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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

CASE STUDY

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Six Senses is one operator The sea and nature have proven benefits

to put a real focus on nature with the launch of Reconnect With Senses. The company’s wellness pioneer, Anna Bjurstam, speaks to Kath Hudson

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Taking a hike has numerous health benefits

Not being in nature is harmful. During the pandemic we could only go outdoors so many more people were reminded of the importance of it

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econnecting with yourself, others and nature are the foundations of the Reconnect With Six Senses campaign, launched in 2020, inspired by the pandemic. “Something as simple as walking barefoot outside is so powerful, as the negative ions stored in the earth rebalances our systems, lowers stress and reduces inflammation,” says Anna Bjurstam, Six Senses’ wellness pioneer. “Conversely, not being in nature is harmful. During the pandemic we could only go outdoors so many more people were reminded of the importance of it.” Six Senses’ Reconnection Experiences help guests to reset via a range of www.spahandbook.com

outdoor activities, including forest bathing, barefoot walks, nature hikes, harvesting sessions, star gazing and fire rituals. These nature-based activities are designed to tempt guests into rediscovering their sense of adventure, while exploring the flora and fauna. Wellness Days introduce guests to techniques, treatments and activities, which help them build a stronger body, improve mental clarity and achieve a deeper sense of balance and fulfilment. They allow for time to reset during a full day immersion. Six Senses also brings nature into the spas by using biophilic design, a design principle which increases connectivity

to the natural environment through the direct and indirect use of nature, such as natural materials, ventilation, shapes and forms, as well as lots of daylight. Bjurstam says this is an easy fix for spas to incorporate: “Even using a natural patterned wallpaper is calming. As well as using natural scents and sounds, such as wave sounds. “Research shows that looking at nature in a picture and being in nature activates the same part of the brain, so even having pictures of nature around or using virtual reality can be beneficial. Spas need to work out ways of bringing nature indoors and amplifying it: if there’s no view in sauna, play a nature movie.” ● SPA BUSINESS HANDBOOK 2021 – 2022

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