a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Much like exercising our body helps us to improve our strength over time, the mind can be exercised to be more mindful.
First, let's talk about why we would even want to be more mindful. What is the point? Well, it turns out that it has some great mental health benefits.
According to wikipedia:
Large population-based research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with well-being and perceived health. Studies have also shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry.
Massage can certainly help with anxiety and stress... and have you noticed that when you started to receive massage on a consistent basis that your body starts to relax a little as soon as you walk in the door at the studio? Because your body and mind have been trained, and it knows that relaxing is what we do there.
Mindfulness will become easier the more you practice it. Here's a cool app that can help: