Posts Tagged ‘Wellness’

Good resolutions for the new year

January 22nd, 2018 | By Melanie Pohl in Activities, Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

It’s the same old story every year: we set ourselves goals, all relatively “healthy”, to make sure that the new year starts with the best possible spin!

In the top ten resolutions for the new year we find our beloved: “I have to start the diet / I want to get back in shape”!


This is obviously a good one – not only is it  healthy but it can also help a person’s self-esteem. Moving reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Needless to say, however, we must not overdo it: it is not healthy to give up everything to lose weight, just set yourself up with a safe and healthy. But it’s not just about what you eat.

Doing more physical activity helps both the body and the mind. Here, near our resort, there are many places for walking and trekking. Besides the fact that, during the summer, we offer our customers a great quantity of sporting activities from adventure climbing to archery, from climbing to scuba diving. So as well as relaxing, you can also fulfill your intentions!

In second place, the “quit smoking” and “I stop drinking” resolutions are awarded on a par! While not for everyone, many will understand what you are talking about.

Now we know that smoking is bad, but it is a vice that many have and cannot stop. You may want to quit for the kids that run around the house, or because your new girlfriend does not like you smoking (like Meghan Markel and Prince Harry!), or you want to stop for a variety of other reasons. Either way, smoking is a bad habit and it would be better to let it go.

Drinking one or two glasses of wine is fine and, as a good Italian, I also say that it’s good! In excess, however, it always hurts. Excess of alcoholic beverages is not great for our own selves and can even lead to devastating consequences for people who surround us.

“The morning has the gold in its mouth”, is an ancient proverb, and there is nothing more true! As a resoltuion, this will not be for everyone, but we still put it in our top ten. Let’s not fool ourselves. Waking up early is a great sacrifice and there are those who, in doing so, can be very grumpy indeed! The positive thing, however, is that, after having gotten up early and having discovered everything that can be done in those hours, you will not want to turn back (weekends excluded).

The last resolution is: “I want to enrich myself intellectually”. Every year we become older and therefore our brains tend to shrink. So how can you try to always be mentally active and lively? Obviously reading more; and this does not just mean reading the headlines and two or three whole articles. You should at least find the time to read a chapter a day of a book that you like or is of interest.


In short, we must start 2018 with the right motivation to ensure that our year is one of the best.

So, I wish you all a happy new year!

 Written by Lara Beatrice


News 2017

January 31st, 2017 | By Melanie Pohl in Parco San Marco | No Comments »

As with every year, there are many new things that will be waiting for our guests with the opening of the new season in 2017.
Whether they be great works or minor surgery, we always try to give our best to make your stay on Lake Lugano is as beautiful as possible.

Last year we surprised you with the new Sky Lounge, our rooftop terrace bar, which is the perfect place for your aperitif or a drink after dinner at one of our restaurants.


For the opening of our new season on March 24 2017 we decided to focus on our suites. Firstly, is the Easy One-Bedroom Suite whose bedroom provides a modern and attractive touch through the use of grays and taupes throughout. This category of suite with beautiful private gardens, is located in the most central part of the Resort, and is perfect for families with young babies because the reception and the San Marco restaurant can both be easily reached by a short walk with a stroller.

One Bedroom Suite WohnzimmerThe number of our One-Bedroom Suites are going to increase and these rooms with lake views are accessible by little bridges. In addition to this, there will also be some great changes in Dependence del Parco.
The first of the new constructions in the Dependence del Parco is the Grand Suite. The suite, which can accommodate bookings starting from four people, is 90 square meters. Perfectly situated, you can directly access the resort’s beach, the largest private beach on Lake Lugano, by foot in just a matter of minutes.

2017 has also started well for Parco San Marco thanks to its first-place ranking on Holiday Check for hotels in Lombardy, listed as the best beach hotel in Italy! Not bad really!

We will leave you speechless with our new culinary concepts and your children will thoroughly enjoy the new theme to the Club Bim Bam Bino where they can play and know the world around Parco San Marco with our animation team, and more.

Do not waste any more time, there are still a few suites available! See you soon!

