launched in Paris in 1952 Issue One Hundred 2023 of the South African Edition Spa skin vitality body balance Lifestyle Relaxation & Health Therapies this issue Celebrating One Hundred Issues
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques was established in Paris in 1952 and has grown to a magazine with a worldwide reputation. An international network that spans the globe, it is currently published in 20 countries and distributed digitally throughout the world. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa is a publication dedicated to the up-todate knowledge in the world of SPAS, encompassing all aspects of the spa: spa therapies, spa innovations, spa design, spa management, latest aesthetic developments, skincare and bodycare, spas, wellness retreats and destinations, published in a contemporary format to complement the evolving nature of the wellness industry. An essential magazine for all parties engaged in the wellness industry, providing consistent cutting-edge content, written by leading experts in their respective fields, that keeps professionals informed about the latest trends, initiatives, products and technologies. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South African Edition was launched in October 2002, by Max Café and is now available monthly, in a convenient online published format.
We remain passionate about the spa and wellness industry and it is exactly this passion that drives our involvement as it constantly evolves. We aim to give our readers valuable international information on their path towards, health, vitality and well-being.
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Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor.
“It has been a privilege to travel this 100 issue journey with our amazing clients, advertisers, readers and friends. My favourite experience is always, the opening of new spa doors, introducing spa enthusiasts to the magical world of spa and wellness and witnessing the launch of new innovative spa products, highlighting indigenous ingredients and unique South African brilliance, now exported internationally. As I reminisce each issue of these 21 years, I remain inspired and incredibly proud of our collective achievements as a spa and wellness industry. Thank you for the opportunity!” Dr
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Celebrating our 100th Issue of Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South Africa.
It has been an honour and privilege to travel the journey with the South African spa and wellness industry, our readers, advertisers, partners, friends and greater spa family, over a 100 LNE Magazine Issues. Filled with memories, of enjoyable moments, meeting Incredible people, witnessing brands grow, ideas flourish, and spas and wellness centres succeed within a constantly evolving industry.
Les Nouvelles Esthétiques remarkable success, in the international spa, wellness and beauty industry is due to its rich history, global reach, commitment to cutting-edge content, engaging events, and a forward-thinking approach. Its ability to adapt, build a strong community, and embrace digital transformation has solidified its position as a trusted source of knowledge and inspiration, endeavouring to make an enduring impact on the world of spa,
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Les Nouvelles Esthétiques South African Edition I Max Cafe P. O. Box 81204, Parkhurst Johannesburg, South Africa 2120 I Tel: +27 83 267 2773 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lesnouvelles.co.za I Publisher/Creative Director: Anthony de Freitas e-mail: tony@maxcaf e.co.za I Managing Editor: Dr. Nadine de Freitas e-mail: email@example.com I Editorial Assistant: Sarene Kloren editorial @lesnouvelles.co.za I Ad vertising Enquiries: Dr Nadine de Freitas e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org I Subscription Enquiries: Tel: +27 83 267 2773 e-mail: info@lesnouvelles .co.za or visit: www.lesnouvelles.co.za Les Nouvelles Esthetiques International Publisher I 7, avenue Stephane Mallarme 75017 PARIS Tel: 01 43 80 06 47 Fax: 01 43 80 83 63 www.nouvelles-esthetiques.com I Fondateur: H. Pierantoni I Directeur de la Publications: Jeannine Cannac-Pierantoni I Redactrice en chef: Michéle de La ttre-Pierantoni I International Editions • Argentina • Baltic • Benelux • Brazil • Bulgaria • Canada • China • France • Greece • Hong Kong • Hungary • Israel • Italy • Japan • Mexico • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Singapore • South Africa • Spain • Taiwan • Turkey • Ukraine • USA • Yugoslavia Doc: Ar tDeco-Esteban Roca skin vitality body balance A Professional take on SPA Business, Health Therapies, Products & Simple Relaxation 2023*ISSUE*100 cover CONTENTS *100
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques International 4 The Spirit of the Spa 6 Global Wellness Economy 8 Les Nouvelles Esthetiques SA 10 Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 12 Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards 14 Living to 100: Insights from Blue Zones 18 Contributions of The Wellness Movement 20 The Pursuit of Happiness 22 Growing Older, Bolder 24 Spa - Key Hydrothermal Trends 26 Sauna As Art and Entertainment 28 Cryotherapy: Continues to Fascinate – AND Drive Growth
Halotherapy 32 The Popularity of Swedish Massage 34 Innovation in Spa Therapies 36 Unique and Trending Spa Ingredients 38 The Rise of Wellness Retreats 40 Exploring Fusion Spa Therapies 42 Sani-touch launches Disposable Linen 44 Key Skincare Trends Dominating 46 Personalized Aesthetic Plans 48 Aesthetic Ingredients and Treatment Advances 50 Nutraceuticals: The Quest for Beauty from Within 52 The Role of DNA Analysis 54 Intravenous (IV) Drips 56 For the Love of Beauty 58 The Future of Wellness Centers 60 Spa Architecture, Design and Technology 62 Wellness-at-Home Goes Pro 64 Bringing Spirit Back Into The Workplace 66 Wellness Tourism 68 Wellness Travel Trends 70 Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate 72
Les Nouvelles Esthétiques:
A Beacon of Success in the International Spa, Wellness and Beauty Industry
Les Nouvelles Esthétiques is a renowned publisher with a global presence that has consistently thrived in the international spa, wellness and beauty industry. Established in 1952, LNE has grown to become a trusted source of knowledge, trends, and inspiration for professionals in the beauty, wellness and spa sectors. This success can be attributed to several key factors that have propelled LNE to its prominent position in the industry.
Rich History and Legacy: LNE's journey began in 1952 when its founder, Dr H. Pierantoni, a visionary in the field of beauty and aesthetics, introduced the newspaper and then magazine in France. From its inception, the publication aimed to provide beauty professionals with the latest insights, techniques, and products, making it a pioneering force in the industry.
Global Reach: One of LNE's greatest strengths is its international footprint. The magazine, initially French-centric, quickly expanded to cover the global spa, wellness and beauty market. It is now published in multiple languages and multiple countries ensuring that professionals from different countries have access to its valuable content.
Cutting-Edge Content: LNE has consistently delivered high-quality content that keeps professionals informed about the latest trends, technologies, and products in the industry. The magazine features articles written by leading
experts, covering topics ranging from skincare and aesthetics to wellness and spa management.
Engaging Events and Congresses: To complement the magazine, LNE organizes prestigious international congresses and events. These gatherings bring together industry leaders, experts, and professionals to share knowledge, network, and explore emerging trends.
Awards and Recognition: LNE's commitment to excellence is evident through its various awards programs, such as the "LNE & Spa Prix de Excellence Awards" and “LNE Spa Awards”. These awards recognize industry innovation and excellence, adding to the LNE credibility and authority.
Community Building: LNE has played a significant role in fostering a sense of community among beauty and spa professionals worldwide, through its various platforms. LNE connects like-minded individuals, allowing them to share experiences and expertise.
Strong Partnerships: LNE has forged strategic partnerships with leading industry players, further enhancing its credibility and reach. Collaborations with renowned brands, organizations, and experts have solidified LNE's position as a trusted source of information and innovation.
Global Impact: Beyond its influence on the spa and beauty industry, LNE has contributed to the
promotion of well-being worldwide. It has played a part in raising awareness about the importance of wellness in people's lives.
Adapting to Challenges: LNE has not been immune to challenges, including economic downturns, industry shifts, and global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. However, its resilience and ability to adapt have allowed it to weather these storms and emerge stronger.
Forward-Thinking Leadership: Under the leadership of its executives and editors, LNE has consistently demonstrated a forward-thinking approach. By anticipating industry trends and staying ahead of the curve, it has remained relevant and influential in an ever-changing market.
Digital Transformation: The digital age has brought about significant changes in how information is consumed. LNE has embraced this transformation by offering digital versions of its magazine, online webinars, and e-learning opportunities, making it accessible to a wider audience.
Future Prospects: As the spa, wellness and beauty industry continues to evolve, LNE is well-positioned to maintain its success. By staying attuned to emerging trends, nurturing its global community, and providing valuable insights, it will likely continue to be a beacon of success in the international greater wellness world.
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Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Milestones and Memories
It started with the vision of one man, Dr Humblot Pierantoni, in 1952 and today is the cornerstone of spa and beauty education in 26 countries for the past 71 years internationally, and 21 years in South Africa
"Togetherness or the sharing of ideas with one another was the reason behind the Magazine & Congres. The first Molitg Congress showed that Aestheticians want to be a big family of Professionals" These words written by Dr. H Pierantoni in May 1957, at the first Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Congres, and are even truer today, than after that event.
The first Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Newspaper was published, achieving a dream, of uniting for an industry, and ensuring professional status, through communication, sharing of knowledge, ongoing training and industry pride. Trade communication was new but essential to industry longevity.
The first Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Conference was held in Paris in 1957 and attended by 150 aestheticians, today the conference is attended by 45 000.
Held at the Molitg-les-Bains (Pyrenees Orientales) in France and there was a full programme for this first Congress: a lecture by Doctors de Massia and Hallez on "Balneology and Dermatology", a presentation by Jean d'Athénes on "Make-up for Cinema, Theatre and Television", films in colour from Jean 'Edtrées on masks, a documentary on "Lancome Massage", an exposé from MrMoine on "The Role of Soap in Cleaning the Skin", a presentation by Mr Jean Morelle on "Ageing of the Skin", a presentation by MrMarissal on "Water Planktons in Aesthetics", a presentation by Doctor Lionel Baudu on "Medicine and Cosmetics", a presentation by Doctor Glaunes on "Relaxation", a presentation by Doctor Soum on "Allergies and Cosmetic Products", an exposé by Mrs Madeleine Magiun, a teacher in the educational field on "The Social Role of the Aesthetician", and more.
By the 7th Congress in 1966 there were 2000 delegates, including the Minister of Health and Minister of Education in France. And in 1976 5000 delegates.
During the LNE Gala Evening in 1976 at the Paris Intercontinental de Paris, 1100 delegates at the Congress
dined and danced. The dances were opened with a formation of thirty-five musicians of the drumming the fanfare of the Grande Républicaine of Paris. The very lively evening function with eight magicians, entertained the tables with his sleight of hand tricks, and set the president for Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Gala Dinners for years to come throughout the world.
2002 - the 50th Celebration
At the 2002 Congress, there were 15 000 visitors, almost 200 exhibitors.
The gala evenings was organised in another magical place and the attendees at the Congress had the good fortune to dine and to dance at Saints, the celebrated Maxim's restaurant.
"There was general enthusiasm to be seen in the ambiance of the Congress”, "There is something new every year at the Congress", "The Congress is a place to share experiences and for everyone to contribute his or her ideas and experience"
The future...“You, the Aestheticians who have expertise and love for your profession .....Together, we can ensure the future of our Congresses both in Paris and throughout the world for many years to come: BEAUTY because it is eternal!” Dr H. Pierantoni
Dr H. Pierantoni, passed in 2003, but the magazine, congres, awards and commitment was continued by his daughter, Michele de Lattre-Pierantoli, and now his granddaughter, Laura Jeandemange, so maintaining the personal touch and commitment, over 3 family generations, and we look forward to the 4th and 5th generation, within the greater Les Nouvelles Esthetiques family.
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques International
From the 1970's, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Conferences, Exhibitions, and Awards have taken place throughout the world, allowing information to be shared between countries and industry growth and respect in ways that are impossible to calculate.
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• Ukraine • USA • Yugoslavia AN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY MOMENTUM. spa business
The Spirit of the Spa
By Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor - Les Nouvelles Esthetiques
Be inspired by the rituals of the spa! Why do we use the word ritual, which evokes religion, even a sect - to be brief, notions far removed from our intention?
Quite simply: because spa treatments are organised according to definite protocols, every act leading steadily and smoothly to another. Step by step, mind and body thus learn to adapt to a rhythm different from that of the outside world.
And human beings need rituals. In days gone by, life was punctuated by a multitude of small rituals that regulated daily living. Nowadays, the only rituals that remain are those concerned with birth, marriage and death.
Not much to support one through a whole life... With the loss of rituals a certain sense of the sacred has also vanished. Modern society expects individuals to find the meaning of life in themselves. Religion and ideals fade, leaving individuals to face growing old and death on their own.
We live in an age of individual anguish, yet never has the demand for perfection been so insistent. We
are expected to fill simultaneously various roles on different levels - professional, social and parental.
Is it surprising that our existence is regulated by the logic of fragmentation?
Fragmentation of one's personality, but also of time:_ despite the increase in leisure time, we devote less time exclusively to one task. Even the perception we have of our bodies is fragmented.
Our beauty products are intended for different parts of the body: for making the face oval, outlining the eyes, firming the neck, flattening the tummy... And all these notions are repeated in the beauty salon with treatments for the face, the neck, the bust, etc.
Not least among the merits of spas and other disciplines of the Far East is the way they have reintroduced an approach that views the individual as a whole, enabling us to rediscover the centre of our being, bringing together our disparate parts. By means of rituals, the spa responds to the demand of appearance, providing aids and experts. In an exceptional setting, one can become whole again, in tune with oneself. For one, two or three hours,
one concentrates exclusively on one's own wellbeing.
The succession of treatments and actions prepares one in an almost hypnotic fashion to be touched, in the best sense of the word. In short, one is allowed to "let go" without fearing the judgment of others. It is not rare for a person, during a treatment session, to feel that she is on the verge of tears, ready to eliminate long accumulated tensions, not only on the physical, but also on the emotional level.
The spa, a place for contemplation, wrapped in the mystery of cultures, is imbued with every promise. It remains to define and nourish in minute detail this promise of response to a quest for total harmony. And in this way the ritual of the spa brings about a gradual and progressive calming effect.
After a spa ritual lasting an hour and a half, one should ideally lie down and rest for half an hour and even fall asleep. This is why a relaxation room is so important. The spa being, by definition, a place where time stands still, nobody must ever hurry you to the door...
Global Wellness Economy
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is recognized as the leading source for authoritative wellness industry research. Since 2007, the GWI has commissioned and published numerous research reports on the global wellness economy, including our flagship publication, the Global Wellness Economy Monitor.
Wellness Economy Statistics & Facts
GWI is the first and only organization to conduct comprehensive, objective, and global research on the wellness industry. Measuring the wellness economy and its component sectors, first in 2014, and updated and released every 2-3 years in the Global Wellness Economy Monitor.
The most recent report, The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID (released in December 2021), provides data for 2020, and projections to 2015.
•The global wellness economy was valued at $4.9 trillion in 2019 and then fell to $4.4 trillion in 2020, due to the widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
•As we emerge from the pandemic, GWI predicts that the wellness economy will return to its robust growth. We project 9.9% average annual growth,
with the wellness economy reaching nearly $7.0 trillion in 2025.
•The wellness economy represented 5.1% of global economic output in 2020.
The wellness economy includes eleven sectors:
•Personal Care & Beauty ($955 billion)
•Healthy Eating, Nutrition, & Weight Loss ($946 billion)
•Physical Activity ($738 billion)
•Wellness Tourism ($436 billion)
•Traditional & Complementary Medicine ($413 billion)
•Public Health, Prevention, & Personalized Medicine ($375 billion)
•Wellness Real Estate ($275 billion)
•Mental Wellness ($131 billion)
•Spas ($68 billion)
•Workplace Wellness ($49 billion)
•Thermal/Mineral Springs ($39 billion)
Wellness Real Estate
GWI's report, Build Well to Live Well, was the first research to size and analyze the global and regional market for wellness lifestyle real estate and communities. The study captures the central role that the built environment plays in driving our health and well-being, and it serves as an extensive
By Global Wellness Institute
resource guide for those seeking more information on how and why to build for wellness.
•Wellness real estate was a $225 billion market in 2019, and it saw explosive growth during the pandemic, reaching $275 billion in 2020.
•The pandemic has created a major shift in the construction and real estate industry toward wellness, and in 2020, wellness real estate continued to grow by over 22%, even as overall construction output shrank by 2.5%.
•Wellness real estate was the fastest-growing sector in the wellness economy in 2020.
•Wellness real estate represented about 2.4% of global annual construction output in 2020.
•GWI conservatively estimates that there are over 2,300 wellness residential projects around the world (either built, partially built, or in development).
•GWI estimates that the sales price premiums for wellness residential developments average 10-25% over conventional residential developments.
GWI's report: Move to be Well: The Global Economy of Physical Activity. This report defined and measured six sub-sectors that comprise the vast economy of physical activity: fitness, sports & active recreation, mindful movement, equipment/supplies, apparel/footwear, and technology.
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•The physical activity economy reached $874 billion in 2019 and then fell to $738 billion in 2020 (due to the pandemic). GWI projects that this sector will recover and grow to $1.2 trillion in 2025.
•Asia-Pacific is the largest regional market for physical activity, at $247 billion in 2020.
•Among the three categories of recreational physical activities: Sports & active recreation is the largest ($200 billion in 2020).
•Mindful movement was growing the fastest prior to 2020 (+14.7% from 2018-2019) and shrank the least during the pandemic (-11.2% from 20192020), as millions turned to yoga for at-home exercise and stress reduction.
•Among the three supporting sectors: Sports apparel & footwear is the largest ($293 billion in 2020).
•Fitness technology exploded in 2020 (+29.1% growth), as millions of consumers switched their exercise-related spending to workouts via digital platforms.
GWI's report, Defining the Mental Wellness Economy, was the first study to define and measure mental wellness as a global industry and to identify and benchmark its key sub-segments.
•Mental wellness was first measured as a $122 billion global market in 2019. It grew by 7.2% during the pandemic, reaching $131 billion in 2020.
