Optimal Fitness Weeks

Dates: January 3 – 10 and January 17 – 24

Cost: £995 all inclusive of activities and food. Accommodation an additional price – can be tailored to your needs and budget

Enjoy the beautiful island of Ibiza with our Optimal Fitness Breaks! 

A week of personalised fitness activities, yoga and outdoor pursuits tailored to your needs, plus a relaxing spa. This results orientated week is designed to be effective in raising your fitness levels, aiding weight loss, burning fat and introducing you to a wide variety of activities and training styles, above all it’s about having fun. Think of it as a luxury bootcamp. We pride ourselves on a personal approach so keep group sizes small and adapt to individual’s needs throughout the week.

A typical day will include beach workouts, strength and conditioning training, core fitness, and more. We also enjoy a scenic hike, a bike ride through beautiful pine-scented countryside and a day on the beach sampling a variety of watersports.  By the end of the retreat you should feel rejuvernated, renergised and ready to face the world again with a new personalised fitness plan.


Adventure-Fit Long Weekenders – September 6 – 9th

And October 4 – 7th

Experience the other side of Ibiza with an amazing long weekend of fitness, outdoor pursuits, healthy cuisine (including dinners out) and a taste of local flavour.

Running from Thursday to Sunday you’ll hit the beach for circuits in the morning, enjoy relaxing roof top yoga at the fantastic Aguas de Ibiza, take part in kickboxing conditioning, strength circuits and core conditioning. Included are two half day excursions: mountain biking and beach water sports (kayaking or windsurfing) plus a paella on the beach. The food is healthy, authentic, and you’ll dine at some hidden local favourites. It’s the Ibiza break your body will thank you for, book now as places are limited.


The benefits of massage within cancer treatment

The Benefits of Massage Therapy During Oncology Treatment

As scientific research continues to find new ways to address cancer treatment, holistic and natural approaches to improving a cancer patient’s well being have become increasingly popular. While these methods may not cure the cancer itself, they provide numerous psychological and physiological benefits to patients who may be struggling to manage their symptoms. One such natural treatment is massage therapy.

Massage therapy has been in existence for centuries. It has long been acknowledged that the hands have healing power, and that the ability to achieve a state of deep relaxation is vital to overall health and well-being. Humans crave touch from the moment they are born, and can respond to touch even when other body systems are failing. Modern massage therapists are highly trained individuals with college degrees and a detailed understanding of the human body. Some even specialize in the use of massage for medically complex patients.

The benefits of massage therapy for cancer patients are both mental and physical. Having the body tissues manipulated and the muscles rubbed promotes increased blood flow to specific sites, and throughout the body. Good blood flow helps to remove waste products and provide tissues with the oxygen they need to perform body functions efficiently.


Blood pressure may also become more stabilized. After a massage, muscles will be in a relaxed state. This can aid in pain relief as the tension that creates pain will have been reduced. Many people undergoing oncology treatment suffer from stiff muscles and decreased mobility due to the buildup of scar tissue from surgical or other treatment sites. Massage can assist in the breakdown of these areas, and may also dislodge excessive mucus from membranes in the lungs that can buildup during periods of decreased activity.

Being massaged creates a general sense of calm, and can help to quiet a busy mind. It may also help to reduce the anxiety and stress that patients are experiencing over their prognosis. Some studies suggest that massage stimulates the release of chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins, that lift the mood. Furthermore, it can also counteract some of the nausea associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
For patients with rapidly progressing cancers for which there are no known cures, such as mesothelioma and pancreatic cancer, massage therapy can provide significant relief for the mind and body. It may also make it possible to reduce the amount of pain relieving drugs a patient takes, in turn reducing the negative side effects that accompany such medications. There is no clear evidence to suggest that any form of massage therapy can cure cancer or alter the growth of cancerous cells. This certainly does not mean that massage does not have benefits. The focus of massage therapy treatment is improving quality of life, and providing a sense of peace as medical challenges are faced.

The advice of a qualified oncology professional should always be sought before beginning a massage program. In rare cases tissue manipulation may cause complications, particularly if the cancer has begun to spread outside its area of origin. An experienced massage therapist should perform treatments due to the sensitive nature of the patient’s body. Due to the many potential benefits, massage should certainly be considered as part of a complete cancer treatment plan.

Blog by Melanie L Bowen

Contact Melanie directly about this article: melanielbowen@gmail.com

Read about the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance here – for help, support and well-researched guidance for holistic healing.


Top Tips for staying cool… in the August heat…

1* Be like a cat!  Sleep and rest and do less, both mentally and physically in the heat of the day

2* Enjoy the summer-rhythm, take action early morning with the bright new day… then surrender to the need to lie down, read, get out of the sun, retreat

3* Spend plenty of time in the sea, the salt helps release puffiness and cools down our whole system

4* Drink warm herbal teas at body temperature rather than icey-bebidas

5* Slow down your breathing… literally, spend time in the morning to exhale deeply, inhaling for 3 x exhaling for 6 x

6* Eat lightly and juice plenty.… the perfect weather to make friends with carrots, greens, just one piece of fruit in each for that natural sugar

7* And again…. follow the cats.… if in doubt they have always got the coolest place marked out for their siestas!


Healthy Hens… natural highs & magical memories with your dearest friends

As more of us are getting married a little more….. “maturely” in our lives, taking time away to be with your favourite friends and family beforehand is a quintessential part of embracing your new life chapter…   

So why not really enjoy a gorgeous, pampering time that gives you the opportunity to let your hair down in style, with yoga, tea ceremonies and amazing treatments to help you look and feel fabulous, before and/or after putting on the Jimmy Choos and enjoying the white island’s goddess energies?

Tailor-made Healthy Hen retreats…. ask us how to make your time special and unique.