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Wellbeing day takes the top gong

By Alice.Marchant on 15th October 2018

Every few months, Octopus Group takes the time to focus on the mental, physical and nutritional health of all of us here at Gray’s Inn Road, with dedicated a wellbeing day. Last month saw my second wellbeing day since joining OG in February, and I knew that if it was anything like the last one, then I was definitely in for a treat.

It began mid-morning, with loads of healthy snacks laid out for us in the kitchen, along with a big selection of yummy smoothie recipes (banana and blueberry is always a winner). Some of us also booked in for a massage – always a popular part of the day.

Later on, I took part in a gong bath – something I’d never heard of before, but was very intrigued to discover is a ‘unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic gong sounds and vibrations to bring about healing’.

To be honest, going into it I had zero expectations of what it might be like. I like to think of myself as quite a spiritual person. But I’m also very restless. So I couldn’t really imagine how a man banging a gong was going to suddenly send me into deep relaxation. My God how I was wrong!

I’d happily explain what happened in that 45-minute session, but I was sound asleep within the first few minutes. All I know is that I woke up feeling very relaxed and also a bit weirded out that I had just had a mid-afternoon nap while at work.

I would definitely recommend the gong bath to anyone and hope I get the chance to do it again. I followed it up with a massage appointment at the end of the day, which was EXACTLY what I needed after a day of drinking smoothies and napping.

I really appreciate how Octopus Group takes the time to plan wellbeing days for us all. They’re a great reminder to everyone about how important it is to really take care of yourself and your mental health.

Yay for wellbeing day! I already can’t wait for the next one.

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