Ringing in the changes

2019 shells2019 promises to be a year of challenges and changes, some beyond our control, some in our gift to shape as we choose.  What will you choose?  I’m aiming for less screen time and more time to connect with nature, with myself and with others; to have a less busy brain but an engaged body, which will hopefully mean lots of tai chi!

Our dates for our Annual Week of Wellness are confirmed and we’re delighted to be  returning to Northern Mallorca for our 14th year on 26th Oct – 2nd Nov.  Earlybird discounts are available now.  We hope you’ll join us.  Find out more and gift yourself something special for the year ahead.

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#lastminute #priceslash #octoberoffer #wellnessretreat

With only 3 weeks to go before #WoW18 we’ve slashed the prices for those looking for a #lastminute #latebooking getaway.  Saving a massive £200 per person you can’t afford not to grab this bargain and treat yourself to some late sunshine and all the wonderful elements that a Week of Wellness gives you at the award-winning Son Ametler.  But don’t delay, we only have 2 rooms left.  The perfect recharge.  Contact us to book NOW
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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

 

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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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.

best six doctors and more…

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David Wolfe neatly summed the best six doctors for a happy and healthy human being.   We’ve got them all nailed (and some) at our forthcoming WoW Mallorca retreat, where we still have a few spaces.  A good friend thought  David had missed one out though – “Connecting with great people. Connectivity is so important for mental and physical wellbeing.”   We’d agree with that and clients each year testify that connecting with great people is a given at the wonderful surroundings at Son Ametler.

Are there other doctors you think contribute to your sense of wellbeing?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.