At Victoria Beckham's spa retreat, I discovered my secret health problem

At Victoria Beckham's spa retreat, I discovered my secret health problem

Baden-Baden is famous for its thermal baths frequented by Napoleon, Queen Victoria and Marlene Dietrich, and lately games for the 2006 World Cup.

Remember the pictures of an army of glamorous WAGs bumping along a cobbled street? That was Baden-Baden.

More recently, it was the backbone of Victoria Beckham, after husband David's "shock" revealed that marriage to four children was occasionally hard work.

Discreet: Victoria Beckham visited Brenners this summer

Discreet: Victoria Beckham visited Brenners this summer

Discreet: Victoria Beckham visited Brenners this summer

Situated on the edge of the German Black Forest, the city is home to Brenners, the grand dame of European spa hotels where Posh has stayed.

Here are the most modern medical facilities and ten stars luxury. I have been invited to a previous visit this year and have a comprehensive health check with the holistic expert on site, dr. King, performed.

After spending a long weekend on the sprawling estate overlooking the River Oos, I can see why Posh went to ultra-discreet R & R here.

My own experience was an eye opener when the extensive tests indicated a medical condition that I had no idea.

THE PROBLEM

I will be 40 years old next year. And I have to say, I have never felt better. I eat a balanced diet, do not drink often and do not smoke. I train regularly. But, like Dr. King – about 6 feet 4 inches with Filmstar teeth – explains: "We want you to get perfectly well. What's going on inside and how can we keep you healthy in your 50s, 60s and beyond. "Well, book me.

THE SOLUTION

Brenner's medical facility, Villa Stephanie, is an imposing white-stucco Georgian building connected to the main building via a tunnel network. Most guests stay at the hotel, but like Posh, you can stay in one of the luxurious rooms in the villa to eliminate all electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi, cell phones, and other devices wherever electromagnetic radiation comes from. This helps guests to completely detoxify themselves from the outside world.

The medical area includes treatment rooms, a dental clinic and a cosmetic medical practice.

THE TREATMENT

My MOT starts with a series of tests and records my blood pressure, heart rate, and body composition. How much fat, muscle, bones and water is made up of me. Blood is also taken. The next day I return to my first appointment with Dr. Ing. King back. "When we find areas of risk, we can help you to improve your health in a specific way," he says.

He makes a thorough medical history before I go into an exam – my reflexes and my agility – and I have an ultrasound test to examine the liver, kidneys, heart, and blood vessels in the throat, looking for furrows to search.

More recently, it was the backbone of Victoria Beckham, after husband David & # 39; shock & # 39; revealed that marriage to four children was occasionally hard work

More recently, it was the backbone of Victoria Beckham, after husband David & # 39; shock & # 39; revealed that marriage to four children was occasionally hard work

More recently, it was the backbone of Victoria Beckham, after husband David's "shock" revealed that marriage to four children was occasionally hard work

He also examines my thyroid and finds some small cysts on it. The thyroid in the neck regulates hormones that control the metabolism. These small fluid pockets are "a change from the normal" and "nothing to worry about," but I should consult an endocrinologist.

On my last day, I come back for my results. "You are in good shape," says Dr. King. "So we're looking for perfection now."

Gosh, that was worth the price alone. Although my iron content is normal, it could be higher, so he prescribes a supplement. And that's it. After my return I go to a doctor: There is a cyst to keep an eye on, as it can grow and, in rare cases, become cancerous. Forewarned is prepared.

ANYTHING ELSE?

The best thing about Brenners is that it is in Baden-Baden. If I'm not from Dr. King, I walk through the cobbled streets and there are walks through the surrounding forest, in which destroyed castles are to explore. One evening I drive to Friedrichsbad, the historic spa. Bath costumes are strictly forbidden, and I get a very soothing "massage" with a brush.

  • Single room from £ 238 per night, double room from £ 317 including breakfast. Consultations with Dr. med. King start at £ 134. Oetkercollection.com

Try THIS: how do you calm the most modern torments … a Texthals

By Mariam Al-Roubi

It's the result of hours of hours staring at our smartphones, tablets and laptops: textual throat – an increasingly common cause of neck and back pain.

Each time the head is tilted forward to see an electronic device, this exerts additional pressure on the spine in the upper vertebrae.

Pain, stiffness and lack of mobility are acute symptoms. For example, after a few hours at the desk, did you suddenly look around and realize that this is a fight and it takes a while for your neck to relax? In the long term you can lose the natural curvature in the upper neck and take a crooked posture.

To avoid problems, take three minutes a day to practice this easy exercise, and you should be able to correct the neck position within a few days.

  • Fold a towel lengthwise in half.
  • When you sit down on a chair, with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor, take the towel and place it behind your neck. Pull it lightly with one hand forward at each end.
  • Gentle your head for a minute against the towel.
  • Tilt the head in the direction of the left shoulder for three minutes, then toward the right shoulder for three minutes.
  • Repeat daily for five days
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