History of Massage

September 21st, 2016 | By Deborah Giorno in Activities, Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

Massage is the oldest form of physical therapy, used over time by different civilizations to relieve pain and encourage the muscles to relax. The word massage seems to derive from the Arabic word “mass” (rub, press) or from the Greek word “boulder” (kneading, handle). Today it has found its place within the recognised and respected fields of physical therapy, alternative health and beauty treatments and encompasses many different types of massage all with different purposes: relaxing, muscle, sports, pain relief, draining, anti-cellulite.

The massage technique is one that is done through manual bodily contact and with precise and sequential maneuvers, reducing pain and tension in the muscles.This ancient form of therapy is one of the most natural from gestures that we make every day, given that it is instinctive to rub a sore shoulder or stroke the body part that hurts us. In practice, it is a different set of maneuvers performed on the body which relieves muscle or joint pain, to tone the volume of some tissues, but also to preserve and improve the psychological well-being by easing tension and fatigue. The massage movements should be performed in the direction of the muscle fibers and must respect the direction of the body’s circulation, therefore from the extremities towards the heart. It can be decisive and quick for a toning effect or slow and gentle for a calming effect.

In addition to this, there are various massage techniques and specific maneuvers for pregnant women, for infants or for the elderly. The touch characterized by the hand that glides over the skin with a minimum pressure (real touch) or with more accentuated pressure (deep touch).

The effects of the touch are: superficial vasodilation (the widening of blood vessels), anesthesia on the skin’s nerve endings. The deep-touch effects are: elimination of dead skin cells, stimulation of circulation (should always be practiced in the direction of the heart). With friction, unlike touch, the hand does not simply slip over the skin but engages on a deeper lever in circular or elliptical movements. The effects are: detachment of adhesions (scar or postural), dissolution of all the aggregates (cellulitis, hematoma, toxins). Percussion is a sequential series of knocks with a cupped hand, a slash or a clenched fist which induces a stimulating and invigorating effect. Surface kneading ( the act of wringing / squeezing and releasing the skin with the underlying connective tissue) and deep kneading (which involves squeezing / compressing and releasing the muscles) have the main effect of accelerating the replacement of fluids for the massaged tissue and increasing oxygenation, nourishment, cleansing and cell turnover. The vibration, which is a pressure combined with an oscillating motion, produces a calming effect on nerve endings. The “virtues” of massage are innumerable. You can start with relaxation which, already in itself, allows the body to regenerate and it rebalances the nervous and hormonal system which, in turn, provides a long list of positive effects. Among the benefits, are:

  • Reduction of tension present in the form of cramps and muscle spasms.
  • Strengthening of the immune system thanks to the fact that movement and muscle contractions are an effective way to circulate lymphatic fluid (which removes toxins) in the body.
  • Improved circulation, as the movements made during the massage help to push the blood towards the heart. In practice, it promotes the exchange, on a cellular level, of blood containing toxins to be augmented with new blood rich in nutrients.
  • The elimination of dead cells while absorbing elements that nourish the skin, making it silky and helping it breathe.
  • The feeling of well-being

Are there any situations where the treatment is inadvisable?

• Usually, this technique does not carry any contraindications, however, it is worth considering that in some situations (as in the case of injuries and diseases such as fever, inflammation, heart disease, infectious diseases) it would be prudent to avoid it. When it comes to a person with any health problems, in order to avoid unnecessary risks, it is advisable to seek the opinion of the consulting physician before undergoing any massage.

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To properly perform a massage, you can not neglect the preparation phase. During the session there are, in fact, other senses (such as smell, sight and hearing) that are also stimulated which is why the environment has to be spacious, heated (24-25 °) and comfortable; soft lighting and relaxing music in the background completes the atmosphere. For the massage itself a bed is sufficient, but you can also just lie on the ground. Scented candles, finally, enchant and engage one’s sense of smell to promote relaxation. It is advisable to use a special massage oils and creams and not to do not overdo the amount. These products are already ready-made, but can also personally be created by combining a few drops of an essential oil, chosen from those used in aromatherapy, to a base oil such as wheat germ or sunflower.

