Imagine feeling a million miles away from pressure. On the menu is high adreneline exercise, roaring fires, relaxation, and total peace? A place where there is no traffic, no stress, no noise... where the deer still roam, the red kite soars and the colours of the landscape looks like New England in the fall. Half timbered villages, dramatic waterfalls, sweeping views, victorian viaducts, ancient abbey's - no this is not a figment of the imagination in some far away land, it's the Mid Wales borderlands, home to Offa's Dyke and Glydwr's Way, and its closer to London than Devon! Are you hooked yet? read on....
Whilst the British are becoming more switched onto walking in the countryside, the honeypot sites such as Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia seem to be the only names in Wales recognised by Mr & Mrs Smith, even Trip Advisor lists "Cardiff" as the only worthwhile destination! So into this empty space arrives Jessica Mellor, intrepid explorer and young Welsh entrepreneur, who wants to put Mid Wales and her eclectic mix of hiking and spa 'a la bootcamp' style, firmly onto the map. Not only for a walk,but as a destination to inspire you. It's Wales version of work hard play hard - get fit, have fun, detox and lose those unwanted pounds in the process, it's the first UK Hiking Spa and it's called Volcanic Fitness.
Volcanic Fitness, aims to light your inner volcano, bringing change from the inside out. The week long programs promise a full body/mind approach - Jessica - being a Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Consultant and Spa/holistic professional, calls this your body Make Over Therapy (MOT). Whether you are a young mini in need of a clean up or a Jaguar in need of a complete overhaul, Volcanic fitness can help you. Each week is a 7 day kick start to health & fitness, followed by an eight week long personal programme at home with continued support by your personal trainer.
Hiking Spa is a name for a lifestyle fitness and health retreat which has hiking as it's main component, alonside healthy eating, other fitness activities, lifestyle coaching/talks and of course SPA. Hiking Spa's are big in the US with the Ashram (hiking and yoga) and Mountain Trek being well known examples. Hiking Spa's were big in Europe, where the Victorians like King Albert used to hang out. Their hot springs, spa hotels and the hiking in the mountains were regular haunts of the rich and famous - they are still there with their own brand of medical spa in places like Marianske Lazne in czech republic. Jess trained in Czech republic and spent a summer at Frances top bootcamp - working aroud the world in retreats in New Zealand, and being pummelled by thai therapists at Wot Poo in Bankok...these experiences coupled with working with Army trainers in Brecon Beacons, brought about the concept for her own homemade brand - The Luxury Hiking Spa (weight loss retreat and fitness bootcamp) at Volcanic Fitness, Wales
Find Jessica and her team in a fantastic country house - the old country estate of Lord and Lady Hugh Russell on the borders between Ludlow, Herefordshire and the old Victorian Spa Town of Llandrindod Wells. In her hay day Lady Russell coached the British Olympic horse team including Princess Anne. Lord Hugh's grandmother was Mary, wife of the 11th Duke of Bedford who became known as the Flying Dutchess. Jessica is aiming high too - for her 'claim to fame' she would like volcanic fitness to be the Hiking Spa for Every Body -helping people to enjoy the countryside and if they want to - a new start to a healthy life in the process.
website: www.volcanicfitness.co.uk or phone Jessica or Alison on 01547550404
The company was set up in 2010 by Jessica Mellor, a personal trainer, weight loss consultant and spa professional. The company moto is to make things 'simple, effective yet sustainable' for clients - the approach is a 7 day kick start to health and fitnesss in a luxury setting, with ongoing support. Jessica is supported by a team of local qualified professionals.