“Pause and release pockets of tension squeezed into the surface of your skin”
It’s time to add a delicious full stop to your day. A rejuvenating pause. And sink into a softer more peaceful version of yourself.
Today I’m offering up a suggestion to notice your skin. Feel into your skin. Sense the surface of your skin.
Are you “skin clenching” today?
Is the surface of your skin – be it face, arms, legs, back, hands, shoulders, feet or whole body – squeezing in stress, sucking it deeper into your body and clinging tightly to anxious thoughts on replay.
Frowning, squinting or clenched hands are all obvious signs.
Skin breathing is one of my favourite therapeutic breathing rituals at the moment.
It’s a new ritual, I beamed in recently when I was feeling totally overwhelmed. You know those days!! Wired. Wound up tight! Going around in circles.
I paused. Always a wise move.
Lay on my yoga mat. Then my body intuitively began skin breathing.
My wise breath simply wanted to breath into my skin and breathe out from my skin.
And wow! I literally could sense the cells of my skin expanding with each inhalation. I think my skin started secretly smiling.
Inhaling into my skin, I invite softness.
Exhaling from my skin, I sense a release and letting go of clenching.
After a few minutes of skin breathing, the energy around me shifted. The internal agitation began to ease. My vibration lifted. My aura began to expand and brighten again.
Give it a whirl ~ Start with your forehead
If you’d like to experiment with a little skin breathing, Let’s start here. Your forehead. Notorious for frowning, creating temple and head pressure and eye tension.
Notice your forehead. Close your eyes. Feel into the skin across your forehead.
Breathe into your forehead. Breathe out from your forehead.
Invite the skin across your forehead to relax, soften and spread with each inhalation. Sense the skin become gentler, more supple and smoother.
Notice, as the skin across your forehead begins to relax, there’s a magical flow on effect across into your skull, temples and even down to your jaw and neck. I’m sure its anti-ageing.
Skin breathing meditation:
It’s simple. You only need 2 minutes. Sitting, laying down or even standing.
Get quiet. Get comfortable.
Inhale into your skin (whole body) inviting softness and spaciousness.
Exhale from your skin (whole body) using the releasing exhale to let go and relax.
Don’t rush. Don’t force. It may seem a little weird or difficult at first. Be patient with yourself. Soon you’ll find your own rhythm.
Enjoy my gorgeous friend, and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear. xox Carole
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Another awesome ritual to help relax the surface of your skin is a warm oil self massage. I’ve written about it before. Warm oil speaks kindly to your nervous system. There is an unseen therapeutic process that happens with the circular motions over your joints and slow gentle strokes over your body. Deeply soothing and nurturing. Perfect for when you can’t manage being still and breathing.
If you’ve have lots of skin tension in your face you may find a yoga eye pillow will help deepen the relaxation experience for you.
~ What I’m loving at the moment ~
My latest on-line purchase is the Buddha Doodles Gratitude Journal. Thanks Rupy for the recommendation. Love it.
I swear the amazing doodles and nourishing quotes on each page were crafted especially for my blog. Rejuvenation Lounge is very happy.
It’s A4 ish in size, so plenty of space to doodle and write.
Keep near your bed or favourite place to sit. Write the date. Write 3 things you are grateful for. Repeat daily. xox Carole
~ Recent weekly healing ritual ~
Bring more circulation to your lower back.
Supported child pose is a delicious restful posture that nourishes your adrenals and kidneys.
Inhale into your kidneys. Exhale from your kidneys. Allow the breath to breathe you as you rest and refuel. xox Carole