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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Muffins for Macmillan

muffins 0918These delicious raspberry and almond muffins, baked by one of our lovely tai-chiers,  were a fabulously tasty way to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support after class on Friday.  One of the things that gives me most joy about our Devon classes is the new friendships that have been forged between people,  previously strangers in their own communities.  And how over the years we’ve rallied together to support causes close to people’s hearts, including Children in Need, Brain Tumour Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Chatter and laughter levels during our Chi and Biscuits classes are a great barometer for me about the wellbeing of our group.

#unityincommunity  #macmillancoffeemorning  #raspberryalmondmuffins

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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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.

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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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FLASH SALE – 1 week only!

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I know, it’s bonkers, too good to be true!  But it is true.  For one week only (up to 16th Sept) you can book an amazing Week of Wellness at a knockdown price (subject to availability!). So talk to your friends, sibling, parent, daughter, whoever, and snap up this amazing bargain and treat yourself.  Contact us for the booking form.  But be quick, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

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.

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…