what it’s all about

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What it’s all about      Tai chi and holistic therapies to balance body, mind and spirit; indian head massage to release stress and strains; walks in stunning countryside, time out from busy lives to recharge and get in touch with self and environment; good food, good wine, comfy sofas, mindfulness, stimulating conversation, laughter; a dip in the pool, an absorbing book, time to explore, discover and reflect, sounds of goat bells, warmth of the sun on skin, quiet time in almond orchards, afternoon siestas, the colourful market in Pollensa Old Town.

All of this and more on this week-long retreat at Son Ametler, Mallorca. In October, the white heat is gone,  the days are still warm, the water is still inviting, and the skies are blue.

What to expect      The pre-breakfast session sets us up for the day, and kick-starts a healthy appetite for breakfast! Gentle exercises to waken with the dawn and stretch out the body . Mid-morning classes, mostly outside, will explore the Living Movement principles of tai chi which provide simple yet powerful ways to revitalise, and to rediscover and attune to the strength of our own bodies and minds, whatever our age or ability.

concise form cropTapping into that essential life force will be a key theme for the week, in addition to learning a short piece of tai chi form. You are sure to take home with you something practical, inspiring and directly applicable to your day to day home and working life, and feel the benefits of that long after the course is ended.

On an afternoon when we are not out walking, Jane Marsden, our fabulous holistic therapist, will run a hands-on workshop, giving you a chance to give and receive a relaxing foot massage, learning new skills to take home.

One day and two afternoons will be for exploring the area on foot, breathing the clean mountain air, taking in the autumn sunshine and beauty of the landscape – be it azure blue seas, gnarled and ancient olives or the timeless and majestic beauty of the mountains.

There will be time to chill out or explore on your own, and to enjoy some quality rest. You can join in as much or as little as the mood takes you. The choices are yours.

Pamper      You will also receive a full reflexology treatment, or Indian head massage if you prefer. Reflexology involves the gentle massaging of the feet to treat the whole body, restoring the body’s natural balance and helping to maintain its equilibrium. Indian head massage with its gentle rhythms helps to clear blockages and release tension, restoring energy flow to the body, creating a feeling of balance and calm. Each treatment will include a consultation and be tailored to the individual.

Good food is an essential element of any retreat, and we are fortunate to have our meals prepared by the chef of the Es Castell award winning hotel. Carefully and freshly prepared each day, sometimes directly from the garden, meals are packed with vitality and local flavour and accompanied by well chosen wines.   Meals will be shared together out on the terrace or in the large dining room.

Pre-dinner Gin and Tonic time on the terrace has become something of a custom on these weeks!

Is this for me?      This retreat is ideal for those new to tai chi or wanting a refresher, as well as for those looking for simple ways of moving, to tap into their own creative energy, become more grounded and better deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

If chilling out, having a week of quality rest, good food, recharging your batteries whilst learning a new skill in a stunning location is a good idea, then this is the week for you!

Check out the venue, prices, who’s running the course and feedback from previous clients. And then if you still have more questions, please get in touch using the enquiry form.

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What did tai chi ever do for me?

man-dressed-in-white-praticing-tai-chi-on-beaschThe health and wellbeing benefits of tai chi have been acknowledged over the centuries. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi is where I refer people to, who appear to have a need to understand the benefits of tai chi and qigong from a scientific perspective.  For myself, I try to listen to my body and feel the benefits.   But each to their own.   In a nutshell, the physical benefits are summarised here.  But that’s only part of the story – the emotional and psychological effects vary from person to person.  Feedback from weekly classes, and from our WoW retreats in Mallorca often include the following: “I feel more relaxed – less stressed – more alert – more aware of my body and how I move/hold myself – less anxious – sleeping better – less depressed – feel “grounded” – physically tired, in a good way – better able to concentrate – feel accomplished – enjoy life more – have fun!”

No pain, big gains

Although tai chi is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning. Here’s some of the evidence:

Muscle strength. Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking.

“Although you aren’t working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body,” says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.”

Flexibility. Tai chi can boost upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.

Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it easier to recover from a stumble. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.

Aerobic conditioning. Depending on the speed and size of the movements, tai chi can provide some aerobic benefits. If your clinician advises a more intense cardio workout with a higher heart rate than tai chi can offer, you may need something more aerobic as well.

Extract from http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi

Come and join us on our 12th Annual WoW Week of Wellness on October 27th and see what tai chi does for you!  And if you already play with tai chi,  let us know how it makes you feel, and leave a comment.  We’d love to hear from you.

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