•The mental wellness market encompasses four sub-sectors: Senses, spaces, & sleep ($57.3 billion in 2020), Brain-boosting nutraceuticals & botanicals ($39.0 billion), Self-improvement ($31.4 billion) and Meditation & mindfulness ($3.5 billion).
GWI's report: The Future of Wellness at Work. The study provided a broad examination of the current state of wellness in the global workforce, and it presented a new vision for wellness at work, with actions that will help improve workforce health and unleash human potential.
•Workplace wellness was a $52 billion market in 2019, and it shrank to $49 billion in 2020. Several short-term and long-term structural shifts, in addition to COVID-19, account for the decline in workplace wellness spending in 2020.
•GWI estimates that workforce unwellness (chronic disease, work-related injuries and illnesses, workrelated stress, and employee disengagement) may cost the global economy 10-15% of economic output every year.
GWI first defined and measured wellness tourism in 2013, bringing attention to the rise of wellness tourism worldwide and defining it as “travel associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing one's personal well-being.” Our updated 2018 Global Wellness Tourism Economy report provided extensive data and analysis that captured the explosive growth of wellness tourism and its transformation of nearly every aspect of travel.
•Wellness tourism was a $720 billion market in 2019 and then fell to $436 billion in 2020, due to the widespread travel disruptions during the pandemic.
•GWI projects that wellness tourism will grow rapidly in the coming years as the world emerges from the pandemic (+20.9% annual growth), with the market reaching $1.1 trillion in 2025.
•World travelers made over 600 million international and domestic wellness trips in 2020, down from 936 million trips in 2019.
•International wellness tourists on average spent $1,601 per trip in 2020, 35% more than the typical international tourist. Domestic wellness tourists spent $619 per trip, 177% more than the average domestic tourist.
•Secondary wellness travelers accounted for 92% of wellness trips and 90% of wellness tourism expenditures in 2020. Secondary wellness tourism involves trips where wellness is not the primary motivation for the trip, but where wellness affects some choices and activities because the traveler would like to maintain good health and/or their wellness lifestyle during the trip.
GWI has measured the spa industry at the global, regional, and country levels since 2007.
•In 2020, there were over 160,000 spas, earning $68 billion in revenues.
•Prior to 2020, spa revenues were growing by 8.7% annually. Spas were hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic, and the sector shrank by 38.6% from 2019-2020.
•GWI projects that spa revenues will recover quickly to pre-pandemic levels and will reach $151 billion in 2025.
•The top five markets in 2020 were: United States ($15.1 billion), China ($6.3 billion), Germany ($5.7 billion), Japan ($4.2 billion) and France ($2.7 billion).
•The largest categories of spas are hotel/resort spas ($27.8 billion in 2020) and day/club/salon spas ($23.7 billion).
GWI has measured the thermal/mineral springs industry at the global, regional, and country levels since 2013.
•There are an estimated 34,099 thermal/mineral springs establishments operating in 130 countries. •Thermal/mineral springs businesses earned $64 billion in revenues in 2019 and then fell to $39 billion in 2020, due to the pandemic.
•GWI projects that thermal/mineral springs revenues will recover quickly to pre-pandemic levels and will reach $90 billion in 2025.
•The thermal/mineral springs industry is heavily concentrated in Asia-Pacific and Europe, which together accounted for 96% of industry revenues and 94% of establishments in 2020.
Healthy Eating, Nutrition, & Weight Loss
The most recent data and analysis for this sector are available in GWI's 2021 report.
•The healthy eating, nutrition, & weight loss sector grew from $912 billion in 2019 to $946 billion in
2020. It is one of the only wellness sectors that maintained a positive growth trajectory during the COVID-19 pandemic.
•GWI cautions that the growth in this sector in 2020 should not be interpreted as “consumers were eating healthier during the pandemic” - and, in fact, the opposite may be the case. This sector captures spending on certain categories of foods, beverages, and supplements that are labeled and marketed as healthy, but that is not necessarily an indicator of healthy diets.
•The largest sub-sector is healthy-labeled foods & beverages ($680 billion in 2020), followed by vitamins & supplements ($137 billion) and weight loss products & services ($128 billion).__
Traditional & Complementary Medicine
The most recent data and analysis for this sector are available in GWI's 2021 report.
•Traditional & complementary medicine (T&CM) was a $432 billion market in 2019 and then fell to $413 billion in 2020, due to pandemic business shutdowns and supply chain disruptions that affected retail sales, product manufacturing, and provider visits.
•T&CM services/practitioners represent 54% of the market ($222 billion in 2020), while T&CM medicines/products represent 46% ($191 billion).
•Asia-Pacific is by far the largest regional market for T&CM ($295 billion in 2020).__
Public Health, Prevention, & Personalized Medicine
The most recent data and analysis for this sector are available in GWI's 2021 report.
• Public health, prevention, & personalized medicine generated $375 billion in spending globally in 2020.
•Spending in this sector grew by 4.5% in 2020, due to many governments and healthcare systems ramping up their public health/prevention expenditures during the pandemic.
•This sector includes two sub-sectors: public health & prevention ($344 billion in 2020) and personalized medicine ($31 billion).
•North America is the largest regional market ($132 billion in 2020).
Personal Care & Beauty
The most recent data and analysis for this sector are available in GWI's 2021 report.
•Consumer spending on personal care & beauty fell from $1,097 billion in 2019 to $955 billion in 2020.
•This sector was adversely affected by COVID-19 with the shutdown of service and retail outlets; supply chain disruptions; reduced demand for cosmetics/grooming products in an era of working from home and social distancing; and overall global economic decline.
•The three largest regions for personal care & beauty expenditures are all similar in size: AsiaPacific ($276 billion in 2020), Europe ($274 billion), and North America ($263 billion). On a per capita basis, expenditures are highest in North America.
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa MagazineCelebrating 100 Issues of the South African Edition
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa is passionate about the spa and wellness industry, since the launch in South Africa over 2002. And it is exactly this passion that drives our commitment, ensuring we support the industry to not only flourish, but continues its spa excellence and development, as the wellness industry constantly evolves.
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, with notable presence in South Africa, is a publication dedicated to the up-todate knowledge in the changing world of Spas, Spa Therapies and Professional Skincare, providing its readers with valuable international information to assist them in their path towards, health, vitality and well-being, with a high fashion feel to complement the magazines contemporary nature. This includes focus on spa management and marketing, spa treatments, spa reviews, spa décor, spa design and spa tourism.
“It has been a privilege to travel the journey with the South African spa industry, our readers, advertisers, friends and greater spa family, over 100 Issues of the LNE & Spa South African Edition. Witnessing the launch of new innovative spa products, highlighting
indigenous ingredients and South African brilliance and expertise, now exported internationally and making South Africa proud. The introduction of prestigious international spa and skincare brands, that viewed the South African market and therapist's professionalism with awe. Proudly endorsing new spa consulting firms, guiding new business through the process of opening a spa and meeting international standards. Attending press functions, each revealing a new and exciting introduction to our market allowing us to deliver more effective treatments with visible results. Witnessing new equipment releases, addressing non-invasive treatments for skincare and bodycare concerns, with stricter safety protocols, which opened the aesthetic market to therapists. And my favourite experience is always, the opening of new spa doors, while introducing spa enthusiasts to the magical spa and wellness world, and benefit of spa therapies. I carry an encyclopaedia in my mind, with treasured memories of each issue, its content, and more importantly its impact, which allows me to be so incredibly proud of our achievements as a collective spa and wellness industry, spanning over 21 years. Thank you for the opportunity!” Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor.
LNE South Africa, originally printed, and now published online, maintains a strong presence through, the publication, website, blog and social media channels, allowing spa professionals and enthusiasts, to access up to date information on all aspects related to the spas, spa therapies, spa innovations and spa business.
LNE South Africa fosters a sense of community among beauty and spa professionals in South Africa by organizing networking events and facilitating connections within the industry. This helps professionals share experiences and stay updated on industry developments. While maintaining a strong international link, with the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques International in Paris, France and other International LNE Editions, giving readers the opportunity to benefit from the extensive LNE global footprint and access to knowledge.
I look forward to our continued Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa journey together.
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distributed to 70 countries. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa is a publication dedicated to the up-to-date knowledge in the world of SPAS, encompassing all aspects of the spa: spa therapies, spa design, spa management and business, latest aesthetic developments, skincare and bodycare, published in a contemporary feel to complement the standard and nature of the industry. An essential magazine for all successful spas and salons, ensuring all spa therapists, spa managers, owners and people associated the spa industry. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South African Edition was launched in October 2002, by Max Café and is now available bi-monthly. The South African Edition is distributed to throughout Africa and neighbouring islands, such as Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques was established in Paris in 1952 and has grown to a magazine with a worldwide reputation. An international network that spans the globe, it is currently published in 26 countries and distributed to 70 countries. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa is a publication dedicated to the up-to-date knowledge in the world of SPAS, encompassing all aspects of the spa: spa therapies, spa design, spa management and business, latest aesthetic developments, skincare and bodycare, published in a contemporary feel to complement the standard and nature of theindustry. An essential magazine for all successful spas and salons, ensuring all spa therapists, spa managers, owners and people associated the spa industry. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South African Edition was launched in October 2002, by Max Café and is now available bi-monthly. The South African Edition is distributed to throughout Africa and neighbouring islands, such as Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques was established in Paris in 1952 and has grown to a magazine with a worldwide reputation. An international network that spans the globe, it is currently published in 26 countries and distributed to 70 countries. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa is a publication dedicated to the up-to-date knowledge in the world of SPAS, encompassing all aspects of the spa: spa therapies, spa design, spa management and business, latest aesthetic developments, skincare and bodycare, published in a contemporary feel to complement the standard and nature of the industry. An essential magazine for all successful spas and salons, ensuring all spa therapists, spa managers, owners and people associated the spa industry. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South African Edition was launched in October 2002, by Max Café and is now available bi-monthly. The South African Edition is distributed to throughout Africa and neighbouring islands, such as Mauritius, Seychelles and MadagascarLes Nouvelles Esthetiques was established in Paris in 1952 and has grown to a magazine with a worldwide reputation. An international network that spans the globe, it is currently published in 26 countries and distributed to 70 countries.
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa is a publication dedicated to the up-to-date knowledge in the world of SPAS, encompassing all aspects of the spa: spa therapies, spa design, spa management and business, latest aesthetic developments, skincare and bodycare, published in a contemporary feel to complement the standard and nature of the industry. An essential magazine for all successful spas and salons, ensuring all spa therapists, spa managers, owners and people associated the spa industry. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South African Edition was launched in October 2002, by Max Café and is now available bi-monthly. The South African Edition is distributed to throughout Africa and neighbouring islands, such as Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques was established in Paris in 1952 and has grown to a magazine with a worldwide reputation. An international network that spans the globe, it is currently published in 26 countries and distributed to 70 countries. Les Nouvelles
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Esthetiques & Spa is a publication dedicated to the up-to-date knowledge in the world of SPAS, encompassing all aspects of the spa: spa therapies, spa design, spa management and business, latest aesthetic developments, skincare and bodycare, published in a contemporary feel to complement the standard and nature of the industry. An essential magazine for all successful spas and salons, ensuring all spa therapists, spa managers, owners and people associated the spa industry. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South African Edition was launched in October 2002, by Max Café and is now available bi-monthly. The South African Edition is distributed to throughout Africa and neighbouring islands, such as Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques was established in Paris in 1952 and has grown to a magazine with a worldwide reputation. An international network that spans the globe, it is currently published in 26 countries and distributed to 70 countries. Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa is a publication dedicated to the up-to-date knowledge in the world of SPAS, encompassing all aspects of the spa: spa therapies, spa design, spa management and business, latest aesthetic developments, skincare and bodycare, published in a
We remain passionate about the spa and wellness industry and it is exactly this passion that drives our involvement as it constantly evolves. We aim to give our readers valuable international information on their path towards, health, vitality and well-being.
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The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques is founded on the cornerstone of education and the importance of connecting the industry on multiple platforms. The first Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Congres being held in Paris 1957, and the first Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference in South Africa in 2005. The conference's overall value lies in the blend of education, networking, sponsorship benefits, and exposure to industry leaders. Esteemed speakers inspire attendees with their expertise and success stories. In a concise nutshell, a spa conference is an essential event for spa professionals, fostering growth, and keeping them at the forefront of the wellness industry.
The theme for the fist Spa Conference was “A fresh, in-depth look at Spas”. We explored the evolving landscape of wellness, embracing holistic approaches, sustainable practices, and cutting-edge technology. This forward-thinking event set the stage for transformative changes in the spa industry for years to come.
Subsequent themes addressed international trends, industry perceptions, and research initiatives with the intention of embracing industry growth, improved business practices, and innovative thinking. Themes include: Defining a Spa Moment, Shaping the Future
of the Spa World, Re-invent, Defining your Strengths, #Love your Spa, Innovate, Invigorate and Elevate your Spa, Sense of Purpose, and most recently, Creativity in Wellness.
Keynote Speakers, we have had the pleasure of welcoming to the stage have been a combination of international and local industry experts, spa consultants, innovators, influencers, motivation speakers and experts from linked industries, inspiring delegates to think out of the box. To name a few, Michele de Lattre-Piernatoni, Editor in Chief, LNE International, Francoise Perier - LNE, France, Gil Amsallem (France) - Creator and teacher of the Bamboo Massage Technique, Olivier Aron (France) - Massage Academy, France, teaching the importance and development of a Spa Signature, Jean Piere de la Meliere (France), International Spa Consultant, Kent Richards (Bangkok) Operation Director, Six Senses Spas, Louise Cantwell (UK)Gentleman's Tonic, Kirsty Mawhinney (UK) - Skin Insights, Samantha Arnold (Hong Kong) - Spa Advocates, Ronald Jean (Canada) - Pevonia, Jane Wurwand (USA) - Dermalogica, Clem SunderAnglo American Chairman and Author of The Mind of a Fox, Tammy Dent - Training Director, Six Senses Spas, Deon de Wet (USA) - Tutor Thai Yoga Massage, Johanna Mukoki - Travel with Flair, Ryan
Malfara - winner of the Polar Race 2011, with South African Adventurer, Lee Swan, and international trainers and directors linked to our sponsors. Complemented by the profound knowledge shared within our South African Spa Industry, Debbie Merdjan - CEO Camelot Spas, Esna ColynChairperson iBloom, Debbie WolfendaleDermaclinical, Hilda Lunderstedt, Marisa Dimitriadis - The Spa Consultants, Alison Yammin - Marine Spa Distributors, Nthabiseng Shongwe - Narrative Strategist, Ronald Abvajee - CEO HLC, Stav Dimitriadis - CEO Twincare International, Jacoline Wentzel - The Spa Warehouse, Lori Milner - Beyond the Dress, Louis Gerke - The Ripple Effect, Douglas Kruger - Own your Industry, Robin Banks - Mind Power …..
The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference is a hub of industry knowledge, offering education on cutting-edge spa trends and techniques. Attendees benefit from extensive networking opportunities, forging valuable connections with peers and mentors. Sponsors gain visibility and potential partnerships, while showcasing their latest spa products, concepts and innovations.
“Looking forward to welcoming you and your team to the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2024.” - Dr Nadine de Freitas.
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To all our Advertisers & Readers we say ... Advert t y Thank You!
“It has been a privilege to travel this 100 issue journey with our amazing clients, advertisers, readers and friends. My favourite experience is always, the opening of new spa doors, introducing spa enthusiasts to the magical world of spa and wellness and witnessing the launch of new innovative spa products, highlighting indigenous ingredients and unique South African brilliance, now exported internationally. As I reminisce each issue of these 21 years, I remain inspired and incredibly proud of our collective achievements as a spa and wellness industry. Thank you for the opportunity!”
Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor.
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards
The phenomenal growth in the Spa Industry is celebrated with the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards. First established in 2005 to acknowledge spa excellence and now into its 19th year. The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards is the country's premier Spa Awards, stimulating a desire for service excellence among Southern African Spas in a growing local and international market.
Spa awards are important for several reasons. Firstly, they recognise and celebrate excellence in the spa industry, promoting healthy competition and driving innovation. Winning an award can boost a spa's reputation, attract new customers, and increase revenue. Moreover, awards provide a benchmark for quality, helping consumers and media make informed choices. They also motivate spas to maintain high standards, invest in staff training, and prioritise client satisfaction. Overall, spa awards not only honour outstanding establishments but also elevate the industry as a whole by encouraging continuous improvement and delivering exceptional and memorable experiences to clients.
“In 2005, we launched with 3 categories: Day Spas, won by Senses Day Spa, Johannesburg, Hotel Spas, won by Pezula Hotel & Spa in Knysna, and Destination Spas won by Sante Wellness, Cape Winelands, under the guidance of Medical Director, Dr Geraldine Mitton. Each of these spas, as with all, Winners and Finalists, holds a special place in my heart, as not only the first winners, but I have had the pleasure of witnessing their continued excellence, with Sante Wellness Retreat & Spa, winning again this year, 2023.
In 2009, we expanded to include the Safari Spa Category, South Africa's unique spa offering at the time, where one could enjoy a safari experience, complemented with a exquisite spa experience. Making the world jealous, of clients enjoying a treatment, while get a glimpse of an elephant at a waterhole. Today, spa experiences are offered at most luxury lodges in Africa. The first winner was Amani Spa & Wellness at Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilansberg, and Amani has continued to excel, at Shepherds Lodge, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, and this year winning at Radisson Blu Mosi-OA-Tunya Livingstone Resort. Judges have been in awe constantly of this category with the most incredible destinations, safari experiences, luxury spas, and outstanding hospitality. To name a few of the many winners and finalists, the peronsally unforgettable Tswalu Safari Spa in the Kalahari, Kapama Game Lodge, Karkloof
Spa in KZN, Sediko Bush Spa at Palala Boutique Game Lodge, Royal Malewane, Veldhaven Spa at Bona Bona Game Lodge, Etali Safari Spa and Red Carnation Xigera Safari Lodge & Spa, Okavango.
