Adapted from Spafinder.com
Most people believe the spa to be a haven for relaxation, recharging and radiant skin. And don’t get us wrong, it definitely is. But what if you’re a chronically active person who can’t seem to sit still longer than an hour-long massage?
Don’t fret, as there are plenty of ways to flex your muscles and get your blood flowing during your spa day or getaway. And it’s all thanks to our yoga, wellness, and fitness studio partners! There’s seriously nothing better than a Swedish massage or facial after your yoga session.
There’s a reason why yoga is one of the most popular exercise techniques of all time and available on nearly every fitness spa menu…it’s the best of both worlds! First, it requires concentration, balance and deep breathing exercises that help you relax, contributing to the “typical” spa experience.
It also builds strength and increases blood flow on the fitness side. This ancient practice is an exercise that hardly even feels like you’re working out, perfect for both beginners and experts. Try yoga classes at many of our spa and hotel partners, as well as dedicated studios such as Oxygen Yoga & Fitness.
Similar to yoga, the art of Pilates is a low-impact exercise that’s often used to improve both physical and mental health. However, Pilates is a little more intense and made to yield stronger results.
During a session, you will hold poses that target your core and aim to increase mobility and build strength and balance. Plus, you will improve your posture to make you an overall strong being. However, you shouldn’t be intimidated.
Many fitness and yoga studios offer Pilates classes for people of all experience levels, letting you learn this exercise from the ground up, literally. Search WaySpa.com for studios, or seek out Pilates at a spa to work your core and follow up with a soothing massage.
Personal Fitness & Training
If you enjoy both relaxation and getting a sweat on, most spas and hotels feature fitness centres for the best of both worlds. Some are more elaborate than others, featuring an array of equipment plus saunas and swimming pools.
In fact, you can often spend an entire day at a facility, combining spa sessions with fitness and wellness. Even if you’re on vacation, a session with a personal trainer could be just the kickstart you need to change things up in your workouts back home.
Though the majority of spas offer some type of fitness service, from group classes to personal training, if you’re looking to get fit on your next spa vacation, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- First, check to see if the spa you’re interested in offers the type of fitness class or service you’re looking for. Many spas offer a variety of fitness and yoga classes, so you’re sure to find one that’s a good fit for you.
- If you’re looking for a more personal fitness experience, many spas also offer personal training. This is a great option if you’re looking to get serious about your fitness goals.
- Finally, be sure to ask about the cost of fitness or wellness services at the spa you’re interested in. Many spas offer a variety of pricing options, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget.