Ortho Pilates for back pain week

Otrho Pilates for Back pain on KytheraIf you are an active person but prone to Back Pain and you want a constructive break away from it all, then this may be just the thing for you! Outside in the fresh air, near the sea, walking among the spring flowers in the hills of Kythera, a beautiful Greek island, while also having daily Pilates exercises and personal private Osteopathic treatment .

Release, Retrain, Rebuild..

Don’t let the pain in your back prevent you from enjoying the pleasures of a Greek island holiday. Instead, come on our Pilates for Back Pain retreat! You will have personal manual therapy and a treatment plan from our osteopath, releasing your aching bones, realigning muscles with daily Pilates , strengthening and retraining your posture to support and rebuild a more stable and flexible body.


The week:

From .. until .. May 2018 we organize the Ortho Pilates for Back Pain week. During this intensive but enjoyable week, direct attention will be paid to your body and your body’s health and well-being. Manual therapy and Pilates work together and will lead you to understand what’s going on in your back and no longer be afraid of it. It won’t be a miracle cure, but it will deepen your own understanding of your body ‘s health and its well-being.

Your week will begin with a gentle first-morning Pilates class followed during the first and last day with a personal treatment from the osteopath. Each morning there will be a full 90 minute Pilates class, followed by a fabulous breakfast. During the daytimes there will be one to one (personal) Pilates classes, and you will otherwise be free to roam or rest. There will be two cars available for you to explore the island, before a second Pilates class at sunset. In the evening there are a range of restaurants to choose from. The full program you will find on the bottom of this page.


Pilates for back pain week offer May 2018:

The packages includes:

– a stay of 7 nights in a luxury studio or apartment in Xenonas Fos ke Choros, Kiperi House or Kalami House*

– daily breakfast

– welcome diner at local restaurant the first evening

– morning and evening Pilates classes

– 2 osteopath sessions, one at the start and one at the end of the week

– one to one Pilates classes to address your own condition and refine your exercise regime

– a personal treatment and maintenance plan with targeted exercises and things you need to know, tailored to your own needs and lifestyle. This will be available online after the week is over.

– farewell drink at local café

– 2 rental cars are available for the group


The package does not include:

– costs of return flights from your home country to Athens and from Athens to Kythera. Ask us a for a free personal Travel Proposal. It consists of a Travel Description and a Travel Cost Indication.

– costs of evening meals (except welcome diner). All rooms have fully equipped kitchens, where participants can prepare their own meals and also there are various restaurants in the area with good quality food and low prices.


Price and accommodation:

The following accommodations are available for participants:

– a Suite or a Studio at Xenonas Fos ke Choros
– an apartment at Kiperi House, a small traditional guesthouse in the village of Frilingianika (5 minutes driving from Xenoas Fos ke Choros)
Kalami, a traditional house in the village of Frilingianika

The price for the full package is € ..  for one person staying in a studio at Xenonas Fos ke Choros, an apartment at Kiperi House or in Kalami House.

The price for 2 persons sharing a Suite at Xenonas Fos ke Choros is € .. per person. The Suites have a separate bedroom and a sleeping area on a traditional platform in the livingroom.


About back pain:


About Pilates:

Pilates targets the deep postural muscles, building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving a balance between strength and flexibility, and it is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension.

Pilates is perfectly suited to working through chronic and habitual Back Pain conditions so often brought on by poor posture and bad habits

Its slow, controlled approach which combines mind as well as body control, means that it gives much longer-term results. It is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.

Pilates - Alex Mavrocordatos

About Osteopathy:


The trainers:

Alex Mavrocordatos prefers to work closely with individuals and small groups committed to improving their own bodies and themselves: addressing their aches and pains, refining their posture and developing their core strength, retain (or regain) a sleeker profile and work towards an active healthy body.

Alex is an an experienced Body Control Pilates teacher, with further extensive training related to Low Back Pain to become a Back4Good® Practitioner  and BackCare professional.

Alex initially trained as a performing artist in the sixties and seventies, specializing in dance and movement and what is now known as ‘Physical Theatre’. His dance training was in the LABAN system through the Joos/Leeder method.

In subsequent years this was augmented by a growing awareness and involvement with the Alexander technique which kept feeding body awareness and control into his performance work as well as his teaching.


Jessica Ovett is an osteopath with nearly 20 years experience in traditional structural osteopathy and gentle cranial techniques. Her first degree in Psychology and Neuroscience fueled her interest in understanding the body/mind relationship and its impact on health and wellbeing. In 1998 she graduated from The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in London and has been working in London ever since. She currently runs a complementary health practice in Highgate, North London with a colleague.

Jessica is experienced in using osteopathy to help conditions such as neck and back pain and sports injuries. Osteopathy may also be helpful with bio-mechanical and postural conditions. Having worked closely for a number of years with other types of therapists and practitioners of muscular skeletal medicine, she adopts a whole body approach, taking all aspects of her patients into consideration. Following a longtime interest in Pilates she has recently trained with Body Control Pilates teacher training in London.


Full program Pilates for back pain week:

Arrival evening
– release and relaxation session
– welcome diner at local restaurant
Day 1
– ABC class
– breakfast
– personal Osteo sessions (1 to 1) over the whole day
– parallel – special Pilates work for absolute  beginners
– evening – breathing and release, body-scan meditation ‘stripping’
Day 2 until 5
– morning – juice/coffee/thee/water
– dynamic Pilates class
– breakfast
– one to one Pilates or Osteo sessions during daytime
– release classes at sunset
Day 6
– morning – juice/coffee/thee/water
– dynamic Pilates class
– breakfast
– personal Osteo session to close/finish
– farewell drink with Greek snacks at local café
Day 7 – day of departure
– breakfast
– preparing for departure
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