Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat for men
06.05.2022
Wellness

Why Men Need to Retreat


Wellness Retreats are often seen as the domain of women, typically booked for girl getaways, couple and solo health holidays. But taking a break from an overworked, stressful life is important to men’s health as well. In fact, there’s been a significant increase in men engaging in such getaways, according to Health and Fitness Travel. “Since 2010 we have seen a 42 percent increase in men booking wellness holidays,” said Paul Joseph, Health and Fitness Travel founder. “Men investing in their wellbeing and appearance is now so normal; many are living with extreme unprecedented stress due to growing work demands, and we have seen a growing interest from men towards self-care and health awareness.”

Men Need to Retreat for Stress & Anxiety

Over the past decade, stress, depression, anxiety and suicide levels have all risen in the male population all around the world. This raises the importance that men need to Retreat as well. Men are in fact more susceptible to depression and anxiety brought on by stress than women are, and are more likely to isolate themselves rather than seek help. Women in general are more likely to seek assistance and support when it comes to their overall health and wellbeing. Men on the other hand are far more likely to deal with issues on their own, spurred on by the pressure of society and the media to ‘man up’ when faced with a challenging situation. While women are likely to communicate and open up to other women in social situations, men will often do the opposite and gloss over the more serious issues in their lives in order to avoid an uncomfortable scenario.

Chances are, we all know men in our lives who are stressed, perhaps unhappy, or in general need to some down-time and reflection. Studies have found that exercise, socialisation, and mindfulness practices were the most beneficial factors in helping men to avoid or deal with stress and depression. Evidently, men can certainly benefit from the benefits that a retreat offers.

A wellness retreat can be an enjoyable and powerful way for men to reconnect and rejuvenate in a supportive and uplifting environment.

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Why Shanti-Som Wellness Retreat is great for Men

We are known to be a very open-minded place. As guests step in, we really aim to create a space where absolutely everyone feels welcome and comfortable in their own skin. There is no pretense or agenda. Shanti-Som does not specifically cater for women over men, a particular age group or people who are experienced at Yoga and fitness.

We have noticed over time an increase in the variety of guests, meaning more men and LGBYT community. We are proud and honored, that through word of mouth, people visit us because of our renowned hospitality.

Wellness Programs for Men

Whilst we don’t have specific programs for men all our Retreat packages are suitable for both men and women. In our experience most men prefer our Fitness Retreat where they can extend their fitness routine with a personalised trainer. There has been a big increase in couples retreating together where they do a combination of fitness and Yoga with a Detox Retreat. This is a great way to encourage and motivate each other to embark on a healthier lifestyle together.

There can be a bit of apprehension for men when considering a Wellness Retreat, but times are a changing and physical and mental wellness has become such an important aspect of our daily lives. At Shanti-Som we always cater to each individuals’ personal goals and preferences. We can create a Bespoke Package if there are some aspects which you really don’t want to participate in and others that you want more of.

What you can Expect at a Wellness Retreat

Shanti-Som retreat programs are designed to give you flexibility and maximum opportunity to enjoy and learn on your pace and at your time. You may choose a Yoga class in the outdoor pavilion, a vigorous workout with our Fitness Trainers, or a stimulating hike through the Andalucía hills followed by time to read by the outdoor pool. The opportunities are there so you can choose what matters most to you without any stress on how to fill your days.

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Early Morning Yoga

Working out first thing in the morning also has its benefits, as you have a higher level of testosterone (around a third more compared to evening workouts), meaning more energy and more muscle gained. Yoga studios have been predominantly filled with women, with men drawn to activities with higher levels of endurance such as CrossFit. However, Yoga is not at all gentle and easy. Like most types of exercise, you can dial up the intensity and duration to suit your fitness levels and mood. Vinyasa Yoga will strengthen you body all over and leave you dripping with sweat and feeling positive for days. Why is Yoga good for men? Yoga is a great workout for men who often have tight muscles and poor flexibility- the best way to combat this is with stretching and gradually training your body.

There has also been a long-standing relationship between martial arts and yoga, and we’ve seen professional footballers, basketball players and Olympic athletes to soldiers on tour including yoga practices into their lifestyle.

Personalised Health Screening

At Shanti-Som we offer a personalised health screening which is conducted by experienced local physicians. It’s important to have a periodic health screening to understand any underlying issue which can be detected early and prevent long term problems.

A personalised wellness programme is then devised for you based on these results, which will give advice on certain foods to eat, specific exercises, and other lifestyle adjustments.

Holistic Massage

For those who excessively train, massages are a good release of tension and can soothe aching muscles. A recent study shows that regular massages can help muscle regeneration by increasing blood flow post-workout. Our talented Spa Consultants are experienced in massages for men and can alter the pressure according to personal preference and work on any injuries or muscle aches.

Hike in Nature

Our Retreat is the best place to hike, we are amongst nature in the rural mountains of the Spanish countryside and we think it helps bring a rustic authenticity to the overall experience.

At Shanti-Som we have daily group hikes which is a key feature of our location. Andalusia meets all the requirements and offers the best conditions for hiking. The fantastic climate and stunning natural spaces that host splendidly preserved areas and the greatest diversity of landscapes and ecosystems in Europe together create the best conditions for enjoying nature and hiking.

Healthy Eating

Food is an important aspect to our daily lives and although health is our focus, we don’t compromise on taste or heartiness. Most men don’t really feel like sitting down to a bowl of salad leaves and juice for dinner so, our restaurant aims to capture robust honest flavors of the East and West. Guests will be transported to sun-soaked Bali, Vietnam and Thailand with delicious mezze platters, fresh salads, specialties from our Asian Wok and flavourful curries. For those on our Detox or Weight Loss programs we have special menus created by our Nutritional expert that are not only perfectly balanced for our daily dietary requirements but also delicious to eat.

