Wellness

Lessons from Lockdown with Therapist Roger Moore


Make the most of these unusual times for yourself, your loved ones and our planet.

Asia spa lessons from lockdown wellness Roger Moore

Roger Moore has been on the wellness scene in the UK and Asia for over 30 years. A multidisciplinary therapist who has studied under the most respected masters and shamans in both Western and Eastern schools of wellness, he seamlessly blends hands-on manual therapies and profound spiritual philosophy to help clients live healthier and happier lives.

Moore was living in Phuket during the 2004 tsunami that stole the lives of a few close friends. While devoting months to helping victims’ families come to terms with their losses, he witnessed amazing human sacrifice and compassion. Moore believes the tragedy brought out the best in people.

“This virus can do the same,” he says. “For me this is a wake-up call — a forced meditation on the self — and we need to make the most of it. I believe that if this didn't happen, we wouldn’t have a planet to inhabit in 20 years because it just couldn't continue to sustain the excessive lives we were leading. Once we get over the fear, we can learn a lesson.”

Moore advises everyone to approach these times through the eyes of learning. “Small things make for great results, so ask yourself what small changes you can make every day to make this world a better place in the virus aftermath and for future generations.”

“To be alive now is a very humbling experience,” he says. “We have the time to do those things we always said we had no time to do. We have no more excuses. It’s like the universe is telling us that we’ve been complaining for too long about the lack of time.”

Along with many others, Moore is spending time in his garden. “We need to dig deep and get our hands dirty to separate the weeds from the plants. Let’s use this time to pull out the weeds in our own lives too — clearing the negative thoughts than can rule our minds. Dig deep, pull out the roots and discard them as you do the weeds, leaving space for our dreams and aspirations to flourish, as we become better human beings able to see the joy in life. What’s holding us back?”

As the environment starts to clean up with fewer planes flying, the dolphins are playing again along our coastlines, the sky is bluer and clearer, the birds’ chorus is more vibrant than ever and the ozone layer is slowly being repaired.

“Everything has been reset,” Moore says. “It almost seems like the Earth needed this time to heal and for once, we’re helping her.”

In the words of ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (a quote that has helped this writer through many challenging times in life), ‘This too shall pass.’

“Yes, it will pass,” Moore says. “And when we come out the other side, the outcome will be for the better. It has to be. After all, no light can shine as bright as one in the darkness. And this is what we have the opportunity to do now. Be patient, work on yourself and know that the impact we have on one another is our greatest gift.”

Roger Moore’s tips for living your best life during lockdown

Have a daily routine and stick to it as best you can.

Set a fixed time to exercise (outdoors where possible) to fill up on Vitamin D and all the other benefits of sunshine and the outdoors.

Be still for 10 to 15 minutes at least once each day to connect with your breath. Notice the rise and fall of your stomach and the sensation of the breath entering and leaving your body. When you get distracted (as you will!), simply return to the rise and fall of every breath cycle.

Load up your diet with Vitamin C and zinc to strengthen immunity. Eat plenty of green and brightly coloured vegetables and fruits.

Stimulate your mind by learning something new, either in the garden or by trying an online course, many of which are being offered free at the moment. Check out FutureLearn and Yoga Philosophy.

About an hour before bed, drink warm milk or hot water with 1 1/2 tsp. of ground turmeric and a pinch of black pepper. This soothing blend helps enhance sleep and reduce stress-related inflammation in the body.

Asia spa lessons from lockdown wellness Roger Moore