Monthly Archives: September 2017

stretching our branches

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Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow to reach new heights.

– Pauline R. Kezer

 

What a difference a year can make! Can you believe that almost 12 months have passed since we shared our revamped logo with you all?! That reveal, marked the start of our renewed journey— a journey that has been branching out with an even deeper focus on all things holistic.  

But what do we mean when we say ‘holistic’? At The Hundred we believe that to achieve optimal health we must gain balance in all aspects of our life – body, mind and spirit. So that means we don’t believe that we can/should focus on just one aspect of wellbeing, we look at everything as interconnected. As we continue to deepen our roots, we are spreading our branches even further to bring you even more cutting edge therapies, natural supplements, and effective classes. We are continuously working to provide our community with a place to actively transform the mind, body and spirit, to help change the way you feel and think. Our space truly represents the passion and vision of wholeness, and is a place to grow, learn, or simply reflect..

If you take a close look at our logo, you will see that it looks like the core of a tree. When we created the wellness centre, we wanted to offer a space that could function as the core of your healthy lifestyle. And just like a tree, when we think about our centre, it is very much a place that is deeply rooted in its location, that is organically growing stronger in wisdom and life. The wisdom is provided by our experts, and the life is provided by our inspiring clients. 

To discover the inspiration behind our revamped logo, created in collaboration with the talented Imagist London (who also designed the Hemsley + Hemsley logo), lets hit rewind and read our post from a year ago below:

 

To create our new logo we worked closely with Imagist London who have previously worked with The Hundred’s favourite foodie sisters – Hemsley + Hemsley. As many of you will know, the ‘Hundred’ in our name refers to the classic Pilates move, which is also called the hundred. This movement, first created by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, focuses on the core of your body. It’s a movement that engages every single muscle in your body (like many Pilates exercises), and prepares you for your Pilates class and the day ahead. It’s one of the key foundations of the Pilates method – and the reason we named our health and wellness concept after it… As The Hundred Wellness Centre founder, Asma Hilal Lootah explains: “I picked a pilates move name because we started as a pilates studio and my passion for pilates is what kickstarted all of this. I chose ‘the hundred’ specifically, because it evokes nice memories with the group I used to practice with. We became friends and used to complain when we had to perform ‘the hundred’ because it’s quite challenging – but also with the 100 breaths it’s just lovely. We dreaded the effort involved but absolutely loved the achievement and the results.”

 

The Hundred Wellness Centre Dubai

“The Hundred Wellness Centre is a place rooted in its location and if you look at our new emblem, there’s a real sense of rooting. Of being at one with nature and all of the different ‘shoots’ of wellness that you can awaken your body and mind with and explore with us here…”

 

Imagist London worked closely with us to bring the philosophy of both The Hundred Wellness Centre Dubai and the hundred Pilates movement into – what we hope you will agree – is a beautiful new emblem.

If you look closely, you will see that it looks like the core of a tree. When we created our wellness centre in the heart of Dubai, we wanted to offer a sanctuary that could function as the core of your healthy lifestyle needs. This is why we worked so hard to find the very best people to provide the very best wellness services for you – including Pilates, super circuit, physiotherapy, Gyrotonic, yoga, homeopathy and natural medicine, infrared sauna, BioKat Bioresonance therapy, thermography and so much more – all under one roof. This is reflected in the new logo, the core is both our centre and the exercise, and really the foundations for your health and wellness journey with us.

“The Hundred Wellness Centre is at the core of your wellness needs. Our new emblem captures that perfectly, and we hope you will love it as much as we do.”

Your growth is our passion, whether it’s overcoming an injury with our physiotherapist, improving your strength and core with our Pilates workouts or educating yourself about the very best nutrition you can give your body with our workshops and supplements. Again, if you looks closely, you will see that this growth – which is at the core of our passion – is represented as the branches or lines of the emblem grow in size and direction.

Our new emblem also features 100 little lines or branches (count them!) and 5 roots – or bigger lines – which represents the five breaths in and five breaths out that you do with the hundred Pilates movement. Also, if you look at the negative space surrounding our new emblem, you will see that there is a little leaf, which was a totally organic, happy little accident. We hope you love it as much as we do, and we look forward to sharing more new things later this year… Stay tuned.

 

Feeling inspired? Find out more about the wellness services and fitness classes available at The Hundred Wellness Centre Dubai here and start your ultimate health journey…

 


ramadan (re)boot camp

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Ramadan shouldn’t be an excuse to abandon your fitness regimen. Whether you are a seasoned fitness enthusiast or have just recently started classes with us, fasting during Ramadan does not need to be the end of your exercise regimen until after Eid!

