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Where When How Summer 2017 : Page 28

ENJOY A SPA TREATMENT ON THE BEACH OR AT YOUR VILLA WITH SPA TROPIQUE’S MOBILE SPA SERVICES FEEL GOOD: INSIDE OUT PILATES Pilates is a technically refined specialty focusing on core muscles to improve strength and postural balance. A pro-gressive 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. HIIT If you want to get fit fast, this is for you. High intensity interval training is a ground-breaking, anti-traditional exercise that has gained international popularity in recent years. The underlying science suggests metabolism is as, if not more, effective in short, intense bursts than in sustained low-intensity bouts. The most widely used form is the ‘7-minute work-out,’ which creators describe as: “12 exer-cises that can be performed in seven minutes, but achieves the equivalent of an hour’s workout. You need to do them to the best of your ability (high-intensity) and rest very little in between (10 sec-onds only).” TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING Another extremely effective all-rounder is suspension training, developing strength, balance, flexibility and core sta-bility in one, using ceiling ropes to lever-age body weight and put core muscles to work. 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 tech-nique 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 exfo-liant; and Aromatherapy, which fuses massage with essential oils to treat par-ticular problem areas. If the time for body maintenance is nigh, body waxing and powdering are also on offer. When it comes to anything above the décolletage, facials offer prelimi-nary face mapping to analyse your skin type and determine the most beneficial facial for you. Whether it’s to cleanse, rehydrate, rebalance or rejuvenate, services can be provided at your resort, with no charge outside of the actual ministration. 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 mus-cle relaxant. Although there are 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 cir-culation. 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 STYLING, 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 abun-dance, 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. SPA TROPIQUE Stumped with where to start? Treatments at Spa Tropique include all the classics and extend to hot stone massages, vitamin C and seaweed facials, and packages tailored to weddings, cou-ples or individuals looking for whole-body pampering. Oh, and don’t forget the collagen and caviar facial. Champagne anyone? (See AD page 9) I BY SOPHIE NEWSTEAD 28 • • • • • SUMMER 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” SPA TROPIQUE PHOTO BY HUMMINGBIRD LUXURY, THE PEARLS OF LONG BAY AND PROVO PICTURES

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