Body and Mind Rejuvenation Retreat
Why undergo surgery, miracle diets or buy expensive anti-aging creams? Over the centuries natural ingredients have been used in many cultures, as well as choosing an healthy life style. The secret lies in a balanced approach to life. It is not our purpose to erase 15 years of wrinkles of your face. It is possible however, during the course of a few days, to achieve a real change and also some amazing results.
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What do some cultures do to rejuvenate?
In INDIA - Many women start their day with a cup of hot honey and ginger tea. Honey has anti-bacterial properties and promotes the reduction of inflammation. It also helps in removing gastro-intestinal mucosities. Ginger is rich in anti-oxidants and helps protecting collagen break-down.
In MEXICO - Signs of aging can be easily observed on the hands. The skin looses shine and elasticity. Mexican women make their own anti-aging cream, by mixing sugar and lemon juice. The sugar crystals act as an exfoliant, promoting dead skin removal. Lemon juice contains alpha-hydroxy acid, used in many rejuvenation therapies, helping in dead cell removal. An adult population does not renew skin cells in such an effective way, therefore exfoliation is of great help.
In CHINA - Many teas are rich in anti-oxidants, promoting the slow down of aging. Green tea and white tea are rich in EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), a super anti-oxidant, as well as in other notable healing substances, including fluoride, catechins and tannins. The Chinese make their own facial cream, by mixing green and white tea powder. Fighting wrinkles in such way is easy, natural and inexpensive.
In POLYNESIA - You have probably heard of noni juice. It is very fashionable, being drank by models and celebrities. The reality is that Polynesians have used noni for hundreds, if not thousands of years, due to its rejuvenating properties. There have been several scientific studies demonstrating nonis' effectiveness in anti-aging.
In FRANCE - Some studies show that grape seed extract can raise the level of anti-oxidants in the blood. It also protects the skin collagen and elastin. It would be necessary to eat more than half a kilogram of grapes to have the same benefits as 50mg of Resveratrol, the anti-oxidant present in grape seeds, and known to the French for a very long time.
At Quinta do Anjo - On the first day, your condition will be evaluated according to Ayurvedic medicine. An experient therapist will accompany you during the entire program. Moreover, the maximum number of participants in this program is 4, meaning exclusive dedication from therapist to patient. Accommodation will be in a double room, however there is the possibility of single occupancy. Single supplement pay will apply.
There will be three daily meals as well as daily supplements - all natural, of course. The meals served during the retreat will be Ayurvedic vegetarian meals, created in order to balance your doshic constitution.
Most people have heard of Yoga, however you will not be practicing Yoga as you would in a gym or in a yoga school. The daily practice you will be doing is termed Yogatherapy and the program will be individual and exclusive to your age, experience, flexibility, physical condition and constitution. Previous experience is not needed. Some Yogatherapy practices are directed towards detoxification, promoting better function of internal organs. If you want to learn more about Yogatherapy and it's use in hospitals, click HERE.
What we eat affects the mind as well as the body. When we prepare food that is adequated to both (body and mind), we utilize nutrition as a profound healing source. Universal vital force manifests itself as three different energies, or doshas, Kapha, Pitta and Vata and each person is a combination of these three different bio types. Tri-doshic nutrition is a neutral type of nutrition, meaning that it does not aggravate, nor it unbalances, any of the three doshas. At the Quinta we have professional and experienced kitchen staff, that will prepare your meals in the best possible way, enhancing your rejuvenation through Ayurvedic nutrition.
You are probably familiar with exfoliation therapy. Here, at Quinta do Anjo Ashram, you will experience daily exfoliant massages, followed by Turkish steam bath. Steam bath (at around 40C) leads to muscular relaxation, increases metabolism and cardiac rhythm and creates vasodilation. The heat induces perspiration, producing an artificial fever. Fever is the body's natural defense mechanism against bacteria and infection. Steam bath, also known as Turkish bath, treats echisema and acne and lowers cholesterol. It releases toxins, namely mercury and zinc, through rapid blood circulation. Turkish steam bath is also recommended for airway obstruction cases, bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies.
From the supplements used on our rejuvenation program, we highlight Triphala (Embica officialis, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia belerica). It promotes the elimination of accumulated toxins. It is also considered a nutritional supplement (contains vitamin C, linoleic acid, and other nutrients) and it has a detoxifying action (circulatory and hepatic systems). Shilajit (Asphaltum panjabinum) is one of the most respected tonics in Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine. It is a mineral substance, also rich in organic elements, found on hot days on the Himalayan rocks. It contains 84 different minerals in their natural ionic and organic form. It promotes the absorption of other plants and minerals, reinforcing genital and urinary function, respiratory function and immune system. Finally, we will use Chyvanaprasha - probably the best known Rasayana, acting as an overall tonic.
We are not located in a city. We have chosen a simple life, and elevated thinking, as a way of life. During your rejuvenating experience here at Quinta do Anjo, we will ask for your help in small tasks, in order to support the community (about 30 minutes per day, as part of the program). You will probably encounter rabbits, squirrels and different types of birds during a morning meditative walk. The Quinta has many different types of trees, and an amazing view of Candeeiros and Aire mountain range. We are just 90 minutes drive away from Lisbon. It is an excellent opportunity to switch of your mobile phone and to connect with Mother Nature. However, if need be, we do have wi-fi available. In the evenings there will be some activities (surprises!) to and join us!