‘Social distancing requirements, including the need for many to self-isolate, can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. For many months we were having to ignore our human need for touch and closeness to fellow humans, and for many this continues to be the case. Although the situation seems to be stabilising now, going back to normal without properly dealing with what has happened would, in my opinion, be a missed opportunity,’ Robertson emphasises. This is because every crisis – whatever its source – holds potential for personal growth. To develop this potential, the doctors and psychologists at Park Igls have developed a holistic programme called Resilience After Crisis.
aspects of myself
‘Resilience After Crisis is a programme that opens the door to a better understanding of our own personal processes in the current crisis – and in any other global or personal crisis – to restore emotional balance,’ explains Robertson. It explores questions such as:
- How do I make use of my experiences during this crisis?
- What lessons am I learning for the future?
- How can I see change as a challenge rather than a threat?
- Where am I at this moment?
- What resources have I lost and what are the new resources I have gained?
We try to find answers to these questions during talk therapy. The guest and their therapist arrive at individual solutions and strategies to help them emerge from the crisis feeling stronger and more resilient – physically and psychologically.
The focus at Park Igls lies on a holistic understanding of the individual. The health retreat’s specialists focus on each individual’s situation and needs to work out personalised strategies in collaboration with the respective guest. Physical therapies support the development of resilience. ‘The well-considered combination of Mayr Basic, personal training sessions, craniosacral therapy or Shiatsu, full body massages and heat packs opens the mind, promotes relaxation and increases motivation,’ explains Dr Peter Gartner, the Medical Director at Park Igls. New therapeutic possibilities open up interactively – especially during talk therapy.
Happiness and resilience
‘Once you realise that the happiness hormone serotonin is largely formed in the intestines and not the brain, you understand the importance of a Modern Mayr Medicine-based intestinal cleansing,’ says Dr Gartner. Eating the right foods, exercising and feeling understood during talk therapy sessions increases serotonin levels, thus general motivation also rises. ‘You experience a sum of happy feelings, and this builds resilience for future stressful situations.’ The long-term benefits include increased flexibility and the discovery of previously unknown facets of identity as well as helpful coping strategies.