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Gender Medicine at la pura

gender medicine

Would you like to know your biological age, your allergies, your health forecast? La pura in the Waldviertel region of Austria is a dedicated healthy ageing resort designed exclusively for women.

More than a wellness hotel, the focus at la pura is on slowing the biological clock with treatments formulated to outsmart time. According to research, our age is determined 30 per cent by genetics, the remainder up to us to manage by our lifestyle choices and habits, good or bad. The resort attracts those who want to understand their make-up, identify and change negative lifestyle habits. The emphasis is not on anti but on healthy ageing by embracing and enhancing life‘s journey, not battling against it.

The theory is based on female-specific gender medicine developed by Dr Alexandra Kautzky-Willer of the Medical University of Vienna and healthy ageing programmes managed by Medical Director, Dr Sabine Froehlich, at la pura.  Based on science and proven evidence, ageing topics are individualised and addressed with innovative and sustainable solutions. Results not only determine the biological age, but highlight weak areas and risk factors.

There is a wide range of treatments and programmes which are custom-made and based on diagnostic tests and medical consultations, all in the name of aging gracefully.  Genetic testing tackles pre-dispositions and age-related diseases. A 3D skin analysis scans the skin to reveal collagen loss, sun damage and age. A saliva test detects silent inflammations in the body. Others include testing metabolic function and individual macronutrient needs leading to weight stability and management.  If stress is a factor, there’s mental counselling and relaxing treatments.

Originally built in 1914 as a mansion house, today it stands as a spacious health retreat with 85 guestrooms classically decorated. The Boccaccaio room, a former theatre, is the social heart where afternoon tea is served daily and the host for organised entertainment – a pianist, wine tasting or make-up workshop. Relaxed and  friendly, it’s a space for guests to share their experiences. Just over an hour from Vienna, the retreat lies in the Kamptal valley, with a river running by and a castle silhouette overhead.

The spa includes a choice of saunas, steam rooms & an infra-red cabin. Little exfoliating peeling cups are available, flavoured with mango, vanilla, or even chocolate – a refreshing touch.  And around every corner, relaxation areas appear in different modes, quiet rooms, warmed loungers, alcoves around the indoor pool and outdoor decks.

Prevention is a key component of healthy ageing.  Chinese traditional medicine is practised here as well as natural therapies such as underwater extension therapy, effective for tensions and misaligned sections of the spinal cord. “Healthy Ageing Therapy” is a revitalising manual massage using vaporised herb pouches and warm aromatic oils, individually created. Think almond and sesame oils, together with herbal mixtures of ginger, elderflower, mint and ivy.

Ad hoc botox and fillers are frowned upon. Here cosmetic and aesthetic medicine is based on the results of a Visia Scan, which detects the collagen levels, the depth of lines and wrinkles and the sun damage from which digital results calculate facial age. This test is a scientific qualifier for future and effective treatments which may take the form of thread lifting, fillers or skin rejuvenation with mesotherapy – a vitamin cocktail. A personalised serum is formulated for your skin’s requirements. For arms, legs and abdomens, the aesthetic body treatments target fat cells using suction-wave massage, reducing them via the lymphatic system, followed by an ultrasound and agent treatment to activate a fat-burning process.

Food is an integral part of a stay. The FX Mayr nutritional programme is a popular treatment to detox the intestines and improve digestion. It involves a different approach to eating and appreciating food intake.  Guests following this dine away from temptation in a separate dining room. And to maintain these culinary virtues and encourage diet lifestyle changes, cookery classes are held regularly in the show kitchen.

Guests can follow a low-calorie menu or for those wishing to indulge, dinner is a 4-course affair. Yellow turnip coconut foam soup and salmon with lukewarm orange fennel salad are examples of the creative dishes served.  Breakfast is ultra- healthy with warm millet porridge, spelt pancakes and vegan bircher served with an edible flower garnish – all too good to eat!  The restaurant spills outside, overlooking the square, a peak into everyday life in this sleepy town, known for its singer-song writer, Falco. His monument ornaments the local park.

