17 Jul 2019 Spa Business: uniting the world of wellness
 
 
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News headlines
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date  
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date

By Tom Walker

This year's World Wellness Weekend (WWW) will be the largest to date, with more than 2,000 spas, fitness studios and health clubs taking part across 100 countries. Now in its third year, the WWW aims to highlight the importance of wellness and help people adopt healthier lifestyles – as well as foster positive .... more>>
Borgo Egnazia partners with Blue Zones for retreats  
Borgo Egnazia partners with Blue Zones for retreats

By Jane Kitchen

Italy’s Borgo Egnazia has become the first hospitality partner to offer Blue Zones Retreats certified by the Blue Zones Institute. Founded by Dan Buettner, Blue Zones reflects the lifestyle, traditions and environment of the world’s longest-lived people. Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and York Times .... more>>

Fivelements Habitat opens in Hong Kong  
By Jane Kitchen

Integrated wellness lifestyle company Fivelements has officially launched its new urban wellness concept, Fivelements Habitat, with the opening of the first outpost in Hong Kong on 12 July. .... more>>
Pure Massage launches training courses for trainers  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

Pure Massage, a spa training method founded by Beata Aleksandrowicz, has launched a series of targeted education courses, devised specifically for massage trainers, that will enable them to .... more>>
London's COMO Metropolitan launches residences  
By Jane Kitchen

COMO Metropolitan London has opened ten luxury residences, offering private apartment-style accommodation adjacent to the hotel and opposite Hyde Park. The Residences offer the same .... more>>
Six Senses to open in France’s Loire Valley in 2022  
By Jane Kitchen

Six Senses has announced plans for a resort in the “Garden of France”, 90 minutes south of Paris in the Loire Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage region, the Loire Valley is known for .... more>>
Bad Ragaz’s Grand Hotel Quellenhof reveals redesign with a focus on thermal water  
By Jane Kitchen

After five months of construction and an investment of CHF 45m (€40m), the completely renovated Grand Hotel Quellenhof in Switzerland has once again opened its doors. For 150 years, the .... more>>
Six Senses Maxwell launches spa pods  
By Jane Kitchen

The newly opened Six Senses Maxwell in Singapore has introduced five spa pods and two relaxation rooms designed to be an urban sanctuary amid Singapore’s hustle and bustle. “Created in .... more>>
Inaugural We Work Well event gets positive feedback  
By Lisa Starr

While there is no shortage of spa events on the calendar these days, an impactful newcomer arrived on the scene this month: We Work Well, which hosted its first event at The Langham Hotel in .... more>>
Hyatt opens 9th French property with 1,200sq m spa  
By Jane Kitchen

The Hyatt Regency Chantilly has opened in the French countryside outside Paris, with a 12,917sq ft (1,200sq m) Spa and Beauty Center. The ninth Hyatt-branded hotel in France. Hyatt .... more>>
Wellness in the clouds: Four Seasons Philadelphia to open next month with 57th floor crystal-themed spa  
By Jane Kitchen

The Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Center is set to open 12 August with a 17,321sq ft spa that encompasses the entire 57th floor. Under the guidance of spa director Verena .... more>>
Grantley Hall wants to become one of Europe's top gym, spa, and wellness hotels  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

The Grade II listed, 17th century Grantley Hall hotel and wellness retreat will reopen today (6 July) near Ripon, UK. The property has undergone extensive renovation work over a .... more>>
 

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New GWI Initiative to focus on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals  
By Jane Kitchen

A new Global Wellness Institute Initiative has been launched to focus on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular, SDG #3, which is ‘Good health & .... more>>
Shanti Maurice gets sister resort on Mykonos  
By Jane Kitchen

A new Shanti spa has opened on the Greek island of Mykonos, perched on the cliff of Agios Stefanos and overlooking the Aegean Sea. Oniro Mykonos – A Shanti Collection Resort is a 5-star .... more>>
Six Senses Spa Ninh Van Bay launches new programming and unveils new look following major revamp  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

Six Senses Spa Ninh Van Bay has unveiled a brand new look following a recent refurbishment that saw the expansion of the spa to include six refreshed treatment rooms and a new .... more>>

Features
Jungle VIP

Spa Design:
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Kim Megson ventures deep into Mexico’s jungle to discover how two Chablé resorts with Mayan spas are aiming to redefine wellness
Multi-story

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Multi-story


With the rise in multi-generational tourism, family spas are growing in popularity. Jane Kitchen reports
Dr Tom Stubbs

People profile:
Dr Tom Stubbs


Dr Tom Stubbs talks epigenetics tests and spas
ISPA

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ISPA


After almost three decades serving members and contributing to the growth of the industry, we talk to ISPA’s Crystal Ducker about the work of the association and the future of spa
Miraval Austin

