We went off the beaten track, led by our guide, Rafa, through rugged and wild terrain, past gurgling creeks and herds of mountain sheep with bells chiming around their necks. Four hours of steep inclines and descents later and I was feeling the burn throughout my body, so I was delighted that brunch awaited us on our return to Finca El Cerrillo and - you got it, it was healthy and delicious and perfect for this ravenous walker!
In the afternoon, we had a facial Pilates session with Lynn. She ran through some quick and easy exercises we could incorporate into our morning routines, such as patting the face upwards (never down), pressing on the pressure points in the hollows at the corner of the eyes and in the middle of the brow or patting around the whole eye to release tension. But my favourite of all, and there were many, is the secret smile. Even saying it makes me happy! The secret smile is when, with your mouth closed, you place your tongue gently at the top behind your teeth, and you spread it out across the roof instantly forming a gentle smile on your face.
After a thorough work out on our face, pool time and sunbathing was in order, followed by afternoon tea before our evening pilates class started.
I arrived early to the pilates session this evening and stretched my muscles out with some help from Lynn and Jane. This was so important as there was a lot of tightness in them following our trek this morning. Jane stepped up the tempo of the class today taking us into quick flows with controlled movements, balance, engaging the core, tucking the tail bone in and engaging the pelvis. I went into the session with a tired body from the morning walk, I came out of it feeling invigorated, energised and ready to take on the world!
Dinner tonight was a buffet of salads and tagine – a perfect meal to end the day on followed by a visit to the magical tree house on the grounds of the Finca El Cerrillo. What a lovely way to end the trip on, enjoying a drink together with the stars twinkling brightly above us in the clear night sky. It's been so lovely to meet this group of women (there are 16 of us). Some came with friends, some came individually, but all of us came together in this wonderful experience.
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For more information on Jane Wake, visit: https://www.janewake.com
For more information on Lynn Rae, visit: http://lynnrae.co.uk
For more information on Finca El Cerrillo, visit: http://hotelfinca.com