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The path to health

After your check in at our hotel reception, you will have an initial medical examination. As well as the Mayr-based diagnosis, functional muscle tests based on the criteria of Applied Kinesiology are carried out. In addition to daily abdominal treatments carried out by a doctor, you will receive massages, Kneipp applications, exercise therapy and all other treatments that appear to be necessary and expedient for you. The entire treatment plan is of course agreed with you. At the end of your stay you will be given recommendations on how you can incorporate the results of your treatment into your everyday life.

The 4 principles of healing

Modern F.X. Mayr Medicine at VIVAMAYR is based on the following principles: Destressing, Cleansing, Training and Substitution. It is important that these four principles are individually graded and also applied for a sufficient length of time. In order to guarantee the best possible success for your therapy with us, we combine naturopathic applications that work towards this aim. Modern Mayr Therapy is based on the following principles of healing.

1 Destressing

By restricting the number and quantity of meals, and the way in which our food is prepared, and by fasting more strictly if necessary, we can relieve the strain we put on the digestive system. But it is also important that you should regard the time you spend undergoing Modern Mayr Therapy as a period of recovery and relaxation. Just relax and enjoy your applications. Try as best as you can to leave the stress of your everyday life behind, and please also reduce the amount of information you take in via the television, the telephone and the Internet. Just switch off and enjoy.

2 Cleansing of the organs

Intestinal cleansing is performed using Epsom salts, Glauber’s salt or other saline waters, generally taken once a day. In the second stage, the body’s tissues are cleansed. Waste material that is clogging the tissues is transported to the excretory organs via the lymph and the blood, and is then excreted.

3 Training as a factor in healing

The healing principle of “training” includes our “chewing training” whereby you train yourself in the truest sense to chew your food thoroughly. Giving yourself time to eat, and giving your body time to digest, is just as much a part of training. Stopping while you are still enjoying your food, and only eating small amounts of easily digestible food in the evening, are further important details of “training yourself in the art of chewing”.

4 Substitution

Experience has shown that it is useful and indeed necessary for you to include minerals, trace elements and vitamins – depending on your individual needs – in your Mayr diet. During your Modern Mayr Therapy we may recommend a laboratory examination or give you a muscle test examination based on the principles of Applied Kinesiology, in order to determine your individual requirements.

1 Medical Treatments

Manual Abdominal Treatment by your Doctor Manual abdominal treatment is a gentle and very effective treatment of the abdomen. It stimulates elimination, supports the colon and the most important digestive functions and efficiently drains abdominal and lymphatic congestion. Improved breathing increases oxygen intake and supplies more oxygen to each cell of the body. During each abdominal treatment, your doctor can assess the progress of your Mayr therapy and make individual adjustments as needed. Each guest receives manual abdominal treatments as necessary and as frequently as possible within the Mayr cure. Applied Kinesiology Test (AK-Test) The Applied Kinesiology Test provides expanded diagnostic possibilities. By testing muscle response to specific provocation, your doctor can diagnose food intolerances and determine medication, supplements and other therapeutic measures. The AK Test is absolutely benign. You can immediately sense your negative and positive responses. This makes the AK Test a perfect complement to Mayr Diagnostics and enables individualized diagnosis and planning of therapy steps. Manual Diagnostics and Therapy Pain is often caused by mobility disorders. Manual diagnostics and gentle muscle techniques can quickly release blockages and help promote healing. Further Treatments: Initial medical examination (resident doctor) Final medical examination (resident doctor) Neural therapy Guided relaxation therapy Doctor’s consultation Manual Diagnostics and Therapy

