December began with a toast to healthier living for me and a couple of colleagues. After a four-night stay at Canyon Ranch, between the three of us, we managed to experience many of our favorite activities and challenge ourselves to incredible new adventures.
The lifestyle experts at Canyon Ranch tailored a life-changing fitness strategy for each of us. The major focus for me was a program of body movements for flexibility and balance and to eventually alleviate pain I had grown accustomed to for as long as I can remember.
The classes were varied and each instructor brought a new and fresh approach to each class. The women’s stretch class (full to capacity every time) had a different instructor each day, so the class was not repetitive. I felt great leaving the Pilates studio after Gyrokinesis, a new system of exercise that systematically opens the joints.
The meals, all healthy and served in their fine dining restaurant, were scrumptious. I came home with several new recipes and am trying them out slowly.
The life-enhancing lectures opened up a whole new world of possibilities from learning how to grow and change the dentrites in my brain cells to having a new appreciation for everything in my life.
The rooms are comfortable and typically Southwestern in style with lots of amenities. Sadly, I only took one shower in my actual room because I often ended up showering in the fully-equipped women’s locker room after a session in the steam room, soak in the hot tub, massage or some other wonderfully pampering regime. At night, no one batted an eye as I strolled back to the room in my robe. Each night, I curled up in the comfortable beds and fell asleep early. After all the spa treatments, exercise classes and lectures, it was real surprise to fly back from Tucson to Atlanta through Dallas with no leg room (in coach, no less!) and still find the trip very comfortable.
I will go back to Canyon Ranch again and recommend the the holistic experience to everyone.