Come back to your body on a retreat

Retreat Editor, founder of Queen of Retreats Caroline Sylger Jones, encourages us to rediscover the benefits of movement – for health and happiness

by Psychologies

We all know that daily movement is essential to our wellbeing, especially if we’re stressed, tired or feeling sluggish. So, what better way to get into a regular rhythm than on a retreat, where all life’s hassles can be put aside and we are free to focus on our physical and emotional needs?

The trick to finding a beneficial physical activity that’s sustainable is to discover a way to move that is effective but that also puts a smile on your face. If you get pleasure out of something, you’re far more likely to stick to it and make it a permanent part of your lifestyle, so don’t feel obliged to go running for hours or slavishly follow a demanding workout routine if it does nothing for your feel-good levels.

Joyfully, there’s an increasing range of retreats out there that mean you don’t have to opt for a conventional fitness holiday or go to a rigorous boot camp to be put through your paces! Instead, you can opt to feel lighter, energise your body and mind and release your pent-up agitation with yoga or surfing, climbing or walking, dancing or Pilates – and more. Choose anything that gets your muscles moving, your heart beating, your cells vibrating – and that’s a proper laugh, too. Fun is a key ingredient for many people.

Balance for body and mind

Movement retreats are holistic fitness at their best, helping you work up a sweat with expert teachers and trainers, yes, but also offering you plenty of downtime, tasty, healthy food and all the sleep you need. They’ll usually provide activities to de-stress – meditation sessions, gong baths or holistic massage, among others – to ease your muscles and calm your mind as you get into the flow of your retreat.

Enjoy special time for yourself, then re-enter your life with just one movement intention – to move differently, take a regular class, or commit to a daily practice on your own. 

See more from Queen of Retreats at queenofretreats.com.

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