Launched in November 2016, Corinthia London’s Neuroscientist in Residence programme is designed to boost brain health in the heart of the city. In partnership with Dr Tara Swart, the hotel designed a collection of menus, treatments and stays-with-a-difference, all with neuro-boosting activity at the forefront. Faya Nilsson of fitness on Toast is the latest guest to try a Brain Power stay, complete with a morning workout, bedtime routine and Yoga Nidra session in Espa Life at Corinthia. Here’s a run-down of her experience…
What was your favourite part of your Brain Power stay?
Without a doubt the treatments at Espa Life with Angel, the spa treatment manager. The Yoga Nidra experience was something I just wasn’t prepared for. As someone who prefers an empirical approach to the body, I was astounded by the sensations my body underwent during this session of mindfulness. The after-effects of this were equally remarkable, as the sensation of floating stays with you through the following day! I would recommend it wholeheartedly. Further, I enjoyed the single best sports massage I’ve ever experienced.
How are you feeling after a stay dedicated to neuro-health?
Revitalised and recharged. That’s an end-point which is extremely satisfying for me as a user of the programme, and it’s what you hope for when you sign up. The way that they’ve approached it, from a neuroscientific perspective, rather than a holistic perspective, is refreshing and innovative.
Will you be working any of the principles into your routine at home?
The ethos is very much complementary to the principles by which I try to live my life, so yes, and it’s always helpful to get a distraction-free chance to practise these.
Top tip for staying fit on a city break?
Make time for your fitness early in the day. Get up a little earlier than you might otherwise, hydrate, dispatch your 30 minutes of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), freshen up in the spa, and then head out to enjoy the city, energised and fired up! Also, optimal hydration is the single most underappreciated wellbeing tip I offer to personal training clients, and is something I’ve written about on my blog time and again. Water is the one and only liquid that fills you up, beautifies, can prove unexpectedly satisfying, and boasts a guilt-free 0 calories. Beyond the skin-deep though, it delivers oxygen to the muscles so they can perform when you’re training, keeps the joints supple, restores energy levels, quashes hunger pangs, purifies the blood, helps the kidneys do their filtration job, and even takes the nutrients in your food on a journey through your digestive system! It is the very eau de vie, or aquavit (our Swedish equivalent). I aim for 2 litres of bottled water a day, sipped at regular intervals, to stay topped up throughout.
How do you usually fit exercise in while travelling?
With difficulty! It’s one of the most testing experiences, as travel often means a busy schedule and ‘holiday-mode (a.k.a. enjoyment of delicious out-of-the-ordinary treats) or work-mode (a.k.a. justify anything to keep you focused on the objective). Most often, hotel gym facilities are extremely sub-standard which dissuades you from working out – unlike in Espa Life at Corinthia which is more sizeable and better equipped than many commercial gyms in London! It’s also excellent to hear that there will be a full refurb with Technogym equipment – I recently travelled to their factory in Italy to see firsthand the artistry that goes into their products, which you can see here.
Also, I wrote a blog post about how to stay fit whilst travelling recently, which you can find here.