The awards continue to evolve in 2010 with the separation of the esteemed hotel category, to Boutiques Hotels and Hotels / Destinations, allowing smaller hotels, offering boutique experiences to compete within their own niche of the spa market. The first winner in this category was Fordoun Boutique Hotel & Spa, in the KZN Midlands, who has gone onto to be a LNE Spa Awards legend, with 7 winning certificates. Winners and Finalists, over the years have included some of the countries finest Boutique Hotels, from Delaire Graff Estate Spa, Red Carnation Bushman's Kloof Wellness Retreat, Fresh Wellness at Cellar-Hohenort, to this year's winner, Healing Earth Transformative Wellness at Brahman Hills.
In the same year, we introduced the Unique Spa Concept Category, which has proven to be the most creative, inspiring, and challenging category, as spas distinguish themselves, create unique experiences and wellness spaces, while celebrating customs and heritage at the highest standards. The first winner being Angsana Spa at the Vineyard Hotel, celebrating Thai Therapies, followed by the Yadah CastleHammam Turkish Spa & Bath, with countless awards, Brookdale Health Hydro, The Hydro in Stellenbosch, Woodlands Spa, embracing the eco-consciousness Vygenhoek Organic Spa, and this year Sante Wellness Retreat & Spa, introducing next generation wellness, with their Bio-Energy Centre, offering Health Optimizing Methodologies.
Recent changes, included the introduction of MediSpas / Aesthetic Institutes, as the world of wellness and aesthetics grows closer. Winners of the years have included the countries most recognized names, SCINMed, Skin Renewal, Anti-aging Art, Cradle Health Spa, Medi-Sculpt, Cape Town Medi-Spa and more.
From inception, the 2 most competitive categories have always been and I imagine will continue to be, Day Spas and Hotel Spas.
Day Spas, initially smaller, but today would rival the best of the Hotel / Destination Spas with selection of services, hydrotherapies, and attention to detail. Spas of Distinction: Life Day Spas, Johannesburg and Cape Town, together with Camelot Spas: Val de Vie, Villa d'Este, Eagle Canyon, to name a few, have enjoyed
multiple victories in this category. Langaro Lifestyle, Spa de la Veille, Shambala Wellness Spa - Port Elizabeth, Senses Wellness Institute - Pietermaritzburg and recently a second win for Asher Spa & Hair.
Hotel Spas, throughout the world have been the epitome of luxury, celebrated by not only, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, but also World Spa Awards, World Luxury Spa Awards, Conde Nast Awards, Haute Grandeur Awards, Leading Hotels of the World, to name a few. And through hosting LNE Spa Awards - South Africa, we have been proud to equally honour some to the world most acknowledged Hotels & Spas. Red Carnation: The iconic, Oyster Box Hotel & Spa and celebrated Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa. Camelot Spas: The Palace, Le Franschhoek, with new spas under development. The Arabella Resort & Spa, Pezula Hotel & Spa, Fancourt Hotel & Spa, One & Only, Cape Town, Mount Nelson Hotel & Spa, Simola Hotel & Spa, Zimbali Lodge & Spa, Mount Grace Hotel & Spa, Lanzerac Spa, Africology Spas, Kievits Kroon Winelands Spa, Jiva Spa at the TAJ, and multiple achievements by The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa.
Due to demand, we expanded the area of inclusion in 2014 to African Countries and Islands. Judge have had the pleasure of visiting, first Sanctuary Spas at the Rani Resorts in Mozambique, then Kenya, followed by Namibia, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zambia, and 6 new properties planned for next year, with consideration of a new category.
Lastly, it is thanks to the integrity and credibility of our judges, some of who have judged from the inception of the awards, and wait with as much anticipation as myself, each year. Their time given generously, conscientious thought on mark allocations and the advice and recommendations openly shared with the participating spas is invaluable.
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards has enjoyed the most beautiful journey of travel, excitement and sometimes entertainment, with each of spa award entrants, finalists and winners, over the 18 years. An impossible task to express, the true emotion of pride, as I have witnessed an industry exceeding expectations at the highest international standards, year after year. Congratulations and I look forward in anticipation and excitement to hosting the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards 2024, and many more years to come ...“ - Dr Nadine de Freitas.
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Living to 100: Insights from Blue Zones
In a world where the pursuit of longer, healthier lives has become a common aspiration, the concept of living to 100 or beyond is no longer a distant dream but an achievable goal. Blue Zones, regions known for their high rates of centenarians and healthy aging, have offered valuable insights into the secrets of longevity. This article explores the lessons from Blue Zones, international trends in longevity, and the future of living to 100.
The Blue Zones Phenomenon
Blue Zones are specific regions around the world where people live significantly longer, healthier lives compared to the global average. These regions have attracted attention from researchers, health enthusiasts, and policymakers for their remarkable longevity rates. Some of the most well-known Blue Zones include:
Okinawa, Japan: Okinawa has one of the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world.
Sardinia, Italy: The mountainous region of Sardinia boasts a high number of male centenarians.
Loma Linda, California, USA: Loma Linda is home to a community of Seventh-day Adventists who prioritize a plant-based diet, regular exercise, and social connections.
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: The Nicoya Peninsula is known for low rates of chronic diseases.
Ikaria, Greece: Ikaria, an island in the Aegean Sea, is home to a high proportion of centenarians.The Mediterranean diet, consisting of olive oil, vegetables, and herbal teas, is central to their longevity.
Lessons from Blue Zones
Plant-Based Diets: Blue Zones emphasize plantbased diets rich in vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These diets are low in processed foods and red meat, contributing to improved health and longevity.
Regular Physical Activity: Physical activity is a consistent feature in Blue Zones. Daily movement, whether through gardening, walking, or traditional activities, keeps residents active well into their years.
Strong Social Connections: Community and social bonds play a significant role. Supportive networks and a sense of belonging contribute to lower stress levels and greater well-being.
Moderation in Eating: Blue Zone residents practice moderation in their food intake. They eat until they are 80% full, which reduces overeating and promotes digestive health.
Stress Reduction: Stress management techniques, such as mindfulness, relaxation, and strong community ties, help reduce stress levels in Blue Zones, which is linked to healthier aging.
The Future of Living to 100
The pursuit of living to 100 and beyond is likely to shape future trends in healthcare, lifestyle, and society:
Personalized Longevity Plans: Advances in genetics, biomarkers, and artificial intelligence will enable the development of personalized longevity plans. These plans will consider an individual's unique
genetic makeup, lifestyle, and health history to optimize longevity.
Anti-Aging Therapies: Ongoing research into antiaging interventions, such as senolytics (drugs that target senescent cells) and regenerative medicine, may slow down the aging process and delay agerelated diseases.
Brain Health: Cognitive health and brain longevity will become central concerns. Brain training, neuroprotective diets, and mental wellness practices will be integrated into daily routines.
Environmental Well-Being: Environmental sustainability and clean living will play a critical role in longevity. Sustainable practices, from eco-friendly diets to reduced carbon footprints, will be essential.
Interconnected Communities: Virtual communities and social networks will continue to provide support, connection, and companionship, especially for older adults who may face isolation.
Preventive Healthcare: A focus on preventive healthcare will intensify, with regular health checkups, screenings, and lifestyle modifications to identify and address health risks early.
Living to 100 or beyond is not merely a distant dream but an attainable goal in today's world. Blue Zones offer valuable lessons in healthy aging, and international trends and future innovations are expected to further extend human lifespan. As societies continue to prioritize longevity, individuals can look forward to a future where longer, healthier lives are the norm, not the exception.
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Contributions of The Wellness Movement
The explosion of wellness in the economy has generated an ever-increasing array of criticisms of the “wellness-industrial complex.” Critics complain about wellness businesses preying on consumer fears to make a profit, and they attack celebrity influencers for peddling “snake oil” and false promises without any scientific evidence of safety or efficacy. In many cases, these criticisms are wellwarranted. But amidst all of the fads and trends and hype around commercialized wellness, we need to remember that the wellness concept and global wellness movement are not rooted in selling things or making money. The core of wellness is a holistic, multi-dimensional, and proactive approach to health and well-being. Beyond the significant economic activities it has generated, the modern wellness movement has brought its share of good to the world over the last decade.
•Embracing holistic health. The concept of health as holistic dates back thousands of years, but this understanding was largely lost in developed and westernized societies with the advent of modern, evidence-based medicine. The modern wellness movement has revived and popularized among mainstream consumers an understanding of their health as being holistic, multidimensional, and interconnected. For example, when people are asked why they visit the gym or take exercise classes, they are now just as likely to mention the mental and social benefits as they are exercise.
•Mainstreaming traditional modalities for prevention and self-care. Many of the practices and products that we associate with wellness today - e.g., meditation, yoga, herbal supplements, plantbased medicines, spirituality, looking to nature for healing, psychedelic mushrooms - date from ancient
times. Most were considered fringe in westernized societies until they were embraced and mainstreamed by the wellness movement. Even in their countries of origin, many traditional healing practices had fallen out of favour among younger generations, until they were modernized and brought back by the wellness industry (e.g., TCM in China, Ayurveda in India). The increasing popularity of ancient and traditional wellness practices has greatly expanded our understanding of self-care and strategies to improve resilience. It has also forced the scientific and medical communities to take a new look at traditional healing modalities and their scientific efficacy for both prevention and treatment purposes.
•Increasing consumer choice and business innovations. The desire for healthier lifestyles and for alternatives/complements to allopathic care has spurred demand for new wellness services, products, practices, and businesses. The wellness market is driven by personal agency; the desire for choices; experimentation with ancient and new modalities; and a delivery that meets the need for convenience, customization, privacy, and access. This dynamic environment has stimulated countless new business innovations, research, investments, and products /services, mostly to the benefit of consumers.
•Destigmatizing mental health. Wellness is not only about preventing disease, but also about moving toward a higher state of health and well-being across many dimensions (physical, mental, social, etc.). The mental dimension of wellness, in particular, has received increased attention during the pandemic. Rather than just coping with or stigmatizing mental health conditions, mental wellness helps shift our focus toward a more positive and empowering approach. It highlights the pervasiveness of stress
and social isolation, the importance of resilience, the value of finding purpose and meaning, and the need to build social connections. This increased awareness helps to build understanding, compassion, and support toward shared human conditions, no matter what our mental health challenges might be.
•Moving from “sick care” to prevention. Research has shown that 80-90% of our individual health outcomes are determined by environmental, socioeconomic, and lifestyle factors. Currently, our healthcare systems are primarily “sick care” systems, emphasizing diagnosis and treatment of illness, while doing a very poor job at prevention. The wellness movement has raised awareness of the importance of self-care, emphasizing prevention and healthenhancing practices. This shift can potentially help more people live longer and healthier lives.
•Building pathways for sustainability and health equity. The modern wellness movement may have started out as a self-centered approach for individuals to pursue healthier and happier lives, but it is steadily evolving from a personal aspiration toward a recognition of our connection to the collective. Increasingly, we are recognizing that our individual health and well-being are inextricably linked to the well-being of other people, our communities, and the planet. We cannot be truly well if we confine our existence to a personal wellness bubble. For example, people are now asking important questions about their neighborhoods and living environments. A growing segment of consumers is shifting from a “me” to a “we” perspective about wellness. As these perspectives evolve, the wellness movement is bringing sustainability and health equity issues closer to home.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Achieving Genuine Wellbeing in a Complex World
The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human endeavour, yet it is often misunderstood and misconstrued. In today's complex world, where external influences and societal pressures can cloud our understanding of happiness, it is essential to explore the concept of genuine wellbeing. We delves into the truth of happiness, offering insights into achieving it, the significance of happiness indices, and how wellbeing is a holistic state that extends beyond mere pleasure.
The Pursuit of Happiness
The quest for happiness is deeply ingrained in human nature. Throughout history, philosophers, scholars, and individuals from all walks of life have pondered the nature of happiness and how to attain it. However, the pursuit of happiness is not a one-size-fits-all journey. It is a multifaceted and deeply personal endeavour, shaped by individual experiences, values, and circumstances.
Achieving Genuine Happiness
• Authenticity : Genuine happiness begins with self-awareness and authenticity. It involves understanding one's values, beliefs, and passions
and aligning life choices with these core principles. Authenticity creates a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
•Positive Relationships: Meaningful and positive relationships with family, friends, and the community are integral to happiness. Social connections provide emotional support, a sense of belonging, and opportunities for shared experiences.
•Mental and Emotional Wellbeing: Mental health is a crucial component of happiness. Managing stress, cultivating resilience, and seeking professional help when needed are essential for maintaining emotional wellbeing.
•Physical Health: Physical health is closely linked to happiness. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep contribute to overall wellbeing and boost mood.
•Work-Life Balance: Achieving a healthy worklife balance is key to happiness. Overworking and neglecting personal time can lead to burnout and diminished wellbeing.
•Gratitude and Mindfulness: Cultivating gratitude and practicing mindfulness can shift focus from what's
lacking to what's present in one's life, fostering a sense of contentment and happiness.
The truth of happiness lies in understanding that it is a multifaceted and deeply personal journey. Genuine wellbeing involves authenticity, positive relationships, mental and emotional health, physical fitness, work-life balance, and practices like gratitude and mindfulness. Happiness indices offer valuable insights into societal wellbeing and guide policymakers in creating policies that prioritize the welfare of citizens.
Moreover, happiness extends beyond momentary pleasure; it is a holistic state of contentment and life satisfaction. Eudaimonic wellbeing, subjective wellbeing, psychological wellbeing, social wellbeing, and physical wellbeing collectively contribute to genuine happiness.
In a complex world filled with external influences and societal pressures, it is crucial to remember that happiness is not a destination but a continuous journey. It is an ongoing exploration of self, relationships, and purpose. By embracing this truth of happiness and prioritizing genuine wellbeing, individuals and societies can lead more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
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Growing Older, Bolder: Defying Ageism and Embracing New Trends
Aging is an inevitable part of life, and as the global population ages, it's essential to reshape the narrative around growing older. Ageism, the prejudice and discrimination against individuals based on their age, is a deeply ingrained issue that affects people across the lifespan. However, there is a growing movement that challenges these stereotypes and encourages individuals to grow older bolder.
A Defiant Attitude
Growing older bolder is about challenging ageist stereotypes and embracing the aging process with a positive and proactive attitude. It involves taking charge of one's life, pursuing new passions, and defying societal expectations.
•Embrace Lifelong Learning: Older adults are increasingly pursuing education and intellectual growth. They enroll in courses, attend workshops, and engage in continuous learning, defying the myth that aging equates to mental decline.
•Stay Active: Physical fitness remains a top priority for those growing older bolder. Regular exercise not only maintains health but also fosters a sense of vitality and well-being.
•Pursue New Passions: Many older individuals use their later years as an opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies. Whether it's painting, music, or travel, they find joy and fulfillment in these pursuits.
•Entrepreneurship: A growing number of older adults are starting their businesses or pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, proving that age is not a barrier to innovation and success. Better known as the Silver entrepreneurs, this growing demographic represents a dynamic force in the business world, bringing a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives to the entrepreneurial landscape.
One of the most significant advantages of silver entrepreneurs is the wealth of experience they bring to the table. Having spent decades in various industries and roles, they possess a deep reservoir of knowledge and a robust professional network. This experience can be harnessed to identify market gaps, solve complex problems, and make informed strategic decisions.
•Advocacy and Activism: Aging individuals are becoming powerful advocates for social change. They use their collective voice to push for policies
that address the needs of older adults and promote a more inclusive society.
Growing older bolder is a movement that challenges the pervasive issue of ageism and encourages individuals to embrace aging with a positive and defiant attitude. The emerging trends demonstrate that aging can be a time of growth, exploration, and contribution to society.
By adopting a proactive approach to aging, individuals can defy ageism and reshape the narrative around growing older. Embracing lifelong learning, staying active, pursuing passions, and participating in advocacy are all ways to grow older bolder. Additionally, the rise of tech-savvy seniors, silver entrepreneurship, age-friendly communities, and a focus on wellness are transforming the aging experience.
As we continue to challenge ageism and embrace a more positive attitude towards aging, we can collectively create a society where individuals of all ages are valued and empowered to lead fulfilling lives, regardless of their chronological age. Growing older bolder is not just a personal journey; it's a societal shift towards a more inclusive and compassionate future.
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Spa - Sanitus Par Aqua Key Hydrothermal Trends
The term "spa" invokes images of tranquility, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The word itself has an interesting origin, as it is derived from the Latin phrase "Sanitus Par Aqua," which translates to "health through water."
A Spa is characterized by its focus on water-based therapies, diverse treatment offerings, emphasis on relaxation, holistic approach, and luxurious environment. While other wellness practices and facilities may share some common goals, such as promoting health and well-being, spas offer a unique combination of elements that set them apart as oases of tranquility and rejuvenation in the modern world. Understanding the historical and cultural context of spas helps us appreciate their role in promoting physical, mental, and emotional health through the centuries.
The Hydrothermal Initiative 2023, by the Global Wellness Institute, assesses the hydrothermal sector,
of the wellness industry, experiencing huge interest and exponential growth. Of particular trend interest:
TREND 1: Sauna As Art and Entertainment
TREND 2: Hot Springs Are Super HOT
TREND 3: Cold Therapies Continue to Fascinate - AND Drive Growth
TREND 4: Wellness-at-Home Goes Pro
TREND 5: Wellness ROI
In the pandemic's aftermath, we're seeing operators, notably Accor, and more recently Marriott, embrace a better understanding of wellness and its value both in terms of additional revenue opportunities and finally truly appreciating the accepted wisdom that wellness consumers can be counted on to spend more.
