The team at the Giardino hotels consists of skilled and experienced Ayurveda practitioners, Ayurveda specialists and Ayurveda therapists. Dr Daniel Borer as conventional medical practitioner and the Ayurveda specialists, are in charge. All employees work in tandem with each other. This ensures that each guest is individually and comprehensively catered for.
Healing is her favourite topic. At the start of her training in the early 1980s, the qualified nursing professional learned a lot about people and the health problems they face. Later, as an expert in intensive care with a post-graduate degree from a professional education institution, Luise Pfluger led a team of more than 50 medical professionals before pursuing a certificate in Ayurvedic medicine, which she completed in 2016. She continues to deepen and expand her knowledge. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Ayurvedic Medicine with a focus on the topic of Ayurveda and back pain, and is also pursuing additional training in Siddha Kalari Marma treatments. Furthermore, Luise Pfluger is a certified Ayurvedic psychological counsellor. She owned her own Ayurveda practice in Thun for many years.
Florence Steger, originally from Zurich, has been living in Ticino with her family for many years, lives according to Ayurvedic principles and practices yoga and medication on a daily basis. She laid the foundation for her work as an Ayurveda specialist during a four-year training course at the European Academy of Ayurveda in Zurich. Today, her therapeutic work focuses on issues such as healthy eating and weight loss, with each guest receiving a tailored nutrition plan and recommendations for the time after their cure at the Giardino Ascona. “Live a mindful life!” is her motto.
Stephanie Albert, head of the new Ayurveda practice at Atlantis by Giardino, first came into contact with Ayurveda due to personal health concerns. In the last few years, she has dedicated her career to Ayurveda. A series of training courses in yoga, Ayurvedic cuisine, nutrition counselling and Ayurveda therapy have shown her that being healthy is about much more than just eating a healthy diet. Through her extensive knowledge of Ayurvedic teachings, she is also aware of how important it is to maintain a healthy work-life balance throughout the day. The Zurich native is fully committed to the Indian healing system. The Ayurveda specialist knows from personal experience just how difficult it can be to find time for yourself alongside your work and social commitments. But she also knows that an individual consultation and small changes to your everyday life can have a big impact.
She is a child of nature, grew up in the Engadine and, already at the age of ten, was to be found meandering through the quiet valleys and lush flower meadows. Following training as a medical assistant in St. Moritz, her path took her out into the world. In India, she trained as a yoga and Ayurveda therapist, and in Thailand she learned about Thai massage, before passing on her knowledge at the University of Costa Rica. Having returned to Switzerland, she joined the Ayurveda team at the Giardino hotels as a yoga therapist, tailoring her yoga and meditation teaching to suit the individual participant.
He is a lover of sport, and started off as a ski teacher before training as a masseur. Some guests say he has the best hands in St. Moritz. Massages are his strength – from classical sports massage to Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. In 2011, Marco Castellani, originally from Italy, discovered an interest in Ayurveda and proceeded to undergo training in therapeutic treatments, going on to make Kairali Marma massage and Abhyanga part of his repertoire.
She is renowned as an alphorn player well beyond the borders of Switzerland, travelling all over the world with her band. What few people know, however, is that Eliana Burki, originally from Ticino, has been a yoga therapist for many years, having trained in Los Angeles and Zurich. Guests at Giardino Group yoga retreats are now able to benefit from her know-how in both Ascona and St. Moritz. Yoga, she says, is a fixed component of her everyday life, and also helps her to prepare mentally for her performances.
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Health topics are something very private, that’s why we take care of your concerns personally. For a first non-binding conversation or reservation, we will be happy to contact you by phone or e-mail.
«At the Giardino hotels, we guarantee our guests safety and comfort, and close contact with medical practitioners and therapists.»
Dr. Daniel Borer, Swiss conventional medical practitioner