Crisis can make
you stronger

Mastering stressful situations

Lockdown and quarantine: the personal freedoms we take for granted become more noticeable by being curtailed.

Crisis situations result in uncertainty and anxiety, and are bound to leave their mark, but there is always potential inherent in any of life’s critical phases. The question is: how can we utilise this potential? The Resilience After Crisis therapy module reinforces faith in our own resources as well as boosting motivation and providing space for deep relaxation.

‘When you look at how different individuals have dealt with the COVID-19 crisis, you see a wide range of behaviours,’ says Dr Melanie Robertson, health and clinical psychologist at the Park Igls health retreat. ‘Situations like the current pandemic have the power to turn our lives upside down overnight. Ordinary structures that normally provide security and stability are suddenly lost. Many have no one to talk to about their worries and fears.

Build resilience
Strengthen resources

‘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.

Discovering new
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.

Crisis management
The programme

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.

Mayr Basic

  • Integrated health check + medical examination + concluding examination.
  • Personal Modern Mayr cuisine diet plan.
  • Daily Kneipp treatments.
  • Group exercise sessions, active and passive anti-stress exercises.
  • Lifestyle management, group mental coaching sessions and lectures.
  • Use of swimming pool, sauna and panoramic gym.

Talk therapy

  • Strategies for emerging stronger from crisis.
  • Healthy emotional resilience.
  • Discovery of previously unknown facets of identity.
  • Bolster own resources.
  • Increase flexibility.
  • Strengthen character.
  • Implement optimistic thinking.

Craniosacral therapy or Shiatsu sessions

  • Balancing effect on the central nervous system.
  • Opening the mind.
  • Combined with Shiatsu and talk therapy, the result is improved access to the self.

Acupressure and connective tissue massage

  • Removal of imbalances and congestion in the energy flow.
  • Increased elasticity in the connective tissue matrix.

Heated compresses

  • Provide positive stimuli.
  • Soothe away tension.

Personal training

  • Personalised training plan
  • Finding and perfecting an ideal workout thanks to highly motivational personal trainers.
  • Participation in classes such as Yoga and kybun®.