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Spas & Well-Being

Taking Care of You

FEELING GOOD - FITNESS AND WELL-BEING

How can we get the most out of our bodies? It’s a question pondered for centuries, and one that drives the market in fitness, beauty and well-being. The answer, drawing on science, nutrition, physiotherapy and psychology, suggests the ‘always-on-always-available’ culture of today harnesses less time, more pressure and longer working hours for people. In turn, the weight is shifted onto a different question; what’s the most efficient way to get the most out of our bodies?

Evolving and ever changing, there are two things defining today’s health and fitness fancy. One, physical and mental fitness are one in the same thing, where asking how to get the most out of your body, is really asking how to get the most out of your mind. ‘Mind-body beautiful’ involves connecting the two, with yoga and spa treatments honing this mental relaxation down to a tee.

The second health and fitness trend is the focus on core strength and exercise efficiency. The human physique has around 640 muscles, facilitating a huge range of movements in turning, twisting, stretching and flexing. Our day-to-day life uses a tiny fraction of these. Walking, running and spinning exercises the legs and heart; lifting weights exercise isolated areas of the arm, whilst sitting and standing exercises, well, not much. Core muscles in the torso are not focused on in as much abundance, which is ironic when you consider these are crucial to our balance, alignment and strength.

FEEL GOOD: INSIDE OUT

PILATES

Pilates is a technically refined specialty focusing on core muscles to improve strength and postural balance. A progressive conditioning exercise, it works to twist, stretch and flex muscles rarely used in day-to-day activity. The result is vastly improved core strength, flexibility and leaner muscles with classes ranging from beginners to advanced.

YOGA

This discipline revolves around syncing your body’s muscle functions with the mind. Relaxation through breath control, simple meditation and specific postures bring this widely used mindfulness technique into good effect.

AEROBICS

A traditional staple of the fitness world, classes range from step, high and low impact, water aerobics and circuit to body sculpting that uses weights.

FEEL GOOD: OUTSIDE IN

Many stylists, masseuses and treatments are offered within the comfort of your hotel or home. Enquire at each spa or salon for details.

BODY TREATMENTS & FACIALS

The great thing about body and facial treatments is you don’t need an excuse. Skin irritation? Relaxation? Who cares… it’s heavenly. Treatments range from wrapping with detoxifying seaweed purees and mud to treat cellulite and skin tone; polishing with a creamy exfoliant; and Aromatherapy, which fuses massage with essential oils to treat particular problem areas. If the time for body maintenance is nigh, body waxing and powdering are also on offer.

MASSAGE

Tension at times doesn’t cause pain, so it’s harder to detect and treat through a massage, until, literally, you have a massage. Feeling rather limber and loose all of a sudden? That’s not an accident. When R&R is needed, massage is still revered as the ultimate stress and muscle relaxant. Although many types, a universal rule is to increase blood flow to alleviate muscle tension. The classic Swedish massage increases oxygen in the blood through long-stroked rubbing techniques, ideal for circulation. Sports massage focuses on preparing specific muscles to enhance flexibility and prevent injury. Reflexology combines Swedish and sport techniques to the foot, calf and upper leg, good for common forms of arthritis. Chronic muscle pain? Deep tissue massage applies the Swedish technique with a deeper pressure to target particularly debilitating problem areas. Like-wise, Trigger Point therapy works in a similar way by applying pressure and release to isolated parts of the body; extremely effective for back and neck pain. Shiatsu therapy is the all-singing-all-dancing of massages; recognisable by its rotating and stretching of limbs and joints using thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet.

HAIR, NAIL & MAKEUP TREATMENTS

With your vitamin D levels through the roof, the sun isn’t the only one offering your hair and nails some love. There are several salons offering cuts, styles, colours, foil treatments, hair beading and braiding. Manicures, pedicures and nail repairs are also offered in abundance, but be wary of having acrylics applied; they damage nail health and can cause infection due to the hot climate. Come the time where a stellar face of make-up is needed, salons have in-house trained professionals on hand to help .
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