How to improve your golf game with pilates

If you’re looking to improve your golf game, pilates can help you to build core stability, develop better balance, flexibility and mental focus. Golf pros including Tiger Woods, David Duval and Annika Sörenstam all incorporate pilates into their regular training regimes.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Playing golf at the Legend, Belle Mare Plage

Guest blogger, Nicole Bausch – registered physiotherapist, MCSP, certified pilates instructor and golf enthusiast – gives an insight into using pilates to improve your game.

Pilates is the ideal partner for all golfers looking to improve their performance and stay healthy on the greens.

Over the last century the golf swing has changed and a modern swing requires a wide shoulder turn while restricting turn in the hips, building torque in the muscles of the lower back and shoulders. Any physical restrictions that impact on ability to swing the club efficiently will limit your ability to improve your game.

Golf and Pilates share the same basic principles, both requiring flexibility and strength.

Golf at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lemuria

Pilates can help to:

  • increase flexibility of the hips to allow the rotation of the trunk over the hips in the backswing and the follow-through
  • increase flexibility in the upper back to allow the torso to rotate over a fixed, stable lower body
  • build strength in the posterior hip muscles to provide a stable lower body for the trunk to rotate over in the backswing, and to allow a firm lead side for the golfer to hit against in the follow-through
  • build strength of the deep abdominal and core stabilising muscles to stabilise the spine and dissipate the forces that are generated during the swing, as well as helping the golfer maintain the posture during the swing to help them keep the swing on the correct plane
  • build strength in the muscles that stabilise the shoulder girdle, which includes the shoulder joint itself and the shoulder blades. This will allow the golfer to keep the arms connected to the trunk, which allows efficient transfer of energy from the body to the arms and ultimately to the club head.

Right to the core
Having a strong core allows a golfer to achieve better positioning over the ball, giving an improved swing. When the golfer emphasises initiating from the core through peripheral limbs, power is generated from the ground up, which leads to an increase in club head speed so the golfer will drive the ball further.

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Combine a luxury holiday with playing golf

Preventing injury
Pilates is not only beneficial for golfers who want to improve their performance, it is also effective in reducing the risk of injuries. Lower back pain is the most common complaint followed by elbow and shoulder injuries.

Lower back pain can occur as a result of the increased rotation and extension in the modern golf swing. Pilates can help increase the range of motion in the trunk and hips, to decrease the incidence of golf related low back pain. Pilates can also help to enhance core stability and strength to decrease the risk of fatigue.

Preparation
Warming up before golfing has been shown to decrease the incidence of golf injuries. Pilates exercises and stretching can be integrated before hitting the green.

Golfer’s tonic at Constance Hotels

After a few rounds on the green at Constance hotels, treat yourself to a wonderful massage. Our Golfer’s Tonic is a stimulating massage which aids in relaxing and preparing muscles, preventing injuries, improving suppleness and reducing the risk of inflammation before and after golf. Find out more about the golfer’s tonic massage.

Playing golf at Constance

We have 3 18-hole championship golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria.

Find out more about golf at Constance Hotels Experience.
Our guest blogger, Nicole Bausch teaches Pilates at the Natural Fitness Centre, Eastbourne, UK.

Shiseido at Constance Hotels

Shiseido celebrates its 140th anniversary this year: 140 years of expertise, new discoveries, new products and new innovations.

Shiseido Eudermine

Shiseido Eudermine, original at the front

Shiseido began as a single prescription pharmacy in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1872, and has since become one of the most influential skin care houses in the world.

The products are developed with the most advanced science and uncompromising qualities, offering our guests the very best in skincare.

Eudermine elixir

To celebrate the 140th anniversary, Shiseido has brought back their first ever skin care product within its original packaging, created in 1897. Eudermine is an elixir to soothe and hydrate the skin and give a cushioned plumpness back to the complexion.

Within the skincare regime, Shiseido has always used a Japanese Beauty Secret, or ‘softener’. Once you have cleansed your skin, Shiseido recommends you use a softener to balance the skin within and allow your moisturiser to penetrate further into the skin and have a longer lasting effect.