Classes and activities for mind and body can fill your day with maybe a few new experiences thrown in. Smovey walking is trending – a one up-man-ship on Nordic walking. It involves weighted hand accessories while walking through the park and climbing through the forested area. These bright green loops help with posture and joint mobility and coordination. Along with yoga, a staple in spa resorts, classes include balance, endurance and spine care exercises. The sling workout involves muscle strengthening using ropes to stabilise the body. Days at la pura are interesting, sociable and as busy as you want them to be, including a dip in the River Kamp.

La pura offers that ray of hope to women battling with healthy ageing.It is a place to relax and to find a personalised formula to slow down the ticking clock, inside and out. A wrinkle and a wobble less, a stronger mind, a body and soul in harmony and acceptance.La pura serves a recipe that is effective, holistic and individual – a sustainable form of health prevention and healthy ageing.

la pura women’s health resort kamptal
Hauptplatz 58, 3571 Gars am Kamp, Austria
Tel.: 
+43 2985/26 66-741
Fax.: +43 2985/26 66-745
Mail: 
willkommen@lapura.at or reservierung@lapura.at

The packages:

https://www.lapura.at/en/health/healthy-aging/

https://www.lapura.at/en/health/detox/

The editor was a guest of la pura.

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is promoting wellness throughout the month of September. This theme aims to showcase and champion what cruise lines are doing to create enriching wellness experiences on a cruise holiday.

Each week throughout the month, CLIA focuses on a different topic under the ‘wellness’ theme. The first week is dedicated to relaxation, highlighting the plethora of options on a cruise holiday that enable guests to feel relaxed and in turn increase positive wellbeing.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “There’s something truly calming about a cruise holiday. Whether you are sailing on the open sea or pootling along a river, a cruise is the ideal escape for anyone searching for the ultimate relaxing holiday.

“Whether it be through onboard classes such as yoga, meditation and tai chi or simply relaxing in the onboard spa, relaxation has many lasting benefits to personal wellbeing and cruise lines are leading the way in finding innovative ways to ensure guests can relax and unwind during their holiday.”

Cruise Line News – Wellness & Relaxation

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways recently introduced a wellness programme across the entire European fleet – each ship now has a professionally trained ‘Wellness Host’ to conduct complimentary classes including yoga, cardio and circuits, as well as discussion groups on healthy eating and relaxation.

https://www.amawaterways.com/explore/wellness

APT

APT has increased the number of wellness classes onboard its ships from morning stretches to yoga and tai chi. The classes are conducted by the line’s new entertainment – a duo who alongside providing onboard entertainment, host wellness and fitness classes.

https://www.aptouring.co.uk/

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld has enhanced its Wellness on the Water programme across the fleet for 2020, including a complimentary wellness programme on its India cruises, centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga with a certified yogi. There are daily sunrise sessions of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individual meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate comfortably in this culturally immersive programme.

https://www.uniworld.com/uk/why-uniworld/wellness/

Scenic

Scenic has expanded their spa renovations including its innovative Salt Therapy Lounges for an invigorating boost – the first and only river cruise line to offer a therapeutic Salt Lounge, which invites guests to relax, energise and feel healthier. Handcrafted from salt bricks and humidity and temperature-controlled, the lounge has the micro-climate of a natural salt mine.

https://www.scenic.co.uk/

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IN2BALANCE themed cruises aboard 5 EUROPA 2. As part of the format, renowned experts and trainers present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East: yoga in all its variations, burnout prevention, t’ai chi, shiatsu and interval training. Depending on the cruise booked, guests discover new and proven techniques that help them to slow things down in our increasingly stressful day-to-day reality, bringing lasting benefits to their personal well-being.

https://www.hl-cruises.com/in2balance-ms-europa-2

A Wellness Community on Water

Luxury Wellness Onboard

The wellness real estate sector has been valued as a $134 billion global industry in 2017 by the Global Wellness Institute, with a projected growth to $198 billion by 2022.  Blue World Voyages, the world’s first cruise concept dedicated to active healthy lifestyles, is a player in this sizeable industry and has announced 40 Owners Residences onboard their first vessel, which launches in 2021.

