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A journey to myself.

The Chenot method combines wellness with the latest scientific findings to provide an optimal balance for each guest by applying a customized programme. Individual nutrition counselling is as much a natural part of the philosophy as the personal trainer in the fitness studio. I thought I would treat myself to this special customized programme to attain that well-deserved sense of esteem too.

Harmony is my motto. I would like in particular that the effect of this break extends beyond the duration of my stay in a Health Wellness Retreat, which is why I meticulously researched what exactly would fit my needs and decided on the Detox programme at Chenot Palace in Weggis. The hotel is situated at the foot of the Swiss Alps, on the shore of picturesque Lake Lucerne in an elegant, stately building. Exactly the spot for those seeking relaxation, like myself. The renowned hotel attracts its guests with programmes of prevention and rejuvenating the body. I do, after all, want to stay young and age slowly. The modern web presence, the presentation and explanation of the individual treatments and the visual imagery of the dishes are highly appealing and since I live near Zurich, it is also a welcome and well-situated route for me. The one-week stay was good for me; I put together a diary here for all those who wish to emulate me. So, armed with my handbook, this adventure can now begin for you too…

Day of arrival (Thursday, 17.12.20)
I arrive at midday and am given a heartfelt welcome. I am provided with my weekly plan and my handbook, so I know when I must appear where. My first treatments begin late afternoon, so I have enough time to familiarize myself with the hotel.

My journey to myself begins at 15:00 with a medical consultation. The Chenot medical team check my curative history then we discuss my needs and objectives. The detoxification of my body and an overall improvement in my well-being are the first priority and I am prescribed an individual treatment plan.

Then it was evening and time for dinner:
«If you want to live healthily and slow down the aging process, you cannot avoid the subject of nutrition ». Therefore the following applies here: no alcohol, no caffeine, no salt, no animal fats. The Chenot diet plan plays a key role in the Chenot Method® and is also based on scientific findings. As part of the calorie-reduced, plant-based Detox diet I consume approximately 850 calories per day.

«You need inner harmony to attain a healthy body.» Henri Chenot

Day 1 (FR, 18.12)
After a fruit-laden breakfast with barley coffee accompaniment, I set off for my first therapy sessions. The schedule for today: Bio energetic check-up, stress examination, full-body photobiomodulation, hydro-aromatherapy, energetic massage. I will explain what all of this is in detail over the next few days.

Day 2 19.12
My kick start into the day begins with a bio energetic treatment. Stimulation from a laser beam, which restores the energy balance in the body. After this year my muscles do hurt and I suffer from headaches. The medical staff also prescribes an acupuncture treatment for me today. It is intended to relieve my neuropathic pain and my migraine. I have the feeling that my energy channels, which have got out of balance are in «Panta Rhei» again. One hour of Pilates successfully rounds off my programme today.

Day 3 20.12.
I begin with an intravenous ozone treatment (specially enriched infusion cocktail with high doses of antioxidants), followed by hydro-aromatherapy and finally a medical check-up. Before I go to dinner, I indulge in neuro-acoustic treatments for deep relaxation.

Day 4 21.12
I have a sober start to the day with colon-hydrotherapy. It rinses the large intestine, channelling waste and toxins out of the body. This cleansing provides the body with new energy and strengthens my ailing immune system.

Day 5 22.12
A good morning starts with a self-training session, the so-called HRV-Biofeedback Training. It provides systematic relaxation and improves the performance of the parasympathetic nervous system. After it I feel healthy, strong and energized. I only have one other treatment today, at minus 110 degrees and for the entire body. Cryotherapy is an extremely effective method for relieving chronic pains and simultaneously improving sleep quality. An effect that, in my opinion, continues for a long time.

Day of departure 23.12
Wistfully, with a lot of positive thoughts of my stay in this dynamic vitality complex, I take my leave after a hydro-aromatherapy treatment. My bath water is blended with essential oils and the balanced water pressure and temperature stimulate my circulation and the lymph flow. A regeneration treatment after my own heart.

We are in a time of constant change and are confronted with new challenges every day. To ensure that life is worth living, we should integrate even the smallest changes into our everyday lives. “Creativity and pleasure in what we do are the key to happiness.” The words of the architect Davide Macullo, who is responsible for the design of the Chenot Palace Weggis, remain in my head like a motto, long after my departure.

From far away we see a form, close up a journey to a number of things and on the inside a world of emotions and inspirations.