Shiseido at Constance Hotels

At Shiseido spas, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia and Lemuria, guests can enjoy the newly created 140th Anniversary Spa Experiences. These are  3 different packages, offering the very best in spa treatments and massage discoveries. A Spa must have.

Find out more about:

Christmas special offer: Junior suites at Constance Lemuria

Escape the winter weather with this fabulous last minute Christmas deal at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles.

Junior suites at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Junior suites at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

There are special rates on their junior suites valid until 6 January 2012, with last departure from the hotel on 7 January.

Package includes

  • Daily breakfast and dinner for adults
  • Dinner supplement for Christmas and New Year

Find out more about the offer including terms and conditions from the Constance Hotels Experience website.

'Paradise' Constance hotels featured in Sunday Times Travel magazine

Constance Ephelia hillside villas

Constance Ephelia hillside villas

For Indian Ocean inspiration, check out the October edition of The Sunday Times Travel magazine.

With special features on the Indian Ocean, as well as hotel reviews, Constance Ephélia, Constance Moofushi and Constance Lémuria are all tipped as paradise perfection.

Head to your local newsagent for a copy or visit The Sunday Times website to find out more.

 

Michelin star chef Serge Gouloumès visits Constance Lémuria and Ephélia

Chef Serge Gouloumes

Chef Serge Gouloumes

World class Chef Serge Gouloumès is cooking up a feast at our resorts in the Seychelles this week.

The Michelin star chef from Relais & Châteaux, Le Mas Candille in Mougins, France is visiting Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia from 17-21 October. Restaurant Candille is known as one of the best restaurants on the Cote d’Azur.

Special menus are being prepared at Lémuria and Ephélia, so guests can experience Serge Gouloumès’ culinary talent and passion for cooking.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer this week: 

Monday 17 October 2011

Candlelit dinner at the Seahorse restaurant

  • Amuse Bouche 
  • Candille Foie Gras Tatin with Armagnac
  • Rock lobster roasted in its shell, simmeredSoissonsbeans smoked with tarragon
  • Exotic ilot, coconut caviar flavoured with vanilla, marinated & roasted Victoria pineapple, mango sorbet on chocolate notes

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Constance Lemuria Seahorse restaurant

Constance Lemuria Seahorse restaurant

Gala dinner at the Seahorse restaurant

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Braised white cabbage leaves, flacked crab, full-flavoured sea juice
  • Scallops skewer, celery mash with lardo di Colonata, Parmigiano Reggiano crisps
  • Glazed slab of Angus fillet, tataki sauce, butternut squash cubes, grilled leek, fried onions
  • Hazelnut macaroon, white chocolate ganache with winter truffle, caramelised pecan nuts, praline ice cream

Thursday 20 & Friday 21 October 2011

Constance Ephelia, Cyann restaurant

Constance Ephelia, Cyann restaurant

 

Dinner at Cyann restaurant

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Egg in truffle surprise, wild mushroom duxelles, chervil foam
  • Scallops skewer, sweet chestnut biscuit and purée, braised endives with mandarin juice
  • Duckling fillet in mild spiced glaze, wok-sautéed vegetables with coriander
  • Exotic ilot, coconut caviar flavoured with vanilla, marinated & roasted Victoria pineapple, mango sorbet on chocolate notes 

Friday 21 October 2011

Special lunch at Cyann restaurant

Four hands special menu by the Chefs Serge Gouloumès and Denis Jean-Jacques.

•        Surprise menu

Special offer: Newly weds enjoy 20% discount on villa at Constance Lemuria

Villa at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Villa at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Enjoy total privacy on your honeymoon – stay in one of our fabulous villas at Constance Lemuria and get 20% off the price.

The offer is valid until 15 December for a stay of 5 nights or more in one of our pool or presidential villas.

The package includes:

  • bottle of champagne
  • lobster dinner, excluding drinks
  • daily breakfast and dinner
  • daily afternoon tea
  • daily evening canape

Find out more about this great honeymoon offer, including terms and conditions.