Discover The Wellness Retreat at Capella Singapore

15. Sunrise Yoga

I love exploring the furthest corners of the world.  However, very often, I find myself returning from a vacation feeling like I need another one to recover from the first.  So after all the excitement of New Year, Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year, I finally decided that it was time to take a quieter sort of vacation.  I checked myself in for Capella Singapore’s new Wellness Retreat.

The retreat began with a private consultation with a dietician, and a wellness dinner at The Knolls.  I was fully expecting ‘rabbit food’, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that beyond a tasteless plate of greens, I was treated to a Thai Beef Salad, Baked Cod Fish with Olive Mozzarella Crust and Homemade Tiramisu – all nutritionist approved.  They tasted delicious, and left me feeling less lethargic than usual.

Baked Cod Fish with Olive Mozzarella Crust

Baked Cod Fish with Olive Mozzarella Crust

Day Two began bright and early at 7:30am with a personal training session with multiple Manhunt Singapore winner, Jovin Koh.  Jovin discussed my fitness abilities and goals with me before putting me through a series of weight resistance and intensive cardio exercises that gently tested my personal limits.

After ‘paying my dues’ at the gym, breakfast and lunch were rare treats. The highlight of the day however must have been the spa session at Auriga Spa.  The herbal steam room, ice foundation, vitality pool and 90-minute Shiatsu massage were uniquely revitalising.

By Day Three, I didn’t even need my alarm clock get up in time for sunrise yoga at 8am.  My body was so well rested that it didn’t scream for more snooze time.  Going through the gentle yoga postures also helped me discover a newfound sense of balance and well-being.

15. Sunrise Yoga

I emerged from the retreat feeling more than five years younger and absolutely radiant.  I also scored useful tips to embark on a lifelong journey towards healthier living. Here are five detox tips I learnt from senior therapists of Auriga Spa Amapola Nazareno and Chang Huang Mei.

GET REAL – Avoid processed food as they are packed with chemicals and preservatives. Pick real and whole food, whenever possible.

DECAF – Avoid drinking too much coffee and black tea – these stimulants dehydrate the body.

REHYDRATE – Drink up to 2 litres of water daily. Keep a bottle on your desk so you won’t forget.

BRUSH UP – Use a body brush in the morning to stimulate lymphatic circulation and drainage.

SUPPLEMENT – Natural supplements can help your body cope with a hectic and stressful lifestyle. Vitamins, antioxidants, probiotics and other superfood sweep away harmful free radicals and flush out toxins to keep your body in tip top condition.

To find out more about Capella Singapore’s Wellness Retreat or making reservations, please dial +65 6591 5000 or email reservations.singapore@capellahotels.com.

 

Auriga Detox Day At Capella Singapore

Detox Tips

With the Christmas season behind us, here in Singapore, the festive feasting continues with the Lunar New Year just around the corner.  During this time, Detox is the buzz of the town.

I had the wonderful opportunity to try out the Auriga spa Detox Day treatment which was something specially designed by Auriga spa to compliment The Organic Pharmacy’s 10-Day Detox Programme, a special kit that comes complete with tailored menus, recipes and activities to guide you through a 10-Day Detox ritual.

Detox Tips

While I was looking through The Organic Pharmacy’s 10-Day Detox Programme, I was thrilled to find a series of simple Detox tips to an effective detoxification process.  Here are a few of my favourite:

  • On waking each morning, drink glass of hot water with half a lemon squeezed in it.  The lemon provides nutrients to your body, which is quickly absorbed because there is no food yet in the body.  This practice also helps to break down the mucus in the body and alkalises the tissue.  Not to mention, the tangy zest from the lemon is a sure wake-me-up.
  • Ten minutes of breathing exercises, followed by another ten minutes of stretching is great for clearing and calming the mind as well as to get the blood circulating.  If you do not have much time, reduce the time to five minutes for each.  I felt so refreshed and rejuvenated after taking time off from my busy schedule to do this.  Stress is one of the biggest causes of the buildup of toxins in the body so this is the perfect preventive measure.
  • Before taking a shower, gently dry brush the skin to improve blood circulation and remove impurities on the skin.  I particularly love the soothing feeling of the dry bristles exfoliating the skin.
  • Shower and massage the body with body oils containing rosemary and grapefruit essential oils.  Besides its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, Rosemary has been known to boost the immune and circulatory system.  Meanwhile, grapefruit oil is not only a lymphatic stimulant, but also has anti-depressant properties- sure to keep you feeling positive.

