Develop the stepping stones to a healthier way of life as you tone your physique and calm your mind through our one of a kind Pilates Retreat. Begin to train muscles you didn’t even know existed as we focus the body on fluid movements performed with control, emphasizing on proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Key goals include strengthening and overall body flexibility, increased range of motion and development of proper breathing.
Sessions are accessible to everyone and divided into different levels suitable to the needs of each person. Moreover, through our classes we aim to teach body awareness through low impact movements that require flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. All of which helps to prevent injuries. Furthermore, it is highly recommended for those suffering back pains. Additionally, it can strengthen the lumbo-abdominal area, to gain psychological well-being, reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia, strengthen the pelvic area, reduce digestive discomfort and constipation, and strengthen the muscles of the legs and body. More importantly, it helps to maintain weight.
Lastly, our health Retreat includes wellness activities such as Yoga, Meditation, Hiking and use of our Reformer Pilates equipment. This Pilates holiday also includes a visit to our Spa for total relaxation of the mind, body and soul with luxurious holistic therapies and treatments.
Our Pilates Retreat includes the following:
|Inclusions||3 nights||5 nights||7 nights||10 nights|
|3 Healthy Shanti-Som meals per day|
|Pilates Retreat (Retreat users only)||2||3||4||6|
|Spa Treatment (60 min)||–||2|
|Body Scrub (30 min)|
*excluding room rate
What is pilates good for:
It tones muscles
Pilates breathing involves engaging your abs in every move you do. Since the movements are slow and controlled then you will be working muscles to improve range of motion and strength.
Improves your core muscles
Pilates really works on your core muscles which has a direct impact on your lower back, abdomen pelvic muscles and hips. Core strength is essential for everyday tasks such as lifting and is key to achieving a flat stomach.
Makes you more flexible
Pilates is all about focusing on stability and controlling your muscles to get better mobility and strength. The main reason is Pilates focuses on strengthening and expanding the muscles rather than bunching them up, therefore they become longer and leaner.
Pilates is all about lengthening and connecting your muscles for better posture. You’ll learn correct positioning of the spine and how to support yourself with your legs and core.
Improved fitness and weight loss
When you start focusing on your core you will realize that all your muscles are connected through here and it will improve your overall sports performance. If you want to lose weight the formula for this is to burn more calories- which Pilates will do as a full body workout in slow and controlled movements that has minimal impact on your joints.
Challenging exercise for all ages
Don’t be fooled that many of the exercises are in sitting or reclining positions on the mat. Pilates is a challenging, but gentle workout. This is a low impact form of exercise that doesn’t put pressure on joints, so it is safe for everyone.
What is the difference between yoga and pilates:
Pilates uses fewer, more precise movements in order to achieve the Pilates principles: correct alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flow.
Through repetitive movement, Yoga focuses on flexibility and broad muscle groups while proving to be extremely therapeutic. Many types of Yoga involve meditation and deep breathing, which aids in relaxation. The meditative portion of Yoga tends to attract people who are seeking to take it easy and de-stress.
how to choose between yoga or pilates
If you are trying to lose weight, Pilates exercises can be done using a Reformer Machine that add cardio to your poses. This can help you to burn additional calories.
Yoga might be the most effective exercise to combat depression or anxiety because it focuses on the mind as well as the body. In Yoga, the breathing exercises help you to achieve relaxation because you have to concentrate on how the breath is being employed. Sending your breath to specific problem areas that are holding stress can help relax these muscle groups in your body.
Pilates exercises are a lot more intense and results may be noticed much quicker than Yoga. Through frequent Pilates exercises, a flatter and firmer stomach may be easier to obtain.
One of the main differences between Yoga and Pilates is that yoga can be used for improving the flexibility of the body and joints. Pilates focuses on trying to relax yet strengthen tense muscles.
What is reformer pilates:
Reformer Pilates is similar yet very different to mat based Pilates. Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine and is generally more intense and more dynamic than mat based Pilates as it adds resistance to the Pilates exercises via the use of the springs which form part of the machine.
Reformer Pilates is superior to mat based Pilates as the repertoire of exercises available is greatly increased providing far more variety. The exercises usually work muscles through a large range of motion which is ideal for building and toning muscles as well increasing stability through the joints. Reformer Pilates works more areas than matwork as matwork is mostly core whereas reformer works the entire body and more the peripheral muscles of the arms and legs.
Many people are quite scared of the reformer when they first see it as it looks quite intimidating and almost medieval. Put any fears you may have aside and let our Fitness Coach guide you. After just one or two workouts on a reformer you will realize that it is the most versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment ever made…plus it’s great fun! You’ll feel like an acrobat and leave feeling invincible.