Detox in a Peaceful Ayurvedic Oasis
In the German Mosel region lies a well-kept secret: the Parkschlösschen hotel. Whether you are looking for a detox (Panchakarma), want to shed a few pounds, or just want to relax completely; at the 5-star Ayurveda Parkschlösschen hotel you will find a program tailor-made for you.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the oldest medical system known to man. The philosophy originated over 5,000 years ago in India and Sri Lanka. The word Ayurveda is a combination of the word āyus (life) and veda (knowledge). It can therefore be best translated as the "knowledge of life". It's a lifestyle that promotes health, happiness and longevity. The secret of Ayurveda lies in the holistic principle and the knowledge of our oneness with nature and its laws. It is a world where knowledge is imparted without words, where only vibrations and energies speak. Your body is purified and your diet is adjusted to your needs. In Ayurveda, good nutrition and a good digestive process is considered one of the most important foundations of our health. If our digestive system is not functioning properly, then our body cells are not being properly nourished, leaving the door open for diseases.
Parkschlösschen offers customized therapies in accordance with the ancient way of life and principles of Ayurveda. The luxury resort is located in a quiet valley on the Mosel River, far from the bustle of modern life. The hotel was originally built as a castle in the Art Nouveau style, which was restored with great care in the early 1990s. As Europe's first fully authentic Ayurvedic luxury resort, it is a pioneer in the field of alternative holistic medicine.
It is a place that piqued my curiosity and I just had to experience it for myself. After a warm welcome, I met with an Ayurvedic physician who examined me in accordance with the universal knowledge of Ayurveda. It was impressive how the doctor reached conclusions just by feeling my pulse. At present I seem to be a Pita-Vata type. Pita represents the element of fire, and Vata represents air. Based on this, my diet was adjusted accordingly during my stay, and a specific massage program was prescribed.
As a vegetarian (a personal choice because of the health benefits) the Parkschlösschen’s Ayurvedic cuisine was a pleasant surprise. Healthy, balanced, flavorful dishes were served thanks to the tradition of rich Indian spices. What was surprising was that they started with the dessert first and then ended with the main course and the starter. Back to front, certainly, but with a logical explanation: a dessert is digested with more difficulty and therefore it’s better to start with that. Also, no cold drinks are served. Water is always served hot because of its cleansing function.
The hotel is particularly known for its detox programs, but my stay was too short to do a full detox. However, the therapist prescribed synchronized massage with olive oil. Four masculine hands (with women the masseuses are female) massaged me in sync using an abundance of olive oil. A strange but intensely relaxing feeling which I would undoubtedly like to experience again. Here again, the specific oil that was used was tailored to my Pita-Vita preference.
Numerous training sessions, walks among the vineyards which surround the hotel, yoga sessions, a splash in the pool, the sauna and fitness programs, all added up to a pleasurable stay and a great way to de-stress in just a few days.
by Kevin Van der Straeten