2 Kneipping

Kneipp Treatments Kneipp treatments improve and regulate your circulation and are therefore an essential part of the Mayr therapy. Choose from hot/cold treatments of arms and feet or sitz baths. Hydroxeur – Baths using a Variety of Herbal Extracts The skin is an important elimination organ. It also mirrors our metabolic health. Special bath extracts support detoxification and improve skin condition. Enjoy the following medical treats: NEUTRAL (fragrance-free) detoxifying ROSE/LAVENDER relaxing SANDALWOOD revitalising FIR TREE muscle relaxant (after training/exercise) Vino-Forming treatment The treatment starts with a gentle peeling of the skin using stone salt and grape seed extracts and is followed by a pleasant bath using grape and grape seed extracts. The ideal combination of relaxation, detoxification and promotion of fat-burning by special wine extracts is guaranteed to make you feel reborn. Soft-Pack A very special relaxation treat! Float in a waterbed, immersed in cosy warmth and soothing sounds. Escape gravity while enjoying the medicinal application of seaweed, hay flowers, moor or your personal VIVA body treatments of clay, aromatherapy oils and plant extracts. Electrolysis Foot Bath The electrolysis foot bath quickly and effectively eliminates toxins through the skin. Ionized saline solutions further stimulate elimination. Hot and cold footbath A hot and cold footbath provides intensive stimulation for your circulation. It promotes better circulation in the legs and stimulates the vein pump, which makes it especially helpful if you experience problems with your veins, especially in the legs. Hot and cold arm bath In addition to stimulating circulation generally and in the arms, hot and cold arm baths also promote circulation in the head and are therefore very good in the case of cure reactions. Saline Air Inhalation Inhalation of diffused saline solution and ionized oxygen cleanses the lungs and improves oxygen saturation of the blood. Improved oxygen exchange results in increased vitality. Ideal for chronic lung and sinus problems. Further Kneipp treatments: Junge oil bath Nasal reflex therapy Light therapy

3 Massages

Special massages are an important component of your Modern Mayr treatment. They provide therapy for different organs (muscles, connective tissue, skin). By stimulating reflex zones, massages can also treat internal organs and provide indications for further therapy. Special massages emphasize the following techniques: Lymph Drainage Lymph drainage gently and effectively stimulates lymph circulation. The lymphatic system transports toxins through the body, which makes lymph drainage an essential element of Modern Mayr Therapy. Detox Massage Stimulates the circulation and elimination of toxins through the skin. Detox massage is especially useful at the beginning of Modern Mayr Therapy. Head Massage Special massages of the head and lymphatic drainage in that area can be helpful with headaches, migraines, sinus problems and neck/upper spinal problems. Foot Reflex Zone Massage The soles of your feet contain reflex points for your entire body. Tenderness of specific reflex points indicates imbalances of a specific organ. Manipulating these reflex points improves the health of that organ Back (Spine) Massages The spine is often the origin or the target of pain. That is why treatment of the spine plays a central role. Connective tissue, reflex zones, segmental disorders and muscle tension can be treated gently and effectively using different techniques. Cranio-Sacral Therapy Cranio-sacral therapy is a gentle manual treatment that is based on the fact that the head is connected to the sacrum via ligaments and gently encourages movement within this system. Life is movement – and gentle treatments in this region aim at improving motility while also promoting vitality and well-being. Cranio-sacral therapy is particularly effective with all disorders that negatively affect flexibility and the body’s natural rhythm, for instance typical disorders of the musculoskeletal system such as back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain or general muscular tension. Migraines, headaches and visual impairments may also be treated in this way. Cranio-sacral therapy also helps general relaxation as all organs are addressed via ligaments that link them to the cranio-sacral system, helping ease disorders of the inner organs. Shiatsu Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that energy flows through the body in certain paths and rhythms. These energy paths – also referred to as meridians – run across our body and can be influenced via certain acupuncture points. In addition to classic acupuncture, the energy flow can also be treated by applying pressure with the hand, fingers or elbow. This technique is also known as shiatsu. The energy flow can be blocked for a variety of reasons and thus be one of the roots of disorders and illnesses. Shiatsu makes sure that the life energy is once again able to flow freely through the body. Shiatsu is a sensitive, gentle and at the same time highly effective treatment for activating our self-healing powers and resolving blockages. Imbalances of individual organ systems are energetically adjusted, which also has a positive influence on our overall organ functions and the interplay of the individual organs. During shiatsu therapy, you will remain fully clothed (comfortable clothing is recommended) and lie on a mat on the floor or massage lounger or remain seated. Shiatsu is highly successful in treating exhaustion, sleeping disorders, a sluggish digestion, back pain, stiff joints, pregnancy problems, menstruation disorders and much more. Further Massages: Neurolymphatic Treatment Connective Tissue Massage

