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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 sci-ence, nutrition, physiotherapy and psycholo-gy, suggests the ‘always-on-always-available’ culture of today harnesses less time, more pressure and longer working hours for peo-ple. In turn, the weight is shifted onto a dif-ferent 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 ask-ing how to get the most out of your mind. ‘Mind-body beautiful’ involves connecting the two, with yoga and spa treatments hon-ing 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, run-ning and spinning exercises the legs and heart; lifting weights exercise isolated areas of the arm, whilst sitting and stand-ing exercises, well, not much. Core muscles in the torso are not focused on in as much abundance, which is ironic when you con-BODY TREATMENTS & FACIALS sider these are crucial to our balance, The great thing about body and facial treat-ments is you don’t need an excuse. Skin irri-alignment and strength. tation? Relaxation? Who cares… it’s heaven-FEEL GOOD: INSIDE OUT ly. Treatments range from wrapping with detoxifying seaweed purees and mud to PILATES Pilates is a technically reﬁned specialty focus-treat cellulite and skin tone; polishing with a ing on core muscles to improve strength and creamy exfoliant; and Aromatherapy, which postural balance. A progressive conditioning fuses massage with essential oils to treat exercise, it works to twist, stretch and ﬂex particular problem areas. If the time for muscles rarely used in day-to-day activity. The body maintenance is nigh, body waxing and result is vastly improved core strength, ﬂexi-powdering are also on oﬀer. bility and leaner muscles with classes ranging MASSAGE Tension at times doesn’t cause pain, so it’s from beginners to advanced. harder to detect and treat through a mas-YOGA This discipline revolves around syncing sage, until, literally, you have a massage. your body’s muscle functions with the Feeling rather limber and loose all of a sud-mind. Relaxation through breath control, den? That’s not an accident. When R&R is simple meditation and specific postures needed, massage is still revered as the ulti-bring this widely used mindfulness tech-mate stress and muscle relaxant. Although many types, a universal rule is to increase nique into good effect. blood ﬂow to alleviate muscle tension. The AEROBICS A traditional staple of the fitness world, classic Swedish massage increases oxygen classes range from step, high and low in the blood through long-stroked rubbing impact, water aerobics and circuit to techniques, ideal for circulation. Sports massage focuses on preparing speciﬁc body sculpting that uses weights. muscles to enhance ﬂexibility and prevent FEEL GOOD: OUTSIDE IN injury. Reﬂexology combines Swedish and Many stylists, masseuses and treatments are sport techniques to the foot, calf and oﬀered within the comfort of your hotel or upper leg, good for common forms of home. Enquire at each spa or salon for arthritis. Chronic muscle pain? Deep tissue massage applies the Swedish technique details. with a deeper pressure to target particular-ly 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; recog-nisable 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, pedi-cures 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 profes-sionals on hand to help . I 28 • • • • • MARCH/APRIL 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”
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Taking Care of You
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