detoxify your body’s largest organ.
Self massage promotes the flushing out of impurities and toxins through your skin. Proper elimination is a key part of feeling energized and ready to engage fully with life.
- Stimulates your body’s energetic channels, so your energy flows freely.
According to Ayurveda, an ancient healing art using herbs and other self-care rituals; your life force ‘prana’ flows through channels called nadis. Self-massage stimulates your energetic channels, promoting the easy flow of prana through your mind and body. This helps activate your body's innate healing powers.
- Promotes youthfulness.
Self-massage stimulates your circulation, promoting soft and lustrous skin. Its cleansing, re vitalizing and balancing effects promote feelings of youthfulness and help increase resilience, joy, and vitality.
- Get in touch with your nurturing self.
Self-massage is one of the most incredible acts of loving kindness and self-care. 5-10 minutes each morning can help you turn off your inner critic. It helps to down regulate the nervous system and to focus on ‘simply being’ - A beautiful radiant being of light :)
Want all the cleansing power and are short on time?
Foot Baths are a long-standing tradition, known to warm, cleanse and invigorate the body.
Super pampering and relaxing, Foot baths are perfect for chilly, damp days.
They help stimulate your circulation, ease achy joints and are thought to ward off colds and are a perfect way to warm up after a crisp walk outside.
About Karin Mueller:
Karin Müller is co-owner of Solaris tea and has been working in the field of wellness and health for over 20 years now. She is a Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons), practising Midwife (BSc Hons), Massage and Spa therapist and experienced course facilitator and teacher on a wide range of topics related to mindfulness, meditation and women’s health. She is currently also studying in the ‘Medicine of Light’ school to deepen her spiritual practise.