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Healthy Ageing in Austria

Gender Medicine at la pura

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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.

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/

The MediSpa at Park Igls, Austria

The MediSpa at Park Igls has a wide variety of treatments and diagnostics to better understand and heal the body mentally, physically, and medically.

The core to every program at Park Igls is the Manual Abdominal Therapy (MAT). This treatment is done by a physician several times throughout a stay. Another signature of the MediSpa is the Kneipp hydrotherapy treatment, which is recommended daily to guests.

Physiotherapy, medical massage and medical treatments are all available. Physiotherapy is offered for chronic pain, injuries, post-surgery, and defects such as scoliosis. Their medical services include electrotherapy, acupuncture, Haemo-Laser therapy, intravenous drip therapy, therapeutic phlebotomy, and neural therapy. Health psychology such as talk therapy and coaching is on hand to help with stress management and sleep issues.

Park Igls’ MediSpa not only offers treatments for an array of medical ailments and injuries, but also preventative measures. They offer ultrasound diagnostics to search for cancer in the abdominals, prostate, breasts, thyroid and brain-supply vessels. All risk factors and bodily functions can be examined at their testing facilities. In turn, the diagnostics help the physicians at Park Igls customize treatments so every patient receives what is required.

Set in the scenic heart of the Alps, their destination spa has a full menu of beauty, relaxation, and fitness options. Park Igls is easily accessible from Innsbruck Airport.

Visit the Park Igls website for more information and read our review here.

Rudding Park, Harrogate, UK

The Rudding Park Spa offers medically focused treatments alongside traditional spa luxuries.

Rudding Park offers “Living with and Beyond Cancer” treatments created by Jennifer Young. These treatments include skincare that is specially designed for patients with sensitive skin and full body treatments that use crystals and oils to bring peace and balance back to the body and mind. They also offer natural, organic, nourishing manicures and pedicures to restore sensitive hands and feet.

Spa guests can partake in the Mud Rasul Ritual, a traditional Moorish offering. A choice in packages offer different types of mud, promising a rejuvenating experience. Guests enjoy access to the Rooftop Spa and Gardens and the Escape Room, which includes relaxation through audio, and visual experiences. Treatments range from facials, massage, manicures and pedicures, to treatments tailored to individuals.

Back in 1571, the first mineral spring was discovered christening Harrogate as the place of healing waters. Today, the privately-owned Rudding Park & Spa has stolen the title for restoring the mind and revitalising the body. The house at Rudding Park Spa may have been completed in 1824, but the spa is modern and luxurious.

https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk/ 

Sleep tight!

pebbles 4A good night’s sleep is important for emotional, physical and mental wellbeing especially in our fast-paced lifestyles. There is an increasing number of therapies and products to help induce this much needed slumber. Hastings Hotels have introduced a natural therapy in the form of a tailor-made new Sleep Ritual spa ritual.

Performed in calming, candlelit surroundings, the ESPA Sleep Ritual is offered at The Culloden Estate & Spa and the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland. The treatment includes breathing and visualisation techniques to release physical and emotional anxiety and restore energy. A deep tissue massage to release deep-seated muscular tension is combined with hot stones and warmed fragrant ESPA oil poured onto the body. This concludes with a soothing scalp massage to relieve any final signs of stress ensuring guests completely switch off.

The 5* Culloden Estate & Spa stands on the forested slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. In close proximity to Belfast City Centre, the luxurious spa is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for mind, body and soul. Guests can revel in a range of ESPA products and therapies with eight treatment suites, two pre and post treatment relaxation rooms. The hotel also offers a variety of different classes at the Health Club including Aquafit, Yogalates and Pilates. Guests can also enjoy relaxing in the pool, Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam room. In 2017, Hastings Hotels celebrated 50 years of the ownership of the jewel in its crown, the Culloden Estate & Spa, as well as the completion of a £4.8M renovation programme at the hotel over the last three years.

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is situated on the seashores of the Irish Sea on Newcastle Bay. The hotel looks out to the Mountains of Mourne. Set in six acres of private grounds, the property is famous for its expansive and luxurious spa. Guests can escape to a cocoon of calm with over two floors of tranquillity, including a 20 metre swimming pool and Vitality Pool, amethyst steam room and high-tech fitness studio.

www.hastingshotels.com

Danubius Health Spa Resort Grandhotel Pacifik

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This imposing health spa resort is located in Mariánské Lázne enjoying views over the city and to the Colonnade renowned for its Singing Fountain.