In the West, massage is done mostly on massage beds, while in the East a the futon or mat on the floor are pften used so as to make better use of the weight and the parts of the body of the massager in the execution of “pressures.” This is widely used in oriental massage techniques. In order to ensure the full benefits of a massage, the duration of the session must not be less than 30 minutes. Very rarely is it more than two hours. Special creams and oils too improve the effectiveness of treatment and the session should be conducted in an environment with proper temperature not to feel cold.

Anyone can receive a massage, with some caution regarding children as a lighter massage for them will be necessary, taking into account the fragility of their bones.

written by Deborah Giorno, SPA Manager

Travelling improves your life!

January 14th, 2016 | By Paola Mazzo in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

The 2015 season of the Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort has just come to an end but we are nonetheless eager to dish out some tips for your next holidays, of course on Lake Lugano!

Relax PoolJoking asides, whichever your next destination will be, do bear in mind that travelling is, first of all, good for your health. Recent studies published on the TripBarometer show in fact that over 40 thousand Tripadvisor users worldwide feel the need to travel for its therapeutic powers. Just to mention a few: the excitement before departure, the thrill once arrived at the hotel and the absolute delight when entering the sparkling waters of Lake Lugano or the relaxing indoor pool at the SPA San Marco. Hands up who hasn´t felt this way not even once when staying at our Resort!

Also nowadays we tend to reward ourselves with travels more than in the past, even the staff of Parco San Marco sometimes does! May be for a special occasion like a wedding anniversary, a graduation gift or a well-deserved break when achieving a though goal within the workplace…travelling has become essential. An indulgence that pays us back the hard work we went through during the year. Consider that, 31% of people interviewed for this survey declared that travelling actually improves the health!

Relax amacaTourism is for many travelers a source of relaxation and rest, it is most of all an a way to gain experience, this means the holiday is not intended just as a break from everyday life, but also as a way to broaden the horizons, discover and get to know new places, cultures and their fascinating stories.

To Quote the TripBarometer survey again, many travelers feel that some services are fundamental when on holiday, such as breakfast included: have you ever tried our rich and healthy breakfast buffet? You didn´t?? What are you waiting for: all our suite rates include breakfast, which is served daily from 07:30 to 11:00 am. And since you like to pamper yourself, you´ll be happy to know that breakfast is served on Sundays until 11:30! Our wealthy buffet offers juices, cured meats, puddings, croissants, a fresh products corner, delicious freshly squeezed smoothies, berries, seeds, fresh fruit and so much more. For some who took this survey, a kettle with a tea and coffee selection in the room is much more important for an hotel than having a pool! Lucky for you, at Parco San Marco you wouldn´t have to choose as we have both. Actually, the pools are four! We are talking about the indoor pool at the SPA San Marco, the Relax Pool and the kids favorite Fun Pool water park, with its two pools and slides!

No matter if you belong to the “Millenial” category (travelers between 18 and 34 years old), or to the “X Generation” (35-64 years old) or if you are a “Baby Boomer” (over 65), at Parco San Marco you will find everything to fulfill your needs. You could be taking an active holiday and dare our Adventure Park, pampering yourself with a relaxing massage during a wellness break or indulging in a gourmet meal in our restaurant “La Terrazza”, the choice is yours!

If you´ve been reading up until this paragraph, than go ahead and visit our website. Book your next holiday on Lake Lugano right now and take advantage of our Early-Birds discount, you have time until 29th February 2016!

We are looking forward of welcoming you here!

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Written by Paola Mazzo

Foot Reflexology

January 12th, 2016 | By Deborah Giorno in Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

Benefits and drawbacks

Foot reflexology is a technique through which the body´s harmony is re-balanced by massaging specific spots on the foot. It is beneficial for cases of congestion and tension, helps prevent back ache, cystitis, anxiety and stress. Let´s find out more.

What is foot reflexology?

