Ayurveda-based therapy programs have been growing in popularity for several years. One advantage of this, is that you no longer have to travel vast distances, for example to India or Sri Lanka, for treatment opportunities. You will also find physicians and therapists who offer Ayurveda therapy close to your hotel. In this way, you avoid the added strain of a long journey, as well as the stresses associated with time and climate changes.
Ayurveda treatments and therapy programs are also offered at Hotel Kranzbichlhof on the Dürrnberg, close to Salzburg City. Here, you will discover "European-style" Ayurveda in a place of astonishing natural power, a power that was even understood by the ancient Celts – with the added benefit of astonishing air quality and a healthful climate. Guests participating in the Ayurveda program are in the able hands of Lisa Mandl M.D., who is specialized in general practice, and Bernadette Fuschlberger-Pühringer, a certified Ayurveda practitioner.
But what is Ayurveda exactly, for whom does Ayurveda therapy make sense and what happens in the context of an Ayurveda treatment program? We answer those, and other questions about your Ayurveda experience.
Ayurveda means essentially "the knowledge of life" and is a traditional healing art from India that is still immensely important today - especially in Asia. Ayurveda is taught scientifically as a healing method, enjoying great acceptance in the broader population.
The three Doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - represent the elements. Keeping them in balance is, according to Ayurveda, the basis of good health. The current state of balance between Doshas is evaluated by means of a pulse diagnostic, questions as well as a visual examination. The diagnosis not only affects treatment, but also nutrition.
As Fuschlberger-Pühringer underscores: "There is no Ayurveda treatment that does not incorporate correct nutrition." In addition to the Doshas, the digestive fire – known as Agni – also plays an important role in Ayurveda teachings. This digestive fire is influenced by our choices of the foods we eat.
"The fundamental principle of Ayurveda is the art of living healthily and true to your own constitution, and healing gently", says Bernadette Fuschlberger-Pühringer. "For Ayurvedic teachings are based on the assumption that each person has a constitution that is uniquely his or her own - referred to in Ayurveda as Dosha.“
Basically, for anyone who wants to do something preventively to promote their health and wellbeing. Naturally, there are special circumstances, such as preparations during pregnancy, the desire to get rid of accumulated metabolic waste products, increase energy levels, treat digestive disorders or skin complaints, to name but a few.
Ayurveda therapy programs generally consist of 3 phases involving, preparation, cleansing and building:
After a therapy program, the balance you have just restored is still very delicate, requiring you to be very attentive and maintain the same good daily rhythm which you developed during the program. In this regard, nutrition and lifestyle are particularly important. In ideal circumstances, for example – because your body is still highly susceptible to external impulses – you will continue to consume specific herbs and arrange for one or two massages every month.
It is also vital to realize that Ayurveda therapy is a fresh start to life. It is only the beginning, providing you with a new direction that you will ideally try to follow, integrate and even intensify.