Currents Winter 2018; Vol. 34, No. 1 - Page 12

Time to Reset American Women’s Club of Hamburg The Ultimate Spa to Reset: The Original F.X. Mayr Clinic in Wörthersee, Austria by Malena Harbers The lowdown Don’t be fooled by the glass of bub- bly offered to you upon arrival. It’s the last you’ll get while staying here: this is no indulgent spa re- treat. Think prescriptive, medicinal and old-school detox. Sound like your worst holiday nightmare? Only those after rest, losing weight or sorting out a nagging health issue need apply. Set at the top of a small hill along the shores of Austria’s Lake Worth, near Klagenfurt, Austria, the F.X. Mayr Clinic fol- lows the principles of the famous Dr. Franz Mayr using a tailored eating plan to cleanse your diges- tive system and improve your all-over health, skin and energy levels. This may sound too good to be true but results are practically guaranteed. In fact it’s so effective that one out of every three people I spoke to during my stay were return visitors (three-, four- and even ten-times!), plus, it’s the ‘diet’ clinic of choice for royalty, politicians, socialites and Hol- lywood stars (Uma Thurman has made a visit). The rooms Forget fluffy pillows, candles, room service and staff waiting on your every move. At the Mayr you’re treated to allergy-free mattresses, lemon-scented bathroom spray (purging toxins features heavily here) and a room that reminds me of my university days spent in a dorm: compact, sparse and home to a small single bed. The upside? It’s much cleaner than any dorm room I’ve ever seen and the facilities are sparkling clean. Staff (your treatment is overseen by a medical doctor and clini- cal nurses, therapists and front desk staff are all on- hand to help 24 hours a day) are punctual and prac- tical and most importantly, super knowledgeable. Eating and (not) drinking Once you’ve had your meet-and-greet with Dr. Domening, you’re given a tailored eating plan based on how badly you need a detox. The meal plan ranges from a strict tea fast to the regenera- tion diet (meaning you get steamed veggies and fish at lunch). The main basis of all diets is elimi- nating caffeine and sug- ar and sticking to alka- line, easy-to-digest f