The pool of internationally renowned experts at the 5-star hotel in Merano offers advice and suggestions for coping with quarantine through rediscovering a healthy and conscious lifestyle for a renewed balance between body and mind.
Therestrictive measures caused by Coronavirus have altered our daily lives, causing effects on our mood to the point of psychological consequences. Sadness, boredom, stress, anxiety and fear are just some of the moods that many people are experiencing at this time of health emergency.
Helpful advice on how best to deal with this period of isolation, turning it into an opportunity for personal rediscovery, comes from the team of healers, doctors and specialists at the Preidlhof Luxury Dolcevita Resort in Merano, led by Patrizia Bortolin, a SPA concept designer with many years of experience in wellness and luxury hospitality behind her.
Thanks to his contribution, the South Tyrolean hotel recently revamped its philosophy by focusing on the concept of Transformational Wellness: an integrated approach between medicine, holistic experiences and wellness, based on the idea of vacation as an opportunity for personal, spiritual as well as physical regeneration.
Preidlhof Luxury Dolcevita, 5,000-square-meter spa and therapist pool
For more than 50 years, the 5-star hotel has represented excellence among luxury spa destination destinations. A distinctive feature is an exclusive SPA area of 5,000 square meters, the first in the world to obtain ISO 17679 certification for Wellness & SPA Hotels, thanks to the quality of its offerings, the breadth of treatments and the innovative wellness concept.
Between natural herbs, daily rituals, colors that stimulate positivity, and ancient practices, here are tips from the pool of therapists consisting of, in addition to Patrizia Bortolin, from the Dr. Alexander Angerer, physician and expert in complementary medicine; Stefano Battaglia, renowned Master Therapist specializing in Trauma Touch Skill; and Martin Kirchler, researcher in ancient medicines.
Discovering a healthy and mindful lifestyle that relies on a perfect balance between body and mind.
“My advice is to embark on a path to fall in love with yourself. Make your morning routine a ritual: mine consists of brewing freshly ground coffee first and then the Making hot infusions during the day. Eat slowly and try to chew more than 50 times-it’s about really enjoying food, nourishing the body and mind. Also take a supplement
alkaline every day and prepare a foot bath with salts in the evening. Diffuse essential oils of orange and lemon in the air during the day and lavender in the evening. Try to manage your digital addiction,
unplug from phones as much as possible, don’t watch television, wear nice colors, be kind and practice meditation daily,” suggests Patrizia Bortolin.
The Spa Director of the Preidlhof, in addition to having a 360-degree knowledge of international wellness offerings, with a passion for spiritual research, psychology and the healing effects of the
natural techniques, is also a teacher of mindfulness, Yoga Nidra and Laughter Yoga, an expert in psycho-aromatherapy, Color Coaching, Mindful Eating, Transformational and Happiness Coach.
Stephen Battaglia is a teacher of meditation and spiritual search at Preidlhof, as well as an intuitive therapist, specializing precisely in Emotional Shock , Trauma recovery and Trauma Touch Skills .
Despite the fact that the critical situation may cause one to question and seek new responses, approaches to life and different priorities, the expert continues to stick to his daily practices and advises shifting attention from the outer world to the inner world.
“It is absolutely important to achieve deep harmony of body and mind through care and affection toward ourselves. In this way, we can further improve the fundamentals of our Presence, our immune system, gain a broader understanding of the difficulties of life for all living things and develop empathetic compassion and deep-rooted joy.”
A versatile and extremely talented therapist, Martin Kirchler trained in yoga, Taoism and body-oriented psychotherapy, approaching and becoming passionate about the wisdom of ancient medicines . His advice draws its foundation from Daoyin Yoga practice, a Chinese art of increasing self-awareness in the present moment, achieving a balanced energy cycle and improving one’s health.
“People often suffer from insufficiency related to respiratory capacity and oxygen intake. This can be a disadvantage in flu season. We can learn a lot From traditional Chinese medicine. From the Daoyin discipline we learn the basics of healthy breathing: “Driving.” (Dao) “air” (qi) and expand our breathing capacity, expelling and stretching (Yin). This lies at the heart of what in modern Chinese culture is called Qigong, literally “working with air.”
While being healthy, practicing exhalation exercises for preventive purposes is something we can all put into practice. But be careful in doing this. Remember that the most important thing in all you do will be to free your mind from pathogenic panic, shock and fear. Just one of these factors can block the respiratory system in a way not unlike the distress syndrome respiratory: when one inhales briefly and forcefully, but fails to exhale deeply and healthily and results in a Qi (air) deficit. Keep a calm and serene mind, take some deep, clarifying breaths and stretch the body.”
Dr. Alexander Angerer, aware of the difficulty of this moment, suggests facing one’s fears in the same way as physical pains. In general, it is essential to slow down and focus on life’s priorities. “It is important to remain as calm and serene as possible. For many of my patients who suffer from anxiety, I am recommending mineral salts (a combination of calcium, magnesium, potassium, carbonate salt and mineral salts) to balance acidity levels, as well as vitamin B supplementation. I also recommend essential oils dabbed between the eyebrows or Rescue Remedy Bach Flower (10 drops 3 times a day), as well as a bath with Epsom salts and a good restorative sleep.”.
Preidlhof Luxury Dolcevita Resort
With 71 rooms, the Preidlhof is a 5-star hotel with 5,000 sq m of wellness area, a 6-story Sauna Tower and an atmospheric natural setting just outside Merano in South Tyrol. Owned and operated by the Ladurner family, the hotel combines a sense of hospitality with a range of services of the highest quality, offering a stay that becomes an opportunity for physical, social, emotional and spiritual regeneration.
Preidlhof has earned a reputation as a holistic, preventive, and medical wellness center and has become a world leader in offering integrated wellness services and transformational retreats for adults only (guests 16 and older).