4 Movement therapy

Fit-test with lactate measurement / Aerolution Physical fitness and metabolic function are closely related. The formation of lactate (lactic acid) in the muscle tissue as an indicator of individual performance ability provides us with information on your fitness spectrum. In addition to the classic measurement of lactic acid in the blood, we also rely on respiratory gas analysis for diagnostic purposes. Based on the result, an individual exercise programme will be drawn up that will enable you to increase your performance based on the principles of Modern VIVA Mayr Therapy. The alternation of training and regeneration is particularly important in this context. Bio-Impedance Analysis The balance of your body’s fat, muscle and water content are important factors for assessing your weight and physical fitness. Modern Mayr Therapy aims to reduce fat while maintaining muscle. Bioimpedance analysis monitors your exercise to ensure that your individual exercise level is effective but does not lead to exhaustion. Muscle Training with Plate One Plate One is a high frequency rocker. The performance of the musculature is increased to optimise the individual’s coordinative and technical capabilities. Vitality Check Vitality is the age- and sex-specific capacity and status of individuals taking account of the body, spirit, soul and social environment. The VIVA Vitality Check therefore addresses all these areas. It is a computer-aided examination that measures the 45 parameters of vitality. Physical performance capacity, the functions of the senses, mental adaptability and social competence are examined in a playful but systematic manner. The biological age index provided an indication of the aggregate vitality deficiencies. Where necessary, we discuss options for improving vitality with our guests in a detailed conversation. Heart Frequency Measurement Life is a constant up and down, at least according to an old proverb. This is, in fact, reflected in the rhythms of our everyday life. Day – night, tension -, relaxation, Ying – Yang… We always move between opposites. Our body regulates itself between these poles, and we have also learned to cope with this stress of living. Often the question arises whether we may have pushed it beyond a healthy level. Measuring heart frequency variability – the most important regulation function in our rhythmic system – is an objective method for assessing performance and relaxation capability. The personal reaction to stress is made visible, as is the potential for regeneration. After the measurement has been taken for a period of 24 hours, the regulation capacity over the course of the day can be assessed very well, so that targeted measures can be taken to improve vitality. Stress-Test Stress is a fact of modern life – everyone is stressed and we all talk about stress. But do we really know what stress is and how it affects us? Today, stress is almost a prerequisite of being successful. However, prolonged severe stress has a negative and damaging impact on health and is an underlying factor in many modern diseases. Originally stress was a protective response to life-threatening events ensuring our survival as human beings. The flight or fight response to a shock or perceived threat ensured that certain stress hormones were released to help us run faster and fight harder. Today, our stress triggers have changed. Today, we suffer stress due to a huge number of factors – busy working lives and pressure at work, busy home lives, juggling home, family, friends, money worries, trying to find the perfect partner. We are on a constant treadmill and cannot escape our increasing duties and responsibilities. While the flight or fight response is no longer appropriate, we are now subject to prolonged and chronic stress according to Professor Porta from Graz University. When faced with a situation that makes you stressed, your body releases chemicals, including cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenalin. They invoke the ‘fight or flight’ feelings that help us deal with the situation. However, when you are in a situation that prevents you from fighting or escaping, such as being on an overcrowded train, these chemicals are not used and their effects are felt by the body. A build-up of adrenaline and noradrenalin increases blood pressure, the heart rate, and the amount that you sweat. Cortisol prevents your immune system from functioning properly, as well as releasing fat and sugar into your blood stream. Stress is therefore responsible for weight gain. Our ancestors, though subjected to extremely stressful situations, had time to recover and regenerate. In our busy modern lives, we often have no time for relaxation or regeneration – this leads to exhaustion and then BURNOUT, where everything grinds to a halt. Stress in short sharp bursts is actually a positive thing – only when it is unremitting and chronic does it become a negative factor for health. Recommended Movement Therapies: One to one individual training Intensive individual training advice and analysis Meditape

