Never was a health and wellness retreat better situated. Home to the fabled Clinique La Prairie, the small Swiss lakeside town of Clarens affords a view of Lake Geneva and the Alps that’s a tonic in itself.
Famous for its exclusive cures and treatments that have attracted opinion leaders, movie stars and royalty to this idyllic stretch of the Swiss Riviera over the past nine decades, the Clinique La Prairie has not only become a byword for luxury and exclusivity but increasingly for scientific innovation and clinical excellence.
The medi-spa is synonymous with its oldest and most famous cure, cellular Revitalisation therapy, which has been administered, honed and perfected at the clinic since it was first pioneered by Professor Paul Niehans in 1931.
Revitalisation employs Clinique La Prairie Extract, which possesses all the essential properties to modulate patient’s immune system, promoting increased energy, balance and a new sensation of youthfulness and vitality.
Since Professor Niehan’s day, Clinique La Prairie has pursued a holistic approach to ageing, health and vitality based on four key pillars: Medical, Nutrition, Wellbeing and Movement. It is now recognised as one of the most sophisticated and advanced medi-spas in the world, in part because of its unparalleled balance of five-star hospitality, a results-driven approach to wellbeing and excellence in the fields of aesthetic and clinical medicine.
Longevity is the promise of the signature Revitalisation programme, as it is with all the media-spa’s other carefully crafted health and well-being programmes, such as Master Detox and Weight Loss System. Clinique La Prairie has established an ecosystem of facilities on its exquisite campus, which includes its own Medical Centre staffed by 50 leading medical specialities, an award-winning spa and a state-of-the-art Aesthetic Medicine Centre.
A facility for the local community as well as the clients of the Clinique La Prairie, the Medical Centre conducts around 50,000 consultations each year.
“It’s a big privilege that we are all doctors working with all types of patients and all types of diseases on a daily basis,” explains Dr Adrian Heini, a specialist in internal and preventative medicine who has worked at Clinique La Prairie for two decades. “As a clinician, I find it keeps you much more up-to-date than in clinics where you might only be dealing with clients.”
The clinic has also entered into a partnership with a Swiss genetic testing facility to be able to deliver exclusive diagnostic analyses of their client’s DNA in its one-week health and wellness programmes. Not only do the tests allow Clinique La Prairie’s medical specialists to identify a patient’s propensity and susceptibility to various conditions, they also enable the development of treatments that are truly bespoke.
“You have your genetic profile from birth and it will always stay the same, but there are still things that can be corrected and the genetic test helps to provide a picture of probabilities and susceptibilities. It’s a tool for diagnosis that we can compare with our other assessments,” Dr Heini says.
“With our partner laboratory Gene Predictis, we search for a selection of factors, many of which are related to ageing, such as osteoporosis, as well as a patient’s predisposition to inflammation, cardiovascular disease and even their susceptibility to cancer, and if a condition is present, this leads to better and earlier management.”
In recognition of the unique nature of its achievement, Clinique La Prairie was awarded the title of Most Progressive Clinic in the Condé Nast Traveler Spa Awards 2018.
“The hospitality industry has been speaking about medi-spas for the past three to five years - they have become very trendy - but the concept here is much older,” explains Clinique La Prairie’s chief executive, Simone Gibertoni. “Even today most medi-spas might have a few doctors, but here we have 50. It’s not simply a marketing concept, we were the first.”
One of the newest programmes is Clinique La Prairie’s Beauty Stem Cell treatment, which uses a patient’s stem cells to protect and preserve their beauty and wellbeing. By injecting stem cells that have been extracted from a patient’s own body fat, the treatment revives degenerating cells by renewing their natural collagen, effectively reducing the visible signs of ageing.
Additionally, Clinique La Prairie’s holistic, results-oriented Weight Loss System is similarly focused on effecting sustainable, long-term change. Designed to facilitate the positive changes to a patient’s lifestyle that will enable them to maintain a healthy weight, the holistic programme also involves the creation of routines for staying active and promoting physical and mental wellbeing.
In pioneering the science of longevity and its unique, holistic approach to vitality and wellbeing, the Clinique La Prairie has not only earned its well-deserved reputation, it has unlocked the secrets of living a longer, better and healthier life.