New Opening:
Miraval Austin


Miraval unveils second-ever wellness resort
Comfort Zone

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Comfort Zone


Skincare brand Comfort Zone has partnered with Wellness for Cancer to create a new programme of spa treatments for people touched by cancer. Barbara Gavazzoli tells us more
Finishing touch

Research:
Finishing touch


The benefits of face massage rollers have been given scientific backing from researchers in Japan
On the menu

Spa Programmes:
On the menu


Olivia Newton-John skincare, Sounds of Africa and jet lag butlers feature in our programming series
Blackberry Mountain

New Opening:
Blackberry Mountain


Sister property to iconic Blackberry Farm revealed
Gharieni

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Gharieni


Gharieni has long been known as an industry innovator. Now, Forbes Travel Guide has named the company as its official Spa & Wellness Equipment Manufacturer. Sammy Gharieni tells us more
Book4time

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Book4time


As Book4Time celebrates its 15th anniversary, we talk to founder and CEO Roger Sholanki about his passion for the spa and wellness industry
Lemi

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Lemi


From humble beginnings in a small Italian village, Lemi has grown a hugely successful global business in the massage bed market. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary year, we talk to GM Matteo Brusaferri
Training & education

Software:
Training & education


From bespoke training programmes to 24/7 support teams and company super-users, how are software suppliers helping spas get the most out of their systems?
Spa product news

Anne Semonin creates body collection inspired by summertime

Anne Semonin creates body collection inspired by summertime

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Parisian skincare house Anne Semonin has created a bath and body care collection inspired by summer in the Mediterranean.
 
Starpool NatureSauna celebrates 'open air wellness'

Starpool NatureSauna celebrates 'open air wellness'

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Starpool, an Italian wellness consultancy, has partnered with design studio Aledolci & Co to develop a new outdoor sauna concept.
 
Lifehouse Spa announces brand partnership with Elemis

Lifehouse Spa announces brand partnership with Elemis

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Luxury skincare brand, Elemis, has been named as the new product partner for the Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Essex, UK.
Beauty product news

Can your spa uniforms take the heat?

Can your spa uniforms take the heat?

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Combining comfort and style is never easy, but when it comes to the demands of life as a spa therapist in a hot climate can your spa uniforms take the heat?
 
New Phytomer Marine Mist transports users to the seaside

New Phytomer Marine Mist transports users to the seaside

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

French Marine skincare brand Phytomer has launched a new professional facial spray that will become an integral step in all Phytomer treatments.
 
Caudalie Suncare range protects the skin and the environment

Caudalie Suncare range protects the skin and the environment

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Caudalie has created a suncare collection that protects both the skin and the environment.
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RKF was born 18 years ago on the foundations of a century-old company. Today, RKF group consists of five branches with two production units.

RKF Luxury Linen provides a custom-made line for each brand: massage table covers, bath sheets & towels, oshiboris, gloves, bath mats, bathrobes, pareos, headbands, relaxing eye masks, waterproof pillows, pillow cases, duvet & duvet covers, slippers, etc.
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Mind over matter

A new white paper reveals the scientific evidence behind numerous modalities and their impact on mental health. Editor Gerry Bodeker explains how spas can tap into this wealth of information

By Gerry Bodeker | Published in Spa Business 2019 issue 1

In October a 122-page white paper on mental wellness was unveiled to hundreds of spa and wellness professionals at the Global Wellness Summit in Italy (see SB18/4 p78). It was created in response to an upsurge of interest in mental wellness from both industry members and the general public. As Dr Ranieri Guerra from the World Health Organization notes in its introduction: “Mental, neurological and substance use disorders affect one in four people over their lifetime and one in 10 at any given time, and thus affect billions of lives globally.”

The aim of Mental Wellness: Pathways, Evidence and Horizons is to identify the many complementary interventions which are scientifically proven to help enhance people’s mental wellbeing and happiness. There was a lot of existing research and it’s taken the Mental Wellness Initiative – a Global Wellness Institute action group – a year and a half to pull everything together. But finally there’s a body of evidence on a wide range of modalities – from massage, aroma, sound and light therapy to movement and exercise, mindfulness and nutrition, and the benefits that these offer for mental wellbeing.

Many of the therapies are already available in spas and the white paper now showcases evidence to support future innovation. Facilities have an opportunity to act as a safe entry point into these wellness modalities which support mental wellbeing and happiness that may be unknown, and perhaps untrusted, outside of the spa setting.

Proven modalities
Massage is one of the common spa services highlighted in the white paper for its proven effectiveness on anything from pain and cancer to headaches and infant care. Information was taken from the US National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and a 2010 meta-analysis of 17 clinical trials concluded that massage therapy may also help to reduce depression.

The US National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy references a range of studies showing, among other effects, the stress-reducing properties of sage oil, immune-modifying effect of eucalyptus oil, the role of peppermint oil in counteracting neuralgia, and the combination of peppermint and caraway oil in enhancing the quality of life of people suffering from dyspepsia.