Wellness lifestyle real estate is defined as a home which has been proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of its residents. Blue World Voyages’ Owners Residences will now offer this. The team have crafted a vessel and itinerary which is centred around wellness in all its forms, from the physical and social aspects to the emotional and intellectual dimensions. Owners can benefit from being part of this wellness community on water.

Those purchasing a Residence will have access to the ship’s two floors. which are solely focused around sports and wellness. They will offer a variety of state-of-the-art facilities which are unapparelled at sea. These range from a functional training & strength conditioning centre, golf & football stimulators, various fitness studios for classes such as yoga and spinning, and a sea-water lap pool which enables guests to do their laps in the ocean. Owners will also be able to take part in a range of active programming both onboard and ashore.  Land excursions will offer everything from cycling in Castellon (Spain) and surfing in Lisbon (Portugal), to horse riding in Cherbourg (France) and learning Tai Chi in Amsterdam (Netherlands). There will also be a dedicated team of experts and specialists onboard to offer tailored advice and personal programming as well as hosting talks on their fields of interest.

The ship’s interiors, from public spaces and guest suites, to the Owners Residences, have been designed and styled by top marine design architects, Tomas Tillberg International and acclaimed interior design firm Juan Poggi Designs. Owners are free to use their property as frequently as they wish, enabling them to travel the world and live in one of the healthiest environments possible. The vessel will be home to 40 one and two bedroom Residences, priced at £1,790,000 and £2,557,000 respectively.

Our surroundings and communities directly affect our daily lifestyles and have an impact on our health. Blue World Voyages believe that our homes, our most important personal investment, should also be a positive investment in our health and wellbeing.

Contact the editor@thehealthcareholiday.comif you have an interest in the sale of these luxury floating Residences.

For more information on Blue World Voyages, read here

Healing journeys in the rainforest

Silent canopy walks, wild swimming and rainforest yoga. The Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa in Malaysia brings a new level of healing programming by harnessing the healing power of its natural setting in the heart of the Mulu National Park.

The 52,000 hectares of ancient primary rainforest surrounding the resort serve as the canvas for Ayus Wellness, a new program created by Dr Gerry Bodeker, an academic at both the University of Oxford and Columbia University in New York.

The natural environment of Mulu allows Ayus Wellness to employ nature as one of its primary tools of therapy for personalized, science-based programmes to enhance minds and moods. This converts to forest immersion with yoga, meditation, silent canopy walks, and swimming in the mineralized waters of Clearwater Pool, which are filtered through 60-million-year-old limestone caves.

Ayus takes its name from the Sanskrit, meaning the sense of life, from its most microscopic cellular level to its simultaneous vastness, including the movement of galaxies and universes.

Borneo food traditions, local Sarawakian ingredients and flavors, and even wild-crafted foods from the grounds of the resort itself have been used to craft a unique wellness cuisine for Ayus Wellness. The gourmet vegetarian menu includes a unique power shot made from gotu kolu (Centella asiatica), known locally as Pegaga.

The resort adjoins the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park, one of the few sites in the world which satisfies all four of the criteria for the World Heritage List. One of the most important tenets of Ayus Wellness is its capacity for building employment among the indigenous local community; nearly 200 members of the indigenous community have been trained in roles from hotel management to running the national park.

With this innovative new program Ayus Wellness at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa has become the first hotel in Malaysia to join the Healing Hotels of the World. 

For more wellness destinations click here

 

 

Arctic Wellness

Doors will be opening to a new Arctic wellness experience which freezes into the Lule River in the winter and floats on top of the water in the summer.

Located in Lulea in Swedish Lapland, The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa, designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kaupp, offers wellness, mindfulness and cleansing treatments through spa partners Kerstin Florian.

This distinctive arctic wellness experience comprised six detached floating “cabins” and six additional cabins on land. The Arctic Bath has been inspired by the timber floating era which recalls how felled trees were transported downriver for processing. Both the spa and the rooms float on or are frozen into the water, depending on the season. The spa complex and cabins float on waters ranging from 6.5 to 14 feet deep and are connected by floating walkways. The Arctic Bath leaves a minimal environmental footprint.

