The world of golf and spa seem to often be united as a direct result of the muscle easing properties of a good rub down and no doubt in no small part because of a few male/female stereotypes as well. At Gleneagless however, the spa is not simply a way to relax and unwind, but thanks to the ESPA Life team, it is also proving instrumental in improving their abilities on the course as well.
You see, ESPA Life is not just about facials, it’s about looking at the body as a whole under the guidance of the spa’s experts including their naturopath, nutritionists, personal trainers, and osteopaths. The Ultra Fit for Golf program is a tailored branch of that experience that works specifically with golfers, bringing the health components together with expertise from PGA pros, and takes its moniker from the club’s nomination as the Telegraph’s Ultratravel 100 Best Golf Resort.
Featuring sojourns which are either two, four, or seven days long, they are designed to facilitate all aspects of a golfers game including areas that they might not consider important. Core strength, flexibility, and areas of weakness are all considered in a structural assessment, while a nutritional element considers personal needs when it comes to things like maintaining optimal blood sugar across 18 holes. It probably isn’t often taken into consideration that depleted blood sugar levels can affect your motor skills and eyesight thus impacting on you being the best golfer you can be.
Naturally the level of detail that things are looked into depends on the length of your stay – over two days you may literally just want to look at what to eat during a round, while over four days greater application of the knowledge can be considered. What many people find however over a longer break is that the health benefits that you initially think will only apply to your experiences on the golf course can address concerns in other areas of your life as well, as one gentleman found when a search for more energy through the day unearthed a longstanding undiagnosed digestive problem that he was subsequently able to have treated.
As always, the thing about ESPA Life and the wonderful work of the team at Gleneagles under the guidance of the lovely Louise Westra, is that it doesn’t just look at a problem to be treated or areas earmarked for improvement, it looks at the whole person. Thus, in the case of Ultra Fit for Golf, proving something that golf lovers everywhere have no doubt known for considerably longer than the rest of us – golf isn’t just a game; it’s a way of life!
ESPA Life’s Top Tips for Golfers
– Tradition has it that you often stop at a halfway house when playing, for foods such as bacon sandwiches and sausage rolls, but these are not so good for your microcirculation because the body expends a lot of energy processing them, leaving you feeling sluggish in the afternoon. So try to opt for healthier snacks that support energy levels. You don’t want blood in the liver processing fats; you want it in the muscles! So opt for raw nuts, dried fruit, and even the odd piece of dark chocolate.
– A 2% reduction in hydration is equal to a 10% reduction in muscle strength, so make sure you drink enough water!
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