Most over massage, there’s a new kid in town. It’s wellness. These are the best wellness retreats coming up in September 2017. Designed to boost wellbeing, increase fitness and restore your mind, body and spirit, spas are really tackling some of the big issues facing people in today’s stressful world. These therapies often deliver life-changing results for a happier, healthier life. All of these events and programmes are scheduled to take place in September this year. But often run throughout the year. This is just a taster of what’s available at your local spa. From sleep and stress to gait, posture and gut health, discover why health is the new wealth at a spa near you.
The best wellness retreats: Sleep
Sleep. It’s an essential element of life and helps to maintain our mental health and physical wellbeing. But for many people it remains one of life’s greatest challenges. Restless nights, poor sleep or tossing and turning until the birdsong of dawn leads to long, difficult days at work and a sluggish body and foggy mind. Sleep is said to be the big health issue of the decade and Champneys Tring has created a two-night Sleep Retreat with Jason Ellis, one of the world’s leading sleep experts. A Professor in Psychology at Northumbria University and Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, Ellis has spent the majority of his life’s work understanding and improving people’s sleep.
The Sleep Retreat is designed to give an insight into individual sleep problems and how best to tackle them in order to get the optimum amount each night. It includes a combination of six sleep treatment sessions, an aromatherapy massage and a copy of Jason’s informative handbook on how to enjoy successful sleep at home, as well as access to fitness classes, gym and spa facilities, and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Two-night Sleep Retreat starts from £499 (includes breakfast, three-course buffet lunch and three-course dinner).
The next Sleep Retreat will be held on 8thSeptember 2017.
The best wellness retreats: Fitness
Limewood Hotel in the New Forest takes fitness seriously and partners with Matt Roberts, one of the UK’s top fitness experts for a series for specialist retreats. The next one takes place 11th September and includes around four hours of personal training, communal dining with Matt, healthy food and downtime in the spa. It also features a forest workout and time in the gym with a session of yoga thrown in for good measure. At Lime Wood, you can book in additional treatments, use their spa facilities, or lose yourself in the woods for an hour or two of forest bathing.
You get one-on-one time with Matt where he will put you through your paces and can also answer any questions you have regarding your current or future training plans. He aims to give you a better understanding of health and fitness and to inspire you to start living differently.
Price: £325 for the day, this includes all Matt Roberts fitness sessions, a yoga/Pilates session and lunch.
The best wellness retreats: Stress
Stress will be with us forever, and whilst some stress is actually good for us, living life constantly in fight or flight mode is unhealthy for the body and mind. Help is at hand with a series of one-day intensive stress management workshops at COMO Metropolitan London.
The ‘Stress Free Success’ workshop is designed to improve physical and psychological wellbeing by addressing the negative effects of stress, examining how to reduce it with coping strategies (such as meditation). Run by Working in Balance founder, Toby Maguire, the course includes a healthy lunch and you will learn tools to help manage life work balance.
Maguire is trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Nutrition and a variety of massage, healing techniques and acupuncture. He has who has many years’ experience in managing stress and running corporate wellness retreats at destination spas including Chiva Som, Six Senses, and the Mandarin Oriental.
2nd September 2017
A one night break the hotel including a place on the course costs from £510 per person, based on two sharing a double room on bed and breakfast basis.
- First picture credit: COMO Metropolitan London