The Arctic Bath’s approach to arctic wellness is based on four elements: nutrition, exercise, peace of mind, and the care of face and body. These are reflected through menus, focusing on clean, local ingredients; the encouragement of exercise through a variety of activities; working with affirmation cards, mindfulness and meditation and the Arctic Bath’s proprietary spa treatments. Guests at the floating hotel and spa will experience the wellness benefits of alternating cold-water and hot-water dips and sauna, yoga, meditation, and cleansing sessions such as crystal healing. There are no ambient distractions or light pollution. Colours are chosen for their therapeutic benefits and surrounding materials are organic and local.

The circular-shaped Arctic Bath houses one spa treatment room, four saunas, an outside cold bath, a hot bath, outdoor and indoor showers, and two dressing rooms. The open centre of the bath invites guests to sunbathe, ice bathe or sit back to view the Northern Lights or star-filled skies. A dip in the bath itself is consistent with the Arctic tradition of a cold-water plunge with the water maintained at 39 degrees Fahrenheit

The Arctic Bath project was developed by Kent Lindvall, Per Anders Eriksson, Robert Lundqvist, Patrik Jonsson and AnnKathrin Lundqvist. The project grew out of the opening days of the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden when developers envisioned taking the wood concept from the air to the water as well. Specialist design architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, translated the concept into design, utilizing their background of minimalist furniture and building design. The design of the spa and hotel is not only striking in its look but also in its creation, using local materials and leaving a minimal to zero-impact on the environment.

https://www.offthemap.travel/arctic-bath/

Music Yoga – Rock OM….

 

Music and yoga

Hard Rock Hotels has mixed rock with yoga for their first Rock Om®Retreat to give it a new twist.

Fusing serenity with vibrancy, this new retreat brings a fresh spin to the traditional art of yoga.  This immersive three-day yoga practice is set against the backdrop of  captivating sunlit mountaintops, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Visionary producer and yogi, DJ Drez  and his wife Marti Nikko,  will transform vinyasa practice through original tracks, sounds designed to invigorate and enhance movement and flow.

Breathing in fresh mountain air and liberating mind, body & soul, this holistic package includes a series of experiences. These include a sunrise yoga session & sunset yoga rave. An alpine hike to Schatzalp comes complete with a healthy picnic and a forest meditation. There is also a detox/retox yoga session in the hotel’s chapel featuring the live musical stylings of DJ Drez and instructor Marti’s yoga flow.

This exclusive retreat will take place from September 20th to 22nd, 2019.

For more information on Rock Om®, please click here.

Spa Experiences for Cancer Patients

The pool at the Slieve Donard Hotel.

Hastings Hotels in Northern Ireland has launched a new collection of nurturing face and body treatments for those who are living with, through and beyond cancer. Available at the Culloden Estate & Spa and Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, the treatments have been created with Wellness for Cancer™, a world leading provider of cancer therapy training and ESPA.

Working with Wellness for Cancer™, the hotels have developed treatments specially designed with support from ESPA to soothe the guest and nourish their body, using natural products. The Hastings Hotels’ spa therapists have been trained and certified to provide services for clients undergoing treatment for cancer and beyond.

Beginning with a personal consultation, these gentle treatments are carefully designed to help relax, nurture and support at a time when it is needed most, ultimately helping to aid the reduction of stress and anxiety while promoting inner calm.

All experiences begin with guided breath-work and visualisation to commence relaxation, with the emphasis on a holistic approach to each guest’s wellbeing. All therapists have been professionally trained in these specific medical conditions to tailor all treatments to the needs of the guest, taking into consideration recent surgery and the condition of lymphedema using ‘comfort touch’ treatments.

www.hastingshotels.com 

Indian Wellness at Dharana at Shillim

Yoga

Yoga in Shillim

Wellness at India’s Dharana at Shillim – a  fusion of Ancient Eastern Wisdom with Advanced Technology   

Dharana at Shillim adds to India’s specialist wellness destinations that combine ancient medicinal practices and beliefs with modern technology.