In a recent interview, Emlyn Brown, global vice president of wellbeing at Accor said, “Consumers
today understand that they need to own their health and immunity in a different way than before the pandemic. Our ability to deliver an authentic, holistic, and highly considered wellness offering is vital.”
“Wellness travelers spend more money,” he said. “In fact, they spend 55 percent more on average than typical leisure travelers. That means more suite and spa bookings, longer length of stay, and higherend food, beverage and retail purchases. That's just a fact.”
This is contributing to accelerated investments being made in spa and wellness facilities - whether in hospitality, urban bathhouses, spas, membership clubs, gyms or new longevity centers that are moving hydrothermal wellness from a “nice to have” amenity to a tool that is considered incredibly effective for living a full and healthy life.
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Sauna As Art and Entertainment: A Timeless Spa Treatment That's Here to Stay
“For thousands of years, people have harnessed the cleansing and healing powers of water and heat - and the unique health benefits of hot/cold contrast therapy,” said Don Genders, chair of the GWI Hydrothermal Initiative and CEO of Design for Leisure. “Hydrothermal experiences offer wellness benefits that are difficult to achieve any other way - and the bonus is that the health benefits can be self-administered, so are achieved without high labour costs and, of course, easily practiced at home.”
In the ever-evolving world of spa treatments, saunas stand as a testament to the enduring appeal of wellness traditions deeply rooted in history and culture. From their humble beginnings in Nordic villages to their diverse and innovative forms today, saunas continue to provide a sanctuary for relaxation, healing, and rejuvenation.
The health benefits of saunas, coupled with their adaptability and the social connections they foster, ensure that saunas will remain an integral part of the spa experience for generations to come. As people seek respite from the stresses of modern life, the warm embrace of a sauna is a timeless invitation to relax, unwind, and nurture both body and soul. So, when it comes to the world of spa treatments, saunas are not just here to stay; they are here to thrive.
In recent years, saunas have transcended their traditional role and emerged as a form of art and entertainment. From stunning sauna designs to immersive sauna experiences, the fusion of wellness and creativity is pushing the boundaries of what a
sauna can be, redefining relaxation and offering a unique blend of sensory experiences.
The Sauna as a Canvas
In the world of art, the canvas is where creativity comes to life. In the world of sauna, the cabin itself becomes the canvas. Architects and designers are pushing the limits of sauna design, creating stunning structures that are as visually captivating as they are functional. Saunas are no longer confined to their traditional wooden boxes; they now take on a myriad of shapes and materials, ranging from sleek glass cubes to rustic cabins that blend seamlessly with natural landscapes.
One example of this trend is the "Sauna by the Sea" in Helsinki, Finland. Designed by architect Tuomas Toivonen, this unique sauna is perched on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Its mirrored exterior reflects the surrounding environment, making it appear almost invisible, while the interior offers breathtaking panoramic views of the sea. It's a prime example of how saunas can be elevated to the level of art, blurring the lines between architecture, nature, and wellness.
Immersive Sauna Experiences
Saunas have also evolved into immersive experiences that engage all the senses. Beyond the traditional steam and heat, these sensory journeys incorporate elements of sound, light, and even scent to transport guests to new realms of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Imagine stepping into a sauna where the ambient lighting shifts from calming blues to energizing reds,
synchronizing with your body's circadian rhythms. Or perhaps you prefer a sauna experience that integrates soothing sounds of nature, like chirping birds or ocean waves, to enhance your relaxation. These multi-sensory sauna experiences are not only incredibly relaxing but also border on the realm of performance art.
Community and Connection
Saunas have always been a communal experience, a place for people to gather, relax, and socialize. Sauna events and festivals are becoming increasingly popular, drawing people who come together to appreciate the fusion of wellness.
One such event is the annual "Sauna Village" in Rovaniemi, Finland. This multi-day festival features a collection of unique saunas, each with its own artistic and cultural theme. Visitors can hop from one sauna to another, experiencing a variety of sensory delights, from traditional wood-burning saunas to avant-garde installations.
Saunas have come a long way from their humble origins as simple wooden rooms for relaxation and detoxification. Today, they are canvases for architectural innovation, immersive sensory experiences, and artistic expression. The fusion of wellness and creativity in saunas is redefining the concept of relaxation, offering individuals a chance to engage with art, connect with nature, and commune with others in a way that is both refreshing and therapeutic. And as saunas continue to evolve as they inspire us to think beyond the conventional boundaries of wellness and leisure.
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Cryotherapy: Continues to Fascinate – AND Drive Growth
As per the Global Wellness Institute Initiative and Trend Predications 2023: Cryotherapy or Cold Therapies Continue to Fascinate – AND Drive Growth.
There is no better advertisement for the benefits of hot/cold contrast therapy – and by extension hydrothermal bathing – then the filling of social media feeds with athletes (both amateur and professional) extolling the benefits of ice baths and cold plunges. Though it’s social media phenomenon the world over, perhaps the biggest bottomline impact to our industry is what this phenomenon has done to grow what had been the largely untapped (and huge) market. With a new understanding of the benefits of both hot and cold in holistic wellness, we are seeing an explosion in growth for every manner of thermal bathing internationally.
The world of wellness and spa treatments is constantly evolving, with innovative approaches emerging to cater to the ever-changing needs of individuals seeking holistic well-being. Among these innovations, cryotherapy or cold spa therapies have been gaining significant international traction. We explored the global trends, highlighting their international appeal and the cutting-edge innovations that are reshaping the wellness landscape.
The Global Trend of Cold Spa Therapies
The appeal of these therapies lies in their ability to deliver a unique and invigorating wellness experience.
Cross-Cultural Adoption: Cold spa therapies draw inspiration from diverse cultural practices. For example, the concept of alternating hot and cold experiences, as seen in contrast therapies, has roots in Nordic saunas and Russian banya traditions. Wellness Tourism: Cold spa therapies have become a significant driver of wellness tourism. People from around the world are seeking destinations that offer
these unique and rejuvenating experiences, leading to the growth of wellness-focused travel. Health and Fitness Trends: The increasing global emphasis on health and fitness has propelled the popularity of cold therapies. Athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and health-conscious individuals are incorporating cold spa treatments into their wellness routines.
Celebrity Endorsement: High-profile celebrities and athletes have publicly endorsed cold spa therapies, bringing them to the attention of a global audience and contributed to their widespread recognition.
Here are some of the cutting-edge advancements: Localized Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy devices can target specific areas of the body, such as sore muscles or joints, for precise and effective relief.
Smart Cold Plunge Pools with Temperature Control: Some modern cold plunge pools come equipped with smart features that allow users to adjust the water temperature to their preference. This innovation provides a unique experience for individuals seeking different levels of cold exposure.
Cryofacials and Facial Rejuvenation: The use controlled cold temperatures to tighten the skin, reduce puffiness, and promote a youthful appearance.
Cryotherapy Saunas: Cryotherapy saunas are evolving to offer longer sessions compared to traditional cryo-chambers. This allows users to experience the benefits of cryotherapy in a more comfortable and immersive setting, with innovations that improve safety and user experience.
Hybrid and Contrast Therapies: Spas worldwide are offering hybrid therapies that combine cold therapies with other wellness practices. For instance, cryotherapy sessions might be followed by hot stone
massages or warm water immersion for a contrast therapy experience that promotes both relaxation and invigoration.
The International Appeal of Cold Spa Therapies
The international appeal of cold spa therapies is evident through their adoption in diverse regions and cultures.
In Europe, the traditions of Nordic saunas, Russian banyas, and cold water plunges have long been integral to wellness practices. Cold spa therapies have seamlessly integrated into the European spa landscape, offering visitors a blend of tradition and innovation.
In the United States and Canada, cold spa therapies are on the rise, particularly in metropolitan areas. Athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and wellness seekers are increasingly exploring the benefits of cryotherapy and cold plunge pools.
Asia, with its rich history of holistic wellness practices, has also embraced cold spa therapies. Countries like Japan, known for its onsen culture, have incorporated cold plunge pools into modern spa experiences.
Even in the arid landscapes of the Middle East, cold spa therapies have found a place. Luxurious wellness resorts in countries like the UAE offer cold plunge pools and cryotherapy to cater to both residents and tourists.
Cold spa therapies have become a global wellness trend, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries. Their international appeal, cultural enrichment, and accessibility make cold spa therapies a valuable addition to the global pursuit of well-being and relaxation. As these therapies continue to evolve and expand, they are poised to play an increasingly significant role in promoting holistic wellness on an international scale.
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Halotherapy: A Resurgence of a Proven Wellness Treatment
Halotherapy, also known as Salt Therapy, is one the noted recent international trends, making headlines, as a Spa Therapy of choice.
Salt therapy originated in Eastern Europe in the 12th century, and involved spending time in naturally occurring salt caves (speleotherapy). Used for centuries for healing and wellness benefits, salt therapy has recently enjoyed a worldwide surge in popularity among spas and wellness centres. Today, clients enjoy salt modalities like halotherapy, Himalayan salt brick walls, salt stone massage treatments and floating.
Halotherapy comes from the Greek word 'Halo,' meaning Salt. In 1843 a doctor in Poland, Feliks Boczowski, discovered that there were certain salt mine workers who rarely got sick. Unlike other miners, who often had respiratory issues from being exposed to toxic particles, these particular miners had better respiration, and even looked younger than their actual age. They worked in the Wieliczka Salt mines. By the early 1900's, Dr. Feliks Boczowski started sending his respiratory patients down into those salt mines. While the miners were working, fine particles of salt were inhaled by the patients, and they saw incredible improvement in their respiratory health.
In 1958, these salt mines became a health resort, helping patients gain better immune function and protection from colds, the flu, and other contagious illnesses. In 1976, Russian doctors and scientists created a halogenerator, which would crush the salt
and diffuse the particles into the air, just like in the salt mines. This was the beginning of the halotherapy rooms we see today.
Halotharapy, is a holistic wellness practice that involves spending time in a room or chamber filled with dry salt particles. The dry, “active” method is conducted in man-made, humidity-free salt rooms/caves where precise micro-particles of salt are actively dispersed. The Salt Room or Salt Caves are typically constructed with walls and floors covered in salt, and the air is infused with a fine salt aerosol.
Himalayan salt saunas include himalayan salt walls, panels, salt bricks or tiles. These salt walls are often backlit with coloured lights to create a warm and visually appealing ambiance. As the sauna heats up, the salt walls release negative ions, which have various health benefits and enhance the overall experience.
Many people report positive experiences with halotherapy. Additionally the Global Wellness Institute conducted a survey as as part of their Exploring Salt & Halotherapy Initiative 2023, interviewing over 5000 guests, who attended a halotheray session, with more than an overwhelming positive response, and 99% of people stating they enjoyed the experience.
Improved Respiratory Health: Halotherapy is often used as a complementary therapy for
respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. It is believed to help reduce inflammation, promote mucus clearance, and ease breathing.
Skin Conditions: Some people use halotherapy to alleviate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The salt particles are thought to have exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit the skin.
Stress Reduction: Salt rooms are often designed to provide a tranquil and relaxing environment, which can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Enhanced Immunity: Advocates suggest that halotherapy may boost the immune system by reducing inflammation and promoting overall wellbeing.
Precautions and Recommendations:
The South African Spa Association advises Halotherapy should not be used as a replacement for medical treatment, and individuals with serious health conditions should consult with healthcare professionals before trying it. Additionally, it's important to choose reputable halotherapy facilities that maintain proper hygiene and use pharmaceutical-grade salt to ensure safety and effectiveness.
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The Popularity of Swedish Massage: A Soothing Touch for the World
Massage therapy has a rich history and is an integral part of wellness practices across the globe. The soothing touch of skilled hands, combined with the therapeutic benefits, makes massage therapy a universally cherished form of relaxation and healing, enjoyed by people from different cultures and backgrounds worldwide.
Yet, despite countless massage options and techniques, Swedish massage, is considered the quintessential form of massage therapy, with immense popularity across the globe. This therapeutic approach, characterized by its gentle, flowing strokes and soothing techniques, has become a household name in wellness and relaxation. The question is what are the reasons behind the widespread popularity of Swedish massage and its enduring appeal.
Gentle and Soothing Approach
One of the primary reasons for the popularity of Swedish massage is its gentle and soothing approach. Unlike some other massage techniques that may involve deeper pressure or more intense manipulation of muscles, Swedish massage focuses on creating a sense of relaxation and tranquility. The long, flowing strokes, kneading, tapping, and gentle stretching used in Swedish massage create a feeling of comfort and ease, making it accessible to a wide range of individuals.
Stress Relief and Relaxation
In our fast-paced, modern lives, stress has become a common companion. The slow, rhythmic movements of Swedish massage help to calm the nervous system and reduce stress levels. As the therapist's skilled hands work their magic, tension melts away, and clients often find themselves in a deeply relaxed state. This relaxation not only feels wonderful but
also provides a respite from the demands of everyday life.
Accessibility and Availability
Swedish massage's popularity can also be attributed to its accessibility and widespread availability. It is a staple offering in many wellness centers, spas, and massage therapy practices worldwide. Whether you're in a bustling city or a tranquil resort, you're likely to find a therapist trained in Swedish massage nearby. This accessibility makes it a go-to choice.
Suitable for Diverse Needs
While Swedish massage is known for its gentle approach, it is versatile and can be adapted to suit diverse needs. Clients can communicate their preferences to the therapist regarding pressure and areas of focus. This adaptability allows Swedish massage to cater to a wide range of individuals, from those seeking a light and soothing experience to those desiring deeper muscle work.
Promotes Circulation and Wellness
Swedish massage offers more than just relaxation; it also promotes improved circulation and overall wellness. The long, gliding strokes help enhance blood flow throughout the body, which can lead to a variety of benefits. Improved circulation can aid in the removal of metabolic waste products from muscles, reduce oedema (fluid retention), and promote the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues. This can contribute to a sense of vitality and well-being.
Ideal for Beginners
For those new to massage therapy, Swedish massage is often the perfect introduction. Its gentle techniques and predictable routine help clients feel at ease
during their first massage experience. The therapist's guidance and the nurturing environment of the treatment room create a sense of comfort that encourages newcomers to explore the world of massage therapy further.
Emotional and Psychological Benefits
The release of endorphins, the body's natural feelgood hormones, during massage can lead to an improved mood and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additionally, the focused attention on self-care and relaxation can help clients reconnect with their bodies and reduce mental stress.
Versatile for Various Goals
Swedish massage is not limited to relaxation alone. It can be adapted to serve different goals. For those recovering from injuries or dealing with chronic pain, therapists can incorporate specific techniques to address these issues while still maintaining the overall soothing nature of Swedish massage. This versatility makes it a valuable choice for clients with diverse wellness objectives.
Training and Certification
The high demand for Swedish massage therapy is reflected in the training and certification programs available to massage therapists. Accredited massage therapy schools typically include Swedish massage as a foundational component of their curriculum due to its widespread popularity and relevance.
In conclusion, Swedish massage's popularity is not just anecdotal; it is supported by a wealth of research, industry reports, consumer preferences, and its wide application in both spa and clinical settings. This massage modality's enduring appeal as a therapeutic and relaxation technique reinforces its status as one of the most popular and accurate representations of massage therapy worldwide.
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Innovation in Spa Therapies is shaping the Future of Wellness and Relaxation
As technology advances and our understanding of holistic well-being deepens, new therapies and spa concepts are emerging to meet the evolving needs and preferences of spa-goers. Lets explore some innovative spa therapies and offer insights into the future of spas.
Innovative Spa Therapies:
Virtual Reality (VR) Spa Experiences: VR technology is being integrated into spa treatments to transport clients to immersive and serene environments. Through VR headsets, individuals can enjoy virtual journeys to tranquil natural landscapes while receiving massages or other treatments, enhancing relaxation and stress relief.
Cryotherapy and Cold Spa Therapies: Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures for a brief period. It is believed to have various wellness benefits, including reduced inflammation, improved circulation, and enhanced energy levels. Cryotherapy chambers are now offered in some spas as a cutting-edge treatment.
Sound Healing and Vibrational Therapies: Sound therapy involves using soothing sounds, such as Tibetan singing bowls or crystal sound bowls, to promote relaxation and balance. Vibrational therapies, including tuning forks and gong baths, are gaining popularity for their ability to harmonize the body and mind.
Cannabis-Infused Spa Treatments: Spas are incorporating CBD or THC-infused products into massages and skincare treatments. These treatments aim to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance relaxation without the psychoactive effects of THC.
Biophilic Design : Future spas are embracing biophilic design principles, which connect clients with nature through the use of natural materials, greenery, and natural light. Biophilic spas create serene and rejuvenating environments that enhance the overall spa experience.
Personalized Wellness Plans: Advances in data analytics and artificial intelligence are enabling spas to create highly personalized wellness plans for clients. By analyzing individual health data and preferences, spas can recommend tailored treatments, nutrition plans, and lifestyle changes.
Medical Spa Integrations: Medical spas, or "medispas," are becoming more prevalent. These facilities offer a combination of medical treatments, such as Botox injections or laser therapies, with traditional spa services like massages and facials. The integration of medical and wellness services provides clients with comprehensive care.
The Future of Spas:
Wellness Retreats: The future of spas is likely to include wellness retreats that offer immersive experiences focused on physical, mental, and emotional well-being. These retreats may include workshops, meditation sessions, yoga classes, and spa treatments, all within a tranquil natural setting.
AI and Personalization: Artificial intelligence will play a significant role in shaping the spa of the future. AI-powered tools can analyze client data, including health metrics and preferences, to create highly personalized spa experiences and recommendations.
