Breathing and meditation can be a great way to put your mind at ease. We sat down with Emily Thring, founder and director of the Quiet Company to provide tips to help you sit back, relax, and enjoy your wax!
Check out these tips from the meditation pro, and find out how you can use meditation and breathing to calm any mental chatter.
Emily Thring is the founder of Toronto’s first modern meditation studio, The Quiet Company. Located down the street at King and Brant she is creating a space for people to learn about meditation and develop their own practice to stay present, connected, and to help manage the ten thousand joys and sorrows that come with being a busy human being.
Why meditation? What is it, and how can it relax your mind?
Meditation and mindfulness help us create a little distance from the busy-ness of our minds. There are many different styles of meditation but the simplest one is to become aware of your breath. The breath is always with you and connecting with it can help ground you in moments of stress. When we are worried about a wax we can work ourselves up in anticipation, not only for the physical pain but the secondary mental pain that we will feel around the wax. This can create a negative spiral that might be even worse than your wax! Mindfulness soothes the systems that amplify this anxiety, allowing your body to relax.
What are the best meditation/breathing exercises to practice in order to prep for a wax?
Get ready for it the night before with a little bit of awareness. If you are nervous try to sit with the feeling. Where is it in your body? Is there tension? Breathe into it and notice what it feels like. Is it an emotion you recognize? Naming it can help. Perhaps it’s fear of pain or anxiety. Sit with this feeling and feel it fully. Acknowledging our resistance to things can often help us work through it. Know that you are in the best hands at Fuzz and that you can manage the physical discomfort with grace. Also trying a guided relaxing meditation like a body scan to bring you into your body and out of your mind can be helpful.
During a wax, what would you recommend for becoming more relaxed?
Try deep breaths before you go in to relax the body, identifying any emotions that might come up. As you lie down you could try repeating a simple mantra to keeping your mind busy while your wax is happening. Try a mantra like “this pain will pass” or “I am breathing in” and “I am breathing out” with each breath. Focusing on other parts of your body can also help.
What exercises or meditation practices would you recommend on a regular basis?
There are great apps that provide guided experiences or you can come join a class at The Quiet Company! Meditating with a group provides a very different energy than by yourself. There is a different intention that comes with showing up and sitting together, similar to working out in a group. I always suggest people try to practice daily, even for 5 minutes, to feel the results of the practice.