If your New Year’s resolutions are of the wellness variety, these Detox tips are something to consider.  In fact, you can also pamper yourself and get detoxed in style at Capella Singapore’s Auriga spa with the Auriga Detox Day treatment.

Overcoming Stress in The New Year

stress free

Did you write down your New Year’s resolutions?  What is on top of your list?   While I did write the entire list of resolutions, there is one thing that is most important for me this year – health and well being.  I already pay attention to the food I eat and cook, make sure to spend enough time in the nature, and workout regularly (my pilates lessons 3-times a week are one of the achieved resolutions from 2013!), this year I want to focus on living a stress-free lifestyle.

In these fast-paced times it is very hard to avoid stress.  And to so some point, I know that stress is necessary for life.  We need it for creativity, learning, survival.  Capella Ixtapa’s El Capricho Spa Director, Skarlette Castro, explains “stress only becomes harmful when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that our nervous system needs to remain in balance.”

 stress free“To many, relaxation means unwinding in front of the TV at the end of a busy day.  While you do in fact get some rest, this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress.  To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation system,” says Skarlette.  And this can be done in several ways:

–  Practice relaxation techniques as deep breathing or meditation.

–  Attend Yoga or Tai Chi classes.

–  Take daily walks with your dog.

–  Enjoy a relaxing evening reading books from your favorite authors.

–  Schedule regular relax and recharge time for yourself at a spa.   Skarlette suggests “El Capricho’s Rain Drops Therapy, whose main focus is relieving your back pain and providing relaxation to your body and soul, with the use of essential oils and special massage techniques.”

Do let me know what are your New Year’s resolutions in the comments below.  And I promise to keep you posted how I am doing by taking my regular relax and recharge time.

For more information about El Capricho spa treatments or reservation, please visit the Capella Ixtapa website or send us an email.

 

Comienza El Año Nuevo Libre De Estrés

stress free

¿Has definido tus resoluciones de Año Nuevo?  ¿Cuál es la prioridad en tu lista?  Mientras que yo definía mis resoluciones, hay una que sin duda es muy importante para mí este año: salud y bienestar.  Ya desde hace algún tiempo pongo atención a lo que como y cocino, asegurarme de pasar suficiente tiempo en contacto con la naturaleza, y hacer ejercicio regularmente (mis lecciones de pilates 3 veces a la semana son una de mis resoluciones del 2013 cumplidas!), este año me quiero enfocar en tener un estilo de vida libre de estrés.

En estos tiempos donde todo es mucho más dinámico, es difícil evitar el estrés.  Y hasta cierto punto, se bien que un poco de estrés es necesario en esta vida.  Lo necesitamos para detonar la creatividad, el aprendizaje, incluso la supervivencia.  Nuestra directora del Spa El Capricho en Capella Ixtapa, Skarlette Castro, me explica “el estrés se vuelve dañino cuando se vuelve tan grande que interrumpe el estado de equilibrio que nuestro sistema nervioso necesita para permanecer en balance.”

 stress free“Para muchos, relajarse significa tumbarse frente a la televisión al final de un día agitado.  Aunque puedas descansar un poco, esto hace poco por reducir los efectos dañinos del estrés.  Para combatir el estrés de forma efectiva, necesitamos activar el sistema de relajación natural de nuestro cuerpo,” me comenta Skarlette.  “Y esto se puede conseguir de diversas formas:

– Practicar técnicas de relajación como respiraciones profundas o meditación.

– Tomar clases de Yoga o Tai Chi.

– Caminar diariamente con tu mascota.

– Disfrutar de una relajante tarde leyendo libros o textos de tus autores favoritos.

– Agendar regularmente tratamientos de relajación y recarga en un spa.  Skarlette sugiere la Terapia de Gotas de Lluvia del El Capricho, “el cual se enfoca primordialmente en sanar el dolor de espalda y relajar tu cuerpo y alma, con el uso de aceites y esencias así como técnicas de masaje especiales.”

Por favor hazme saber cuáles son tus resoluciones de año nuevo en los comentarios debajo.  Y les prometo que los mantendré informados de cómo voy con mis sesiones de relajación y recarga de energía.

Para más información sobre tratamientos y reservas en El Capricho Spa, por favor visita la página de Capella Ixtapa o envíanos un email.