In the next ADAM THE MAGAZINE edition, published April 2021, you can read an interview with the COO and scientific director, Dr. George Gaitanos. He has made it his goal to continuously expand the leadership role in the preventative and regenerative Health Wellness movement, which integrates health and wellness.

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Side Notes

MERMAIDS!
Christopher Columbus described mermaids as obese and ugly. Historians assume that he was referring to the manatee that was unknown at the time in Europe.

A KOALA BEAR’S fingerprints can only be differentiated from those of humans under a MICROSCOPE!

A mole can dig a TUNNEL UP TO 75 METRES LONG in one night.

MONA LISA does not have eyebrows.

There were 10 American presidents in Fidel Castro’s lifetime!

WOMEN’S HEARTS beat faster THAN MEN’S HEARTS.

HORSEPOWER refers to the power needed to lift 1 kg 75 centimetres in 1 second. An average horse manages approximately 24 hp.

Skin Care Program

No – You are neither a wimp nor a weakling if you have your eye on a care product and indulge in a fresh boost for your skin after the winter months! Dry air from the central heating and days of sport in the snow has proven quite stressful for our largest organ. The sensitive skin on the face is particularly in need of an extra moisture surge.

There is a wide range of cosmetic products on offer – almost bewildering for the male capacity on this theme. And then all the discussions on which ingredients are really good and which should not appear in the content list. We have brought light into the care product jungle and compiled our recommendations for you.

Argentum Apothecary

Regenerating

Silver additives – used in ancient times and back in demand thanks to their antibacterial effect: While the Romans used silver powder for wound healing and silver coins in their drinking water, today we use colloidal silver from the pharmacy. The finest form of soluble silver is used in the product line Argentum Apothecary. It calms the skin, regulates the skin’s flora, promotes the skin’s own purification process and binds moisture. And the optical presentation in black gets thumbs up.

Julisis

Alchemical

Who is Paracelsus? The care products from Julisis are based on the traditional teachings of this famous Swiss doctor, natural philosopher and alchemist. The ingredients are from organic-dynamically grown medical herbs, based on the ethereal vibration principle for homeopathic essences – pure cell nutrition and highly effective. An investment in skin health and well-being. No contradiction to the male appearance – quite the opposite. Beautiful (male) skin is simply sexy.

Orveda

Revolutionary

An absolute top product with a radical self-healing approach, currently only available in four cities worldwide – fortunately Zurich is one of them. The brand Orveda captures the mood of the times with its attributes: green, vegan, clean and sustainable. Without parabens and with only a little silicone – often a main ingredient palmed off in cosmetics. The products win us over as age and gender neutral. The only downside: the quality is also reflected in the price.

Seed to skin

Organic

Naturally pure and honestly effective – the Seed to Skin care products from Borgo Santo Pietro. With the sensual feeling of Tuscany and a consistent ecological theme: from their own organic farmlands to sustainable packaging. The products are made exclusively from the purest, most natural raw materials – such as cold-pressed oils and biologically grown medicinal herbs. Pure care to strengthen the skin’s protection barrier. Not only calming on the skin, but also for your good conscience!

Photos Copyrights: Orveda, Seed to skin, Argentum Apothecary, Julisis, Shutterstock

Goodbye my friend!

Days of valediction

Tears are flowing down my cheeks, while a heartbreaking sob, encompassing all pain in this world and slowly crippling my chest, creeps up and I finally agonizingly expel it out into the world. My heat, broken a thousand times over, beats persistently in my chest, although I was 1000% sure that it had turned to stone.

Even weeks after your natural burial I ask myself how life should go on. Lenny, how could this happen? Where are you now?

The most wonderful memories of our time together race through my head…testosterone-loaded turf wars, long nights, car races and thrilling adventures with women. Our friendship was so special, full of mutual and unconditional trust. We relished life; no one even came close to us. How often did we show my can opener, Adam, what a real tomcat is capable of? We laughed in the wind, inhaling a deep breath of lavender and Dreamies.
Life was so wonderfully uncomplicated with you.   And now? My days have been passing as if in slow motion. Adam honestly made a lot of effort to distract me but how can the thought that you are now the brightest star in heaven help when tears are fogging my view and I am missing you so much?  Now and then I sat at the computer and looked for comfort in bereavement websites, but the very noise of the computer booting up upset me. I finally sat down in a trance at the table and used the pen to express in writing the pain of your loss. When I had finished writing our story, I tied a black satin bow around it, lay down on the sofa and fell into a deep, all encompassing sleep.

