Tai chi – keeps body and brain on the go!

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Brain training games may not provide the benefits to brain health they claim to, according to experts.

Instead, a report from the Global Council on Brain Health recommends that people engage in stimulating activities such as learning a musical instrument, taking up tai chi, designing a quilt or gardening.

It said the younger a person started these activities, the better their brain function would be as they aged.

Age UK said it was never too late to learn something new.

The council – which is a collaboration of international scientists, health professionals and policy experts – has produced a report on the best ways to stimulate the brain and reduce cognitive decline.

It said that although many people thought playing online games, such as puzzles and mind games, designed to improve brain health was important, the evidence regarding the benefits was “weak to non-existent”.

“If people play a ‘brain game’, they may get better at that game, but improvements in game performance have not yet been shown to convincingly result in improvements in people’s daily cognitive abilities,” the report said.

For example, there was no evidence that playing sudoku would help you manage your finances any better, it added.

Tai chi and photography

The report recommends seeking out new activities that challenge the way you think and are socially engaging, while leading a healthy lifestyle.

Examples include:

  • practising tai chi
  • researching your family tree
  • photography classes
  • cooking
  • gardening
  • learning new technologies
  • creative writing
  • art projects
  • volunteering

James Goodwin, chief scientist at Age UK, which helped set up the Global Council on Brain Health, said brain decline was not inevitable.

He said: “There are plenty of activities that we can start today that can provide benefits for brain health, if they are new to you and require your concentrated attention.

“They may even be activities that you do regularly in your life, such as playing with grandchildren, gardening or playing cards.

“Even though it’s never too late to learn something new, the overwhelming message from this report is that you shouldn’t wait until later life to try to maintain your brain health.”

(BBC News 02/08/17)

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Another reason to love Robert de Niro…

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He does tai chi!  Ok, so it was for a film but he’s looking good.  Love the focus in his eyes, looking “upright, comfortable and relaxed” as my teacher also tells me to be. Anne Hathaway’s looking less so, but it’s probably part of her role?  Anyone know what film this is from?

I’m wondering if either of them fancy some more tai chi practise this autumn and would join us on our 11th WoW Week of Wellness in Mallorca – tai chi, walks, holistic therapies, sunshine, pool time, downtime, in stunning countryside.  A few spaces remain…

 

WoW Earlybird Discount extended til end of March!

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P1150828We’re feeling like spring is finally showing signs of life, bunches of snowdrops, daffodil leaves pushing through, buds on trees, the orange and purple of crocuses hailing the promise of warmer weather and longer days.  And feeling good about that, we’ve decided to extend the earlybird discount for our WoW Week of Wellness. Earlybird discounts will apply if you’ve booked and paid your deposit by the end of March.

And as for a bit of pampering, Jane is now offering not only reflexology but also indian head massage, Bach flower remedies, Bowen technique, Reiki, insights into mindfulness and all round wellbeing. Fabulous.

We’ve only 3 rooms still available so be decisive and get in touch to make that booking. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

Week of Wellness (10/10/15) earlybird DISCOUNT extended to end of Feb.

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P1150784If you’re anything like me, your mind during the second half of January will have been full of invoices, receipts, diaries, creditors, travel claims and so forth, ie. completing and submitting your tax return.  Only now might you be able to see the possibilities beyond the 31st January and start to give the better things in life some attention, like chilling in the pool with the sun on your skin!

And so with this in mind, we’re extending our earlybird discount for our WoW Week of Wellness through to the end of February, giving you a whole month to get your holiday plans in order, and book to join us for a treat of week of tai chi, holistic therapies, walks, chillout time, being mindful, good food and wine, laughter, lazing by the pool, exploring the local area and generally feeling fabulous by the end of it!

We’ve only 3 ensuite rooms left at the wonderful Son Ametler.  Bring a friend and share the fun, save on the price.  And with the earlybird discount extended til the end of February, each person saves £50 off the fee.

Check it out today and contact us with any questions.

 

Earlybird DISCOUNT til end of Jan for Week of Wellness 10.10.15

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P1150847A New Year is upon us and thoughts turn to resolutions, good intentions, healthier lifestyles and new adventures; to holidays, getaways, new places and new challenges.

If however, you’re like me, chances are your good intentions are starting to slide by the end of January and those short, dark, wet days are more conducive to curling up on the sofa with chocolate than a bracing walk on the moors.  Here’s a solution that will give you a focus and something to be excited about for the best part of a year!

Book now for our annual Week of Wellness in rural Mallorca and you’ll have 9 months to anticipate the warmth of sun on skin, of greeting the sunrise with qi gong exercises by the pool, stretching your muscles and heart on our walks through the mountains and by the sea, relaxing into a reflexology or indian head massage treatment, enjoying a spot of pampering, dining on freshly prepared local produce, laughing with new friends, discovering tai chi and its benefits for your body and mind, sleeping well in your boutique hotel ensuite room, catching up with a book by the pool, exploring the local market at Pollensa and so much more.

P1150749And if you book and pay the deposit before the end of January, you’ll enjoy a £50 discount.

The perfect way to ensure your resolutions last throughout the year, to the end of October in any case!   Only a few rooms remaining so be decisive and contact us for the booking form.  And don’t forget the January sales on flights so it’s a great time to get it all sorted!  A very warm welcome awaits…

 

feed the soul, and your stomach!

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peppers cropA potential guest to our Week of Wellness recently asked for a “sample menu”.  The good folk at Son Ametler were happy to provide one and my mouth watered just reading it, remembering the delicious meals we shared under the sun and stars last Autumn.  I look forward to doing the same again in October (4-11th).

I truly believe an important part of any holiday or retreat is the ritual of sitting down and eating together, sharing stories, reflections, laughter and a glass of wine or two.  At Son Ametler, we relished the culinary delights produced by Paola and Leigh, using fresh and local produce wherever possible, some of it freshly picked from the gardens, or bought that day at nearby markets, such as these peppers.

Our Week of Wellness, combining tai chi, reflexology and walks in rural Mallorca, will feed the soul.  And I can guarantee that the lovely team at Son Ametler will certainly be feeding the stomach too!  Fortunately, we’ve plenty of tai chi and walks to keep it all in balance!

A few places remain.  All the details, prices and feedback are available here. Contact us with any questions.  Come and feed your soul, and your body!

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