TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
The “Rebalancing” programme developed five years ago at Clinique La Prairie enables patients to relax through and through, and to recharge their batteries. Designed to alleviate stress, emotional fatigue and severe trauma, this tailored treatment helps the patient recover their well-being, benefiting both the mind and the body.
Text: Tiffany Büsser – Photos: Sébastien Secchi
The Rebalancing programme meets a vital need: that of taking time out for yourself with the support of specialists. Faced with all of society’s pressures, with demanding performance schedules, parenthood and lifestyles, many people feel a need to stand back, to catch their breath and to regain their confidence. Assisted by a psychologist- doctor, the patients identify their problems and assess the resources needed to regain their equilibrium. Whether they are suffering from a loss of vital energy, excess stress and anxiety or sometimes from the trauma related to a bereavement or a difficult relationship, they will receive the attention they need from experts combined with treatments perfectly adapted to their specific needs. When an individual displays sleeping problems, he is treated by specialists in this field. If the symptoms of depression are identified, it is the psychiatrist who gets involved.
Finding peace of mind
In the quiet and peaceful office of the FSP psychologist, sophrologist and hypnotherapist Fatima Santos, just the view over the superb leafy natural setting outside is itself a source of tranquillity and relaxation. Thanks to her methods, a patient who is afraid of speaking in public can improve his self-control, while a woman terrified by the idea of driving can overcome her anxiety. “These fears are often a subconscious protective mechanism to focus the individual on other things than their innermost traumas”. The psychologist’s job is to help them understand themselves and to manage these mechanisms more effectively”.
Sophrology, hypnosis or psychology are all tools used to learn to calm yourself down, to enjoy some fresh air and to focus your attention, boosting self-control and positiveness, these factors being the best allies for those with an active life. They help you to reconnect with yourself, improving the overall state of health. “Even patients in good mental health can find a new lease of life by spending some quality time by themselves. This simply involves listening to the symptoms and asking yourself the right questions”. Indeed, a number of prior signals such as fatigue, overwork, difficulty in focusing or disagreement with yourself must be taken into account to avoid these eventually leading to a burnout or depression.
Pampering your body
The multifaceted nature of the programme also sees the individual receiving tailored supervision regarding their physical aspects. Each stage is supervised by the head doctor who takes account of the various structural, muscular or emotional profiles. He ensures that each medical or paramedical factor is both relevant and optimised to the patient’s needs. Massages, high-tech treatments and personal training but also access to the full range of infrastructure at the clinic are included during the study (fitness area, swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, etc.).
Among the skills and techniques employed, we should mention ayurveda which has demonstrated its worth in India over the centuries. Two of its specialised massage techniques are used here: abhyanga, in which the rhythm of the movements varies to promote circulation and harmonise energy, and shirodhara which is conducive to mental relaxation. Including six nights’ full board, the Rebalancing programme offers the perfect combination of Clinique La Prairie’s expertise. Fully adaptable, it welcomes a wide range of patients. According to the clinic’s Medical Director Dr Heini: “This can range from people who are overworked and close to burn out, to people who would like to get back in shape. These days, that means a lot of people, including those suffering from exhaustion from managing the family company or other businesses, a lack of time for yourself, reduced motivation, impaired physical and mental fitness or personal worries, etc.”.
Make some time for yourself,
with the help of specialists
Recovering your personal equilibrium
A complete medical check-up and an interview with a psychologist make it possible to define the patient’s needs and objectives. “Everyone is free to focus on relaxation or physical training” stressed Dr A. Heini. As part of this holistic and in-depth approach to well-being, taking full account of the person’s emotional state is vital. As Fatima Santos explains, the notion of personal equilibrium encompasses a wide range of internal and external conditions: “it’s not a question of discipline and stability over time. Equilibrium involves perpetual movement”.
In many situations, such as stress, fatigue, sleeping problems, weight gain due to unhealthy or irregular eating patterns and a lack of physical exercise, etc., nutrition plays a key role. When identified as necessary, nutritional supervision chiefly seeks to bring about education. The goal is to restructure meals and to redistribute their respective nutritional contributions. The patient chooses his daily menus with a nutritionist, who advises him and guides him to make the right choices. Dietary behaviour is discussed at length with the patient to help him learn to listen to his body once again, to distinguish between genuine hunger and impulse eating and to eat slowly, re-educating his own tastes and giving mealtimes back their true place. The Rebalancing programme also helps the patient to prepare for his return home with a new way of organising and new recipes. The objective is to rediscover a certain degree of satisfaction in taking care of yourself through nutrition.