venue – Son Ametler

Son Emetler front

Son Ametler (Almond) is an award-winning traditional 18th century Mallorquin Finca surrounded by almond, fig and other fruit trees and countryside, with a large swimming pool offering complete privacy.  Nestling in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Son Ametler has recently been lovingly and impeccably restored to a very high specification by the current owners, who also own and run the nearby Es Castell boutique hotel, recently voted “Spain’s Best Hotel” (ReviewPro).

Inside it is very spacious and makes the most of wonderful local stonework. Son Ametler is beautifully decorated with clean classic lines and all modern comforts.  All rooms are ensuite, with air conditioning. Some have private terraces.  One of the bedrooms has wheelchair access with wide doors and a drive in shower.

Outside are spacious grounds with mature gardens, a number of terraced areas to chill out on or share a meal, lawns and a decked area near the pool.  Stunning views of the mountains. A vegetable garden also offers the ultimate in fresh herbs and greens. You’ll find plenty of space to find a quiet spot in the shade with a book, or to soak up the sun by the pool.

There is ample car parking.

Son Ametler is just off the Campanet to Selva road to the West of the village of Moscari. It’s only 20-30 minutes on foot to several local villages, including Caimari, Moscari, Selva and Campanet, and 30 minutes by car to the nearest beaches at Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia.

Son Emetler is just 40 minutes from Palma Airport.  Car hire is very reasonable at this time of year.  Taxis to/from the airport are approximately €50 one way.

For read more about Son Ametler click here.

To find out more about nearby attractions and Mallorcan culture click here to access the relevant Es Castell website page.

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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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