Sark Summer Festival – we’re on our way!

36 hours to go and we’ll be heading to the airport, then to the ferry, and then a walk up from the harbour to town and carry on for half an hour and we’ll be there – Sark Summer Festival 2018.  And we can’t wait.  Excited to be working with Caragh from Caragh Chocolates, and her team of volunteers, to offer some wellbeing workshops and tasters throughout the weekend.  The WoW team have never been to Sark or Guernsey, we reckon this is going to be a pretty amazing first!!sark wow

 

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WoW heads to Sark!

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We are beyond excited to share that we are heading to the beautiful Channel Islands as part of Sark Summer Festival 2018!

July 6-8th is a date for your diary.  Over the weekend we’ll be running tai chi workshops, Indian Head and Dip Your Toes (reflexology) workshops, and Jane will also be offering some 1:1 reflexology treatments.

We’re delighted to be working with Caragh from Caragh Chocolates who is in the thick of it, making this festival happen.  We’re also hoping to try some of her fantastic goodies.

It would be great if you could join us in Sark.  If you can’t make that, we’ve still a few spaces left for our Week of Wellness, all details here.

 

 

 

WoW price offer to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay2018!

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IWD2018 flyerWe’ve met so many wonderful women during our 13 years of WoW.  Women who’ve inspired, challenged, humbled, supported, shared, laughed, danced and savoured their week with us.  We know of others who’d love to join us for a “treat of a week“.  So in celebration of #IWD2018 we’re offering £100 off the price if you’re a first time #WoWer and bring along someone to share a room with – it could be a partner/best/mum/daughter/sister whoever!

Offer stands ’til the 31st March.  Check it out and get booking.  Limited spaces.

Happy #IWD2018 !

 

Trip Advisor accolade for WoW venue

STOP PRESS: Our wonderful WoW venue has just been voted one of the best 1% of hotels worldwide, and THE top agroturismo/B&B in Mallorca. Well deserved in our opinion!  A massive Congratulations to Paola, James, Leigh and the team.

You can join us at Hotel Son Ametler for a fantastic week of fabulous food, holistic therapies, tai chi, walks, gin and so much more, and if you’re quick you can still claim your  JAN Earlybird DISCOUNT.  Find out more here.

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Happy 2018! Earlybird catches the WoW!

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A new year, a fresh start, a blank canvas.  The short days of January see many of us yearning for the warmth of the sun, resolving to cease old “bad” habits, and to learn new skills, to eat well, to be mindful, visit new places and to be kind to ourselves.  Many of those aspirations will have fallen by the wayside by the first days of February (I speak from experience!).

So make a resolution to do all of these things later in the year, and book for our WoW Week of Wellness in October.  Tai chi, therapies, countryside, walks, coast, fabulous food, quality sleep, warm sun, pool time and down time, wonderful venue and optional gin!  Whether a tai chi beginner or returner, a wonderful week is pretty much guaranteed.

Resolutions are often easier to keep in the company of others, so come along with a friend or a member of your family.  You won’t regret it and you’ll have something wonderful to look forward to for the next 10 months.

And throughout January we’re offering an Earlybird discount of £50 per person, and if you’re coming for the first time and bring someone to share a room, we’ll give you an extra £50 off.

So check out what WoW involves, the prices, and what others had to say.  And contact us to book, and nail those new year resolutions.  You won’t regret it.

 

 

 

 

Date for #WoW2018!

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After a wonderfully sunny 12th Week of Wellness, we’re delighted to give you all the heads-up for our date in 2018.  We’ll be gathering at Son Ametler on Sat Oct 27 – Sat Nov 3.  Plenty of time for make plans, get the date in diary and to tell your friends and family.  Early bird bookings attract £50 off per person if booked before New Years Eve.  We hope you’ll join us.

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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.