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Nifty at Fifty at Lifehouse Spa in Thorpe le SokenCreated by Jane in Being You, Health and fitness
Spas have come a long way since genteel ladies and gentlemen ‘took the waters’ at Bath or Buxton. Water there is in abundance, but rather than being sulphuric and foul tasting, there is a swimming pool, a thermal whirlpool, plunge pool and tropical showers, and that’s just indoors.
In the grounds of this attractively designed spa are the restored gardens of a former large manor house with pools, streams and lakes at every turn which you discover as you explore the gardens and surrounding countryside.
Like a good hotel, the en suite rooms are large and comfortable and have attractive views and generously sized bathrooms. But unlike a hotel, this is a place dedicated to good health and well being, and the nifty at fifty three day programme is perfect for our age group. I imagine that most of us have been so busy and occupied with our families, work and other matters that we have not had the time to consider ourselves.
For me it was a revelation. The initial consultation with Sue Davis, a registered naturopath, was designed to devise a personally tailored diet and exercise programme after filling in a comprehensive questionnaire. The first part of the programme was the most incredibly useful postural assessment with their physiotherapist. I discovered many positives – I am very flexible – and some surprises – my feet are pronating and I need to use arch supports to avoid future hip problems. I was also taken through a set of exercises which I need to do daily to improve balance and strengthen certain muscles. I can’t tell you how useful this was. Partly because it was personal to me, and partly because the explanations and reasons were so lucid and sensible.
Then came a fitness assessment, blood pressure and body fat are measured (not as bad I thought!) and a session on an exercise bike. I find I need to get fitter.
The programme includes either a facial or a massage, my friend had the facial, and her skin positively glowed afterwards. I had the massage. Never having had one before I was a bit apprehensive, but it was a wonderful relaxing experience with a very skilled charming young beauty therapist.
The programme is based on the latest research of intermittent calorie restriction which has been in the news recently. The menus are carefully planned around two days of 500 calories and one other of regular food. Surprisingly, because the foods are so carefully balanced and the meals so appetising, you don’t feel hungry. An example would be oat and quinoa porridge with yoghurt, apple and mixed seeds for breakfast, homemade soup of the day for lunch and ratatouille or vegetable omelette or poached haddock for dinner.
If you not following the restricted calorie programme the restaurant serves excellent food of a very high standard.
The final session is a Life Balance consultation. This touches on all sorts of matters to do with diet, exercise and healthy living. This might sound worthy, but when the advice is personal to you and based on sound research it’s surprising how strong the impact is. We all know in general terms that we should eat healthily (how is another matter) exercise (how, where and what to do is another issue), but when the advice is precise and personal, it’s extraordinary how it becomes doable.
I’ve been following this good advice for a week now, and guess what. I’ve lost two pounds of the seven that I need to say goodbye to and the exercises already seem to having an impact in that my balance is improving, so is my posture and I’m motivated to continue.