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March 17, 2010

Castel Monastero Offers New Approach to Health and Wellness

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Tuscany, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Castel Monastero in Tuscany is offering a new therapeutic program of renewal from Dr. Mosaraf Ali at the resort this spring. A specialist in Integrated Medicine whose international clientele includes Prince Charles, the actor Michael Douglas, Richard Branson, the Sultan of Oman, and many other high-profile individuals, Dr. Ali will oversee a unique approach to health and wellness, encompassing traditional and ancient healing techniques from the Himalayas and beyond. The exclusive, multi-day lifestyle program at Castel Monastero Spa is accompanied by special spa cuisine from Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay.

From the world’s tallest mountain range to the rolling hills of Tuscany, Dr. Ali’s holistic healing approach begins with an understanding of each client’s past, present and place in the world. The program taps Dr. Ali’s specialties in Ayurvedic medicine and naturopathy, eschewing quick fixes and combining oriental and traditional medicines – including some passed down by his Indian grandfather – to promote a return to fitness and the vital potential for health and wellness at every age. The healing concept is based upon nutrition, detoxification, movement and weight loss, with exclusive massages to aid in relaxation, recover tone and control the appetite.

Dr. Ali and Resort Consulting Chef Gordon Ramsay collaborated to develop a special menu at Castel Monastero, specifically designed for guests who are staying on the Wellness Program. The special menu is tailored specifically for each guest, but incorporates local ingredients and special herbs and spices from the Himalayas.

Dr. Mosaraf Ali’s exclusive Wellness Program launches March 19, opening day for the 2010 season at Castel Monastero.

-Personalized checkup by Dr. Ali, who will be in residence at Castel Monastero on weekends through 2010
-Complete personalized menu from Consulting Chef Gordon Ramsay, including fasting days
-Therapeutic yoga and Ayurvedic massage sessions daily at the Castel Monastero Spa.
-Special detoxifying powder from Rajasthan to cleanse the body of impurities
-Daily Himalayan herb fasting tea

Guests are encouraged to complement the Wellness Program at Castel Monastero with cultural immersion of Chianti. The resort arranges daily excursions to visit nearby towns and villages including Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, and Radda, so guests can enjoy the wealth of Tuscany.

Dr. Ali has studied around the globe, earning an MD in General Medicine with honors from Friendship University in Moscow and joining the Central Institute of Advanced Medical Studies for post-graduate study in acupuncture and other disciplines. In 1983 he opened the Center for Integrated Medicine in Delhi while training under eminent physicians. He was also Medical Director of Hong Kong’s main Complementary Medical Clinic and headed the Department of Integrated Medicine at The Hale Clinic in London.

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