Don’t miss – ‘Get Fit’ Camp with Hollywood Trainer!

1 2 3A motivational and transformational experience is upcoming at Soma Bay Thalasso & Spa, voted Egypt’s Best Luxury Destination Spa for 2014. An exclusive 5-day retreat that offers the guests the chance to achieve breakthrough improvements in their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Celebrity fitness trainer Ramona Braganza best known for sculpting hot Hollywood bodies, including the likes of Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper and Halle Berry is coming to Soma Bay! You have the chance to join Ramona for her ‘Get Fit’ camp at Soma Bay Thalasso & Spa for her world famous “8 Steps to your Hollywood Body” October 22-26.

Global Fitness Expert Ramona Braganza takes you “Behind the scenes” to learn the training and nutrition tips of her stars and experience exclusive personal one to one and as well as group training.

For more information, please contact Spa Director Nikos directly at:




Silat – the Malay Martial Art

Silat is a powerful synthesis of martial art movements  and graceful ritual dance, widely practiced in Malaysia. It is an extremely elegant and restrained style of atrial art, putting a premium on self-control and discipline before violence. Combining breath, movement and energy techniques with self-awareness and empowerment.

According to Silat culture, the energetic body consists of connecting circles called chakra (in Malay spelled cakra or cakera). The chakra’s energy rotates outwards along diagonal lines. Energy that emits outwards from the center line is defensive while offensive energy moves inwards from the sides of the body. The Silat practioner is aware of this and can harmonize their movements with the chakra, thereby increasing the power and effectiveness of attacks and movements.

I am currently in Malaysia (training therapists) and had the opportunity to visit a Silat master. He had 7 children hat demonstrated the ancient martial art form to us. It was like a clan of children in all sizes and ages standing in front of us. With utter seriousness and pride they demonstrated the “Katas” synchronized with breath. It was a true joy to see.


The Silat master is also a snake master, he had a cobra curled up at the back of the room, we were happy to see that it was encaged and at sleep when visiting. The master showed us three scars where he had been bitten, as when one time, the snake curled up behind his back, probably to get some warmth from the sleeping man. A sudden move in the sleep made the snake bite him and he claimed that he didn’t take any serum to survive the bite; he used Silat breathing techniques, lymphatic kind of massage to get the venom out. I believe him. After that scary story he demonstrated his own snake dance, movements he created after watching how the cobras move before catching their prey.

Eyes focus, spine moving in waves, slowly until reaching out to strike his meal. Very fascinating!


Spa Management Online Course started today!

Today is the start date for our Spa Management Online Course and we are as always very excited to start and learn more about our participants and what we can do to make them even more successful within Spa Management than they are today.

After the introduction and trends section they begin with the first part of the course which is Marketing & PR lead by course leader Maria Nystedt. She will lead our participants into a strategic way of working with sales, marketing and PR and share the most important things when it comes to marketing specifically for the spa and wellness industry. After video lectures and manuals read, she will guide them through creating their own Spa Marketing Plan.

Marketing Maria

Spa SelctionGood luck to all new participants!

Ps. There is still a chance to join in last minute.


Fitness trends for 2013

Think you need a gym to stay in shape? According to the American College of Sports Medicine, one of the leading fitness trends requires nothing more than your own body weight.

In analyzing what’s likely to make up the most popular fitness trends in 2013, ACSM asked 3,346 corporate, clinical, community, commercial and academic health and fitness experts to answer online surveys about what drew people to work out. The participants weighed in on emerging trends as well as whether last years’ ‘it’ programs continued to have appeal

This year’s trendiest fitness programs include a mix of fresh ways to sweat it out as well as some stand-bys. Body weight training, a method that uses the body’s own weight as the source of resistance for strength training and muscle endurance, made the list for the first time while previous gym go-tos like spinning and Pilates fell out of favor.

Here is the full list of the top 10 fitness trends of 2013 from ACSM:

1. Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals: For the sixth consecutive year, the trend of validating fitness experts top the list. ACSM says fully accredited education and certification programs for health and fitness professionals are on the rise. “The [industry] is getting more professional, more educated and more responsible in providing research-based information,” says Cotton. “I think there is less gimmicky exercise equipment out there now and fitness professionals are assisting with that.”