Virtual Spa Services: Remote spa services may become more common, allowing individuals to
access spa treatments and wellness coaching from the comfort of their homes. VR technology and telehealth platforms will enable virtual spa experiences.
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Practices: Future spas will prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices. From using eco-conscious materials to reducing water and energy consumption, spas will align with environmental values.
Holistic Health Integration: Spas of the future will embrace a holistic approach to health, addressing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Integrative wellness programs will become standard offerings.
Mindful Technology : While technology will continue to enhance spa experiences, there will be a focus on mindful technology use. Spas will encourage clients to disconnect from devices and embrace moments of digital detox.
Wellness for All Ages: Spas will cater to individuals of all ages, including children and seniors, with specialized treatments and programs designed to meet the unique wellness needs of different age groups.
In conclusion, the future of spas is marked by innovation, personalization, and a commitment to holistic well-being. As technology and wellness practices evolve, spas will continue to adapt, offering a diverse array of treatments and experiences that cater to the ever-changing preferences of their clients.
The spa industry's future promises to be an exciting journey towards enhanced relaxation, rejuvenation, and wellness for all.
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Ultimate Relaxation Unique and Trending
Spa therapies and massages have long been cherished for their ability to provide relaxation, stress relief, and rejuvenation. However, to keep up with evolving wellness trends and the growing demand for unique and effective treatments, spas are constantly seeking innovative ingredients to enhance the spa experience. We explore the latest trends in incorporating innovative ingredients into spa therapies and massages, creating an even more indulgent and therapeutic experience for clients.
One of the most significant trends in spa therapies is the integration of CBD-based products. CBD, derived from the cannabis plant, has gained immense popularity for its potential health benefits, including relaxation, pain relief, and anti-inflammatory properties. In spa treatments, CBD-infused massage oils, creams, and balms are used to enhance relaxation and soothe sore muscles. CBD's calming effects make it an ideal ingredient for stress-relief massages and treatments aimed at reducing tension and promoting relaxation.
2. Adaptogenic Herbs:
Adaptogenic herbs, such as ashwagandha, rhodiola, and holy basil, are increasingly finding their way into spa therapies. These herbs are known for their ability to help the body adapt to stress and promote overall well-being. In massages and spa treatments, adaptogens are often incorporated into massage oils, scrubs, or wraps. The soothing and balancing effects of these herbs make them ideal for clients seeking stress relief and mental clarity during their spa experience.
3. Aromatherapy Blends:
Aromatherapy has been a staple of spa treatments for years, but the trend now is in creating unique, personalized aromatherapy blends for each client. Spas are using a wide range of essential oils and botanical extracts to craft customized scents based on the client's preferences and wellness goals.
Ingredients, Enhancing Spa
Whether it's a calming lavender and chamomile blend or an invigorating citrus and mint infusion, these personalized aromatherapy experiences enhance relaxation and create a deeper connection between the client and the treatment.
4. Exotic Oils and Butters:
Exotic oils and butters from around the world are becoming increasingly popular in spa therapies. Ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, marula oil, and jojoba oil are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. These luxurious ingredients are often used in massages and body wraps to nourish the skin, improve its elasticity, and provide a deep sense of hydration. Clients seeking a more indulgent and pampering experience are drawn to treatments that incorporate these exotic ingredients.
5. Seaweed and Algae:
Seaweed and algae are excellent sources of essential minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Spas are harnessing the power of these marine ingredients in body treatments like wraps and scrubs. Seaweed wraps, for example, are known for their detoxifying properties and ability to promote skin health. Algaebased scrubs and masks are used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. These ingredients not only offer physical benefits but also evoke a sense of being close to nature and the ocean.
6. Gemstones and Crystals:
Incorporating gemstones and crystals into spa therapies is another trend that adds an element of spirituality and energy balancing to the experience. Heated gemstones like amethyst, jade, and rose quartz are placed on the body to promote relaxation and energy flow. Crystal-infused massage oils and elixirs are used to enhance the healing properties of the stones. Clients seeking a holistic approach to wellness are drawn to these treatments for their potential to balance both the body and the mind.
7. Ayurvedic Ingredients:
Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine from India, has gained recognition in the spa industry for its holistic approach to well-being. Ayurvedic ingredients like turmeric, neem, and ashwagandha are used in spa treatments and massages to balance the doshas (energetic forces) and promote overall harmony. Ayurvedic massages, in particular, are gaining popularity for their ability to provide physical and mental relaxation while aligning with the principles of Ayurveda.
8. Local and Seasonal Ingredients:
Many spas are now sourcing ingredients locally and seasonally to create a connection with the surrounding environment. Local herbs, fruits, and botanicals are often used in body therapies and massages to highlight the natural beauty and resources of the region. These treatments offer clients a sense of place and authenticity while providing the therapeutic benefits of fresh, local ingredients.
9. Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Ingredients:
As sustainability becomes a central focus in the wellness industry, spas are increasingly using ecofriendly and sustainable ingredients in their treatments. Ingredients sourced from ethical suppliers and ecoconscious brands are gaining traction. Bamboo, for example, is a sustainable material used in massage tools, while eco-friendly skincare products with recyclable packaging are becoming standard in many spas.
Keeping up to date with the evolving world of spa therapies and client requests, requires the integration of innovative ingredients into spa therapies and massages is a testament to the changing nature of the wellness industry. These trends reflect a growing demand for unique, personalized, and holistic spa experiences that not only relax the body but also nourish the soul. As clients seek treatments that align with their wellness goals and values, spas continue to adapt and innovate, ensuring that each visit is a rejuvenating journey of self-care and self-discovery.
The Rise of Wellness Retreats:
Trends and Transformations in Holistic Well-Being
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In recent years, wellness retreats have witnessed an unprecedented surge in popularity, reflecting a profound shift in how individuals perceive and prioritize their well-being. These retreats offer a sanctuary for relaxation, self-discovery, and personal transformation, allowing participants to escape the stresses of daily life and embark on a journey toward improved physical, mental, and emotional health.
The Wellness Retreat Phenomenon
Wellness retreats are immersive experiences designed to promote holistic well-being. They typically take place in serene and often idyllic settings, such as coastal resorts, mountain retreats, tropical islands, or remote countryside locations. These destinations offer a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and serve as the backdrop for rejuvenation and self-improvement.
Participants in wellness retreats engage in a diverse range of activities, from yoga and meditation to spa treatments, fitness classes, and nutritional workshops. These experiences are carefully curated to address various aspects of wellness, including physical fitness, mental health, emotional balance, and spiritual growth. Retreats vary in duration, with options ranging from weekend getaways to extended stays of several weeks or even months.
Key Trends in Wellness Retreats
Several trends are driving the rise of wellness retreats and shaping the way these experiences are designed and delivered:
1. Holistic Wellness: Retreats increasingly emphasize a holistic approach to well-being, recognizing that health is not limited to physical fitness but encompasses mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Programs often include a combination of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, nutrition, and self-care practices.
2. Digital Detox: Many retreats encourage participants to disconnect from technology and embrace finding balance in a hyperconnected world. Several strategies include: Screen-Free Days, Technology-Free Zones, Mindful Consumption or Digital Sabbaticals.
In an age where our lives are increasingly intertwined with technology, the digital detox trend has emerged as a powerful response to the constant barrage of screens, notifications, and digital distractions. A digital detox is the deliberate and temporary break from digital devices and online activities. People have become more aware of the negative effects of excessive screen time, such as increased anxiety, disrupted sleep pattern, harmful mental health patterns, and decreased productivity.
In an age where technology is pervasive, the digital detox trend serves as a reminder that our well-being depends on our ability to unplug and connect with what truly matters.
3. Nature Immersion: Wellness retreats frequently take advantage of natural settings, offering outdoor activities such as hiking, forest bathing, or beachfront yoga. Nature immersion is believed to have
therapeutic benefits, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.
4. Personalized Experiences: Recognizing that each individual has unique wellness needs and goals, retreats are increasingly offering personalized experiences. Guests can tailor their retreat to focus on specific areas, such as fitness, mindfulness, or nutrition.
5. Mindfulness and Meditation: Mindfulness practices, including meditation and breathwork, are integral components of wellness retreats. These practices help participants cultivate greater selfawareness, reduce stress, and enhance mental clarity.
Breathwork is gaining particular momentum, with number initatives and research studies being undertaken by GWI. Breathwork involves conscious control and manipulation of one's breath to promote physical, mental, and emotional healing. Various techniques, such as deep breathing, pranayama from yoga, and guided breath sessions, are utilized. This practice helps reduce stress, increase oxygenation of the body, and release emotional tension. Breathwork sessions often focus on rhythmic, intentional breathing patterns that can induce a state of deep relaxation and mindfulness. It's known to help individuals manage anxiety, improve sleep quality, and enhance creativity.
6. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Practices: Many retreats are adopting sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives, such as eco-conscious architecture and farm-to-table dining. These practices align with the growing awareness of environmental well-being.
7. Wellness Technology: Some retreats incorporate technology into wellness programs, using wearables and apps to track fitness progress, sleep patterns, and stress levels. These tools empower participants to take a data-driven approach to their well-being.
8. Immersive Healing Modalities: Retreats may offer alternative healing modalities such as sound therapy, energy healing, or shamanic ceremonies. These immersive experiences aim to address deepseated emotional and spiritual issues.
Sound therapy, is of particular therapeutic value, using vibrations and frequencies produced by instruments like singing bowls, gongs, or tuning forks to induce deep relaxation and promote healing. Participants often lie down and absorb the soothing sounds, which can have a calming and therapeutic effect on both the body and mind.
Another trending immersive therapy is Sensory Deprivation or floatation therapy. A floatation pool or tank is filled with buoyant, skin-temperature saltwater, allowing individuals to float effortlessly. The absence of sensory input, combined with the feeling of weightlessness, promotes relaxation and sensory exploration, often leading to deep meditative states.
9. Wellness for All Ages: Wellness retreats are becoming more inclusive, with programs catering to participants of all ages, including families and seniors. This inclusivity reflects the growing recognition that well-being is a lifelong journey.
10. Integration of Cultural and Culinary Experiences: Many retreats now emphasize the integration of culinary and cultural experiences as essential components of holistic well-being. This innovative approach recognizes the profound connection between what we eat, how we eat, and our overall health and happiness.
Culinary Experiences include Farm-to-Table Dining: prioritizing locally sourced, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients, while promoting awareness of the environmental and ethical aspects of food production. Mindful Eating: Retreats encourage mindful eating practices, emphasizing the importance of savoring each bite and paying full attention to the sensory experience of eating. This fosters a deeper connection with food and a greater appreciation for the nourishment it provides. Cooking Workshops: Participants learn to prepare nutritious, balanced, and culturally inspired dishes. These workshops empower individuals to take these culinary skills home and continue making healthy food choices.
Cultural Experiences include Local Cuisine Exploration: Participants have the opportunity to explore the local culinary scene, sampling traditional dishes and flavors that are deeply rooted in the culture of the retreat location. This immersion in local cuisine offers a rich cultural experience. Cultural Workshops: Introducing participants to the customs, traditions, and rituals of the region. This may include cooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, or art and music classes. Community Engagement: Wellness retreats may encourage participants to engage with local communities, fostering cultural exchange and a deeper understanding.
11. Wellness Coaching and Support: The incorporation of wellness coaching within a wellness retreat enhances the overall experience by providing participants with a structured and personalized approach to self-improvement. It empowers individuals to take charge of their well-being, make informed choices, and embark on a lifelong journey toward a healthier, more balanced life. With the guidance and support of wellness coaches, retreatgoers can maximize the transformative potential of their retreat experience and carry the lessons learned into their everyday lives.
12. Medical and Therapeutic Retreats: For those seeking more specialized support, medical and therapeutic retreats offer services such as mental health therapy, addiction recovery, weight management, and chronic illness management.
The Future of Wellness Retreats
The future of wellness retreats appears promising, with an increasing emphasis on accessibility, diversity, and innovation. As the global wellness industry continues to grow, retreats are likely to play a pivotal role in helping individuals prioritize their health and well-being. Whether it's a secluded mountain retreat, a beachfront yoga sanctuary, or a virtual mindfulness experience, wellness retreats offer a transformative space for individuals to embark on their journey toward holistic well-being.
Exploring Fusion Spa Therapies
International fusion spa therapies continue to evolve with innovative combinations and trends that draw from diverse wellness traditions from around the world. These therapies offer spa-goers unique and culturally rich experiences that promote relaxation, balance, and well-being.
Incorporating elements from different spa traditions, fusion spa therapies provide a refreshing and personalized approach to wellness. Whether you're seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, or specific health benefits, there's a fusion spa therapy that can cater to your requests. So, if you're looking to have fun with fusion spa therapies, consider exploring the diverse world of spa treatments that blend ancient wisdom with modern luxury.
On exploring, we discover a mountain of options, but here are a few of our favourites.
Japanese Forest Bathing and Swedish Massage Fusion: Combining the Japanese practice of ShinrinYoku (forest bathing) with a Swedish massage creates an immersive nature-based therapy. Clients start with a guided forest bathing experience, connecting with nature's healing energy, followed by a Swedish massage in a tranquil forest spa setting.
Ayurveda and Moroccan Hammam Ritual: This fusion therapy combines the principles of Ayurveda from India with the traditional Moroccan Hammam experience. Clients receive an Ayurvedic body treatment, including herbal oils and wraps, followed by a Hammam session that includes exfoliation, steam, and a traditional black soap cleanse.
Chinese Acupressure and Peruvian Hot Stone Massage : Blend the principles of Chinese acupressure with the warmth of Peruvian hot stone massage. The session incorporates acupressure techniques based on traditional Chinese medicine
principles, followed by a hot stone massage using locally sourced stones from the Peruvian Andes.
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Thai Herbal Compress Massage: Combine the flowing strokes of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage with the therapeutic benefits of Thai herbal compresses. Clients experience the deep relaxation and alignment of Lomi Lomi, followed by a Thai herbal compress massage that incorporates heated herbal poultices for a soothing and aromatic treatment.
Greek Thalassotherapy and Nordic Sauna Ritual: This fusion therapy draws from Greece's Thalassotherapy tradition, which uses seawater and marine products for healing. Clients begin with a Thalassotherapy soak, followed by a Nordic sauna ritual, alternating between heat and cold, for a detoxifying and invigorating experience.
Indian Panchakarma and Brazilian Rainforest Aromatherapy: Merge the cleansing principles of Ayurvedic Panchakarma with the vibrant scents of Brazilian rainforest aromatherapy. Clients undergo a personalized Panchakarma detoxification process, followed by an aromatic massage using essential oils inspired by the Amazon rainforest.
Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Bath and Swedish Massage: Begin with a Tibetan singing bowl sound bath to harmonize the body's energy centers. This is followed by a Swedish massage to relax muscles and promote overall well-being, combining sound therapy with tactile relaxation.
Mediterranean Seaweed Wrap and Korean Gua Sha Facial: This fusion spa experience starts with a Mediterranean seaweed body wrap, rich in minerals and antioxidants. Afterward, clients receive a Korean-inspired Gua Sha facial to promote facial circulation and skin rejuvenation.
Russian Banya and Mexican Temazcal Ceremony: Combine the Russian banya tradition of steam and cold plunges with the ancient Mexican Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony. Clients alternate between the banya and Temazcal for a detoxifying and purifying journey.
Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime and Native American Smudging Ritual: This fusion therapy honors Indigenous traditions. Clients experience an Aboriginal Dreamtime-inspired guided meditation and body treatment, followed by a Native American smudging ritual to cleanse energy and promote balance.
CBD Spa Therapies: As spa-goers increasingly seek holistic wellness experiences, CBD (cannabidiol) has found its way into various spa treatments, including massages, facials, body wraps, and more. Its potential to enhance relaxation and provide therapeutic benefits aligns well with the spa industry's mission of promoting well-being. Innovative ideas include: CBD Bath Rituals: Clients soak in a warm bath infused with CBD bath bombs or salts. This provides full-body relaxation and skin benefits. CBD Rituals for Sleep: With the increasing emphasis on sleep as a vital component of wellness, spa treatments focused on promoting better sleep CBD-Enhanced Yoga and Meditation Retreats: Combining CBD with mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation can enhance relaxation and deepen the mind-body connection.
These international fusion spa therapies reflect the growing trend of incorporating diverse wellness traditions into spa experiences. By blending practices from different cultures, spas offer clients the opportunity to explore unique and culturally rich therapies that promote relaxation, holistic well-being, and a deeper connection to global wellness traditions.
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Sani-touch launches Disposable LinenLocally made for your Protection.
Providing protection against viruses and ever-present germs has been the decades-long mission of Infection Protection Products.
Pre-saturated wipes, sanitisers and disinfectants are synonymous with the Sani-touch brand.
Introducing Disposable Hygiene and Comfort Protection Products. Looking good, feeling protected.
A protection layer placed over a pillow, on a work surface or on a bed, provides maximum hygiene protection for the client as well as offering a professional and hygienic solution to the salon, spa, wellness center or medical facility.
Additionally, hygiene protective sheets prevent the need for frequent washing of linen and towels. Saving water, time and electricity.
Products should be chosen according to function and procedure being carried out, as well as the level of protection required, (light gentle protective layer, or full waterproof seal, or maximum absorbency or complete luxury and comfort).
HYGIENE… often means - WATER plus ELECTRICITY. BUT we live in a country of limited water, and limited ELECTRICITY. SAVE THE NEED FOR ENDLESS WASHING.
Most wellness procedures use one or more towels, these need to be replaced after every session.
INTRODUCE A PROTECTION LAYER. Placing a protection layer over a pillow, or bed or work surface provides maximum hygiene whilst maintaining Maximum comfort.