When I woke again, days must have passed, because I first had to try to find my orientation, had insufferable bad breath and my stomach was rumbling strongly. So I plundered the fridge, just like in the old days, had a luxurious bubble bath and cleaned my pearly whites. Hard to believe, but I felt better. Now I wanted to finish the affair and to burn my grief in a ritual-like act involving a gigantic fire. This was the only way to finally be able to concentrate on focusing on the future again. I would send our story, which had now been committed to paper, to a publisher, who would rip the bestseller out of my hands.

The reason for things turning out differently can be put down to the fact that my story did not exactly shed the best light on my can opener. At some point when I was asleep he must have found the text and in a rage threw it across the terrace, above my head into the gigantic bonfire in the garden. I was stunned! Again I let a heart-wrenching scream, but this time it was anger and I cold-bloodedly took it out on my can opener. When he came out of hospital a few days later, I had already dictated everything onto a dictaphone and he was able to begin typing my book into the computer using his eagle eyed search system.

Death is the horizon in our lives, but the horizon is only the end of our perspective. I had finally turned the corner; I was almost back to my old self and was looking forward again! Old friend, you will remain unforgotten in my heart and I will dedicate the bestseller to you, I promise!

 

Illustration Copyrights: Manuela Dona

Pasquale Aleardi

Multitalent & Dreamer
Zurich all-rounder performs in clubs and on Broadway

Pasquale Aleardi (48) expresses his passion for acting and music to the fullest. He personifies Kommissar Dupin in the tv series of the same name, tours with the band Die Phonauten through clubs and is one of the main actors in the first Cirque-du-soleil-Musical “Paramour”.

Multitalent Pasquale Aleardi is in his home town of Zurich as he intended to stage two concerts in Switzerland while touring with his band, die Phonauten, diffusing good vibes through funk, soul and pop. As the concerts had to be postponed due to one of his fellow musicians coming down with pneumonia, he, his wife Petra Auer (35) and their sons Leonardo (3) and Armando (1) took the opportunity to visit relatives and friends. The couple first met at their home of choice, Berlin, where she and he had moved to pursue their acting careers.

«At a birthday party I heard a woman speaking with a Grisons  accent which immediately grabbed my attention as I have a thing for that accent », he recalls. «Ultimately her appearance and her kind aura bowled me over.» Since they have become parents, Auer has taken a step back from acting, enabling Aleardi to continue to follow his diverse talents successfully and to provide for his family. As his father was born in Italy, his mother in Greece and he works for the most part in Germany, only few of his followers will be aware that this protagonist is actually Swiss.

Aleardi never considered getting into the immigrant family business of trade and production of culinary specialities. «As a boy I was fascinated by the fact that there were people who made themselves small and could slip into the TV», he explains how he began to get enthusiastic about acting. «And later I wanted to be like «Starsky & Hutch» driving around in a police car all day!» He began to play the piano at the age of 11, later he took up school theatre and finally completed his studies at the Academy of Theatre in Zurich.

After earning his spurs in German theatres and playing in cinema and TV productions alongside stars such as Til 
Schweiger, Heike Makatsch and Veronica Ferres and being co-pilot in the Swissair drama «Grounding», Aleardi started to get major, leading roles in particular since the series «Schicksalsjahre» (2011, with Maria Furtwängler). The series «Kommissar Dupin» is based on crime thriller bestsellers about the eccentric Inspector Dupin and has already been sold to over 40 countries while boosting tourism figures in Brittany. Aleardi received the Swiss Television Film Award for his role as the leader of the tunnel builders in the co-production «Gotthard». And in the film version of Udo Jürgen’s musical «Ich war noch niemals in New York» he joins a high-ranking cast to play the gay ship’s magician, Costa.

Aleardi made it big as a musical actor as early as 2015, when he was asked to sing in English on Broadway as the lawyer Billy Flynn, following just one season of «Chicago» in Stuttgart. It was clear to him then: simply unbeatable. However, something else was to turn up that would mean even more to him on an emotional level. «The first time I saw a Cirque Du Soleil show live at the beginning of the nineties in Paris, it aroused a crazy dream inside me to take part in it myself one day, although I have absolutely no artistic talent », reveals Aleardi with a grin. And indeed, at the end of 2018 he was asked to play the main role as the director AJ Golden in the first European Cirque Du Soleil musical production «Paramour». «It is so spectacular on a musical, dance and artistic level that I am going to extend my stay in Hamburg by two months in the spring.»

