I’m not very Zen. I try to meditate and I become restless. I eat well 5 days a week then I snack too much on the weekends. I travel frequently, so any credit I gain in fitness and health reverts back far quicker than it took to achieve. I work out 6 days a week and I’m still chubby. As Will Farrell says, “I work out just to look fat.”
So, I decided to try something completely opposite to what I’ve been doing for the past few years. Focus on my core fitness, eat raw food and learn to mediate and do yoga.
How? A Health Retreat. In Thailand. For 7 days. Say hello to Phuket Cleanse. (http://phuketcleanse.com)
Phuket Cleanse is a one stop retreat with the emphasis on fitness, nutrition and detox education. It is based in Rawai Beach, South of Phuket, and is run by an American couple Mel and Stanton Proctor. This actually was one of the main selling points for me when I was online researching retreats. The Americans are number one in the world for customer service, so I figured it would be very highly service orientated and organised. My hunch paid off. It was. And more.
Upon landing in Thailand, my eldest daughter (who I bribed into coming with me) were greeted by the retreat driver and driven directly to Phuket Cleanse. We landed late at night, so check in was quick and once in our rooms we slept well and woke ready to take on this new and exciting challenge.
Day One went something like this: Sunrise meditation Yoga at the beach. Let me just say, it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever done. The sun rising, the calming mindfulness and the stretching was the hands down (no pun intended) best way to start the day. I plan to do it daily at home. I just won’t have that stunning view!
Breakfast at 7am – select from raw food, eggs, juices, elixirs, and smoothies. All the food is raw vegan and simply delicious. Clean, healthy and fresh. There is a communal eating area, so day one you feel a little like the new kid in school, but within no time you are chatting with people from all over the world. Everyone is there for different reasons and ultimately the same goal. The learn to create a healthier version of themselves. Most guests were repeat customers so that was very encouraging.
There is daily timetable with all of the activities listed and you simply choose how you would like to spend the day. There are multiple activities going on at one time, including yoga, running, Muay Thai Boxing, Bikram yoga, stretching, TRX, HIIT, and more …so the choice is huge.You simply choose to do a little or as much as you like. We chose a morning hike around Amphoe Mueang, which was uphill, hot and pretty hard. At the top there is a stunning view and 50 squats. It was a good way to settle in, adjust to the heat and acclimatise to our new surroundings.
We then headed back to retreat to try out the infamous ice bath before lunch. To sit in a spa filled with ice at a general temp of minus 5* was challenge to say the least. I only managed to go in and jump straight out. A total of about 1 second. My whole body was shocked and it literally took my breath away. The goal is to sit in the ice water, hands and toes out of the ice, for obvious reasons..you want to keep them!…for about 15-20 minutes. The reason…An ice bath simply freezes you back into a youthful version of you. Getting sun, participating in cold thermogenesis, and sweating in a steam sauna and an infrared sauna are all ways that will help you feel rejuvenated! So we alternated between the ice and the steam room and then headed to lunch. (by the end of the 7 days I was able to sit in the ice bath for 15 minutes..yay me)
More delicious raw salads and vegetables and then we had an orientation meeting. To discuss the program and what we planned to achieve. Included in the retreat is a consultation with a nutritionist, a fitness instructor, a life coach, plus a host of others. We locked in all of our relevant meetings and then it was time to soak up some sun (vItamin D and rest is paramount in achieving good health) and then prepare for the afternoon activities, cooking lessons and coaching talks.
We chose Muay Thai boxing with a professional Thai boxing champ at the gym and it was intense. The heat is about 38*, the humidity is high and you can feel all the toxins escaping as you sweat it all out. Such a great workout.
Back to the retreat, for dinner and a massage and then to bed. Day one was intense and extremely satisfying.
I don’t plan to list what we did everyday, because there is actually just too much to write..we did so much. So, I will list at the end of this post the breakdown of how it goes at Phuket Cleanse and a little brief as to what its all about courtesy of ‘Book Yoga Retreats Thailand” Scroll to the bottom to read more.
