“In sync, four hands spread warm oil over my entire body, and the slow, languorous movements of the two therapists draw me further into a sense of detachment. Eventually I’m wrapped in pleasantly warm towels, lying in a state of tranquillity. The cells of my body feel alive yet calm at the same time. A therapist pours oil gently over my forehead and I sink into weightlessness. I’m basking in a state of deep relaxation to an extent I’ve never felt before.”
What sounds purely like a satisfied client after a wellness treatment, is in fact referring to an ancient healing system of natural and holistic medicines, which dates back thousands of years to the Himalayas. Having proven an effective antidote to chronic illnesses, it is considered an insider tip amongst stressed-out contemporaries, regarding it as the key to modern ailments such as burnout, depression and anxiety.
Literally translated as ‘the science of life’, Ayurveda has been practised to great success at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems since 1992, and it is now Europe’s leading private Ayurveda clinic. Over 1,200 light-flooded square metres in the Kaiserflügel [Emperor’s Wing] of Häcker’s Grand Hotel Bad Ems on the banks of the Lahn, 90 members of staff tend to guests from Germany and across the globe, using therapies from the ancient Indian healthcare system.
Testament to the clinic’s outstanding quality are the numerous accolades, such as the current edition of the Relax Guide which once again commends the clinic for its‘exceptional performance’, and the growing and overwhelmingly popular coverage from the media.
According to Ayurveda, life is governed by three principles: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Known as ‘doshas’, these guiding principles form the foundation of any individual’s physical, spiritual and psychological state. They control our body and soul’s sense of wellbeing by regulating the delicate balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. If the doshas are in harmony, then Ayurveda dictates that we will not only be healthy, but also happy.
During an extensive initial consultation, the Ayurveda doctor will determine an individual’s constitution as well as the state of their dosha balance with regards to the current prevalent pain or illness. Subsequently, all of the therapies, nutritional advice and behavioural recommendations are tailored to systematically rebuild the individual’s current imbalance.
At the core of the Ayurveda Privatklinik Bad Ems is the classic Ayurvedic treatment of Panchakarma, which translates as ‘five cleansing actions’. A system of perfectly coordinated therapeutic treatments, it follows three consecutive steps to gently yet profoundly release metabolism’s waste products and toxins from the body: loosening, mobilising and eliminating. In this way, Panchakarma eliminates the basic cause of many diseases, and incites the natural healing process.
The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems relies exclusively on the work of doctors with decades of experience and exceedingly well-trained therapists. Naturally, the emphasis of the treatments is adjusted depending on the disease and the individual, as well as the individual’s current phase of life, with each Panchakarma programme individually customised for one’s current physical strength. All of the treatments undertaken strengthen the body’s natural self-healing powers, which works to enable every client to prevent diseases from developing as well as effectively alleviating any current symptoms.
A Panchakarma treatment at Bad Ems is accompanied by an extensive programme of activities such as yoga and breathing exercises, Gandharva-Veda music therapy, presentations and talks by the Ayurveda-trained doctors and health consultants, a series of videos about Maharishi Ayurveda, concerts and much more.The spa hotel features a newly renovated, spacious wellness and spa landscape with a host of saunas and pools alongside its thermal swimming pool that is fed from a healing spring.
The incomparable level of comfort of a Grand Hotel is a further benefit.Virtually all of the exclusive rooms offer stunning views over both the Lahn and the beautiful neoclassical and Art Nouveau villas of the old Bad Ems. Located in the Lahn valley’s nature reserve, the Bad Ems spa is surrounded by the wooded slopes of the Taunus and Westerwald. Bad Ems is also a thriving cultural town with architectural masterpieces, sculptures in the Kurpark and concerts and performances in the theatre of the Kurhaus.
Just a few days of this effective and proven therapy seems like a holiday with longlasting recuperative value and a tangible boost to your health – and the extra bonus is the ease of its location in Germany, eliminating the hassle of a long-haul flight. Treatable diseases include vegetative disorders, stress-related illness, cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the digestive system, metabolic disorders, joint and spine ailments, respiratory diseases, allergies, skin diseases, gynaecological diseases, diseases of the urogenital tract, eye diseases, diseases caused by environmental toxins, nervous disorders, autoimmune diseases and accompanying cancer therapies.
Text & Photos: Maharishi Ayurveda Privatklinik Bad Ems
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