Spa Business 3 2023

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ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Marc Cohen Peninsula Hot Springs Group What’s been your biggest life lesson?

How has the industry evolved?

There’s been an obvious shift from ‘spa’ to ‘wellness’. But it’s also been interesting to see wellness expand from the spa and natural medicine world into the hotel, tourism and property sectors. I worked with Ingo Schweder in the early 2000s to help Mandarin Oriental become the first hotel group to create a spa concept to lead its portfolio. Now every hospitality chain offers branded spas and wellness has become a major force in the tourism and property sectors.

Contact with water can create profound moments of clarity, says Cohen

PHOTO: MARC COHEN

Learning that pivotal moments have occurred when I’ve felt the most in tune with my surroundings and have followed my sense of curiosity and inner compass. For me, this has often happened while bathing and it’s no wonder that my career has led me to explore hot springs and natural medicine.

I’m still waiting for an augmented space that can manipulate my sensory inputs and external environment using real-time biofeedback


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