Relaxing with Ayurveda: Team Austria on new paths
The last pre-season week with jumping on the Bergisel hill in Innsbruck and roller-skiing in Seefeld is over, as well as ski testing in the ski tunnel in Oberhof and before the team takes off for the first snow jumps in Lillehammer from the 16th of November onwards, head coach Christoph Eugen and his athletes Mario Seidl, Bernhard Gruber, Tomaz Druml and Chistoph Bieler met up for a weekend of a different kind: two days of relaxing at refueling at Hotel Schick in Walchsee/Tyrol which specialises in Indian Ayurveda.
"For many of them, it is a completely new experience and a good way of completely focussing on themselves before the season starts. I was fascinated by the diversity of this Indian art of healing, uniting movement, relaxation and also a certain way of preparing food. We were able to copy some things for our training routines, for sure", head coach Christoph Eugen about the motivation behind this weekend.
Next to traditional treatments like body and foot massages and the avurvedic forehead oil anointment, the athletes took part in some yoga sessions, prepared their food with Indian chefs and saw a film about the history and development of Ayurveda.
Mario Seidl was hooked: "It was interesting to see that there are that many other forms of massage next the the sports massage we're receiving after the training. It was ideal to relax and focus on the upcoming season."
Teammate Bernhard Gruber, for whom relaxation and rest is very important in his daily work, agreed: "Who trains hard and well also has to rest. I usually do yoga and relaxation exercises anyway, so I had some knowledge already but this specialisation has been new to me. I really liked the food and am sure I'll try it again at home!"