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The Joy of Wellness will involve showcasing new and existing activities, highlighted to guests across the various pillars at the resort with The Joy of Movement, The Joy of Mindfulness, The Joy of Nature, The Joy of Balance, The Joy of Connection and The Joy of Relaxation. Bespoke programmes will be created for guests by the pre-arrival Specialists, dependent on needs and goals.

The Joy of Movement

Scientific research shows that when you move, you alter your mind state. The powerful combination of endorphins – chemical messengers giving a natural high – and BNDF (brain-derived neurotrophic factors) – a protein which repairs and protects the brain – makes for amazing medicine, leaving you feeling happier. Highlight activities on offer in this category include Caribbean DanceFit, Zumba, AquaFit, Yoga and Tai Chi, as well as Jive June and SwimFit (November) theme months.

Mindfulness meditation

The Joy of Mindfulness 

Psychologists worldwide agree that meditation is the strongest mental practice to reset joy levels, with studies showing a thickening in certain layers of the brain which in turn relieve stresses and pressures. There are many mindful activities on offer at BodyHoliday, including yogic stress counselling, cyclic meditation for stress management, five senses meditation, chanting, sunset stretch over the ocean and introduction to breathwork; and for a longer programme, try the Pre-Christmas Restorative Break. 

The Joy of Nature

Being surrounded by nature has been proven to reduce stress. What you are seeing, hearing and experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working. A natural environment reduces blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension and boosts your immune system. The set up at BodyHoliday maximises time in nature, be it the ocean, beach or the rainforest. There are a range of immersive activities on offer from kayaking, snorkelling and diving, through to hiking the Pitons, some of the most stunning scenery in the West Indies, and dining amidst the rainforest at BodyHoliday’s farm-to-table restaurant, I-TAL.

Mindfulness meditation

The Joy of Balance

BodyHoliday wholeheartedly promotes balance – you won’t find only strict regimes here, but a variety that reflects the ebbs and flows of real life, enabling long-term change. You are encouraged to enjoy fine-dining side by side with healthy eating. Ayurveda, which promotes the art of balance and preventative measures for long term gain, also plays a large role at Bodyholiday. Lifestyle planning and management are just as important as physical strength, with dosha analysis to understand your personality type, nutrition coaching and lifestyle analysis all being important steps to achieving joy through a balanced lifestyle. The month of October is dedicated to the balance restoring practice of Yoga: Octoba Yoga.  

The Joy of Connection

BodyHoliday has an exceptionally high repeat guest rate of 80% and connection, with both self and like-minded others, is key to this. Countless research shows that connection is fundamental to happiness, with satisfying relationships also associated with better physical health and longer lifespans. There is limited Wi-Fi at the resort, aiding the ability to switch off and become immersed in the experience. There is also a month dedicated to solo travel, September Solos, where organised events and communal dining further facilitate this vital part of life.  Meanwhile in the summer, WellFit Families provides the perfect platform for enhancing connection within family groups.

Mindfulness meditation

The Joy of Relaxation

A day filled with relaxation and focus on the self can also have a positive impact on your mental health, combatting daily stressors, thus leading to a more joyful daily life. Relaxation and holistic treatments all have their individual benefits to the mind and body. Studies have shown that massage significantly reduces cortisol, while increasing the “joy hormones” dopamine and serotonin. Highlight activities on offer in this category include Synchronised Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Serenity Massage and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage. Each guest at BodyHoliday is offered a complimentary massage daily, highlighting the resort’s commitment to the pursuit of relaxation.