We want to help you prepare your body for Ramadan and keep your motivation up throughout the entire month! So we have tailor-made a month-long  program of diverse group fitness classes ( you could say our own version of the mainstream “Bootcamps”), with the purpose of promoting the sustainable practice of physical activities during the month of Ramadan and beyond. This program is fun, accessible and fasting-friendly. Join us to prepare your body to stay active while fasting in a safe and supportive environment.
The program outline:

BCA test (body composition analysis) at the beginning of the program to track progress
– ‘Strategic Eating’ A talk by Ryan Penny on how to consciously eat in Ramadan to maintain good health, high energy levels, and even lose weight.
– Eight Super Circuit classes (High Intensity & Fat burning)
– Four Body Weight classes (Moderate Intensity & Muscle sculpting)
– Four Pilates classes (Stretch & Recovery)
– BCA test (body composition analysis) at the end of the program to track progress
– 20% discount on fresh cold-pressed juices.

The all inclusive cost of the Ramadan Package is: 1500AED

Note:

The classes mentioned above will be conducted in different times than current Hundred Wellness existing classes.

Classes will be exclusively LADIES ONLY. The program will start on May 8th and run through until June 8th, with the classes being offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm.

All classes support a maximum of 8 people. Classes must be booked at least 4 hours in advance.

To learn more or to book your spot, email or call us on +9714 344 7333


meet our visiting teacher – Chai

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This month we have a visiting teacher from South Africa. Chelsea-Ann, better known as Chai, studied Psychology, Drama and then Education. She specialised in physical theatre and choreography. It was during this time at Rhodes University that she qualified as a BASI (Body Art and Science) Pilates instructor as well as completing the Gyrokinesis course.

With a passion for movement and teaching, Chai loves the creativity required for teaching children Pilates and offers private Pilates for children.

As an enthusiastic triathlete, it is her knowledge of the inter-relationship of body and mind that allows her to incorporate the most applicable exercises and movements to enhance your physical capabilities. Chai feels that nothing is more rewarding than watching you on your way to reach your goals.

Chai will be teaching at centre from the 9th till the 20th of March, and might make the move over from South Africa to join our team afterwards! So lets all give her a big warm Hundred welcome! For more information on how to book a class or session with Chai during her visit, please email or call us on 04 344 7333. And of course as always we look forward to your feedback after taking a class 🙂


consistency is key

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“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor,” Joseph Pilates

If you joined us in our last talk by Ryan Penny, you heard how consistency is critical if you want to make a new habit stick. Habits are powerful, and they can be challenging to make or break, but if you can gain control over your habits — both positive and negative — you can raise your health and wellness to a whole new level.

It has been said that it takes anywhere from 21 to 40 times to turn a new behavior into a persistent habit. In other words, when you are trying to create a change in your overall health you are not going to be able to do that overnight, consistency is the key and that will take some time and work.

First, hold yourself accountable to your new chosen activity. Don’t fall into the trap of instant gratification. Trying something three times and saying it didn’t work is never the answer. In the wise words of Joseph Pilates the founder of the Pilates method: “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll have a whole new you!” 
 
This concept can be applied to anything really. So any time you start something new, challenge yourself to make it happen 30 times. Don’t pressure yourself into thinking that you need to do all 30 sessions immediately because doing that will only lead to a burn out. Slowly build on the activity one week at a time, and as the days go by you will see the positive changes and you will be rewarded with the results.

At The Hundred Wellness Centre we strongly believe that your wellness and the quality of your life are worthwhile journeys to work on, and our team are here to support you! Take one small step at a time, be consistent and we are sure you will be successful in finding a healthier, happier you.

 


hitting the reset button

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It’s a brand new year, and after days, (or weeks) of indulging in sugar and rich foods, combined with a lack of exercise or time to take care of yourself, it’s no surprise that you are possibly feeling a bit out of sorts. To help you get back on track we asked our team members to give us some pointers to help jump start the process of getting you to your best health and vitality in the new year.

To start off, the best first step, would be to give your body an opportunity to heal it’s digestive tract by taking a break from all forms of sugar, dairy, and gluten for 30 days. This may sound hard, but it is so worth it and we can help! Eliminating these foods actually is the cornerstone of the very successful ‘Down-Size-Me Diet Plan’ which was developed by Lifestyle Consultant/Weight Loss expert Ryan Penny, and his brother our in house Homotoxicologist and Homeopathic Practitioner Dr Sean –  The Wellness Brothers. This plan is offered at The Hundred Wellness Centre, and the brothers are on hand to personally support you in achieving your weight loss and wellness goals, while creating programs that fit comfortably into your lifestyle. And with the plan being built on a foundation of solid science and common-sense it ensures that cutting calories and improving health, does not involve a total restriction of the foods you enjoy!

