Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aphrodite Hills Golf News - July 2015

Achilleas Senior Team Cup 2015

Aphrodite Hills is particularly proud of its second successful completion of the Senior Open Team event. The event took place on Thursday 21st May at the Aphrodite HillsGolf Club and was sponsored once again by Achilleas Jewellery.

Hard work, creativity, excellent planning and detailed preparation resulted in a fully subscribed Achilleas Senior Team Cup 2015, comprising of teams of four players, including visitors from over ten different clubs; making this year’s event even more spectacular than the previous year. This was the second time that Aphrodite Hills Golf Club has hosted this fantastic event supported by Achilleas Jewellery as the official sponsor of the Senior Team Cup.  Achilleas Jewellery is a small family run jewellers with the ability and passion to create very special bespoke jewellery. Based in Kouklia Village adjacent to Aphrodite Hills Resort, Achilleas Jewellery has built a tremendous reputation for quality and this is recognised by the many local residents and tourists that make regular visits to the area.

 Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole day; fortunately the sun was out, but the wind was strong which had a huge influence with the scoring. The course looked fantastic and played well and was perfectly set for this special tournament format - the ‘Irish Rumble’.

There were numerous spot/raffle prizes for our players, ranging from Spa treatments, dinner for two at Gabriel's Tavern and a Kouklia village agriculture trip. 

So, to the golfing prizes...

The Mixed Nearest the Pin on hole 17 was won by Berit Spira, from Minthis Hills Golf Club.

The events team also made a special prize for the highest score on hole 18 which was ‘won’ by a visiting team, who took advantage whilst holidaying in Cyprus! Congratulations to Peter Bidulph, Stuart Halls, Tony Cresswell and Peter Alderson for their complimentary group lesson with Adam Collinson, PGA Golf Professional, who is one of the resident Pro’s based at Aphrodite Hills Golf Club.

2nd place was gained with 80 points. Congratulations go to Holger Cahnbley, Demetrios Paphitis, Gernot Rumpold and Walter Wekenborg, who received the special silver golf pins, handmade by Achilleas himself.

Congratulations to the winning team: Victor Kunyukhov, Timothy Monks, Nick Gasparro and David Haythorn with 81 points!

As the winning team, each team member collected a stunning prize of an individual, elegant Tom Carter wristwatch, provided by official sponsor, Achilleas Jewellery. 

“On behalf of the Golf team and myself, I would like to thank everyone for their support, donations to the raffle prizes and a special thank you for the Achilleas Senior Team Cup official sponsor, Achilleas Michael. It was a great competition that was thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part. This day always reminds me of an inspirational coach saying that ‘hard work can make dreams come true ”, added Katie Daniel, planner and organiser for the event.

Dream it, plan it, do it and repeat! See you all in 2016!

For more information on upcoming golf events visit: Aphrodite Hills Golf Tournaments

Friday, July 17, 2015

New Thai Masseur at the Retreat Spa - Aphrodite Hills

An essential part of our spa treatment offerings, Thai Massage is one of our most popular treatments. With our well travelled guests perhaps having experienced Thai massage in Thailand, it is very important that as an award winning spa, we deliver an authentic and traditional experience to our guests with its true integrity maintained and unadulterated.

To that end we are very pleased to introduce Somchai Chansorn to our team. Originally from Bangkok in Thailand, Somchai has come to us with many years of experience having worked in some of the best spas around the world and is an expert in Thai massage in all its forms.
Traditional Thai Massage is one of the oldest massage techniques in existence today. Dating back 2,500 years, Thai massage is said to have been developed by Buddhist monks. Incorporating philosophies surrounding the Chinese concept of acupuncture, Thai massage combines these philosophies with the stretching exercises done by yogis in India. Thai massage is done with the receiver of the massage fully clothed on a mat on the floor. The massage therapist does not use any tools – only their fingers, hands, knees, legs and feet, with no oils used. The technique involves putting gentle but firm pressure on the body as well as relaxing stretching of the limbs and back. Just like in most eastern healing practices, Thai massage makes use of pressure points, which are called sen in Thailand.

Practitioners of Thai Massage claim that there are 72,000 sen in the body, of which ten are on the highest priority when it comes to doing the massage. Applying pressure to these sen points unblocks the flow of energy and restores balance to the body.

Royal Thai Massage incorporates all of the techniques of Thai Massage but with the addition of oils. Using a traditional blend of essential oils to improve circulation and induce relaxation, the practitioner combines acupressure, deep tissue and stretchingtechniques, increasing the circulation of blood within the body to eliminate the toxins that cause pain and illness. Royal Thai Massage was traditionally reserved for the Royal family and has a more rhythmic, flowing technique to release all tension from the body and mind.

Both methods of Thai massage effectively resolve many specific issues and commonplace problems, such as stiffness resulting from long hours sitting at a desk or driving, and has many applications for sport, helping to increase stamina and flexibility, ideal for improving your tennis or golf game.

To find out more please contact us on: T:+357 26 828100, or E:spareservations@aphroditehills.com

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fitness Focus from The Retreat Spa Team

How to prevent and rehabilitate knee problems

The same training philosophy applies whether you're recovering from a knee injury or trying to prevent one. Ideally, your workout should include stretching and strengthening to keep the IT band from causing friction, and strengthening your hip abductors and glutes to keep you stable. Stability will help you avoid IT band syndrome and patello-femoral pain syndrome.

Stretches: IT Band
Lean into each stretch for 15 to 20 seconds, then switch sides.

Wall Banger: Stand with your right side about six to 12 inches from a wall. Squat and lean your upper body to the left until your right hip touches the wall. It stretches the IT band and strengthens the glutes.

Side Stretch: Stand with your left foot crossed in front of your right, and lean your upper body to the left with your hands overhead. Lean as far as you can without bending your knees.

Backward T Stretch: Stand, feet together, facing a wall about six to 12 inches away. Hold your arms to your sides like you're forming a T. Without bending your knees, reach down and back as far as you can with your right hand.

Strength Moves: Hips, Glutes, and Quadriceps.
Do independent of running so your muscles aren't fatigued during this program.

Leg Lift: Strong hip abductors help prevent strain of the IT band. There's less torque on the band because you're decreasing the amount of hip abduction.

Lie on your side with your elbow on the floor. Lift your upper leg up about a foot and return to the starting position. Do 20 to 30 on each side.

Four-Way Leg Lift: Attach your ankle to a cable machine (or use a resistance band). Face the machine. Lift your leg backward 20 times. Rotate 90 degrees and kick to the side. Repeat in all four directions (when you're facing away from the machine, kick forward). Start with two sets of 20 in each direction on each leg, and work up to three sets of 50 in each direction.

Lateral Step Up with Kick: Stand with your left side next to a step that's eight to 12 inches high. Step up with your left foot, driving the right foot in the air so it's even with your waist. Step back down and repeat. It strengthens the lateral muscle of the quad to help protect the knee. Do two sets of eight to 12 repetitions on each side.

Hip Lift: Balance on your right foot (use a wall for balance). With your left knee bent, drop the left hip and lift it up. Try not to bend the left leg. You'll feel it in the glutes. Do 15 to 20 times on each side

Step Down: Stand on a step on your right foot. Lower your left leg toward the floor, making sure the knee of your right leg is centered over your foot. With the step down, you're putting more focus on the glutes.

For more great fitness information why not visit  our website: The Retreat Spa