2. Strength Training: Strength training holds the number two spot for the second year in a row. Recent research even suggests strength and weight training not only improves fitness, but keeps the mind sharp.

3. Body Weight Training: An easy and economical way to stay in shape.

4. Children and Obesity Related Exercise: ACSM says more schools and fitness industry professionals are emphasizing fitness and nutritional programming aimed at kids. “Unfortunately fast food restaurants market to kids and we need to do the same–and we are,” says Cotton. “There are so many advances in technology that are helping kids to be more sedentary. Thirty years ago, all we had were TVs. Now we have tons of really entertaining sedentary activities that are part of the problem.”

5. Exercise and Weight Loss: Being healthy isn’t just about being in shape; it’s about maintaining a healthy weight. Programs are continuing to focus on a balance of eating and exercise to achieve weight loss.

6. Fitness Programs for Older Adults: As the baby boomers age but live longer, doctors are encouraging their patients to stay fit. “If more older adults exercise, hopefully there will be less health care costs,” says Cotton. “As you get older, your motivation to exercise changes. You may be less interested in weight loss, but more interested in having energy and sleeping better. I am a baby boomer, and I don’t want to have to call someone to take me to the grocery store.”

7. Personal Training: More communities and corporate businesses are making personal trainers accessible through wellness programs.

8. Functional Fitness: Functional fitness programs are often designed for older adults and incorporate every day activities that use strength training to improve balance and coordination.

9. Core Training: Strengthening core muscles improves the body’s overall stability.

10. Group Personal Training: Trainers can cater regimes to more people through small group classes. These are typically less expensive than the cost for a personal trainer, and are quite fun.
aerial yogaA closer look at AERIAL Yoga

Aerial Yoga, the added element of swinging in a hammock adds an entirely new dimension to one’s yoga practice. This swinging playful element, as well as the zero-compression inversions is what makes this style of yoga revolutionary…

The Hammock acts as a soft trapeze and as a support while you master simple inversions and finally progress to more advanced poses.

A closer look at the Fitness scene in Stockholm

Looking at the Fitness scene in Stockholm and talking to Fitness professionals, it is clear that Cross fitness and personal training are still growing.

Another trend is that Companies hire trainers to offer their employees qualified training during working hours. The services could be a tailor made running course preparing the participants to do a marathon or another specific race.

In contrast to the result oriented fitness services available there is the alternative movement scene, where the focus is directed on body, self-awareness and stress management..  Numbers of people taking Yoga classes or doing self-practice is still growing.  The interest in self-exporting dance forms are spreading in bigger cities and alternative treatment and therapies as well.


Be inspired of what passion, dedication, hard work and getting on top of your game can get you

This week our own Jari Ketola was nominated to be elected as the best personal trainer in Sweden. The nomination reads:

“With 20 years in fitness and national team competition in both tracks and bobsleigh, competing in the Olympics, he knows what being in shape means. His great books about training has inspired thousands and Jari is undoubtedly one of the industries as well as humble PT’s, givein each custumer his total and undivided attention and focus. He is equally attentive to his students at TheAcademy.”

I asked Jari – What do you love about your job and what is your take on functional training?

“I want to actively create an interest for all people in need of good, effective and optimal training, and to participate in the creation and development of innovation in fitness, wellness and training.

You and my customers are the foundation of my business, so it is obviously very important for me to always put you in the center.

My strength is my knowledge, my passionate commitment, the good teaching ability along with my determination and desire to evolve creates progress and inspiration in you as a customer!

The training is constantly evolving with many new trends, with my broad background in sports I am passionate about individualized functional training where you as a person may develop and perform your max to thus develop yourself and your body health.”

I have worked with Jari the past couple of years and am in awe of his passion and knowledge, but what strikes me the most is his relentless focus and perfectionism, nothing slips him by – in a good way. Small small adjustments can make all the difference and as I have been training all my life, every time I train with Jari, I learn something and improve in a way I couldn’t have by myself.

No one deserves this more then Jari, life has not always been a walk in the park for him, and this is a evidence of that you can be whatever we want, as long as we have a vision and works hard.

If you are living in Sweden, you can vote on Jari, just click on the link

And either way, be inspired of what passion, dedication, hard work and getting on top of your game can get you.