So…I have come away from this experience, with more knowledge about how important it is to be mindful, relax and eat clean. Life is a balance but we can all benefit from slowing our pace and being grateful for who we are. I have learnt that training hard and fast is not always the right thing to do. Stretching, yoga and walking may be a better way to stay healthy and fit. Have you ever seen a chubby yoga instructor…No? I didnt’t think so.
Ps Aerial Yoga is my new thing…go find somewhere local to you and try it..Its amazing! Seriously. You’ll really enjoy the challenge.
I loved this experience at Phuket Cleanse and after 7 days I feel clean, lighter and motivated to continue the with the knowledge I learned whilst there. I plan to go back. I have included some images of our time there, we made some wonderful friends, and I was extremely lucky to share it all with my daughter.
Until Next time Phuket Cleanse….. Sx
So…What is it all about:
Fitness and workouts (five cardio classes, five weekly HIIT cardio classes, five weekly Muay Thai classes, and 15 weekly strength and conditioning classes, three weekly walking hikes)
Various yoga styles sessions to choose from (five Aerial yoga classes, 10 Bikram and Hot flow yoga classes, five Hatha and Yin yoga, three Power and strength yoga, and three beach and outdoor yoga)
Spa and recovery treatments (four weekly evening massages, daily ice bath and herbal steam sauna, far infrared sauna, daily magnesium body scrub, and 1 complimentary natural spa treatment)
Beach trips and activities (weekly ocean therapy beach trips, one weekly health store shopping trip, one weekly trip to Olympic athlete training center, one weekly boat trip to coral island, and one weekly trip to night market)
Schedule orientation and consultations (pre-arrival guide book, induction and orientation,one complimentary weekly health and fitness consultation, and one complimentary physiotherapy consultation)
Educational classes (five weekly raw food cooking classes, five weekly health and fitness educational classes, guided meditation classes)
Phuket Cleanse provide a full range of supplements – protein, wheat-grass, spirulina, and dark leafy green juices and salads.
One weekly health store shopping trip
One weekly boat trip to coral island
One weekly trip to night market
One weekly trip to Olympic athlete training centre
Weekly ocean therapy beach trips
Breathe in electricity! Oxygen therapy for 20 minutes will deliver more electrons into your system and brighten up your mood and clarity. What does it mean to be fully human? What does it mean to activate the bells and whistles of our DNA? You will know when you experience the Phuket Cleanse ‘Electrify me’ treatment that includes oxygen, ozone, far infrared sauna, ice bathing, and helio therapy.
Phuket Cleanse have created a daily magnesium sweat lodge experience to nutrify you with magnesium and trace minerals from the Dead Sea, Epsom Salt Lake, and the Himalayan Mountains, among other places. You will begin to know what it was like to be human when magnesium and minerals were abundant in every bite of our food. You will notice increased sharpness, clarity, reduced anxiety, and an overall feeling of being whole.
Infrared sauna therapy
The far infrared sauna with Ozone delivers electrons (little particles of electricity) into your system. The process will boost your metabolism and provide great healing. As part of your all-inclusive program, you will be excited to book in daily for this treatment as a powerful boost to your healing!
The best part of this juicing program is that you will pick up the juicing habit while there and will return home a lifelong juicer. Most customers start living more and more on juice when they return home due to the energy and sense of well-being juicing provides them. Phuket Cleanse, are always creating and improving their juices, making sure they provide guests with the optimal balance of nourishment.
Leading up the mountain from the Nong Han lagoon is Phuket’s most famous viewpoint, Promthep cape – where Phuket Cleanse sometimes do sunrise yoga and Tai Chi. This popular spot is framed by a collection of white windmills gently blowing on the hills behind, but the main attraction is in the small island slightly out to sea.
Sunday boat trip and snorkeling
The Sunday boat trip, island hopping on a traditional Thai longtail boat, is incredibly popular with guests. You will tend to visit Coral island, as it has some wonderful snorkeling activities – look out for crabs, starfish, and other marine creatures! It’s just a 20 minute boat ride away from the resort.
(You can stay 3 nights, 5 , 7 or endless. Rates are approx $400USD pp per night,all inclusive.)