Foot reflexology is a technique through which the body´s balance is restored, using a particular massage that presses and stimulates specific reflex spots located on the foot and linked to specific organs. By doing this many body´s dysfunctions are prevented and cured . The discovery of foot reflexology goes back to ancient history, in particular to the oriental tradition. Also various documentation proves that this technique was already being used by the Native Americans.riflessologia plantare The representation of a fetus in a foot was found in a 6000 years old graffiti, discovered in Valcamonica. Nowadays, foot reflexology survives and improves thanks to Ivan P. Pavlov, a Russian physiologist who lived in the late 1800. At the beginning of the 20th Century, an American otolaryngologist named William Fitzgerald begins to code some important concepts about foot reflexology. Later the physiotherapist Eunice Ingham will develop this concepts, and that is why she is considered the founder of modern foot reflexology.

Benefits and drawbacks of foot reflexology

Feet have a delicate and precious structure which inevitably becomes increasingly overloaded by everyday life. But as its health plays such an important role, they do deserve constant attention and care. A long warm bath or a good massage are always followed by a pleasant and relaxing feeling. Foot reflexology benefits in particular three common conditions: congestion, inflammation and tension. The aim of this massage is to gradually get rid of this conditions (usually linked together) by reset body balance. There are although some drawbacks. Foot reflexology is to be avoided during pregnancy and during the monthly period. Is also suggested to take the massage away from meal and to avoid it if you are particularly upset or nervous.

When foot reflexology is recommended

Foot reflexology is favored for the most common pain: back ache, head ache, cheekbone itches and knees issues. The foot reflex massage is also a good way to help quit smoking or to recover when suffering insomnia. riflessologia plantareIt successfully cures cystitis, indigestion, stress, cramps, arthritis and anxiety. Foot reflexology  believes that every single vital function is directly linked to a specific spot on the foot; massaging this spots will allow energy to start back flowing and stimulate the self-healing properties of the human body.

At the SPA San Marco, reflexology treatments are combined with back, shoulders, neck and head massages: our team of professional masseurs will be glad to assist you finding the best massage suitable to your needs!

Written by Deborah Giorno


April 2nd, 2014 | By Deborah Giorno in Parco San Marco | No Comments »

Reflexology is a very ancient technique, it seems that the first therapeutic treatments based on foot massage were already used in 5.000 a.c. both in India and China.

Reflexology was rediscoverded at the beginning of the 19th century, and since then is getting more and more known because of its great effectivness.
How does it work?

In the feet there are reflexes that corrispond to the whole body, so by stimulating these reflexes, by pressing or massaging them, a flow of energy is stimulated in the whole body that helps unblock stuck energy .

Some says that it works because the nervous system connects the whole body, others talk about meridians or energy lines that run from the feet through the body and viceversa. Nothing of this is actually proved, but the truth is that Reflexology works incredibily well.

If you look at the profile of one of your feet, on the side of the big toe, you will notice that it looks like the profile of a body: the heal is the bum, then the curve that goes from the end of the heal until the base of the big toe is shaped like the spinal colomn, and it is in fact its reflex, while the base of the big toe is the reflex of the neck, and the toe itself looks like a head, and it is its reflex. Ruecken & Fuss

The right foot corrispond to the right side of the body and the left one to the left side of the body. You can also see the shape of the body in the feet by keeping the 2 feet close to together with the big toes touching each other, imagine there are only the 2 big toes, without the other toes, don’t they look like a head with the neck and the shoulders? The picture in this blog will help you to notice this easily.



Normally people go to reflexologist to solve different problems, for instance because of back pain, because of insomnia, because of digestive problems, because of stress etc. Already after ther first session a person can feel the difference, each person in its own way, but a general sense of relaxation and of improved energy is immediately felt.

To really feel a difference in your symptoms in your body it is always advisable to do at least 10 sessions, possibly, 3 times during the first week, then 2 times the second week, therefore once a week for 5 weeks. Here  at Parco San Marco we offer reflexology either  as a single session or combined with back shoulder and neck massage, our clients love it and it is one of the treatments that sells more.

Besides these reflexology treatments, we also offer reflexology lesson for couples, during this lesson that lasts 1 hour, clients learn the basic tools of reflexology, by massaging the reflexes of each other weak points so that once they go back home  they can help each other to release some tension. Why don’t you try it out yourself? Enjoy a reflexology treatment or a lesson with us.