Rooms are equipped are well-equipped and feature a balcony to enjoy views at your leisure. Two restaurants offer an extensive choice of Bohemian and international cuisine as well as a wide variety of dietary dishes.

Hotel facilities include a wellness centre, swimming pool with massage nozzles, a Kneipp pool, event shower, a sauna.

There are a wide range of specialised treatments available for specific conditions.

These are medically regulated and managed by a team of expert, highly experienced physicians. They all combine the natural resources with medical expertise using traditional & modern methods. Natural resources include thermal mineral water, thermal mineral soaked mud, cold mineral springs, and gas wraps.

In addition, there are a range of wellness and beauty programmes.

The Danubius Health Spa Resorts are located in Central Europe and offer advanced Medical, Rehabilitation and Wellness NATURAL Spas.

Weavers’ House Spa Lavenham

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Weavers’ House Spa set in Lavenham offers a wide range of treatments. Their range of ‘Touch Therapies” are ground-breaking treatments, using specially formulated products, to help those living with, and beyond cancer.

Editor’s Review:

Deep in the heart of Suffolk lies the pretty village of Lavenham with its crooked buildings dating back to medieval times. Woven between quaint teashops and art galleries sits the Swan Hotel, camouflaged by its age-old timber structure. Inside with beams and alcoves, history repeats itself with intimate lounges, cozy fireplaces and meandering passageways. Here, as a guest, you are addressed by your name, not your room number while your breakfast preferences are remembered from the day before. The Swan embraces you and provides the perfect setting for stepping away from busy schedules.

“May we have your tension please….” I read this from a display card. It refers to the unique facility attached to the hotel. Chic, stylish and extremely personal, the Weavers’ House Spa is tucked behind the imposing timber structure in a separate building but linked with easy access from the hotel or through a pretty garden and decked area.

The genuine care for individual comfort and attention seeps through to this award-winning Spa. Modern and bright the experience is peppered with sweet indulgences as well as custom-created treatments. A wide range of treatments include signature packages such as the 2-hour Weavers’ House Hug which promises that you will “Swan Out” feeling totally restored while the Brush with Heaven, which uses brush sequences of different sizes and textures, aims to stimulate, massage and drain toxins. The menu is extensive, capturing every type of facial, massage, scrub and wrap specially created to make them unique, earning this Spa a basket of awards and accolades.

My spa journey started as soon as I arrived. The changing rooms are neat, bright and spotless. The robes engagingly fluffy and soft, setting me immediately into a pampering mindset. I find a little tray waiting for me in the lounge, neatly laid with a consultation form accompanied by a strawberry smoothie in a shot glass – containing those all-important antioxidants. I am then escorted to one of the six elegant treatment rooms where I was surprised by the Hydrotherm waterbed mattress. This apparently relieves pressure off the spine during a treatment. Slightly hesitant that I would lose balance, it proved to be extremely comfortable. A full massage usually requires turning, smothering your face, but this time the whole massage was done lying on my back. At the end of the treatment, totally relaxed, a zesty lemon sorbet is placed in the room as a post treatment treat, prescribed to awaken my senses! I am then led to a quiet relaxation room where a blended tea awaits complete with a macaroon. How sweet!

It’s sensory too. The inhalations help to relax the mind to deepen the effect of the treatment. The various products give a hint of the aroma aiding calm and peace. There is no noise or disturbances around.

Not wanting to turn any guest away, the Weavers’ House Spa has launched its selection of “Touch Therapies” by Jennifer Young for those living with and beyond cancer. Jennifer Young is an experienced micro-biologist and nutritionist, qualified therapist and product formulator. The therapists at the Spa have been specially trained and qualified in her treatments and skincare to provide the highest grade of treatment with quality ingredients. Touch therapies range from a facial, massage and top to toe experience. All Jennifer Young’s “Defiant Beauty” range have been developed for those affected by cancer and are 100% natural and organic.

The same personal attention has also been paid to the products they use and sell. Think cashmere, diamond dust and truffles. The products boast exotic ingredients made by the British brand, Temple Spa. Their exclusivity means availability is limited to the likes of Emirates First Class, Harrods, Selfridges, Orient Express and of course Weavers Spa as well as a scattering of selected spas across the country.

