One of the most prestigious, exclusive, and spectacular resorts in the world, COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay Resort, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands, will be hosting a five-day, six-night restorative Pilates Retreat, “Strength without Struggle.”
World class Pilates teacher, Lynda Lippin, (Parrot Cay’s popular and highly experienced resident Pilates specialist), will be leading this Pilates Retreat from November 8th to the 14th, 2009, which is open to all, including beginners.
Lippin has been practicing and teaching Pilates for over 20 years, has owned and operated award winning Pilates studios in the U.S., and trains Pilates teachers for the Physical Mind Institute. Lippin is also an accomplished fitness trainer, certified by ACE (American Council on Exercise), and has her own array of "back and neck pain" Pilates audios & e-books.
Parrot Cay is a tiny private island, which is geographically situated in the Northern Caribbean Turks and Caicos Islands, only a one-and-a-half-hour flight from Miami and a three-hour flight from New York City.
Parrot Cay Resort and COMO Shambhala Retreat is the only thing on the 1000-acre island––even the private estates are under the COMO wing, as it were. Parrot Cay Resort is a quiet and peaceful place where you will find an award winning holistic spa––a retreat for those who seek total relaxation and rejuvenation for your mind, body and spirit. White sand beaches, hues of turquoise to azure and on to deep blue waters, and coral reefs surround the resort, while the island is rich with marine life and vegetation.
Pilates is a discipline that was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. According to Lippin, “Joe Pilates viewed the human structure from an engineering point of view, and believed that if you could balance the strength and flexibility in every muscle in your body, right down to the smallest ones around our joints, you could function in an optimum pain-free way. The powerhouse of the abs, back, and butt muscles is the center of the body and does the most supporting, so needs the most work. His definition of physical fitness was to be able to engage in your daily activities with 'spontaneous zest and pleasure' because you weren’t worried about your back going out or your neck hurting.”
Lippin not only uses Pilates to condition her clients, she has experienced its benefits first-hand. “I have used Pilates in my own body to rehab from car accidents (whiplash and lower back injury), tendon repairs, and even after a total abdominal hysterectomy. I know from my own personal experience that this simple exercise method delivers profound results.”
Since Pilates is an “education in body awareness” and proper breathing, it facilitates a better mind-body connection and body control, improves mental alertness, can help relieve stress, and is useful in avoiding injuries.
Two main benefits of Pilates are critical to overall health, essential to maintaining a fit body, and crucial to any athletic performance. Pilates will maintain or improve proper posture, the position from which movement begins and ends. Ideal posture is that state of muscular and skeletal balance, which protects the supporting structure against injury or progressive deformity. Pilates will also develop a strong core, which supports the balanced development of the deep superficial muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body, especially the abdominals and muscles of the back.
Pilates can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, increases flexibility and endurance, and creates an evenly conditioned physique.
Pilates is a valuable tool for rehabilitation, is safe and can be adapted to many fitness levels and ages, and as with most good exercise programs, it will increase energy and promote weight loss.
The best way to experience Pilates (and its power) is with the direction and motivation of a highly-qualified Pilates’ instructor like Lynda Lippin, and why not do it in paradise—Parrot Cay Resort?