European Spa magazine - Spring Issue 79

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Industry Intelligence Wellness Matters

WellnessMatters

EUROPEAN SPA SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON THE LATEST GLOBAL WELLNESS TRENDS AND MODALITIES Ed i te d by M a r k S m i t h

EDITOR’S PICK

The power of breath Identified as a key trend for 2021 by the Global Wellness Institute, European Spa takes a look at the breathwork movement and what is means for spas

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n its recent report, The Future of Wellness 2021, The Global Wellness Institute identified nine key trends for the year ahead and among them were the rituals and practices of breathwork. This follows a keynote appearance at the 2020 Global Wellness Summit by James Nestor, author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, who spoke about the power of breath. Breathwork has often been underrated as a wellness modality, but this is definitely now changing, partly as a result of clinical studies at Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities, which have provided evidence to support the benefits of the simple art of breathing. Beyond academia, Dutch extreme athlete and author Wim Hof has built a devoted following through his unique combination of breathwork, mindset training and cold therapy. Elsewhere, behavioural psychologist Dr Peter Litchfield has been investigating breath science for nearly 40 years, examining dysfunctional breathing and exploring how to combat it.

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