5 Intravenous drips

Free Radicals – Antioxidants In recent years, medicine has developed a more comprehensive understanding of the importance of free radicals and antioxidants. But it still needs to be extended further because these mechanisms can influence every aspect of our metabolism. In the course of evolution, we learned to use oxygen to produce energy. This process is so effective that it permitted the perfection of organs that consume a lot of energy. They include the brain and sensory organs and, above all, the organs of our hormonal system. But benefits never come for free. Where lots of energy is generated and consumed, dangerous side-products can also be produced in the process. Fire not only warms, but can also burn you. The ‘free radicals’ are side-products of this kind. They are specific oxygen compounds that are very aggressive – literally ‘radical’. But even they provide benefits to us. For example, our immune system uses free radicals. If a pathogen has found its way into our body and makes life difficult for us, we can use special cells and measures to make the free radicals attack the enemy and incapacitate it. However, this already shows how dangerous free radicals are when they kill a virus or destroy structures like membranes or cells. If that destructive force is directed against structures in our body, this can result in disease. In the least harmful form, this can be premature ageing or wrinkle formation. But the process can also lead to inflammations and cardiovascular risks and even promote cancer. The body therefore has a vital interest in making sure that these disadvantages of free radicals do not run out of control. This is why we also have protective factors that serve to protect us against the side-effects of free radicals and neutralise them. These protective factors include individual enzyme systems, cholesterol, uric acid and many other metabolic products. Above all, however, a number of vitamins and trace elements also provide these protective functions. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene and selenium are the most important ones. A good supply of these vitamins protects the organism against excessive strain from free radicals. Today, we can measure the volume of free radicals as well as the protective functions. The total volume of free radicals should be low, while the protective factors – also called antioxidants – should be correspondingly high. If the ratio between both is balanced, no strain on the organism has to be expected. But stress of any kind results in an increase of free radicals, so that the vitamins that are their natural antagonists are consumed. This is why it is necessary to consume additional vitamins regularly, so that the imbalance does not result in strain that can lead to health problems and ultimately act as a key factor in many diseases. The ratio between free radicals and antioxidants can be determined by a simple measurement. Acid-base balance The acid-base balance is an important regulating principle of the metabolism – not only in the human body, but in nature as a whole. It influences health and disease, and an unbalance plays a key role in the development of health risks and many modern diseases. The central regulation of the acid-base balance takes place in our digestive system and, more accurately, in the stomach. This is where water, common salt and sodium react to form hydrochloric acid and bicarbonate. This conversion is performed by an enzyme that contains zinc. Gastric acid is important for digesting our food. It triggers the digestion of proteins. At the same time, sodium bicarbonate is emitted into the blood system and distributed through the entire body, where it is an important factor in the de-acidification and hence detoxification of the connective tissues. Following that, a large quantity of basic (alkaline) secretion is formed in the liver, pancreas and small intestine, which results in the neutralisation of the acidic food pulp delivered from the stomach in the small intestine. This is the process that ensures that digestion can proceed optimally even in an alkaline environment. An acid-base imbalance or, in other words, excessive acidity is a burden on the metabolism. In addition to local complaints, it can lead to gastritis, heartburn, acid regurgitation and even stomach ulcers as well as general health disorders. They include virtually all inflammatory diseases, pains, inflammations of the joints, increased cardiovascular risk factors, a number of civilisation diseases and even cancer. Since nutrition has an important impact on the acid-base balance, it deserves a closer look. We principally distinguish between acidic and alkaline foods as well as food that absorb alkali (base robbers). In addition, our personal behaviour (nutrition culture) has an influence on how our food is really metabolised.It is important to ensure that we take a balanced ratio of acidic and alkaline food. The vest ratio is 1 to 2 to the benefit of alkaline foods. This is why acidic food should always be combined with alkaline foodstuffs. Nutrition culture is also important. If primarily alkaline foods (vegetables, fruit) are eaten at a time and in quantities that mean they cannot be fully digested, they ferment and trigger an acidic metabolism. This is why raw fruit and vegetables should not be eaten in the evening. Meaningful exercise, which should not be too exertive, is also an important means of “de-acidification”. By breathing out carbonic acid, we quickly eliminate acidity from our metabolism. Drinking non-acidic beverages like water, herbal teas, vegetable broth or basic mineral water also supports the acid-base balance, as does the targeted consumption of base powder or other necessary minerals. But this latter measure should only be taken in consultation with your doctor.


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