Elsewhere, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that since 1970, there have been have been 19,000 studies published conducted on various aspects of meditation and its benefits.

We also identified many beneficial mental wellness pathways that are not typically found in spas, but which have potential for innovation and rejuvenation of the spa experience. These include laughter yoga – Google it! – art therapy, journaling and the influence of nature.

As it turns out, social laughter, seems to release endorphins associated with feelings of wellbeing and heightened mood. Oxford University researchers in the UK conducted a series of experiments and found that pain thresholds – an indicator for endorphin release – were significantly higher after laughter. They suggest that “laughter, through an endorphin-mediated opiate effect, may play a crucial role in social bonding”.

Group support and social connectedness are also foundational in maintaining a state of mental wellness.

For spas in areas of rich cultural heritage, there’s the opportunity to partner with local experts to build new, culturally important offerings. All cultures have clear dietary, exercise and other health practices encoded in their ways of living. Uncovering these traditional wellness practices can transform our understanding of the way human physiology works and the energetic basis of wellbeing.

Researching the spa experience
In the second section of the white paper, we drill down into the spa experience itself and find there’s an emerging body of science backing up claims that it benefits mental wellness.

In 2016, doctors Elissa Epel, Deepak Chopra and colleagues found highly significant changes resulting from a ayurvedic detox/rejuvenation programme known as panchakarma. These include a reduction in many metabolites which are risk factors for metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It also found that a break of just six days sets off genetic changes which can boost the immune system, decrease symptoms of depression and dementia and reduce stress (see SB16/4 p91).

In Australia, RMIT professor Marc Cohen and his team’s study on 4,265 mostly female respondents using thermal bathing spas found that “relaxation”, “peace and tranquility”, “indulgence” and “escape” were the most important motivators for bathing. Most respondents reported general health benefits (98 per cent) and better sleep (82 per cent) from bathing. Significant benefits were reported for back pain, arthritis, stress/anxiety, depression and insomnia (see SB17/2 p56).

The Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease project in Finland examined 2,315 men aged 42-60 over a five-year period. It found that increased frequency of sauna bathing – four to seven times a week for 30 minutes at a time – is associated with a reduced risk of heart-related disease, death and all-cause mortality. Sauna sessions have also been linked to lower risks of dementia (see SB17/1 p108).

In other research, a French study found that levels of anxiety and depression in 250 women who had breast cancer treatment were reduced by a two-week, multi-modality spa programme. Stronger and longer lasting effects were especially noted in reductions in depression.

What does this mean to spas?
So. How can spas harness this new flood of knowledge? I’ve often argued that spas have the potential to be the organisational face of wellness. Some destination spas, like Lapinha in Brazil, Brenners Park, in Germany and Kamalaya in Thailand, already are. They offer a wider range of wellness modalities under one roof that can’t be found in any other setting. Others focus more on massage and bodywork – but there’s much more than this available to enliven the spa world and its offering to clients, and the white paper highlights the many different evidence-based pathways which can be used.

Nowadays there are so many centres for yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc, that it’s not necessary for spas to employ therapists directly. Bringing visiting practitioners in and building a marketing plan around them can breathe new life into the spa business.  

The wealth of information, available freely at globalwellnessinstitute.org, can be drawn on to support the science behind spa modalities. This can be shared with customers, published in magazine and online articles as well as in marketing materials, and shared via educational sessions.

There are opportunities to target new markets, such as parents-to-be. A section on The First 1,000 Days of Life offers evidence on how wellness approaches that future parents engage with are predictors of the mental and physical wellbeing of their children in adulthood.

Or partnerships could be formed with existing community groups and local enterprises, such as those focused on older adults. Dance, tai chi, meditation and yoga all are supported by scientific evidence as reducing many conditions associated with ageing such as risk of falling, anxiety and depression, early onset dementia.

The white paper also places an emphasis on spa staff being treated with the same consideration as guests and that a code of ethics for spas is called for.

Finally, there’s the opportunity for spas and spa groups to begin partnering with local and international researchers to uncover new areas of evidence about the value of spa experiences. Here the focus is not only our physical health but especially on mental wellness and living a life in balance and happiness.

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Download a free copy of Mental Wellness: Pathways, Evidence and Horizons from the Global Wellness Institute website: globalwellnessinstitute.org

Gerry Bodeker

Gerry Bodeker is chair of the GWI’s Mental Wellness Initiative and editor of its mental wellness white paper.

Email: gerry.bodeker@post.harvard.edu

Gerry Bodeker
The evidence highlighted in the white paper can be shared with customers, published in articles and used in educational sessions
Attracting older adults: movement classes decrease the risk of falling, anxiety and depression Credit: Ulza/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
A Deepak Chopra study suggests that a six-day retreat can help with stress and depression
Frequent sauna visits are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and dementia Credit: nd3000/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
 


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