This range offers hygiene protective products:
•Light to Medium protection - a gentle protective hygiene cover layer.
•Waterproof protection - a fully waterproof protective cover.
•Meditowel absorbent cloths - maximising absorbency and strength replacing paper towels or regular towels, strong absorbent and reusable as cleaning cloths that can then be disposed of with green waste as they are 100% biodegradable .
•Softowel cloths with a waterproof layer - Luxurious soft disposable towels, with waterproof protection.
Sani-touch medical products are also now available to this market segment.
Sustainable Wellness - Sani-touch pledges to find sustainable solutions. We pledge to reduce packaging, put recycling processes in place, and re-use products where possible.
In line with this pledge and philosophy, - light, medium and waterproof sheets are all recyclable. We have identified recyclers nationally to assist in this process. Meditowels are 100% biodegradable and have been tested for composability as well as “worm food” compatibility.
•Maximum hygiene and comfort protection with maximum water saving. NO WASHING REQUIRED
•Requires NO LAUNDRY saving time and electricity.
•ALL Meditowels can be reused as cleaning cloths prior to tearing and discarding in compost.
•All polypropylene fabrics are 100% RECYCLABLE.
Sustainability, #WeCare - we don't just say it….. we live it.
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Key Skincare Trends Dominating
Nothing tastes as good as healthy skin feels, but the journey to achieving a luminous visage can feel like a long one, because nowadays there is so much information at our fingertips. With the global skincare market expected to reach sales of over $207 billion by 2028, you can bet there are better treatments, products, tools and innovation to come in this sector.
By definition, the snatched look is created by using fillers to sculpt the face, specifically by lifting the cheeks and sharpening the jawline. This plumps the skin for a youthful look and accentuates preexisting bone structure.
A new wave of treatments promise to deliver the snatched skin look. EmFace, combines radiofrequency with high intensity electric fields to boost collagen and elastin, firm the skin and ultimately boost the face’s underlying muscle structure for a more sculpted appearance. Another reknowned example, Dr Sophie Shotter introduced her Advanced Collagen Remodelling Tweakment, a series of treatments that begins with the use of hybrid injectables, to boost hydration and texture. Combined with a collagen supplements and retinoid cream to boost collagen from the inside-out.
There is no such thing as optimal skin health without a balanced lifestyle – deep down. According to The Future Laboratory, we’re increasingly opting to incorporate “science-led beauty formulas and tools that are designed to have direct health benefits”. Whether it’s Iräye’s lymphatic skincare, that topically
activates the body’s lymphatic system, or the TheraFace Pro device which harnesses the powers of percussive therapy to reduce stress-induced facial tension. The essence being, products that go much deeper than simply skin health.
The New Aesthetic Visit
Facials are no longer simply about boosting the appearance of the skin. “Your skin must glow, but so to your soul or inner peace, thanks to its offering of breath work, vibrational and nutritional therapy, alongside a result-driven facials. Treatments need to be more than just one dimensional,” quotes Andrea Pfeffer. “You need to walk out of the skincare institute, having had a transformative experience that has multiple benefits, such as stress release, re-balancing, in addition to achieving great skin.”
Prevention rather than Cure
“Millennials and Gen-Z aren’t seeking a cure for ageing, simply because they have not yet aged,” says Dr Shotter. “They crave prevention and preservation. They embark on aesthetic treatments in their twenties and thirties, after finding very subtle signs of ageing.” While the procedures might be the same as for older client, she says that the preventative (or proactive) route is all about utilising lower doses and volumes of injectables, as well as milder device protocols.
Better your Barrier
In 2022, we focused on our skin barrier health. Currently we are seeing more emphasis on nurturing this integral part of the skin, focusing even more on the microbiome. “Any microbiome-unfriendly
ingredients, are disappearing from formulations,” says Dr Meder, cosmetic dermatologist. “There will be a greater move to boost the microbiome specifically, using prebiotic-based formulas.”
A multi-layered approach to tackling different skin concerns, laser mixing allows for all areas of the skin to be treated in one session, according to facialist Debbie Thomas. “It goes without saying that this must be performed safely by an expert in the field.”
IV Drips for Supercharged Skin
While IV drips have become mainstream. We are seeing the introduction of new generation of vitamin drips that work on all levels of our health, including the skin. By taking blood and DNA testing, clinics are able to design a bespoke cocktail of vitamins and nutrients and create the ultimate personalised supplement. As well as boosting all-round wellbeing, it also supercharges skin health and enhances the effects of facial injectable treatments. The very definition of beauty from the inside-out.
With the cost of living crisis, environmental issues and a general move towards more minimalistic skincare routines, we will be seeking out formulas that incorporate synergistic ingredients in one formula. It costs less, and it’s ultimately more effective. “When formulated correctly, the right ingredients at the right concentration in the right combination can create skincare magic,” says Dr Sam Bunting. “It’s a move away from the layering of single ingredient serums. Now, it’s all about the super-layer that achieves results and saves you time.”
Personalized Aesthetic Plans
Personalized aesthetic plans have become a cornerstone of the beauty and skincare industry. Tailored to each person's unique needs and goals, these plans often include a combination of treatments.
The first step in the aesthetic plan, is most importantly, managing aesthetic expectations, a crucial aspect of the doctor / tharapist - client relationship. It involves clear communication, setting realistic goals, and ensuring that the client has a thorough understanding of what to expect from their chosen treatments.
•Comprehensive Consultation: Start with an indepth consultation to understand the clients's concerns, goals, and medical history. Discuss their motivations for seeking aesthetic treatments and any previous experiences they've had.
• Educate the Client: Provide detailed information about the chosen aesthetic treatments, including how they work, potential risks, downtime, and expected outcomes. Use visual aids or before-andafter photos to illustrate potential results.
•Realistic Goal Setting: Help the client set achievable and realistic goals. Avoid over-promising or guaranteeing specific outcomes, as results can vary from person to person.
•Gradual Changes: Emphasize the benefits of gradual changes. Explain that subtle enhancements often lead to more natural-looking results and lower the risk of complications.
•Discuss Limitations: Be honest about the limitations of aesthetic treatments. Some concerns may not be fully addressable with non-invasive procedures, and surgical options may be necessary for certain goals.
•Informed Consent and Open Communication: Ensure that the client provides informed consent for the chosen treatments after thoroughly understanding the associated risks and benefits. Clients should feel comfortable asking questions and expressing any concerns.
•Follow-Up and Adjustments: - Schedule followup appointments to assess progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. This demonstrates your commitment to achieving the best possible results for the client.
Laslty, recognise the Emotional Well-Being of the client, as aesthetic treatments can have enormous emotional and psychological implications.
Personalized Aesthetic Plans
Here are some key innovations and non-invasive treatments that contribute to personalized aesthetic plans:
1. 3D Skin Analysis: Cutting-edge skin analysis systems use 3D imaging and AI technology to provide a comprehensive assessment of a person's skin health. These systems can analyze skin texture, pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, and sun damage. The data collected helps practitioners create a personalized treatment plan.
2. Customized Skincare Formulations: Personalized skincare products are formulated based on an individual's specific skin type, concerns, and goals. Ingredients, concentrations, and textures are adjusted to meet unique needs, ensuring optimal results.
3. Fractional Laser and Radiofrequency Devices: Fractional treatments deliver energy in a fractionated pattern, stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture. Practitioners can adjust the depth and intensity of these devices to address a range of concerns, from fine lines to scars.
4. Personalized Dermal Fillers and Muscle Relaxants : Blending different treamtnent allows practitioners to target specific areas of the face for natural-looking volume and contouring.
5. Ultrasound Skin Tightening: Ultrasound devices like Ultherapy can be adjusted to target specific areas of the face and neck for a personalized lifting and tightening effect.
6. Microneedling with Growth Factors: Microneedling treatments can be enhanced by applying growth factors derived from the patient's own blood (PRP) or customized serums to address specific skin issues.
7. Personalized LED Therapy: LED masks and devices allow practitioners to select specific wavelengths of light to address individual concerns, such as acne, inflammation, or skin rejuvenation.
8. Non-Invasive Thread Lifts: PDO thread lifts can be customized based on the number of threads used and their placement, allowing for precise lifting and tightening tailored to each patient's facial structure.
9. Regenerative Therapies: Stem cell-based and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments can be personalized to target specific areas for skin rejuvenation and hair restoration.
10. Combination Therapies: Non-invasive treatments are often combined to address multiple concerns simultaneously. For example, a personalized plan might include a series of chemical peels followed by laser therapy to improve both texture and pigmentation.
These innovations and non-invasive treatments allow practitioners to create highly tailored aesthetic plans that address each individual's unique concerns and preferences. As technology and techniques continue to advance, the possibilities for personalized aesthetic treatments will expand, providing clients with even more effective and individualized options for achieving their desired outcomes.
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On-Trend: Aesthetic Ingredients and Treatment Advances
The field of aesthetics is constantly evolving with innovative key ingredients and treatments that aim to provide enhanced effectiveness and better outcomes for patients.
We have identified a few new aesthetic key ingredients and treatment innovations, which demonstrate their potential :
1. Polycaprolactone (PCL): PCL is a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic polymer that has gained popularity as a dermal filler. It is known for its long-lasting effects, with results that can extend beyond traditional hyaluronic acid fillers. PCL stimulates collagen production, offering a gradual improvement in skin texture and volume.
2. Polydioxanone (PDO) Threads: PDO threads are minimally invasive treatments that lift and tighten sagging skin. These absorbable threads are inserted under the skin to create a supportive matrix, promoting collagen production. PDO threads are used for facial and body rejuvenation, with effects lasting several months.
3. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): While not a new molecule, PRP treatments have seen advancements in their applications. PRP is extracted from a patient's own blood and contains growth factors that stimulate tissue repair and collagen production. PRP is used for facial rejuvenation, hair restoration, and skin healing after procedures.
4. Anti-Wrinkle Peptides: Peptides, such as pentapeptides and hexapeptides, are used in skincare products and injectables to target specific signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines. These molecules work by relaxing facial muscles and promoting collagen synthesis for smoother skin.
5. Neuromodulators for Body Contouring: Neuromodulators, like botulinum toxin type A, have traditionally been used for wrinkle reduction. However, they are now being explored for body contouring by temporarily relaxing muscles in areas like the jawline and calf muscles to achieve a slimmer appearance.
6. Liposomal Encapsulation: Liposomal technology is used to encapsulate active ingredients, allowing for better penetration and sustained release. Liposomal formulations are used in skincare products and injectables to improve the delivery of aesthetic molecules to the target tissues.
7. Hyaluronic Acid Variants: Researchers are developing new formulations of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers with varying properties, including crosslinking levels and cohesivity. These variants provide more customized options for patients, with some designed for fine lines and others for volumizing.
8. Stem Cell-Based Therapies: Stem cell-derived products and therapies are being explored for their regenerative potential in aesthetic medicine. Stem
cell-based treatments aim to rejuvenate skin and promote tissue regeneration for a youthful appearance.
9. Radiofrequency Microneedling with GoldCoated Needles: This innovative treatment combines the benefits of microneedling and radiofrequency (RF) technology. Gold-coated microneedles deliver RF energy to the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture and firmness.
10. Oxygen Infusion Therapy: Oxygen infusion facials involve the use of a high-pressure oxygen delivery system to infuse the skin with serums and nutrients. This therapy is designed to hydrate, brighten, and rejuvenate the skin, making it popular for red carpet events.
11. Microbiome-Friendly Skincare: Understanding the skin's microbiome has led to the development of skincare products that promote a healthy balance of skin bacteria. These products aim to improve skin collective health.
It's important to note that the safety and efficacy of these new aesthetic treatments may vary. Before considering any aesthetic procedure, individuals should consult with qualified healthcare professionals who can provide personalized recommendations and ensure the highest standard of care.
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Nutraceuticals: The Quest for Beauty from Within
In recent years, the beauty and wellness industry has witnessed a growing trend towards cosmetic aesthetic supplements. These supplements, often referred to as "beauty pills", “nutraceuticals” or "beauty from within," are designed to enhance and support one's appearance, promoting healthier skin, hair, and nails.
Key Ingredients in Nutraceutical Supplements:
Collagen: Collagen is a protein that provides structure to the skin, hair, and nails. As we age, collagen production decreases. Collagen supplements aim to replenish these levels, promoting smoother and firmer skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is known for its hydrating properties. It helps retain moisture in the skin, contributing to a plumper and more youthful complexion. Hyaluronic acid supplements are often included in beauty regimens.
Vitamins and Antioxidants: Nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants like coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and resveratrol, play a crucial role in skin health. These supplements help protect the skin from free radical damage and promote a radiant complexion.
Biotin: Biotin, also known as vitamin H, is renowned for its ability to support healthy hair and nails. It is a common ingredient in supplements aimed at improving hair strength and reducing brittleness.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil supplements, are beneficial for skin health. They help maintain the skin's natural oil barrier, preventing dryness and irritation.
Zinc: Zinc is essential for skin health and plays a role in wound healing. Zinc supplements can aid in reducing acne and supporting overall skin health.
Ceramides: Ceramides are lipids naturally found in the skin. They help maintain the skin's moisture barrier. Ceramide supplements are believed to improve skin hydration and texture.
Astaxanthin: Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed to protect the skin from UV damage and reduce the signs of aging.
Additional ingredients: a selection of proprietary herbs, flowers and organic ingredients are included, within the safety of brand differention and efficacy.
Innovations in Nutraceutical Aesthetic Supplements:
Personalized Formulations: The industry is increasingly moving towards personalized supplements. Companies offer DNA testing or questionnaire-based assessments to tailor supplement formulations to an individual's specific needs.
Clean and Sustainable Ingredients: Consumers are becoming more conscious of the ingredients they consume, avoiding additives and fillers.
Collagen Alternatives: While collagen remains popular, plant-based alternatives are gaining traction, catering to vegan and vegetarian consumers. Ingredients like phytoceramides and hyaluronic acid sourced from plants are being used as alternatives.
Beauty Gummies: Traditional pills and capsules are being replaced by chewable gummies, making supplements more enjoyable and accessible.
Clinical Studies: Manufacturers are investing in clinical studies to validate the effectiveness of their products. Evidence-based claims are essential to instill confidence in consumers.
Advanced Delivery Systems: Innovative delivery systems, such as liposomal encapsulation and nanoparticles, are used to enhance the absorption and bioavailability of key ingredients.
The Quest for Beauty from Within:
The popularity of nutraceutical supplements reflects a shift in the beauty and wellness industry. Consumers are recognizing that true beauty goes beyond topical
products and makeup. Instead, they are seeking holistic solutions that promote beauty from within.
The quest for beauty from within aligns with the broader wellness movement, emphasizing the interconnectedness of physical health and appearance. This holistic approach recognizes that factors like nutrition, hydration, sleep, and stress management play a significant role in one's beauty and well-being.
Precautions and Considerations:
While cosmetic nutraceuticals offer potential benefits, consumers should exercise caution and consider the following:
Consultation: It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before adding new supplements to your regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications.
Quality Assurance: Choose reputable brands, with recognized certifications, that undergo third-party testing for quality and purity.
Realistic Expectations: Understand that supplements may take time to show noticeable results. Be patient and consistent in your usage.
Balanced Approach: Remember that supplements should complement a well-rounded approach to beauty and wellness, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and recommended skincare.
In conclusion, nutraceuticals are at the forefront of the beauty and wellness industry, offering innovative solutions to enhance one's appearance from within. With a focus on clean ingredients, personalization, and scientific validation, these supplements are changing the way we approach beauty. However, consumers should prioritize safety and maintain a holistic approach to well-being. Beauty from within is not just a trend; it's a reflection of the evolving understanding of what it means to be truly beautiful and healthy.
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The Role of DNA Analysis in the Future of Skincare and Aging
The world of skincare and anti-aging treatments is on the brink of a significant transformation, thanks to advancements in DNA analysis. The role of DNA analysis in understanding individual skin needs, predicting aging factors, and customizing skincare regimens is ushering in a new era of personalized beauty and wellness.
Understanding the Role of DNA in Skin Health
Our genes play a crucial role in determining the characteristics and health of our skin. DNA carries instructions for the production of collagen, elastin, and other proteins that maintain skin structure and elasticity. It also influences factors like skin hydration, sensitivity, and the rate at which we age. By analyzing an individual's DNA, skincare experts can gain valuable insights into their unique genetic makeup and design personalized interventions.
Innovations in DNA Analysis for Skincare
Genetic Profiling: DNA analysis involves creating a genetic profile that identifies specific genes associated with skin health. These profiles can reveal information about a person's predisposition to factors like premature aging, pigmentation issues, and sensitivity.
Customized Formulations: Armed with genetic data, skincare companies can create customized skincare formulations tailored to an individual's genetic needs. These formulations may include ingredients that target specific genetic markers, such as antioxidants for those prone to oxidative stress.
Personalized Recommendations: DNA analysis allows skincare professionals to offer personalized recommendations for products, treatments, and lifestyle changes. This level of customization can help individuals address their unique skin concerns more effectively.
Anti-Aging Insights: By analyzing genetic markers related to aging, experts can provide insights into an individual's likely aging trajectory. This information can guide proactive anti-aging strategies and lifestyle choices.
The Future of Skincare and Aging
Precision Skincare: The future of skincare lies in precision. Personalized skincare regimens, created based on DNA analysis, will become increasingly common. These regimens will address specific genetic factors that influence skin health, resulting in more effective and tailored solutions.
Early Intervention : DNA analysis can identify genetic markers associated with premature aging. This allows individuals to take proactive measures to slow down the aging process before visible signs appear. Early interventions may include lifestyle changes, specific skincare products, or treatments.