To relegate stress to history, experience products of the modern age while cocooned in a character hotel in a medieval setting, head to The Swan in Lavenham.

To book a stay at the Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa and treatments in Weavers’ House Spa call +44 (0) 1787 247477 or visit www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk Rooms start from £185 per night for two sharing including a full Suffolk breakfast; dinner from the a la carte menu is from £39 per person for three courses. Overnight guests have a complimentary two-hour session with use of the spa facilities including the sauna, steam room, outdoor vitality pool and relaxation lounge.

Espa Life at The Corinthia Hotel, London

Integrative treatments in luxurious surroundings

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Centrally located a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, this stylish hotel steeped in history is host to an extensive ESPA Spa.

Encouraging serenity amid the cultural chaos of its city location, the ESPA Spa offers a wide range of creative treatments from mindful meditations and facials to just “being” in its architecturally pleasing environment.

www.corinthia.com/london

Editor’s Review:

My arrival is greeted with a warm chamomile tea and a gentle smile. The reception looks like a setting for Chanel – all champagne and shiny black marble with an imposing statue. It is calm, tranquil and luxurious.

EspaLife is a next Generation Spa and located at the Corinthia Hotel in London. It is dedicated to total relaxation, is spread over four floors and said to be the largest urban facility of its kind in London and I can believe it.

The thermal floor is innovative with an ice fountain positioned close to an Amphitheatre- styled sauna, unique with glass walls, a far cry from the traditional design of a wooden sauna. There are two pools, one being a Vitality pool with a ceiling reflecting the ripples below and modern open flamed fires create an intimate atmosphere that is rich, warm and contemporary.

With a heightened focus on relaxation, heated marble beds are carefully positioned around to relax and admire the space. Privacy has been created through the clever use of curved walls to introduce individual space areas. And do try the sleep pods – a dedicated private area just for you.

The wide choice of unique treatments stem from a holistic approach. Mindful therapies have been blended with traditional practices to offer facials, massages and bespoke treatments to suit individual needs prescribed by professionally-trained therapists. Catering for all types and ailments, these range from Craniosacaral Therapy & Reflexology, Bamboo Joint Release, a Dosha Specific Ritual for balance, an Age Rebel Face Treatment for Men, a Maternity Massage, and for feet, a prescription service for Orthotics.

The Nurture and Support programme is its signature suite of complementary alternative therapies. I sampled the ESPA Mindful Massage which included the ancient practices of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra to bring about conscious relaxation. This included guided breathing and visualization. My therapist, aptly called Angel, guided me through this unusual treatment. After a consultation, the massage concentrated on the small chakra points to stimulate energy through blocked areas. Once unblocked, his voice strong and clear transported me away through breathing and visualisation to rebalance and restore my mind and body to the here and now. Did it work? I left lighter in mind, my body more balanced and a feeling of renewed positivity and more conscious of the present moment.

ESPALife has also launched a new collection of nurturing face and body rituals for those experiencing any of the symptoms, degrees and stages of cancer. This follows many years of development, working with Wellness for CancerTM,
a non-profit educational foundation and underpinned by an extensive training programme.

Beginning with a personal consultation, these gentle rituals are carefully designed to help relax, nurture and support at a time when they are needed the 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 steady the breathing along with crystals where appropriate to create a sense of calm and ensure you get the most out of your experience.

Which ever treatment you choose, rest assured, you will leave not only balanced and relaxed but equipped with advice to integrate into your daily routines to enhance your general wellbeing. But ensconced amid this tranquil oasis, you may not want to leave……. Another chamomile tea please.

The ESPA Life in the Corinthia Hotel is located close to the river Thames and a walk from Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London.

Danubius Health Spa Resort in Margitsziget, Hungary

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The Danubius Health Spa Resort, located in Maritsziget, Hungary, is known as the spa island of Budapest. All rooms have a balcony and the resort has indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a jacuzzi. The Wellness Centre offers wellness massages and baths, while the Medical Spa is home to a therapy centre, salt cave, laser eye clinic and dental clinic.

Danubius Health Spa Resort won the 2016 IMTJ award for international medical tourism hotel of the year.