Fasting is probably one of the oldest cures for physical well-being, but especially since the end of the 20th century, numerous “forms of abstinence€ have evolved. What they all aspire to is holistic cleansing, deeper mindfulness of the innermost processes and the right balance.
Less is more
Those who are plagued by indigestion, intolerances or joint pain, or who just want to do something good for themselves, are sure to find fasting invigorating: when the plate is not so full, the mind clears and hunger retreats into the background. But to ensure a fast can really take effect, it should also be combined with a break. And we at the Hotel Engel have - carefully and lovingly - created the perfect setting.
Fasting cures: the path to mindfulness
What sounds like harsh self-denial usually becomes, after the first three days, a journey of intense experience. Watching and purposefully controlling ourselves and our eating habits can deeply move us as we fast. The golden pillars of every fasting plan are gentle exercise, conscious breathing - and plenty to drink.
But what exactly happens during a fast? And what types of fast are there? Let us take you on a fasting journey:
Intensive fasting in groups
In this form of fasting, the body is on the first day slowly brought from solid to liquid food, with cream soups and fasting soups on the menu. From the second day on, only liquids are offered, in every form: teas, juices and soups. From the fifth day we start once again with vegetable and fruit purees; on the sixth day boiled rice is added to the meal plan to ease the transition back into “normal” eating.
For this intensive treatment we recommend fasting in a group, because experience shows us that the exchanges in conversation, collective walks and happiness can help us get through the days of fasting... and they are also a good distraction when the tummy starts rumbling :-)
Base fasting and the Pancha Karma cure
In contrast to the intensive cure, individual fasting may also take a slightly gentler form. Base fasting for example focuses on low-carb cuisine with plenty of vegetables. The cooking for the Pancha Karma Ayurveda cure draws on the three digestive fires – Tridosha. The dishes served are adapted to the individual constitution and based upon detoxifying herbs, spices and vegetables.
For both nutrition plans it is important on the one hand to choose the right time to consume the respective foods – e.g. more carbohydrates at lunchtime, more protein in the evening – while here too the watchword is: have plenty to drink!
Treatments and exercise sessions
The three different fasting cures all have in common the accompanying treatments, although their focus may vary. But whether you choose the Dolomites special massage with pine oil, the natural vitamin cocktails or the newly developed, purgative sage and birch bath: the aim is all-round cleansing!
Base baths and Ayurvedic treatments are the constant accompaniment to individual fasting cures, just as the angels look after our guests.
Recognise and rethink your habits
Every fasting and detox cure is accompanied by our trained team of therapists. A one-hour consultation will establish your eating habits and determine your state of health. All treatments are also monitored beforehand and afterwards, with the fast jointly “purged” together at the end of the cure, with experiences exchanged and everyday advice given to end the fasting journey. You return to everyday life unfettered and uplifted – fortified by an exceptional experience and an animating lightness.