His family, who generally accompany him, will presumably move with him to the next Dupin filming. It is no big deal for them anymore. «We have become highly efficient and only take the essentials with us», emphasises Aleardi proudly. «Three suitcases. It’s liberating!»

„Kommissar Dupin – Bretonisches Vermächtnis“ was broadcasted in June 2020 in ARD.

Pasquale Aleardi will be singing in the Neue Flora in Hamburg in the Cirque Du Soleil Musical “Paramour”.

The concert with die Phonauten is rescheduled for 15th December in the Casinotheatre Winterthur.

Photos Copyrights: Anna Sophie Grünwald

Chef Flynn

On the fast track to making it big

When his father was on detox, he sought refuge and found it in cookery books. At the age of 15 he opened his first pop-up-restaurant. Today at the age of twenty the only thing missing is a michelin star. Flynn McGarry is New York’s youngest prodigy cook.

Since it opened a year ago, everyone has been talking about the New York restaurant Gem. Back then, shortly before his 19th birthday, Flynn McGarry had the contract in his hands, however his sister had to sign it because you do not get an alcohol license in the USA at the age of 19. Since then every step he takes is followed with eagle eyes. „Everybody expected that I would fail.“, said McGarry in a documentary. And one of his chefs agrees with him: „They don’t want us to be this good, but we are anyway.“ Gastronomy is a hard business and in particular the New York market is highly competitive. Nowhere else do you find so many star chefs in one place. If you want to survive here you cannot afford to make mistakes. McGarry feels the pressure but says that nothing great has been achieved without pressure. A sentence that is characteristic for him.

McGarry works painstakingly, 16 to 18 hours a day. He blocks out any thoughts about enviers or hate mail. Some hold it against him that at the age of twenty he has achieved what others begin dreaming of at twenty. But they forget how long Flynn has been practicing his culinary skills.

When his parents divorced, his father went into detox. Flynn was lonely and quickly fed up with ready-made meals from the supermarket. He experimented his way through cookery books that were lying around the house. And all of a sudden he can’t think of anything else. Famous chefs become rock stars, who he adores. His obsession went so far that his parents built a kitchen in his bedroom on his insistence. And so it began, a tender ten years young, flambéing and caramelizing. His most expensive item was a 300 dollar sous-vide cooker, for which the entire family pooled together.

At the age of twelve McGarry began his career as a professional chef. While his school mates arranged to go to baseball games, the freckled redhead worked meticulously on recipes. He hosted dinners for family and friends, served several exquisite courses with ingredients that his peers could not even spell. As his mother then cannot afford to lug home heaps of food so her boy can perfect his skills, Flynn launches official pop-up dinners.

Boy wonder at work

When he was only 15, The New York Times Magazine celebrated him as the discovery in gastronomy. The cover shows the boy wonder at work, highly concentrated. At the same time he opened his first pop-up restaurant, Eureka, in West Village. After one visit, journalist Christopher Noxon wrote for the New Yorker about moments when he thought: Damn, I have never had anything better than this in my mouth!

And now the Gem. Flynn serves most of the dishes in the same way as when he was cooking at home. A relaxed atmosphere is important, you should feel at ease when eating. A typical dinner in Gem consists of 12 to 15 courses, for which you should allow yourself two hours. The cost for the experience is 200 dollars. In New York you can easily spend the same amount on a meal or some other commodity, justified McGarry. When you read reviews from the patrons, you could trip on the superlatives, for example culinary discovery, explosive experiences. At the moment it does not look as if he could possibly fail …

Flynn McGarry is coming to Switzerland for the first time. As part of the Gourmet festival `19 the “culinary wunderkind“ will be cooking from 8th until 9th November 2019 on the Excellence Princess during a river trip from Basel to Strasbourg and back. For more information and tickets go to www.mittelthurgau.ch.

Photos Copyrights: Restaurant Gem, Joshua Aronson, mittelthurgau.ch, Angela Pham/BFA.com

The Star of Deep Ocean

Uncomplicated, resilient and functional, those are the attributes that are characteristic of Mido watches. Things that are important in particularly extreme situations. No surprise that countless cliff divers are among the fans of the swiss watch brand.