Next we would encourage you to move your body in mindful ways – as much as we are told by mainstream media that the new year is the best time to start a hardcore exercise program, it’s really not! While getting back on track, your body will be much happier doing more mindful exercises like Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonic Expansion, or even our Super Circuit Classes – all of which we offer in many ability levels at the centre! If you are not sure where to start, give us a call or visit us and we can help guide you to the program that best suits your needs.

While the idea of a new year brings on the excitement of being able to start fresh, it also comes the pressure of keeping up with everything that comes your way. Our advice? Slow down – Prioritize. Have less on your schedule. Move your body. Go to bed early. Read a book. And allow yourself the space and time to reconnect to what nourishes your mind, body and soul. 2017 is waiting, and every step you take to move forward is essential, so get in touch to find out how we can help you make this your best year yet!


asma hilal lootah: building a happy, healthy business around pilates

Asma Hilal Lootah, founder of The Hundred Wellness Center goes behind the scenes with Sport 360

Asma Hilal Lootah, founder of The Hundred Wellness Center goes behind the scenes with Sport 360

Fitness guru and inventor Joseph H. Pilates once said: “Physical fitness is the first prerequisite of happiness”.

And UAE local Business Administration graduate turned Pilates advocate Asma Hilal Lootah, founder of the award-winning The Hundred Pilates Studio, is passionate about spreading that happiness.

As of this month, the Emirati has a bigger, better space of her own in which to do just that.

Sport 360 took the time out to discover how Asma launched and rebranded her new studio to The Hundred Wellness Center. We are delighted to share with you this exciting Q&A coverage…simply click the logo below to dive into the full interview!

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the hundred wellness centre in dubai – location map

The Hundred Wellness Center Location Map

The Hundred Wellness Center Location Map

Behind the Zoo, and nestled in the heart of Jumeirah1 is special piece of wellness that we call home. After much hard work, it gives us great pride to finally introduce you all to {The Hundred Wellness Center}. For full contact details, click here.


six key benefits of pilates

You might have already felt it , discovered it and enjoyed it at The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai. But if not, here is a little crash course on the benefits you will feel in a Pilates session be it on the mat or equipment. Pilates exercises combine strength with relaxation; they lighten the load on your spine and joints by correcting muscular imbalances due to bad posture or misuse of muscles and alleviate tension.

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the powerful benefits of pilates breathing, eliminating toxins and offer an internal shower – the hundred pilates studio dubai reveals fascinating studies!

Many people think of body detox in terms of juice/food cleansing diets but how about considering a  powerful body cleansing process you have available to you all the time, through a combination of a healthy lifestyle and Pilates exercises? Here, The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai reveal inspirational studies on the power of breath.

In 1931 Dr Otto H Warburg won the Nobel peace prize for his studies in cancerous cells. He discovered a connection between Oxygen and cancer. He concluded, in a summarized version, that the primary form of cancerous cell is directly related to oxygen-deprived cells. He also suggested that cancerous cells are anaerobic and thrive in an oxygen-deprived environment.

Although toxins are removed from our body in by the Urinary system and Sweating, some of the toxins can only be “burnt up” and neutralised through oxidation, which take place within our muscles and organs by Oxygenated Red blood cells. A build up in toxins is what makes us feel lethargic, and can lead to us feeling unwell. Slow deep breaths also help to activate parasympathetic nervous system which is when the body gets the chance to recuperate, regenerate, and heal.

Joseph Pilates thought that “every last atom of old air should be squeezed from the lungs” so that fresh, invigorating oxygen could flood the body by way of the circulatory system which gets the blood moving and gives us that internal shower ‘feeling’. Exercise helps pump the oxygenated blood all the way through the body to the furthest capillaries, nourishing them and carrying away old debris.

Read more on how to give your body a well-deserved internal cleanse and more fascinating benefits of oxygen in the system…

Pilates is all about helping the body to function as it was intended without pain or restriction, as efficiently as possible - The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai

Pilates is all about helping the body to function as it was intended without pain or restriction, as efficiently as possible – The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai

 


how to stay mobile, supple and flexible during ramadan with pilates in dubai!

Staying mobile during Ramadan with Pilates stretches is healthy. While your workout might not be as intense for the month, stretching and working the abdominal and back is necessary to staying supple and prevention of injury in any movement you do – simply taking heavy food trays out of the oven is an example to avoid strain. Posture is the alignment of our skeleton within the body and Pilates teaches us how to consciously discover our natural or neutral alignment throughout the body.  Given enough practice, we transfer these experiences so our everyday life so that our alignment is now subconscious. So without further ado, here are some great pilates exercises to practice at home recommended by The Hundred Pilates in Dubai.

Getting ready to stretch it out – The Hundred Pilates in Dubai – www.thehundred.ae


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