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Conclusion Why Men Need to Retreat

Looking good on the outside doesn’t count for much if you don’t feel good on the inside, too. That’s why a Wellness Retreat is a great way to start your journey for a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. One of the biggest challenges we face is normalising conversations on mental health issues such as burnout, stress and anxiety – or, to put it simply, talking to each other about how we’re feeling. If you’re feeling tired and lethargic all the time and just generally stuck in life, or simply just needing some time away for yourself, then Shanti-Som can provide exactly what you need. A safe place to get away from stresses, responsibilities and rush of daily life. It’s time to take charge, connect with your inner self and find peace so you can approach relationships, work and life with your best footing.

Contact our friendly team for more information and we are happy to create a personalised program for you.

 

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🎥 @a_touch_of_tinksJuan Antonio has been part of our team since 2013 and is at the heart of our Retreat in the Shanti-Som kitchen as Head Chef. His signature dishes have become staple menu items that repeat guests look forward returning to, time after time. After tasting one of Juan Antonio's meals, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the heartiness and complexity of flavours, which is contrary to what people believe is served at a Wellness Retreat. In addition to cooking, he loves cinema and music. 
Thank you Juan Antonio for bringing life and joy to 'healthy eating'. 
What are your favorite dishes on our menu?
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#marbella #marbs #spainholiday #yogaretreatspain #marbellalifestyle #shantisom #shantisomwellbeing #meettheteam #chef #cookingishismusicIt’s Monday again and are you moving at a million miles an hour to get everything done? Trying to please everyone? Often our weeks are tiring and to make our weekends exciting we over stretch our commitments. 
Today we ask you to stop. When we over commit, stay in places we don’t want to be or be around people who diminish our energy we create unnecessary negativity. 

Try for this week, just do YOU! Do the things that make YOU happy! 💫

If you struggle with this, what is stopping you from saying ‘no’ to the things you don’t want to do? Leave a comment 👇 
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Have a RELAXED WEEKEND, TAKE CARE of you, get enough ME-TIME and keep in mind that there well be ONE HOUR EXTRA on sunday with time-change for those living in CET! ⏱️

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#marbella #marbs #spainholiday #yogaretreatspain #marbellalifestyle #shantisom #shantisomwellbeing #weekend #timechange #relaxOur next member on #teamthursday is someone who acts more likely behind the scene: VALENTINA TUDOSE - most of the people know her as „Tina“. 

She is one of our lovely fairies from the housekeeping team who ensure that our guests find everything in perfect order and cleanliness, so they are able to concentrate entirely on themselves, their process and their relaxation. ✨

Tina says that she loves to be in nature and when she came to Shanti-Som in 2016 for the very first time the first thing she thought: Oh wow, that nature here! After 6 years she is still grateful every day when she comes up to work or looks out of a window that she can work in such a lovely place. 

Thank you Tina for your work! We are so happy to have such a warm-hearted person on our team 🙏🏼

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#marbella #marbs #spainholiday #yogaretreatspain #marbellalifestyle #shantisom #shantisomwellbeing #housekeeping #teamwork #naturelover #natureNATURE IS THE PUREST PORTAL 
TO INNER PEACE: ‘SHANTI‘. ✨ 
- Angie Weiland Crosby -

Lucky us, that our small sanctuary is deeply rooted in lush, flourishing nature to make it even easier for you to walk on the path towards your own ‘Shanti‘.

We can’t wait to welcome you here and guide you! 🙏🏼

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#marbella #marbs #spainholiday #yogaretreatspain #marbellalifestyle #shantisom #shantisomwellbeingWe think, that you can count the total amount of rain days here in Andalusia on both of your hands.
BUT if it rains, we see it as natural refill for brand new SHANTI-SOM bottles. 😉💦
On the other 355 days with ☀️ you can refill your bottle at one of several dispenser around our hotel for free. 
And the best thing: when you stay 5 nights or more, you get the bottle for free! 
That is what we call a #sustainablesunday 
- we hope, you have a relaxed one! 🧘🏽

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#marbella #marbs #spainholiday #yogaretreatspain #marbellalifestyle #shantisom #shantisomwellbeingOur next team member on #teamthursday is JUAN ARANA TORRES, one of our lovely hosts in the restaurant. 
With a never fading smile, Juan serves at Shanti-Som since 2017 already. If he can not be with his Shanti-Som family and bringing his passion in serving you your favorite dish, he loves to be with his own family most. Especially with his little daughter. 
We appreciate your warm-hearted service for all of our guests, Juan!

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#marbella #marbs #spainholiday #yogaretreatspain #marbellalifestyle #shantisom #shantisomwellbeing #teammember #stafflove #appreciationJUST SOUND ON: Get your daily dose of SHANTI here by listening to nature and water for only a couple of seconds. 
💧🌴
And soak in a little bit of Andalusian sun rays… ☀️
Have a lovely day! 💙

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#marbella #marbs #spainholiday #yogaretreatspain #marbellalifestyle #shantisom #shantisomwellbeingWhat we mean when we talk about our 
„HIDDEN SANCTUARY DEEP IN NATURE“.

When you enter our gate you will immediately feel a glimpse of your „SHANTI“, your INNER PEACE, because the nature around us gives us access to our very own nature. 

Can you feel it? 🌴☀️🌿

What is the most important thing for you to find your SHANTI? ☮️

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