Opened last year, Dharana at Shillim combines the world’s most advanced diagnostics and assessment methods with traditional eastern medicine and practices. Gene testing, Oligo scanning, (used by NASA to find toxic and mineral content, including traces of metal in the body) and iridology are fused with eastern medicine and medicinal methods namely Ayurveda, acupuncture and yoga.

Explaining the Dharana philosophy, Dr. Arun Pillai, Director of Wellness adds,“The expectations on those living and working in the Western World are becoming increasingly unhealthy and taking toll on more and more people’s health and wellbeing. Dharana at Shillim combines the best and most effective practices from both Western technology and Eastern wisdom to help guests connect with both themselves and the world around them in a completely holistic way.. With a new life toolkit acquired at Shillim, we encourage guests to practice a healthier and happier lifestyle based on the principles of Conserve, Sustain and Heal.”

Nine different wellness programmes are offered that include the Dharana Yogic Life, The Destress and the 5000-year-old Ayurvedic Panchakarma. Guests  are given a tailored itinerary that will benefit them while at Shillim and after their stay to integrate into their lifestyle.

Daily activities at Shillim are based on Dinacharya which looks at the cycle of nature and creates daily activities around them. These range from clay & music therapy, meditation to treks with the resident naturalist and cardio fitness sessions.

Dharana at Shillim is three hours from Mumbai  and sits amid the majestic Sahyadri mountain range and within a UNESCO World Heritage Area.  Rice fields, bamboo plantations, forests and fresh clean air provide the ideal backdrop for wellness.

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For more information, please visit www.shillim.in

From the UK

Direct flights go from both London and Manchester to Mumbai approx. 9 hours, plus 3.5 hour road transfer, or indirect flight to Pune, approximately 12.5 hours with a stop-over in Delhi or Abu Dhabi followed by a 2.5 hour road transfer.

 

Iconic Wellness Resort, Chiva-Som to Reopen

Chiva Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand is scheduled to reopen its doors on October 2019 following major renovation.

Chiva-Som Hua Hin is Asia’s first comprehensive wellness resort, providing proven transformations towards optimal wellness.  Nestled in seven acres of tranquil grounds, it’s a beachfront resort dedicated to revitalising the mind, body and spirit. Western practices and Eastern philosophies are brought together in the wellness resort which provides services for guests to develop healthy habits and lifestyle transformations; it has been recognised by readers and industry experts alike as one of the outstanding wellness resorts in the world for since its launch 24 years ago.

The Resort is committed to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards in all levels of operation. Since its launch, Chiva Som has been dedicated to operating as ethically and sustainably as possible.  Their dedicated CSR team has implemented many initiatives, policies and practices for energy efficiency and conservation, waste water treatment and reuse, fresh water conservation, waste minimisation and recycling, air quality management and environmentally friendly product usage.

A few other recent awards include ‘Top ranked Asian Spa in Top 20 Destination Spas’ – Conde Nast Traveller The Readers’ Travel Awards 2018 (UK) and ‘Thailand’s Best Wellness Retreat 2018’- World Spa Awards (UK).

The beachfront resort is located in the town of Hua Hin, which lies 185 km south of the capital of Bangkok. It can be reached by car in under three hours, private plane in 25 minutes from Bangkok and chartered helicopter in 40 minutes from Bangkok

www.chivasom.com

Growth & trends in medical and wellness tourism

Burgenstock Waldhotel, Switzerland

The two spectrums of health tourism, medical and wellness are showing nourishing growth and massaging the lifestyle demands of today’s travellers.

The latest research was revealed at this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. Growth rate in Medical Tourism, according to Patients Beyond Borders and the Global Wellness Institute was up by 17% in 2017, with 22 million crossing borders. Wellness Travel had increased by 7.5% accounting to 290 million travellers. In the Middle East, the top five markets were, in descending order,  UAE, Morocco, Israel, Jordon and Bahrain. Spas and thermal mineral springs were highlighted as the most popular treatments.