4 Tips to a Healthier 2014 From Your Capella DC Insider

Tips To a Healthier You

The New Year means new resolutions, and of course some of the most popular resolutions are wellness related.  Jumping on that bandwagon, I decided to take a look around Georgetown and Capella Washington, D.C. to find some fun ways to incorporate health into every day life in 2014.  There is so much to do here and coming up with some ideas was easy!  Here are my 4 tips to a healthier 2014:

Tips To a Healthier You

1.  Warm Water Therapy
Studies have shown that warm water treatment lowers blood pressure, relieves fatigue, repairs tissue faster, and relieves pain.  I couldn’t agree more and fortunately for me, the heated rooftop pool here at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is just a few steps away!  I can’t think of anything more relaxing than warmth, water movement and buoyancy of the infinity pool.  Sounds simple, but I can assure you that after this therapeutic activity your body will feel incredible.  Not to mention, you won’t need to worry about distractions since the rooftop is exclusive to guests only.

2.  Fruit & Vegetable Juicing
Juicing is a fun & easy way to shower your body with concentrated amounts of nutrient-packed vegetables and fruits, minerals, and antioxidants.  The Grill Room’s Juice Bar offers an assortment of fresh squeezed juices, which are my great when I am feeling rundown.  One of my absolute favorites is the green apple, lemon, and spinach.  Here’s the recipe for you to try at home:

Ingredients:
2 Green Apples
Half a Lemon
Handful of Spinach

Directions: Use your juicer to extract the juices from each ingredient.  Stir together and enjoy.  Try to make sure your ingredients are cold before juicing to ensure an extra delicious cold, crisp flavor.

3.  Pilates
Of course one of the keys to getting healthy is getting active.  Pilates is a great workout that can be tailored to most fitness levels and does a great job of addressing your whole body.  Here at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, we’ve joined forces with Fuse Pilates to redefine how travelers exercise while on the road.  Guests at the hotel can choose to workout with a dedicated instructor in the privacy of their room or they can head to the rooftop for morning sunrise Pilates classes.

4.  Get Outside
There is nothing better than combining fresh air with physical activity.  And here is Georgetown, the C&O Canal is the perfect backdrop.  Best part?  It is located just outside Capella’s doors!  There is so much to experience on the canal including hiking, biking, jogging, riding horses, and observing wildlife while building a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit.

I hope you enjoyed my insider tips for wellness as we ring in 2014!  For more information on any of these activities contact your Capella Personal Assistant at 202-617-2415 or e-mail pa.dc@capellahotels.com.

Happy New Year!

Yoga En Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Yoga in Ixtapa

Su privilegiada ubicación junto al océano, su clima tropical con alrededor de 300 días de sol al año, su gente hospitalaria, y deliciosa comida hacen de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo el destino perfecto para un saludable retiro de yoga, y un lugar donde recargar e inspirarse para retomar una vida saludable.

No es una sorpresa que Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sea anfitrión este año de uno de los eventos más importantes de Yoga – el Campus Yoga. De Octubre 25 al 27 nuestra ciudad será anfitriona de renombrados instructores de Yoga como Sadie Nardini, Jenny Cornero, Nubia Teixeira y Alejandro Maldonado. Además de sesiones de yoga, el evento tendrá multitud de actividades. La lista incluye meditaciones, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, clases de aromaterapia, clases de cocina vegetariana, un bazar holístico y mucho más! Ixtapa Zihuatanejo se convertirá en el destino de todos los amantes del yoga y la meditación, así también como para aquellos primerizos interesados en el tema. Si estás interesado en participar, te invito que contactes a nuestros Asistentes Personales de Capella Ixtapa para más información sobre las clases, fechas, costos, y por supuesto para reservar tu lugar.

Yoga in Ixtapa

Además de estas saludables actividades ocurriendo en la ciudad, me alegra mucho comunicarles que en Capella Ixtapa hemos renovado nuestra oferta de spa y fitness. Con sesiones de Zumba, fisiculturismo y mucho más, siempre habrá una clase para cada tipo de entrenamiento. Mi favorita es el Yogalates, el cual como su nombre indica, es una fusión de posiciones y estiramientos del yoga y pilates. La clase tiene lugar en nuestro deck para yoga el cual es espectacular para ejercitarse junto al océano mientras disfrutamos y nos relajamos con las vistas y sonidos de las olas del océano.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo es un destino que inspira bienestar y salud, perfecto para una vacación relajante o un retiro saludable. Espero verlos en Campus Yoga este Octubre y en cualquier otra fecha también en Capella Ixtapa.