Over the past nine years Guest Feedback for The Break has been outstanding, with just a few comments displayed here.
‘It changes your body in a manner you did not think was possible.’
‘The feel and visible results are immediate.’
‘Eventually it is permanent, a process for life.’
‘It is simple and logical.’
‘It is perfection and precision.’
‘It is a vision that becomes reality.’
‘It is an experience.’
The following report was written by Caroline Rowe, a guest on the course, who is also a journalist. It provides an excellent idea of the shape of the week.
Nestling high in the Turkish mountains with a breathtaking view over the Mediterranean’s Kumlübuk Bay, The Dionysos Estate offers a peaceful and natural setting in which to take part in Marja Putkisto’s innovative deep-stretching programme. Over the course of week, Finnish dance/movement teacher Marja and her team, Cheryl Alker and Louise Curwen, took us through two sessions a day of stretching and breathing exercises designed to create more flexibility, tone the muscles and realign the pelvis, neck and shoulders - in fact reshape your whole body!
Marja started developing the Method twenty years ago when Jane Fonda workouts were at their peak. She said: “Back then, I felt a world away from the aerobics boom while working on breathing techniques and long, precise stretches with Finland’s National Opera singers.”
But the hard work and dedication paid off. Now people are starting to recognise that bodily stress starts with poor posture (hunched over the PC at work, for instance); shallow breathing and short, tight muscles that restrict movement.
Method Putkisto takes those pre-workout warm-up stretches one step further. I learnt how to visualise my ‘centre line’ as a reference point for each stretch to help realign my body. Correct breathing - using the diaphragm as the breathing muscle- enables you to ease yourself into stretches aimed at elongating the muscles. It’s the magic pause at the end of exhalation that helps you S T R E T C H…
We worked our way through all the muscles that form our posture: hip flexors, waist, upper body, buttocks, thighs and the dreaded hamstrings (described as the ‘sweetest pain’!)
By the end of the week, I could hold the hamstring stretch for a full five minutes! Luckily one of the expert tutors was always nearby to correct my posture/alignment when necessary. As for the results…my muscles strengthened, my rib cage lifted - improving my breathing - and I felt more energised overall.
Being in such a beautiful, unspoilt environment helped me feel peaceful and relaxed. There was plenty of free time during the day to swim in the pool, enjoy a massage at the Clarins spa and contemplate the dramatic scenery from the canyon-top.
The programme changed the way I see my body, made me more aware of my posture and enhanced my suppleness. My waistline became more defined and my digestion also improved. The techniques aren’t complicated to master, but require commitment and focus: I can recommend the Method to men and women alike.
Looking at my fellow participants (including a singer/oboist, two advertising execs, an IT specialist and a yoga teacher) before and after the course, they’re a walking ad for the Method. From drooping shoulders, to lifted posture and a spring to their steps, the transformation was amazing!
And the good news is, Marja promises: “Once you’ve elongated the muscles, to maintain them, all you need to do is stretch them after exercising.” She added: “You’ll also find it easier to practise yoga or pilates once you’ve got the basics right.”
So watch this space: Method Putkisto could be coming to your gym soon!
In addition to being featured twice as a ‘Best of Series’ special on a major television travel programme, the Method Putkisto Breaks at The Dionysos Estate have generated considerable interest in the press.
Finnish movement and dance guru Marja Putkisto resculpted herself with a deep-stretching regime that lengthens the muscles. Now her mission is to straighten out the rest of us, as MARY BOLAND discovers on a Method Putkisto break on Kumlubük Bay.
'My relaxation break revitalised my health'
Alison Wilkinson, 47, a criminal lawyer, found a yoga break abroad helped solve her stress problems.
An immediate improvement in both your mind and body - that's the promise of a holiday spent learning Method Putkisto, a blend of yoga and pilates. And the setting helps a lot too!
Women in sedentary jobs take heart, says Beverley Byrne, who learns how to get her body in shape during a special exercise holiday on Turkey's beautiful Lycian coast.
Teetering on a Turkish mountain, the perfect position for yoga.
I love travelling on my own, perhaps because I find anonymity and the sense of freedom that comes with it so heartlifting. I particularly love it when I travel with a purpose, and what better purpose is there than relaxing by a pool in breathtaking surroundings with mountain air and intensive exercise thrown in?
I'm writing this at a computer. Like so many of us, I spend my working life sitting at a screen. Bad for your back, your posture, your fitness . . . but had you ever thought how bad spending hours at your PC is for your face?
SO THERE we were, me and the nice woman from the Guardian, with our hands on Marja Putkisto's bottom. The idea was to witness how she - creator of a form of deep-stretch exercises called Method Putkisto and a household name in her native Finland - walked. Our ambulation was all wrong, apparently. Just placing one foot in front of the other isn't nearly enough.
Most of our portfolio is available on any date and for any duration, with or without flights.
All prices are presented initially per person for 2 Guests
The number of Guests can be adjusted and quoted during the Booking Process
Once you select ‘Next step’ your chosen date and duration will be placed in the Selector to allow you to compare dates, costs and also – if required - flights
It will remain in the selector during your current visit to our site.
Saturday Arrival: 100% of portfolio available
Other Arrival Days: All hotels and some villas.
Search and choose a flight from our selection that includes 95% of ALL flights from the UK to Dalaman
Your flight will then show in the Flight Selector allowing you to compare the overall Booking Cost for our entire portfolio with other flights and dates
Flight prices are inclusive of taxes and are offered at cost. Rates are CERTAIN to be better value than any other search as they are inclusive of subsidised Airport Transfers
Flights are NOT booked or held at this stage - only when YOU choose to confirm.
For Saturday flights you can choose from all our portfolio - for other days it's all the hotels and some villas
To offer more results choose Region (all). Get more information on flights offered here. Our own Saturday flights do not appear here.
Prices are displayed per person and are inclusive of all taxes
If applicable prices for items such as baggage (which differ by airline) will be provided at the time your flight booking is confirmed.
Once you select ‘Next step’ it will be placed in the Flight Selector to allow you to compare dates, costs and other flights.
It will remain in the selector during your current visit to our site.
Flights are NOT booked or held at this stage.