Arab Health Magazine (January 15, 2019), featured medical tourism trends. Mental and dental treatments are at the top. Millenniums,  however, being more tech savvy, view medical tourism in a new light preferring telemedicine rather than doctors surgeries. Their treatments are usually due to incidental medical travel. Millenniums view wellness in the form of meditation and personalized nutrition while fashion has joined the wellness movement using fabrics and styles that allow more freedom.

The key current trends focus on mental wellness encompassing meditation and arts & creativity programming. They also include insomnia which is ruffling pillows to create sleep mania solutions, CBD (Cannabis based therapy) is making the industry light-headed and ways to make us happy are a subject for conversation.

Countries and cities are competing to become the key health tourism destination. Dubai’s Health Tourism  is now advancing and taking shape to meet its objective as a Preferred Global Health Care Destination & Wellness Hub. Ninety percent of Dubai’s hospitals have international accreditations and affiliations. This destination has a specialist holistic wellness resort, The Retreat Palm Dubai. Through its accredited facilities it is offering futuristic signature treatments like Cryotherapy and Vitamin Revitalization. For the international market its focus is on orthopedics, dentistry and dermatology amongst many other medical conditions. And to make bookings and research easier, Dubai Health Tourism www.dxh.ae helps visitors to make their bookings on one smart, smooth, seamless platform.

Dubai is working on emerging opportunities such as the meditation industry as anxiety and depression rates reach epic proportions worldwide. Meditation is now the fastest growing wellness trend in the US and elsewhere, with an explosion of meditation studios, apps and brands.  Wellness for aging and anti-aging is growing with countries like Italy, Japan and the US searching for solutions for ageing population and senior’s revitalization.

As a Capital of the Islamic Economy, Dubai offers specialised halal wellness that embraces other forms of wellness such as eco-wellness. This will attract the massive Asian and MENA audiences currently going to Central and Far East destinations.

Dubai aims to expand its tourism to Transit Tourism, its “On-the-go” wellness tourism boosted by same-day ‘in and out’ procedures that Dubai is already offering in dental and other cosmetic facilities.

There’s growing medical consensus that DNA testing and blood analysis can guide diet and lifestyle changes for weight loss, dermatology treatments, allergy treatments and more. Since DXH already welcomes many tourists facing these problems, it can boost its existing procedures with genetic evaluation

According to Dr. Yasser Moshref, CEO Premedion, the top concepts shaping the international medical wellness landscape include Thalasso therapy, medical beauty, detox and weight management. The top performing countries in this area are Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Thailand. The properties highlighted are the Thalasso Spa A-Rosa in Sylt Germany, Premedion Spa & Prevention Zhanijang, China with an Anti Aging Centre, the Premedion Spa & Prevention Alexandria, Egypt and in planning is the Premedion Spa & Prevention, Al Ahsa.

Dr. Abhishek Jain, VP, International Operations, WTS International sees clients looking for Integrative Wellness described as a mix of a conventional spa settings and modern clinical settings. Intergrative Wellness is the fusion of the authenticity of holistic treatment approaches with the effects  of non-invasive evidence based medicine. We have seen the formation of partnerships in this concept with Hyatt who acquired the Miraval Group & ‘Life In Balance” Spa Brand and Singapore Airlines with Canyon Ranch.

The increase in medical and wellness tourism indicates that well-being is no longer a health measure but  a life measure. It is drawing together partners in tourism and specialist medical-wellness providers to deliver more spa & wellness therapies and wellness holidays. Traditional and state of the art treatments are joining forces to bring health tourism as a lifestyle habit.

And as we discuss these two spectrums of health tourism, there is evidence of them uniting in the rise of dedicated wellness-medical properties such as the Waldhouse in Burgenstock, Switzerland and opening soon, The Corinthia in Dubai in 2020.

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The published definition of Medical Tourism is travel across international borders for the purpose of receiving medical care whereas Wellness Tourismis associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing personal wellbeing.

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