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Industry InsIghts hydrothermal trends

H E AT I N G U P hydrothermal spa experiences are growing in popularity as new medical studies are showing their benefits. don genders, chair of the gWI hydrothermal Initiative and Ceo of design for leisure, outlines the biggest trends

T Don Genders

he health and wellness benefits of hydrothermal spa experiences have been sought out for centuries; whether it’s a Roman bath, Finnish sauna or Turkish hammam, cultures have craved the cleansing, healing pleasures of heat and water. Today, medical studies back up what we already instinctively knew: these self-administered treatments can offer a host of health benefits, including improved blood circulation, improved cardiovascular health heart health, pain relief and blood pressure management. The cleansing and healing powers of water and heat – and the unique health benefits of hot/cold contrast therapy – offer wellness benefits that are difficult to achieve any other way. The bonus for spas is that the health benefits can be self-administered so are achieved without high labor costs, but increasingly, we’re seeing consumers adopting these practices at home as well. With the popularity of hydrothermal treatments on the rise, the Global Wellness Institute’s Hydrothermal Initiative has identified six trends for 2019, which are outlined in the following pages.

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Salt brick thermal rooms need halogenerators for real health benefits

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Salt therapy for real results

In 2019, we predict the use of salt in thermal cabins to soar, as spas start putting the health benefits of salt before the aesthetic beauty of pink Himalayan salt blocks. The popularity of designer salt rooms in spas has soared in recent years – and sexy, pink-hued salt brick walls have become ubiquitous in thermal areas of spas across the world. However, though the backlit bricks may look pretty, the salt they are made of offers little to no health benefits. Expect thermal rooms with or without salt walls to add functional salt systems, such as halogenerators for distributing fine particles of dry salt or a nebulizer for a steam-style inhalation of salt. www.spahandbook.com

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Spa Business_handbook 2019-2020  

The global resource for spa professionals

Spa Business_handbook 2019-2020  

The global resource for spa professionals

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