Elegant Timelessness
In  addition  to  water  sports,  Mido  is  extremely  passionate about architecture. One more reason to celebrate the event in the Spanish harbor city. After all the cliff divers basically take the plunge directly in front of the main door of an architectural masterpiece, the «Guggenheim Museum». Every watch from the Mido company is developed under the credo «inspired by architecture». Classic timepieces that do not follow any shortlived trends, but are classic beauties and consistently reliable companions.

Finally Franz Linder answers my question on the classic Mido customer «I believe the design of our watches is decisive. Timeless, powerful and reliable. It is someone who appreciates quality, who is discerning and does not have to rely on prestige. It’s about personality, less about showing off.»

As early as in the 1930s «Mido» was known for its powerful sealing system. The initiator behind the patent of the so-called cork crown sealing system was the watchmaker Georges Schaeren, who in November 1918 laid the foundation stone for the Swiss watch brand «Mido» that is still highly successful today.

Three quarters of a century Ocean Star
A  little  over  a  hundred  years  later,  there  are  other  patents that make the Mido watches so popular in particular for lovers of maritime sports. For example, the Calibre 80 from the new Ocean Star collection houses a new generation automatic movement that enables autonomy of up to 80 hours and, of course, consistently guarantees absolute water resistance. Therefore, it is only fitting that we celebrated the launch of exactly this new «Ocean Star» as part of the «2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series» in Bilbao.

The Ocean Star is now 75 years old, and still modern. The President of the watch brand, Franz Linder, addressed the subject in a personal interview: «It is our mission to create innovative products of the highest quality and in a design that conveys timelessness. Each of our collections has its own special character. For example, the Ocean Star was created specifically for water sports.»

 

*) From the very outset the name MIDO – from the Spanish Yo mido(I measure) – was a synonym for technical innovation and timeless design.

Photos Copyrights: Mido, Red Bull

Das Tegernsee

Between Heaven and Lake

High above lake Tegernsee, at a place between heaven and earth, the hotel of the same name invites its guests to a true well-being experience with stunning views at a unique location.

Das Tegernsee consists of five different buildings from diverse periods and in particular five different styles. The oldest part of the hotel complex and our favourite is the listed building Sengerschloss from the year 1842. The splendid art nouveau villa experienced an eventful time seeing both hardship and glamour. Following extensive refurbishment, the building has had a fresh new look for some time.

Two double rooms, eight suites and two exclusive restaurants have been renovated with loving attention to detail. Old meets new in a skillful symbiosis. An elegant fairy-tale castle with every imaginable comfort. In contrast the «Alpenchalets», newly built in 2016, are perfect for families. They are furnished

in  modern alpine style with a lot of wood, while the rooms in Herberge Quirin are inspired by the former servants’ rooms with their maritime flair and their puristic design. Again going back to former times, because while the nobility resided in the Sengerschloss, the former accommodation for the servants was in Herberge Quirin. Yes, even the guests reflect the design potpourri. Everyone is welcome here.

Delightful rooms with a view

Gourmets   in   particular   will   be   in   their   element   at   Das Tegernsee: Whether sampling haute cuisine in the «restaurant Senger» or innovative dishes with alpine products in the style of a modern sharing-concept in the «Alpenbrasserie» – no grounds for complaint here. The wine selection is excellent, and the very high quality culinary delicacies range from a traditional high mountain ravioli to boiled fillet of veal. Both restaurants share a breathtaking view of Lake Tegernsee and the finest cuisine; all managed by the executive chef Norman Fischer.

Feel- good sanctuary

The highlights of the hotel include the spa and wellness area on a total of 2,400 square metres. A panorama sauna for up to 40 guests with a view of the Tegernsee valley awaits you. The surrounding nature was the idea behind the spa concept, as is true for the entire building. The focus on the lake constantly plays a central role with clever use of selected materials from the area such as natural stone, limestone, driftwood, river pebbles and brushed oak. The classy recliners are from Dedon or Kettal and entice  you  to  relax.  The  white-blue  sky  above  you,  sparkling Lake Tegernsee below. If the word «dreamlike setting» did not already exist, it would have to be invented for this spa.

Conclusion:  Das Tegernsee  is the perfect  feel-good address for all those escaping the city and elevates the term relaxation to a completely new level. Hardly surprising that the nobility had their summer retreat here. Ah, life can be so sweet; especially in the Tegernsee valley…

Photos Copyrights: Das Tegernsee