Wednesday 15 November 2023

nobu stretch and sushi ♥

Let's rewind back to 2012 when I first created this blog. I never thought I would still be creating content all these years later and I am so grateful that I have been lucky enough to try the newest products, trends and attend innovative industry events. I feel like this is an extra special blog post today because this is certainly a pinch me moment. I was kindly invited to the Portman Square Nobu restaurant to try the new Stretch & Sushi package. The Stretch & Sushi concept was created by Founder and Creative Director, Marsha Lindsay. The Stretch and Sushi package includes one 45 minute Pilates class in one of the luxury Pilates studios and then you are served an exclusive dining experience at the Nobu restaurant downstairs. Now more than ever, we are very focused on our wellbeing - looking after our insides as well as our outsides.
My typical daily routine has dramatically changed now that I am in my early thirties, I use LED masks, protein shakes, collagen supplements - the list goes on but the theme is very clear. We are much more focused on the health and well-being of our bodies and lifestyle. This is why the Stretch and Sushi concept is so refreshing and modern. The idea of a bottomless brunch can leave me feeling slightly sluggish or dehydrated the next day so what better way to look after your body by treating it to an intense workout that works to tone every muscle in your body? Now, if anyone knows me and my fitness journey, we all know I am certainly not an expert.
Fitness does not come natural to me, I am slightly on the clumsy side which is why I was so excited to experience Pilates for the first time. Let's be honest, the thought of me racing on a bike or hiking in this cold British weather really does not appeal to me. But as I arrived at the Nobu Pilates studio, I instantly felt at home. I walked through the beautiful lobby and made my way to the changing rooms upstairs. The glossy, sleek marble changing room certainly put my local gym to shame. A Dyson hairdryer and GHD flat irons were perfectly placed on the large mirrored dressing table area and the fine selection of Grown Alchemist hand wash and lotions were carefully displayed by the sinks. You can see that every inch of the Nobu Wellness & Fitness centre has been carefully planned and styled to perfection. 
I made my way to the Pilates studio and Marsha instantly made me feel at ease. She has a handpicked team of professional trainers that can work with your body at any fitness level. From body builders to newbies like myself, there is a reason why A listers are queuing up to visit Marsha and her team. I absolutely loved my first Pilates class and for 45 minutes, you can expect every part of your body to feel something. Although there were a few of us in the class, it really felt like a one on one experience because Marsha has a really special talent at knowing exactly when you need help with positioning yourself or using the reformer for a particular posture.
After the class ended, I took my trademark Nobu mirror selfie, and we popped to the showers and made our way downstairs to the Nobu restaurant. As we sat down at our table, a selection of dishes came out and I can honestly say, I have not tasted sushi like it. Part of the Stretch and Sushi package includes a delicious Bento Box and a non-alcoholic cocktail. The Bento Box is inspired by the legendry founder, Nobu Matsuhisa. It includes Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing, an assortment of Sushi, Baby Tiger Shrimp with Creamy Spicy Sauce, the renowned Black Cod Miso and Vegetable Spicy Garlic with Rice. A vegetarian option is also available.
Overall, you can expect fitness and luxury to come hand in hand when you arrive to Nobu, from the treatment rooms to the Pilates studio - who knew fitness could look this good? I absolutely love the concept and if you are looking to treat your mum, sister or best friend to a day that will make you feel and look great, this is the perfect gift. Not only is the food to die for but it was really inspiring to meet Marsha and to see her love for Pilates up-close and personal. I am absolutely in awe of this concept and if you are looking for something to give you that 'feel good' feeling, this package is definitely for you. For more details about the class and dining experience, you can visit the Nobu Portman Square website here. What are your thoughts on the Pilates and sushi concept? Are you ending 2023 with a more excited approach to fitness and wellness like myself? 


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