body and mind

Refuel partnership with Holmes Place Potsdamer Platz

I am so excited to announce that from January, Refuel will be available at Holmes Place Potsdamer Platz, for non-members as well as members (see Venues and Booking page for details of dates and times).

I’m particularly excited about this as there is a real synergy between my ambition for Refuel and Holmes Place’s ambition, which at the heart of it all is ‘One life. Live it well.’

Holmes Place isn’t only a gym, but also offers a variety of ways for people to take care of both their body and mind. Wellness treatments, healthy eating and relaxation combine with a fitness studio and innovative group exercise classes, which from January will include Refuel!

I’ve received such great feedback from the Refuel sessions we’ve run so far (see Testimonials page or visit the Refuel Proven Expert Profile), I can’t wait for more people to take part and enjoy the benefits. Holding regular sessions at Potsdamer Platz Holmes Place will allow both members and non-members to do this – and if you’re a member there’s even the added bonus of a reduced fee to join (ask in club for details).

We really do only have one life and there’s no reason why we should deprive ourselves from living it well! We need to slow down, to put as much dedication and effort into our health – and into that which makes us feel good – as we do into our work.

So please do take the time out to come along to Refuel in January, even if you’re not a member of Holmes Place. Taking time out to hear talented musicians play live will already benefit the mind – exercising to their music with like-minded people will benefit both body and mind in a brand new way. I hope to see you in January!

In order to book a place, visit our Venues and Booking page.

For more information on Holmes Place Potsdamer Platz, visit: http://holmesplace.de/potsdamer-platz.c/en/

 

 

body and mind

Reconnecting body and mind

For several years now ‘fitness’ has largely been concentrated on the body as opposed to the mind, being used as a tool to lose weight, to build muscle or to achieve a physical goal such as running a 10Km. Thank goodness that this is now changing. With the rise in mental health awareness, the link between the body and mind is finally starting to be taken more seriously, and fitness is no longer just about the body but about maintaining a healthy mind too.

What should come first, a healthy mind or healthy body? I believe this is an impossible question, as actually they are so closely connected I feel confident in saying that it’s impossible to have one without the other. Your mind is part of your body, and your body is part of your mind – how many times have you felt euphoric in mind after completing a long run or a hard workout? How often have you suffered a crippling headache when something has been seriously troubling you? There are many examples I could give but the point is we need to be paying attention to, and taking care of, our bodies and minds in synergy.

This isn’t always easy to do, and there’s not one method which is a magic key to achieve optimal physical and mental health, however thankfully the options are starting to increase in terms of methods for improving the fitness of both the body and the mind (Refuel of course being one of these!).

What is vitally important is enjoyment. Because fitness has been so focused on the body this has often led to a lack of enjoyment, as we struggle to meet body goals with limited time, which in turn has led to frustrated and unhappy minds. Meditation can be a great healer of the mind, but what if you’re someone who loves and needs the physical exertion, which sitting quietly, and even yoga on its own, doesn’t provide?

Enjoyment over the long term therefore needs to be considered, not just the short term – you may enjoy pushing yourself to the limit five days a week but at some point, the stress you are putting yourself through may lead to negative consequences on the body and mind. Balance is needed. A balance between exertion and relaxation, a balance between fast and slow pace, a balance between the work the mind and the body are carrying out.

Each Refuel session looks to provide this balance – encouraging mindful exercise, utilising not just one but a number of fitness techniques, and allowing people to experience and discover music – which has been proven to have a number of positive effects on both body and mind – in its purest form.

Let’s no longer think of body and mind as separate, but as interconnecting parts of ourselves which need taking care of together, for us to enjoy our lives and thrive.

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Thank you for the music

Since embarking on Refuel, I have been lucky enough to start meeting amazingly talented musicians. Music has always been so important to me, but it’s something I often find myself not dedicating nearly enough time to. Music is the one thing that can always drive me to tears – there’s something about it that resonates deep within, something which I can’t even explain myself but there’s an emotion that emerges which I really can’t control.

Launching Refuel hasn’t been easy, and it’s going to be a long haul to get people to love it as much as I do, but every time I’m lacking motivation I listen to my favourite music, and I remember again how much of an effect it can have on the mind and emotions, and I know through Refuel I can bring that kind of emotion to other people too.

Musicians dedicate everything they have to their craft – I can’t even express how much I admire them for how much time and hard work they put in, to bring something truly beautiful to other people.

Although some people may at first see Refuel as another fitness craze, this really isn’t what I intended it to be. Refuel is many things, and I find it difficult myself to describe it just in one sentence – that’s why body and mind seemed the best choice if I must give a summary. Yes, the body is being trained, but at the same time Refuel is a platform for people to reconnect with how powerful music can be, and how we often forget exactly how much work and dedication is put into that music that we so often ‘ignorantly’ hear during our day to day lives.

In conclusion, I’d like to say thank you so much to the musicians I’ve been working with so far, and to those I’ll hopefully be working with in the future! Here’s a link to a piece which I absolutely love listening to when I need inspiration and motivation: https://youtu.be/mJ_fkw5j-t0

Updates

Launch of Weekly Refuel Sessions!

One of the main pieces of feedback I’ve had from the Refuel sessions so far is “I wish the sessions were more often”. Obviously amazing feedback to have and I’m very excited to be able to announce that from November they will be! Weekly Refuel sessions will run throughout November, every Wednesday evening, 18:45-19:45 at Kapelle am Urban in Kreuzberg.

The room at Kapelle am Urban is a former chapel that belonged to the hospital which used to be on the site – the room has so much character, with beautiful architecture; I could see straight away that it would be a great fit for Refuel.

Places for the Refuel sessions can now be purchased on the site, so that not only is it easier to reserve a place, but there’s also no longer a need to remember to bring cash on the day (just an exercise mat).

I’m really looking forward to welcoming so many more people to Refuel and to experience it more often myself – my body and mind most definitely feel clearer, stronger and more connected afterwards. Hope to see you in November!

To reserve a place at Refuel visit our Venues and Booking page.

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Eines der wichtigsten Feedbacks, die ich bisher von den Refuel-Sitzungen hatte, ist “Ich wünschte, die Sitzungen wären öfter”. Unglaubliches Feedback zu haben, und ich freue mich sehr zu verkünden, dass ab November werden es so sein! Wöchentliche Refuel-Sitzungen finden im November, jeden Mittwochabend, 18:45-19:45 in der Kapelle am Urban in Kreuzberg statt.

Der Raum in Kapelle am Urban ist eine ehemalige Kapelle, die zu dem Krankenhaus gehörte, das früher auf dem Gelände war – der Raum hat so viel Charakter, mit schöner Architektur; Ich konnte sofort sehen, dass es gut zu Refuel passen würde.

Plätze für die Refuel-Sitzungen können jetzt auf der Website gekauft werden, so dass nicht nur Plätze einfach reserviert werden können, sondern dass man nicht mehr daran denken muss, Bargeld am Tag mitzubringen (muss nur noch eine Übungsmatte mitbringen).

Ich freue mich sehr darauf, viele mehr Menschen bei Refuel willkommen zu dürfen, und auch Refuel öfter mich selbst zu erleben – mein Körper und Geist fühlen sich auf jeden Fall klarer und stärker nachher. Ich freue mich auf Ihnen im November zu sehen!

Um einen Platz bei Refuel zu reservieren, besuchen Sie unsere Venues and Booking Seite.