Targeted Treatments: As the understanding of genetic influences on skin health deepens, treatments will become more targeted. This means that therapies can be designed to address the root causes of skin issues at a genetic level, leading to better outcomes.
Holistic Wellness: The future of skincare will not be limited to topical treatments. It will encompass a holistic approach to wellness, considering factors like nutrition, stress management, and sleep quality— all of which can impact skin health. DNA analysis will guide individuals in making lifestyle choices that support their genetic predispositions.
Preventive Skincare: DNA analysis will enable individuals to adopt preventive skincare routines tailored to their genetic risks. This proactive approach can help delay the onset of age-related skin concerns.
Data-Driven Beauty: Skincare companies will increasingly rely on data-driven insights from DNA
analysis to develop new products. These products will target specific genetic markers and address individual needs more effectively.
Challenges and Considerations:
Privacy Concerns: DNA analysis involves sharing sensitive genetic information. Protecting privacy and ensuring data security will be paramount in the future of personalized skincare.
Scientific Validation: As DNA-based skincare gains popularity, it will be essential to validate the efficacy of these personalized regimens through rigorous scientific research.
Affordability: Making DNA analysis accessible and affordable to a broader population will be crucial for its widespread adoption in the skincare industry.
Ethical Considerations: Ethical questions may arise regarding the use of genetic information in the beauty industry. Ensuring responsible and ethical practices will be essential.
The future of skincare and aging is poised for a revolution driven by DNA analysis. Personalized skincare regimens, early interventions, and targeted treatments will become the norm. The integration of genetic insights into skincare will empower individuals to take control of their skin health like never before.
However, ethical considerations, data security, and scientific validation will remain important factors in realizing the full potential of DNA-based skincare.
With the promise of more effective and tailored solutions, DNA analysis is set to redefine the way we approach beauty and aging. It's a future where beauty truly begins with your genes.
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Intravenous (IV) Drips: Revolutionizing Skincare and Wellness
Intravenous (IV) drips have long been associated with medical treatments and rehydration therapies. However, in recent years, they have taken on a new role in the world of skincare and wellness. These innovative IV therapies have gained popularity for their ability to deliver essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals directly into the bloodstream, promising a range of benefits from rejuvenating the skin to boosting overall wellness.
The Basics of IV Drips
IV drips involve the intravenous administration of a fluid mixture containing a combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. This mixture is delivered directly allows for rapid absorption and utilization by the body.
IV drips offer several benefits that have garnered attention from both celebrities and wellness enthusiasts:
• Hydration: Proper hydration is fundamental to healthy skin. IV drips effectively replenishing lost fluids and improving skin moisture levels.
• Nutrient Infusion: IV drips can include vitamins like vitamin C, which is known for its skin brightening and collagen-boosting properties.
• Skin Radiance: A combination of antioxidants in IV drips can help protect the skin from oxidative stress, pollution, and UV damage, resulting in a more radiant complexion.
• Boosted Immunity: IV drips can be tailored to include immune-boosting nutrients like vitamin D and zinc, helping the body fight off infections.
• Energy Enhancement: IV drips may contain B vitamins and amino acids that provide an energy boost and combat fatigue.
• Stress Reduction: Some IV drips incorporate magnesium, known for its calming effects on the nervous system, promoting relaxation and stress reduction.
Innovations in IV Drips
The field of IV therapy continues to evolve, with several innovations enhancing the effectiveness and customization of these treatments:
• Personalized Formulations: IV drips can be customized to meet individual needs. Healthcare providers can tailor the nutrient composition to address specific wellness goals or skincare concerns.
• Add-Ons and Boosters: Some IV clinics offer add-ons or boosters that can be combined with standard drips. These may include glutathione for skin brightening or specialized antioxidants for antiaging benefits.
• At-Home IV Services: Mobile IV therapy services have emerged, allowing individuals to receive IV drips in the comfort of their homes. This convenience has contributed to the popularity of these treatments.
• Advanced Monitoring: Healthcare providers
now have access to advanced monitoring tools that ensure the safe and precise administration of IV drips, reducing the risk of complications.
The Future of IV Drips
As the demand for IV therapy continues to grow, the future holds exciting possibilities:
Targeted Skincare Solutions: Advances in personalized medicine may lead to IV drips specifically formulated for individual skincare needs, addressing issues like hyperpigmentation, acne, or dryness.
Wearable Tech Integration: Wearable devices may be developed to monitor individual nutrient levels, allowing for real-time adjustments to IV drip formulations.
IV drips are transforming the realms of skincare and wellness, offering a range of benefits from rejuvenating the skin to boosting overall health. Innovations in customization, monitoring, and accessibility are driving the popularity of these therapies. However, it's crucial for individuals to approach IV therapy with caution, under the supervision of trained healthcare providers.
As technology continues to advance, the future of IV drips holds the promise of more targeted and effective solutions, further integrating these therapies into our pursuit of better skincare and overall wellness.
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This is my platform to give gratitude, to pay it forward, to give back! Resa Kahnfor the love of beauty is not just focussed on external beauty but also on internal beauty. All things that make us beautiful, empowers, heals, gives confidence to face a brighter tomorrow. To pay it forward - changing lives.
My parents got divorced when I was six, my mother worked two jobs to provide a better life for my brother and me. By the age of 15, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I instantly became an adult. My brother, a professional cyclist, racing abroad, and I had to take responsibility for our mother.
The cancer went into remission and returned, but my mother continued to work for us. She taught me that you fight to survive in life, fight hard with all you have inside and keep faith. It was not easy with my father absent, and most definitely affected my security in relationships.
I married and it was bliss. Years on, my husbands' moods changed. It was strange, as this was not the man I knew. I started living in fear, along with the rest of my household and staff at work. Then the abuse started, verbal emotional and physical.
One morning in 1999 I woke up to being told that it was our 'last' day. Looking into the eyes of my late husband I realised that something was very wrong. I can still remember clearly that I felt numb, the blood in my body felt as if it was draining. He explained to me that he had decided that he was taking our lives. It was all planned!
My heart was racing. I knew I had to fight. I did not know what to do but I had to fight for my life! I ran to the bedroom door, realising that he had locked it although the key was still in the lock. I did not immediately
get away and the conflict continued. Finally, he managed to put his hands around my neck to strangle me, witnessed by my son and mother. I recall feeling dizzy and starting to lose consciousness.
Next, I was regaining consciousness, my mom dragging me out of the kitchen with my son in front of us. God must have been watching over us, as our house assistant had heard the screams and came to the rescue. The security company arrived, followed by the police and more. We were safe, but my husband decided to take his own life, which I witnessed.
As I lay there in that desperate situation, I prayed to God to spare me, spare my son and my mom. I made a promise to God and that was that I would 'pay it forward' and bless others that crossed my path in life, giving back with love. This is where Resa Kahn-for the love of beauty was born. Paying it forward with Resa Kahn is my gratitude, giving back unconditionally in life.
That Sunday in October 1999 could have been the last day of my life. For being spared, I have lived my life with total gratitude every day since.
In 2020 I got the covid with a long journey of illness thereafter, being diagnosed with long covid. I have been fighting off the debilitating symptoms from neuritis, myocarditis and chronic duodenitis. I am just grateful to have survived covid, as so many of our loved ones passed away.
My beauties, life doesn't always deal us the best of cards, but we must keep the faith, stay the course, and always believe in ourselves. Never give up! Fight!
Dr Resa Kahn - For the Love of Beauty
A Truimph of Courage, Resilience and Empowerment
ASTERIA GROUP HOLDINGS
Asteria Group Holdings, home of Asteria Pharmaceuticals, Asteria Financial Services, Asteria Aesthetics and Rèsa Kahn-for the love of beauty Slimzone and Dripzone. Asteria Group Holdings has a diversified interests in financial services, pharmaceuticals, medical aesthetics, skin care products, and supplements in South Africa - with a vision to be a multinational. The Group has seven companies with five product brands (AP) that are leading players in their sectors. Our success is made possible by the passion and determination of our people-all experts in their respective fields. Collectively we have over 60 years of combined expertise.
The company was founded by Dr Resa Kahn in 2002. Asteria Pharmaceuticals CC - 2003, followed which was later converted to Asteria Pharmaceuticals SA (Pty) Ltd. Asteria Pharmaceuticals is the contract and developers' manufacturers of BioDermal Skin Tech and MyGoLean - Appetite + Fat Burn Solutions and
proudly launching this September Resa.K Skin Science, as well as BCA Mesotherapy Solutions.
AFS - Asteria Financial Services Pty - Ltd was founded 11 years ago and is fully FSP licensed. Addition to the Asteria Group Holding family is Asteria Aesthetics, founded by CEO, Dr Rèsa Kahn early 2019. Dr Steve Botha joined the Asteria Aesthetics team mid-2019, as aesthetic practitioner. Asteria Group Holdings is 21 years in the making.
Through a tragic personal experience Resa founded Resa Kahn for the Love of beauty that is her platform for 'giving back' and 'paying it back' Her vision for the Asteria Group is that it would provide quality services and equitable rates, as well as give to charities.
Asteria makes sure that its employees are happy and fulfilled at work and where employees feel comfortable expressing themselves freely, which has helped create a family-like atmosphere within the organization.
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The Future of Wellness Centers: Innovations in Medical, Aesthetic, and Holistic Wellness Institutes
Wellness centers have evolved significantly over the years, transitioning from traditional spas and fitness centers to holistic wellness institutes that cater to a diverse range of health and well-being needs. As we look ahead, the future of wellness centers is poised for groundbreaking innovations that integrate medical, aesthetic, and holistic approaches to health. Explore this transformation and envision the future of these establishments, where cutting-edge technology and a holistic approach to wellness is the focus.
The Evolution of Wellness Centers:
Historically, wellness centers were primarily focused on relaxation. While this elements remains important, modern wellness centers have expanded their offerings to encompass a more comprehensive approach to health and well-being. This evolution can be attributed to several key factors:
Consumer Demand: People today seek more than just a spa day or a gym membership. They want holistic solutions that address physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Advancements in Medicine: Integrative and functional medicine have gained recognition, emphasizing the importance of treating the root causes of health issues rather than just the symptoms.
Technological Innovation: The digital age has brought forth a plethora of health-tracking devices and telemedicine options, enabling a more proactive approach to health.
Aesthetic Enhancements: The desire for noninvasive aesthetic treatments has grown, leading to the integration of aesthetic services into wellness centers.
Holistic Approaches: Wellness centers have embraced holistic practices like yoga, meditation, and nutrition counseling to promote well-being.
The Future of Wellness Centers:
Looking ahead, the future of wellness centers will be marked by innovative concepts and services that cater to the diverse needs of clients. Here are some key trends and innovations to expect:
Medical Integration: Wellness centers of the future will have on-site medical professionals who can provide preventive care, functional medicine assessments, and consultations. This integration will allow for a more comprehensive approach to health, addressing both acute and chronic conditions.
Genomic Medicine: DNA analysis will become a standard offering in wellness centers. Genetic insights will guide personalized wellness plans, including nutrition, exercise, and preventive measures.
Aesthetic Enhancement: Non-invasive aesthetic treatments such as facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and hair restoration will be offered alongside traditional wellness services. These treatments will be guided by the latest advancements in cosmetic technology.
Virtual Wellness: Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will play a role in wellness centers, offering immersive experiences for meditation, relaxation, and stress management. Telewellness programs will connect clients with wellness experts from around the world.
AI-Driven Health Monitoring: Artificial intelligence (AI) will continuously monitor clients' health data,
providing real-time feedback and recommendations for personalized wellness plans.
Regenerative Medicine : Stem cell therapy, regenerative treatments, and anti-aging interventions will be available in wellness centers, helping clients address age-related health concerns.
Nutrigenomics: Nutritional plans will be tailored to an individual's genetic makeup, optimizing diet for health and wellness goals.
Eco-Friendly Wellness: Sustainability will be a core principle of wellness centers, with eco-friendly practices, organic products, and green architecture playing a significant role.
Mental Health Services: The importance of mental health will be recognized, with services such as therapy, counseling, and mindfulness training offered alongside physical wellness programs.
Community and Social Engagement: Wellness centers will become hubs for community building and social interaction, fostering a sense of belonging and support among clients.
The future of wellness centers is bright, with a focus on holistic health and well-being that integrates medical, aesthetic, and wellness services. These establishments will become true institutes of health, offering clients a comprehensive approach to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By embracing innovation and technology while upholding ethical and sustainable practices, wellness centers of the future will play a pivotal role in shaping a healthier and more balanced society.
Spa Architecture, Design and Technology
Spa architecture has undergone significant changes and continues to evolve in response to changing consumer preferences, wellness trends, and advances in design and technology. Here are some key changes, trends, and design considerations in spa architecture:
1. Sustainable Design: Sustainability is a major trend in spa architecture. Eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient systems, and sustainable building practices are increasingly incorporated into spa designs. Living walls, green roofs, and natural ventilation systems are also becoming more common.
2. Biophilic Design: Spa architects are embracing biophilic design principles, which connect spa guests with nature. This can include the use of natural materials, large windows that provide views of natural landscapes, and the integration of indoor gardens or water features.
3. Outdoor Spaces: Spas are increasingly incorporating outdoor spaces, such as meditation gardens, yoga decks, and relaxation areas. These spaces allow guests to connect with nature and enjoy open-air treatments.
4. Multi-Use Spaces: To maximize the use of space and cater to diverse wellness needs, modern spas often feature multi-use areas. These spaces can transform from yoga studios to meditation rooms to fitness centers, offering flexibility for different activities.
5. Technology Integration: While spa architecture emphasizes natural elements, technology is also
playing a role. This includes advanced sound systems for relaxation, smart lighting, and digital detox zones where guests are encouraged to unplug.
6. Wellness Suites: Many spas are incorporating wellness suites or private treatment rooms with amenities like in-room saunas, steam showers, and hydrotherapy tubs. These personalized spaces provide an exclusive and immersive wellness experience.
7. Minimalist Design: Clean lines, minimalistic decor, and neutral color palettes are popular in modern spa architecture. This design approach creates a serene and calming atmosphere, allowing guests to focus on relaxation.
8. Accessibility: Universal design principles are being applied to spa architecture to ensure that facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. This includes ramps, wide doorways, and accessible treatment rooms.
9. Cultural Influences: Spa architecture often reflects the cultural influences of the region where it is located. This can include incorporating local materials, traditional design elements, and indigenous wellness practices.
10. Wellness Technology : High-tech wellness features like cryotherapy chambers, infrared saunas, and floatation tanks are being integrated into spa designs to offer guests cutting-edge wellness experiences.
11. Health-Centric Design: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased emphasis on health and safety in spa design. This includes better ventilation systems, touchless amenities, and spatial planning that allows for social distancing.
12. Personalization: Spa architecture is evolving to accommodate personalized wellness journeys. Design elements that support customized treatments and experiences are becoming more prevalent.
13. Destination Spas: Destination spas are incorporating comprehensive wellness offerings, including accommodations, fitness facilities, and dining options. The architecture of these integrated wellness resorts aims to create a seamless and immersive experience for guests.
14. Signature Design Elements: Many spas are incorporating signature design elements that reflect their brand identity and philosophy. These can include unique architectural features, such as sculptural installations or water features.
Overall, spa architecture is evolving to provide holistic and immersive wellness experiences that cater to the diverse needs and preferences of guests. Whether it's through sustainability, biophilic design, or advanced technology, spa architects are continually innovating to create spaces that promote relaxation, rejuvenation, and well-being.
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Wellness-at-Home Goes Pro: Innovations, Trends, Design, and Wearables
The concept of wellness-at-home has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, with innovations and trends that bring professional-level health and well-being experiences into the comfort of our homes. From smart technology and innovative design to wearable devices, the wellness industry is making it easier than ever for individuals to prioritize their health and self-care.
1. Smart Home Gyms and Fitness Tech
One of the most notable trends in wellness-at-home is the rise of smart home gyms and fitness technology. Companies like Peloton, Mirror, and Tonal have introduced innovative fitness equipment that offers live and on-demand classes led by professional trainers. These devices come with interactive screens that provide real-time feedback, making it feel like you have a personal trainer in your home. The convenience of on-demand workouts and personalized fitness plans has revolutionized home fitness.
2. Spa-Grade Wellness Devices
Professional-grade wellness devices are now available for home use. This includes high-quality massage chairs that mimic the techniques of trained massage therapists, advanced skincare tools like LED light therapy devices, and even cryotherapy chambers designed for home use. These devices bring the spa and wellness center experience directly to your doorstep, allowing you to indulge in self-care without leaving home.
3. Innovative Design for Relaxation
Wellness design has become a crucial aspect of creating a serene and calming environment at home. Interior designers are incorporating elements like natural light, biophilic design (bringing the outdoors in), and sustainable materials to create wellnessfocused spaces. Elements like ergonomic furniture, soundproofing, and calming color schemes are being integrated to enhance relaxation and mental wellbeing.
4. Meditation and Mindfulness Spaces
The practice of meditation and mindfulness has gained immense popularity, and many individuals are now dedicating spaces in their homes for these practices. Meditation rooms or cozy corners with comfortable seating, soft lighting, and calming decor are becoming common. Virtual reality (VR) meditation experiences and guided meditation apps also offer immersive mindfulness journeys from home.
Wearable Wellness Technology
Wearable devices have evolved far beyond basic fitness trackers. Smartwatches and wearables like the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Garmin offer advanced health monitoring features, including heart rate tracking, sleep analysis, stress measurement, and ECG (electrocardiogram) capabilities. These devices provide real-time data to help users make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
6. Telehealth and Virtual Wellness Consultations
Telehealth services have become an integral part of wellness-at-home, allowing individuals to consult with healthcare professionals from the comfort of their homes. Whether it's a virtual session with a nutritionist, therapist, or fitness coach, telehealth services make wellness consultations more accessible and convenient.
