A blissful Czech spa retreat is helping cancer survivors recover

The Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad has designed a unique program that boosts physical and mental wellness after cancer treatment.

Diana Bocco

Written by Diana Bocco Published on 10.05.2022 17:23:00 (updated on 08.03.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Fighting cancer not only takes a toll on the body but can deeply impact one's mental and emotional state. For those who endure surgeries and chemotherapy or radiation treatments and come out in remission, a significant recovery period during which the body regains strength still lies ahead.

In the Czech Republic, a country where cancer is now the second most common cause of death after cardiovascular disease, a unique program at one of the country's renowned spas wants to help ease that recovery period with soothing treatments that boost both mental and physical wellness.

"Living with cancer takes an incredible physical and mental toll. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy represent an additional burden on the immune system," says Reinhard Wall, CEO of Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad whose new Facing Forward! program was launched as part of an initiative that began on World Cancer Day and is continuing.

The resort's holistic program is specifically designed to help guests who've overcome cancer but are in need of some additional healing. Wall describes the pillars around which the program is based as strengthening the immune system, supporting physical recovery, and improving internal well-being.

As those who come to the program require different kinds of care, stays can be tailored to individual guests. "Prior to the start of the program, a comprehensive medical exam takes place, after which an individual therapeutic plan is created for the guests based on their particular diagnosis,” he says.

The program, which consists of 22 carefully selected procedures and lasts six nights and seven days, is administered under the watchful eye of the Falkensteiner medical team, comprised of highly qualified hydro-therapists, nurses, and physiotherapists led by chief physician Dr. Roman Vokatý.

During a stay at the resort, immunity is boosted by special therapeutic baths, intramuscular vitamin treatments, and strengthening of the airways. Treatments such as lymphatic drainage, local cryotherapy, or laser therapy – in addition to physiotherapeutic massages and individual physiotherapy – help restore the musculoskeletal system. 

Mindfulness exercises and walks in the forest (known as forest therapy), Chi-Quong or Ai-Chi therapy, and special water therapy aim to restore inner well-being.

In addition to the Facing Forward! program, guests can take advantage of the luxurious facilities available in the recently renovated five-star hotel in Mariánské Lázně, including the hotel’s Acquapura Spa, at no additional cost. Here guests will find pools, saunas, and relaxation rooms, as well as refreshing beauty treatments, baths, and therapeutic treatments tailor-made for each guest. 

Balanced and nutritious meals that include fresh seasonal ingredients and incorporate plant-based proteins, as well as preparations and cooking techniques that preserve vital nutrients are part of the hotel's culinary offerings.

According to statistics from the Czech National Cancer Registry, the cancer burden in the Czech population ranks among the highest worldwide. The country has the second-highest incidence of kidney cancer in Europe and the third-highest of pancreatic cancer, as well as a high incidence of lung, breast, and prostate cancer.

Programs such as the Falkensteiner's advance awareness surrounding the unique needs of cancer survivors post-treatment and highlight the ultimate importance of stress management and self-care to one's overall wellness in both sickness and health.

This article was written in cooperation with Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad. Read more about our partner content policies here.

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