Kick boxing in the sun

lifestyle June 15, 2017 15:30

By The Nation

Get into shape and have fun doing it by signing up for Manathai Hotels & Resorts’ new muay thai fitness package, Available at both the Samui and Khao Lak properties through December 20, the package covers a stay in a deluxe room, Thai massage and Thai boxing classes by the sea, starting at Bt6,000.

Muay thai is the country’s national sport – a centuries-old tribal martial art that resonates with culture, spirituality and ritual – integrating elements of traditional music and ceremonial dance. It is a perfect sport for beginners, as well as those looking to develop their skills and core strength while also increasing mobility, boosting leg muscles and improving lower body endurance.

The instructors focus on basic techniques such as stance, footwork, basic punches, kicks, knees and elbows, as well as demonstrating effective defensive moves.

Guests staying at Manathai Khao Lak on the secluded Bangsak Beach will learn the fundamental fluid movements by joining lessons with a skilled trainer. Thai massage sessions are also included in the programme to help participants build a supple, more relaxed physique.

Those staying at the colonial-style Manathai Koh Samui can train daily with a muay thai expert at a nearby boxing studio, then enjoy a healthy juice and feel the healing touch of traditional Thai massage that unlocks energy and releases muscular tension.

The muay thai packages reflect a growing interest in beach fitness and holidays that balance chilled-out lounging with engaging activities.

Before each session, the apprentice boxers are kitted out with gloves and shin pads. They begin with a 10-minute stretch as the trainers guide their students through controlled, leg and arm swings followed by a few minutes of shadow boxing before moving on to full contact practice with the pads.

“Muay thai uses almost every muscle in the body and is therefore a fully integrated way to lose weight. The sport also helps individuals build confidence and relieve stress – worthwhile getaway benefits to add to a revitalising holiday by the beach in the tropical sun,” says Chaipon Thamopart, resident instructor at Manathai Khao Lak and a former national champion in the sport.

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