7. Biofeedback and Stress Management
Biofeedback devices, once reserved for clinical settings, are now available for home use. These devices measure physiological responses to stress, such as heart rate variability and skin conductance, and provide real-time feedback to help users manage stress levels effectively. Biofeedback apps and wearables are empowering individuals to take control of their stress and mental well-being.
Personalized Wellness Apps
Personalized wellness apps are leveraging AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning to create customized health and wellness plans. These apps
analyze data from wearables and user input to offer tailored fitness routines, nutrition recommendations, and mental health support.
9. Sleep Optimization Technology
Quality sleep is a cornerstone of well-being, and technology is helping individuals optimize their sleep environments. Smart mattresses, sleep trackers, and white noise machines are just a few examples of how technology is enhancing sleep quality. Sleep analysis apps can provide insights into sleep patterns and suggest improvements.
10. Nutrition and Meal Planning
Innovative meal planning and nutrition apps are simplifying healthy eating. These apps offer personalized meal plans, grocery lists, and even virtual cooking classes.
11. Virtual Reality Wellness Experiences
Virtual reality is being harnessed to create immersive wellness experiences. VR meditation, fitness, and relaxation apps transport users to serene landscapes, providing a new level of escapism and stress relief.
12. Environmental Sustainability
Wellness-at-home is also becoming more environmentally conscious. Sustainable materials, energy-efficient lighting, and eco-friendly home products align with the wellness trend of overall wellbeing of the planet.
Wellness-at-home has evolved into a professionalgrade experience, thanks to innovative technology, thoughtful design, and the integration of wearables. Individuals can now access a wide range of wellness services and experiences from the comfort of their homes. As the wellness industry continues to innovate, we can expect even more advanced solutions to support our health and well-being, making self-care and wellness a seamless part of our daily lives.
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From Disconnected to Connected: Bringing Spirit Back Into The Workplace
Organizations are facing multiple challenges today with high burnout rates, mental health struggles and declining employee retention, engagement, and satisfaction. Deepening our connections to ourselves, others, and our sense of purpose at work creates greater stability and better self-management.
In modern life we have evolved to a place where most people conduct themselves from their mind. We have become disconnected from the part of ourselves that lies beyond the mind and is always present, the essence of who we really are
Living with a sense of purpose, aligned to our values comes from a deeper place within. To access it we need to, quiet the mind and allow ourselves to go to this deeper place, our soul. Without the input of this deeper place, the mind can become frenetic and lose control. Decisions become reactive and heavily influenced by circumstance. There are many practices that can be used to still the mind and reawaken our ability to be curious, reflective, introspective, and contemplative. This opens a pathway to mindfulness, compassion, and deeper personal alignment.
Let's go a little deeper…
What does it mean to be more connected to the deeper essence within ourselves, rather than living in our minds?
Connecting with the deeper essence of ourselves includes deeply listening to our heart and our intuitive self. From this deeper place as the mind quiets, we gain greater awareness of our intentions, fears, and the ways in which reactive thinking interferes with our creative potential. This gives us the opportunity to become more deeply honest with ourselves. You have a voice that is greater than your thoughts, and that will never lead you astray. The key is stillness and connection to yourself to tune into this part of you. Being lost in your mind closes you off from who you truly are.
Attention and will are both qualities that go deeper into us. What we focus our attention on expands and creates our reality. With attention these days
being drawn in scattered, mind-numbing directions, our attention is being drawn to surface level distractions. However, when we are more deliberate with our attention, we can quiet our minds to access our intuitive selves. We are talking about developing greater depth, connection and listening where your intuition is an energetic pull vs a mental push.
When we connect to another person, mind-to-mind, all sorts of games are being played including competition, manipulation, strategizing, judging, and managing. The mind is constantly seeking to control the external universe. When we come from a deeper place, from the heart, we feel safe, and we create safety for others. Practicing virtues including care, kindness, acceptance, acknowledgment and many more create a deeper connection with others that builds trust, and a powerful togetherness. This creates a welcoming space for everyone in the team. Supporting people to come from the heart is perhaps the most effective way to create a psychologically safe workplace environment. Authentic conversations blossom when people feel safe to be themselves. This creates a new confidence and a sense of belonging, within the team where members can grow and optimize their creative potential. The foundation of any strong relationship is trust and with trust, team dynamics flourish.
As stated by Brene Brown in her latest book, Atlas of the Heart, “Connection is the energy created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued. True belonging does not require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” In a psychologically safe environment, employees can connect with their own individual Mission, Vision, and Values with more ease. The leader's role from here is to support team members to align their person with the organization. This creates a strong decision-making compass individually and organizationally. For the future of work, consider management comes from the mind, and leadership comes from the heart.
Connecting Workplaces and Employee Wellbeing
Consider for a moment how much time is spent at
work. Some statistics suggest 90,000 hours in a lifetime. Work-related interactions are perhaps a person's largest time commitment, spending more time with colleagues than with friends. Hence, the relationship between employee and employer is significant and can be honored by deeper and more meaningful connections.
Traditional approaches to employee development focus on tangible skill building. Thriving and productive teams however are created when the focus is on the development of the whole person, expanding awareness and deepening a connection of each to their own humanity. As awareness grows, perception and the capacity to feel expands, which opens a whole new level of connection. In this realm the mind calms, pretense and dishonesty diminish, stress is reduced and a powerful vibrance arises within the group. This is the power of spirit. The opposite is fear based where disconnection, defensiveness, biases, competition and self-protection rule, the domain of the ego. When people become more deeply connected to themselves and expand their awareness, they are unstoppable.
Can you imagine the potential of your business with a team of aware, personally responsible, bright human beings? What would your workplace culture be like? There are exciting possibilities when you seek to develop qualities in your people including curiosity, interest, self-reflection, compassion, kindness, and selflessness. When the judgmental nature of the mind is reduced these qualities begin to naturally emerge. You would create an organization that everyone wants to be a part of.
In summary, bringing Spirit Back Into The Workplace, requires learning to slow down, listen to your inner wisdom and to others more often, connect deeply to your why and become clear on your values, take responsibility for your experience and your impact, acknowledge yourself and others more, live further into kindness, curiosity, compassion, and gratitude. Become who you really are.
Wellness tourism is the powerful intersection of two large and growing multi-trillion-dollar industries: tourism and wellness. Holistic health and prevention are increasingly at the center of consumer decisionmaking, and people now expect to continue their healthy lifestyles and wellness routines when they are away from home.
In 2013, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) unveiled the inaugural edition of the Global Wellness Tourism Economy report-a landmark study that defined the parameters and characteristics of the emerging wellness tourism sector, estimated its global size, and highlighted its far-reaching economic impacts. In that report, GWI first measured wellness tourism at $439 billion 2012. Since that time, wellness has become a major force in the global tourism market, with wellness tourism expenditures reaching $720 billion in 2019 (followed by a downturn in 2020 due to the pandemic). Prior to the pandemic, wellness tourism had consistently grown much faster than regular tourism. Wellness tourism growth is expected to accelerate in the coming years.
Five Key Things to Know About Wellness Tourism
1. What is Wellness Tourism?
By definition wellness tourism is travel associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing one's personal wellbeing. With so much unwellness embedded in today's travel, wellness tourism brings the promise of combating those negative qualities and turning travel into an opportunity to maintain and improve our holistic health.
2. Wellness Tourism is not Medical Tourism. Wellness tourism is often conflated with medical tourism-not only by consumers but in destination marketing. This confusion is caused by an incomplete understanding of these markets and inconsistent usage of terminologies. Sometimes the term “health tourism” is also used as a catch-all to describe many types of medical and wellness services and activitiesfrom open heart surgery and dental care to destination spas and yoga retreats-causing further confusion. In fact, these two sectors operate largely
in separate domains and meet different consumer needs.
A good way to understand the difference is to look at our health and wellbeing on a continuum:
•On the left are poor health, injury and illness. The medical paradigm treats these conditions. Medical tourism falls on this side-for example traveling to another place to receive surgery or a dental treatment because it is more affordable, higher quality, or unavailable at home.
•On the right side of the continuum is wellness-these are the proactive things we do to maintain a healthy lifestyle, reduce stress, prevent disease, and enhance our wellbeing. This is what motivates wellness tourism.
There is some overlap between medical tourism and wellness tourism-for example, DNA testing or executive checkups. But in general, the types of visitors, activities, services, businesses and regulations involved are very different between medical tourism and wellness tourism, even though they may share a dependence on a region's basic tourism and hospitality infrastructure and amenities.
3. Who are the Wellness Travelers?
There is a common misconception that wellness travelers are a small, elite and wealthy group of leisure tourists who visit destination spas, health resorts, or yoga and meditation retreats. In fact, wellness travelers comprise a much broader and more diverse group of consumers with many motivations, interests and values.
GWI identifies two types of wellness travelers:
•Primary wellness traveler: A traveler whose trip or destination choice is primarily motivated by wellness.
•Secondary wellness traveler : A traveler who seeks to maintain wellness while traveling or participates in wellness experiences while taking any type of trip for leisure or business.
Importantly, primary and secondary wellness travel can be done by the same person on different trips, and these two types of wellness travel reinforce one
another. Over time, some secondary wellness travelers will decide to take a primary wellness trip, as their interest in and experience with wellness grows. For example, a person who visits a day-use hot spring during a family vacation (secondary wellness travel) may later be motivated to plan a weekend getaway staying at a hot spring resort (primary wellness travel).
4. Every destination has something unique to offer to wellness travelers.
Every destination has its own distinct flavors in relation to wellness, linked with its local culture, natural assets, foods, etc. Some travelers may be satisfied with a generic massage, exercise class or smoothie. The more discerning and sophisticated wellness travelersespecially those in the millennial generation-are interested in what the destination offers that is different from someplace else. These unique and authentic experiences can be built upon indigenous healing practices; ancient/spiritual traditions; native plants and forests; special muds, minerals and waters; vernacular architecture; street vibes; local ingredients and culinary traditions; history and culture; etc. Because each destination is different, there is always something unique to offer wellness travelers.
5. Wellness tourism brings benefits to businesses and stakeholders beyond the wellness sectors.
The wellness tourism economy is much larger than a narrowly defined set of typical wellness businesses, such as spas, wellness retreats, thermal/mineral springs and boot camps. Wellness travelers are looking to continue their wellness lifestyle during travel, and this lifestyle may encompass healthy eating, exercise/fitness routines, mind-body practices, nature experiences, connections with local people and culture, etc., thereby creating opportunities for businesses such as yoga studios, gyms and fitness centers, healthy food stores/markets, events, arts and crafts, museums and many others.
Wellness tourism may help destinations mitigate the negative impacts of mass tourism or over-tourism. Because wellness travelers tend to be high-spenders and favor experiences that are authentic and unique.
Wellness Travel Trends
Southern Africa is a popular destination for wellness tourism, offering a diverse range of experiences that promote health and well-being. With its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and abundant wildlife, the country provides a unique setting for rejuvenation and wellness. From luxurious spas and wellness retreats nestled in serene natural surroundings to yoga and meditation retreats, South Africa caters to the growing demand for holistic wellness experiences. South Africa's wellness tourism sector continues to thrive, attracting travelers seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and a holistic approach to their well-being.
TREND 1: Fill your Cup and that of the Local Community you Visit
Have you noticed a shift towards regenerative travel? More and more people are creating wellness travel experiences that have a positive impact, which is top of mind for all generational travelers. People are using their buying power to make more conscious travel decisions.
TREND 2: Mental Health Acceptance is the New Norm
Never before in history has the whole world recognized mental health so openly. Collectively
experiencing the trauma of COVID's ongoing implications in our health, work, and family lives has put more focus on programs to support this growing need with meditation, breathwork, and holistic practice growing.
TREND 3: Micro Dosing with Plant Medicine
We are seeing a rise of natural plant medicinebased wellness programs and a cultural shift in awareness of hallucinogens, and psychedelic retreats. Supporting well-being through ayahuasca, psychedelics, and CBD are a growing form of wellness travel in countries where access to mindaltering drugs is legal.
TREND 4: Family Friendly Wellness
COVID forced people to reevaluate their priorities, one of which is family. Families are wanting more tailored travel experiences, escaping technology to truly experience the world and each other. Programs are being created to teach kids sustainable and healthy lifestyle values and activities, and the list goes on.
TREND 5: Green Prescription Holidays
Doctors have a long tradition of prescribing thermal holiday experiences which is now expanding to
green nature-based experiences, a term first used in New Zealand.
TREND 6: Wear your Wellness
Wearable digital technology for well-being is transforming the healthcare industry and wellness tourism with innovative new offerings created to support travelers' journeys and as a means of bridging the return to “normal” routines thereafter. We are seeing apps focused on beating jet lag and measuring blood oxygen levels, stress levels, and mood levels.
TREND 7: Vegan Holiday Anyone?
For the love of food - Food-based holidays with vegan lifestyle experts are emerging. At Luxe Club Retreats, our Functional Medicine Club expert works with our members to custom-design menus based on their genetics.
TREND 8: Digital Nomad Boom
With people wanting to infuse well-being into work and travel, countries like Bali, Mexico, and Costa Rica are building their reputations, marketing, and infrastructure around the 'work from anywhere' concept.
Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate
It is time to treat our homes as an investment in our wellness.
The Global Wellness Institute believes that residential real estate is the next frontier that will be radically transformed by the wellness movement. Our homes, communities and surrounding environment directly affect our daily behaviors and lifestyles, and together these determine up to 80-90 percent of our health outcomes. Since our homes are typically our most important personal investment and expenditure, it is only logical that they should also be an investment in our health and wellbeing.
The way our homes have been built in the last century is reinforcing lifestyles that make us sick, stressed, alienated and unhappy. But, the last hundred years have brought great advances in engineering, sanitation, building safety and city planning. Science and technologies have enabled us to bring ever greater levels of comfort, conveniences, entertainment and telecommunications into our homes. Yet, our modern living environment has also created new health risks-sedentary lifestyles, lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress, social isolation and environmental degradation.
Our built environment favors driving over biking, sitting over walking, riding in elevators over using the stairs, texting over face-to-face conversations, and screen time over outdoor recreation. Even as people live longer, more are living lonely, unhealthy and unhappy lives.
Movements that have tried to address these ills have laid the foundation for wellness lifestyle real estate and wellness communities.
Wellness lifestyle real estate is a nascent industry that recognizes, and has the potential to meet, today's immense health challenges. It represents a shift that explicitly puts people's wellness at the center of the conception, design, creation and redevelopment of our homes and neighborhoods. Importantly, this movement does not have to start from scratch; it can borrow and learn from many historical/current movements and integrate their best features through a multidimensional wellness lens.
Many elements of the green/sustainable building movement, design-driven movements, the food movement, New Urbanism, intentional communities and others, are already being adapted, mixed and incorporated in innovative ways into new and upcoming wellness-focused residential projects and communities. As we look to the future of wellness real estate and communities, we can expect smarter use of technologies and innovations, new metrics to capture the Return on Wellness (ROW), and a deeper exploration of the relationships between physical and virtual communities and between our individual / personal wellness and community /planetary wellness.
Definitions and Core Principles
Global Wellness Institute defines wellness lifestyle real estate and wellness communities as follows:
•Wellness lifestyle real estate is defined as homes that are proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of their residents.
•Wellness community is a group of people living in close proximity who share common goals, interests and experiences in proactively pursuing wellness across its many dimensions. It can be rooted in a purpose-built physical space or can be cultivated around shared culture or social networks without purpose-built structures.
The power of wellness lifestyle real estate lies in its potential to foster wellness communities. Yet, the connection between the two is not automatic. Creating this connection requires a clear intention, along with supporting design and operational principles:
•From “do no harm” to optimizing wellness: Beyond just reacting to “sick buildings,” we must intentionally build homes that enhance our wellbeing.
•From passive to active wellness: Our built environment should encourage proactive behaviors and habits that drive wellness.
•From hardware to software: Hard infrastructure (“bricks and mortar”) needs supporting policies, management and programming that build social connections and nurture healthy behaviors.
•From “me” to “we”: Create awareness that our individual health and wellbeing is intrinsically linked to our broader environment and people around us.
Making the Case for Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate
The Business Case:
•Wellness real estate is a sizable and rapidly growing industry. The wellness real estate sector was first measured by the GWI at $119 billion 2015. Since that time, wellness has become one of the fastestgrowing movements in real estate. GWI estimated the sector at $275 billion in 2020, and the sector's growth has significantly outpaced predictions. During the pandemic year (2020), wellness real estate continued to grow by over 22%, even as overall construction output shrank by 2.5%. We predict this growth trajectory will continue, as healthy building features increasingly shift from being a luxury, or “nice to have,” toward becoming an expectation or even a minimum standard.
•Buyers have demonstrated that they are willing to pay more for healthier built environments. Wellness lifestyle real estate developments positioned at the middle/upper ends of the market are achieving home sales price premiums averaging 10-25 percent.
•The global pipeline of wellness lifestyle real estate projects is constantly growing. In 2018, GWI counted over 740 wellness residential projects in the pipeline across 34 countries. As of 2021, GWI conservatively estimates that there are over 2,300 wellness residential projects around the world (either built or in development)-and this number is growing every day.
The Wellness Case:
Holistically and intentionally designed and operated wellness real estate can have many positive impacts:
•Minimizing environmental impacts on human health: reduce toxic substance exposure; improve sleep, reduce stress; and promote earth-friendly practices.
•Supporting behavior change and healthier lifestyles: encourage movement, active lifestyle, mind-body health, and healthy eating; use nature to improve mental/psychological wellbeing.
•Fostering a sense of place, community and belonging: smart design can encourage social encounters, increase community interactions and engagement.
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