Welcoming the New Year is like starting the first page of a new book—exciting, fresh and full of prospects and opportunities. This year, the Ocotillo Village Health Club and Spa is helping members foolproof their New Year’s journey with special spa treatments and fitness workshops.
Ring in the new year feeling fresh faced and revitalized with Makeup and Mimosas at the Village Spa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. Join an expert representative from Jane Iredale for a personal makeup consultation while enjoying friendly company and good talks over mimosas.
Members will receive a professional foundation color matching, basic eye and lip application and can have questions answered by beauty professionals. Appointments are limited, but members can reserve their spot in advance for $20, which can be applied to any retail purchase of $50 or more.
Members looking to start the upcoming year feeling revitalized and recharged will be excited to know the Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa is making it easier and more fun to stay relaxed in 2017. Greet the New Year with the Village’s Sun Salutation Half-Marathon and Yoga Nidra workshop instructed by Mary Simmons, in the Mind Body Studio from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. The session will begin with the ancient tradition of Sun Salutations to honor and celebrate the bonding connection between endings and beginnings and will finish with the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, a deeply relaxing guided meditation allowing members the opportunity to imprint and commit to their most heartfelt New Year’s Intentions. Participants will also toast to the New Year with a glass of champagne after yoga.
There is no prior experience required for this workshop and modifications will be offered for those who have little to no yoga experience but still want to familiarize themselves with the power and benefits of this sacred practice.
Lastly, while most New Year’s fitness resolutions are soon forgotten, the Ocotillo Village Health Club is making it nearly impossible to let your resolutions go untouched with its latest barre series strengthening classes.
It is a common misconception that barre work is limited to only the most talented ballet dancers. No dance experience is required at all. Barre work is an excellent and extensive workout assisting in improving flexibility and strength through 1-inch movements that require continuous engagement of the muscles.
Barre workouts have plenty of benefits:
They target multiple muscle groups at once: It’s a highly efficient workout because the four core movements—holding, pulsing and stretching—are being engaged at a time in each move. Working all these areas at once also helps raise the heart rate.
They improve mind and body concentration: The smaller movements in a barre class can bring a new level of awareness to the body that many don’t get in regular strength workouts. Barre can improve muscular activation for frequently underused muscles by strengthening the neuromuscular (mind-body) connection.
They increase endurance: The constant strength training also helps with increasing your heart rate and endurance by engaging in small, fast-paced movements.
They’re fun and upbeat: Because it’s incorporated with dance, barre is a fun and exciting way to workout. The atmosphere will make the workout enjoyable and members will be given the opportunity to establish friendships and new connections among your fellow participants.
They promote weight loss: The barre targets the largest muscle groups in the body (like the thighs and glutes). The larger the muscle, the more calories burned. As you continue, you will begin to build more lean muscle mass, raising your metabolic rate, which can help you produce more energy and burn more calories.
They promote core strength: The beauty of the barre is that you engage your core the entire time. So even if you are working the arms or thighs, you are always engaging, and therefore strengthening, the core as well. A strong core can increase your performance in all other activities in your life, whether you’re playing tennis or just lifting your children.
They reduce cellulite: Aerobic activity is a key factor in getting rid of cellulite. Barre exercises are fat blasting; they focus on the lower body and designed to help you drop pounds. If you want to fit into your skinny jeans, have killer legs and a great looking butt, or you just want to go from a good shape to a better one, barre is for you.
The Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa is located at 4200 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. For more information regarding spa specials and events, call 480-579-2940 or for general information, visit villageclubs.com.