Times Travel – 50 breaks for body and soul 2013
Chosen as one of the top 50 breaks for body and soul 2013 in the Times Travel by Caroline Sylger Jones.
Times Online Spa Guide – What makes a great yoga holiday?
Caroline Sylger Jones gives her expert tips on what to look for when choosing a yoga holiday and her pick of the top six companies right now. “So where do you start? Here's the Queen of Retreat's current top pick of great yoga holidays: Late July: Dynamic healthy holiday company Reclaim Your Self will run a yoga holiday In Tuscany with Lisa Sanfilppo…"
Elle Magazine Travel – Hot weekends budget retreats
“The well being company, Reclaim Your Self, runs weekends to funky places like the hip Gràcia neighbourhood in Barcelona. It's June break features six Scaravelli -inspired yoga classes at the stunning Yoga con Gracia…"
Condé Nast Traveller – The long and the short of it
“From Essex to New South Wales: this year’s best spa packages and health breaks : In Mawanella, Sri Lanka Reclaim Your Self are running a yoga break from 19-25 November, providing Scaravelli yoga and Indian foot massages in a luxury jungle tree house with an infinity pool.”
My Daily – Yoga to aid a detox
“Starting the new year off with a detox? Give yourself an extra good start with a few simple yoga poses to help cleanse your body and clear your mind. "Yoga is an excellent support for any kind of detox, as the instant feel good factor inspires you to stick to your new health plan says Helen Noakes of yoga retreat company Reclaim Your Self.”
Zest Magazine – Spa breaks with benefits
“No longer just about pampering and facials, this year the best spa retreats will give your mind a boost too. Whether you’re stuck in a rut at work, in your relationship or just in your life in general, let the team at Reclaim Your Self get your right back on track with a retreat in a beautiful Marrakech riad with its own spa…”
My Daily UK – Yoga for a hangover
“Most of us woke up feeling a bit (oh, okay, hideously) fragile at some point this Christmas, thanks to a few too many festive drinks. But now that Christmas and 2010 is over it's probably time to make some changes. Take control of your hangover and feel better again with a little help from these simple yoga poses suggested by Helen Noakes, a yoga teacher for the retreat company Reclaim Your Self.”
The Mercury – Julia ditches rat race for a hands-on career in massage
“A former Presdales student has founded her own relaxing retreat company after learning massage as a hobby. Ditching the rat race, Julia trained extensively and qualified in massages and healing work across the world, founding Reclaim Your Self in 2004. Reclaim Your Self now employs six staff and the yoga breaks provide daily programmes of relaxing treatments, workshops, nutritional advice and stress-free organic food….”
16 September 2010
Ham & High – High Flyer Retreats
“A Stroud Green woman who turned from the high flying life to a slower pace is helping others unwind on yoga yoga breaks. Jools Sampson pictured worked in international development and was working in Tanzania when she discovered a passion for massage… After a life threatening bout of malaria, Ms Sampson followed her heart and trained in massage and yoga techniques and six years ago began Reclaim Your Self – a company which sends people on yoga yoga breaks across the world to unwind.”
15 July 2010
The Telegraph Spa Spy – Reclaim Your Self Retreat Marrakesh
“Less an actual spa, more a four day, body and soul retreat at a private family riad in Marrakesh. Led by London-based massage therapist Julia Sampson, Reclaim Your Self offers wellbeing holidays across Europe, Africa and India…Spa Spy’s symptoms: Spy has sensitive digestion, which often leads to bloating. It gets worse after eating and when she is stressed. The prescription: A combination of nutrition, yoga, breathing exercises, hammam treatments and life coaching to support the body, de-stress the mind and kick-start an improvement."
8 February 2010
Times Online – Reclaim Your Self, Marrakesh
“My four days were an uplifting break that took me out of my familiar head space. I especially enjoyed the Scaravelli yoga – it’s based on the style of yoga developed by Vanda Scaravelli, who emphasised the importance of the spine, the natural gravity of the body and awareness of the breath. We had a 2 hour rooftop class each morning and, after watching the sunset, an hour’s class in the evening, which was usually punctuated by the other worldly sounds of the call to prayer. Helen Noakes was a vibrant, clever teacher who kept the movements basic to cater for a very mixed ability group…”
30 October 2009
Condé Nast Spa Guide – Go Figure
"Reclaim Your Self founder Julia Sampson first studied massage when she was an aider worker in Dar Salaam, so she’s at home in Tanzania. Based at the lovely Ngare Sero safari lodge on the slopes of Mount Meru overlooking snow capped Kilimanjaro, the company’s new retreat runs 9-15 April and includes healing therapies from India, Tibet, Zanzibar and the UK, as well as detox meals, yoga, sunset meditation, cooking classes and personalised nutritional guidance."
Body and Soul Escapes Britain and Ireland – Well Being Break
“You practise yoga before breakfast, and enjoy treatments in the afternoons. Jools gives expert deep tissue and hot stone massages; you can also try craniosacral therapy and chavutti thiramul massage. Isreali therapist Ariel Rubin offers Tibetan healing, combining acupuncture, osteopathy, bodywork, stretches and Tibetan medicine in his sessions. The weekends include two treatments. Jools chooses different houses in rural locations for her yoga breaks, such as Holycombe House in the Cotswolds. The weekends take a maximum of 15 people."