The global wellness market is currently worth $ 1.5 trillion and shows no signs of slowing down. Lucy Grace predicts this year’s most innovative spa and wellness trends
Health is more than ever at the center of our concerns these days. No wonder then that 20.9% annual growth in spa and wellness tourism is predicted by the Global Wellness Institute for 2022.
Whether travelers are booking national, international or intercontinental travel, more and more are booking a wellness-focused stay. Taking care of yourself on vacation isn’t just about giving your guests a relaxing and restorative break. This could have positive and lasting benefits for their mental and physical health.
From cosmetics to drugs and back again, here are the top eight spa and wellness trends to watch in 2022.
Spa inns in Europe
Did you think spas were for retirees? Think again. Following the emotional upheaval of Covid, Millennials and Gen Z travelers are increasingly booking trips with personal care on the agenda. A handful of European hostels are happy to step in, offering spa experiences that would typically be reserved for expensive hotels rather than backpacker lodgings.
The Mega Selina chain offers thermal waters, meditation, massages and yoga retreats in the Bad Gastien Alps Austria, as well as inexpensive dormitories. Next, the award-winning independent Green Elephant Hostel (pictured) in Maastricht, the Netherlands has a grand total of three saunas, a steam room, bucket showers, and a refreshing ice wall, as well as dorms, private rooms, and vegan meals.
The ancestor of all is Switzerland‘s Wellness Hostel 4000, which opened in 2014 in the Saas Valley and is the crown jewel of Hosteling International. The breathtaking mountain views are almost as calming as the wellness area, with its saunas, indoor pool, hot tubs and foot baths.
We have seen a number of lavish seaweed therapies spring up through Great Britain and Ireland this year, with innovative spas that harness the benefits of our natural environment to create relaxing and detoxifying spa treatments. An exceptional offering comes from Connemara Seaweed Baths in County Galway, which nods to the age-old ritualistic tradition of bathing in seaweed, recreating sea conditions in decadent freestanding tubs.
After a session in the hammam, the hour-long treatment sees guests soak in a tub filled with comfortably warm seawater and ribbons of freshly harvested seaweed – before jumping into a plunge pool of cold seawater. to improve circulation and close their pores. The treatment (closed until Easter) is said to provide a natural remedy for skin conditions and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Seawater spas and thalassotherapy
The ancient practice of thalassotherapy has made a big comeback in recent years, harnessing the healing power of seawater to create decadent spa treatments. From revered institutions like the Dead Sea Clinic in Israel, the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is home to the only spa in Tahiti which brings fresh sea water to a depth of 900 m in its thalassotherapy suites.
Hydro-massages, wraps and scrubs that stimulate circulation and soothe the joints and muscles are on the menu, as well as massages with pearl rain and a “water journey” treatment. It is a question of alternating jacuzzi and basin of cold sea water, their massaging jets vaporizing the healing waters. Afterwards, guests can enjoy a massage or beauty treatment with Tahitian oils, in overwater villas with glass floors – a window to the turquoise sea below, filled with schools of colorful fish.
Bathe in the sand
The only natural sand bath in the world can be found at the Saraku Sand Bath Hall on Japanthe spa island of Kyushu. Spa visitors are given a kimono robe for dressing, before stretching out in the bathroom where a treating therapist covers their bodies with grains of thermal sand infused with coastal hot spring water, regulating the bath’s temperature. sand depending on the depth of the sand.
Much like hot spring waters, thermal sand perspires body impurities, which detoxifies the blood, decreases inflammation and cools the skin. However, the effects of the sand bath are said to be three to four times greater than those of hot spring baths. A study from the Kagoshima University School of Medicine suggests that sand baths can cure nerve pain, back pain, and even fractures.
Outdoor spa treatments
Whether in response to the pandemic or in recognition of the stunning landscape that surrounds it, Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas is leading the way in outdoor spa experiences. Located in the upper part of Aristi village, in the Zagori region of northwest Greece, the hotel offers panoramic views of the Vikos Gorge, Papingo Towers and the top of Astraka Mountain. Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas invites its guests to indulge in outdoor facial or body treatments in the lush green gardens of the sprawling resort town.
Breathwork is now widely accepted as a medically and spiritually healthy wellness practice – so it was only a matter of time before unusual incarnations arose (goat yoga, anyone?). The Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort at St. LUCIA combined breathing with scuba diving to create a very unique therapeutic experience, along with its other holistic offerings, like paddleboard yoga (pictured above).
In the Underwater Breathing Program, guests take a sunrise dip in the tranquil early morning waters. Specialized diving combines Ayurvedic principles with yogic breathing techniques, while being surrounded by the calming beauty of the calm underwater environment.
Mental wellness has never been higher on the national and international agenda, with people at home and abroad seeking to heal from the emotional and mental trauma of the pandemic. Spas step in to offer post-Covid anxiety resets, with Switzerland industry leader.
The veteran wellness center at Chenot Palace Weggis in the Swiss Alps offers a holistic program of recovery and energy. It aims to reduce stress, recharge the body’s natural energy and restore vitality. Detox treatments are combined with clinically proven and patented neuroscientific technology, which encourages the body to restore its natural rhythms, reduce chronic stress and improve restful sleep.
Take the current influx of “immunity boosting” offers across the world with a pinch of salt. Experts from the Global Wellness Institute have reported that immunostabilization and immuno-balancing are actually the way forward, with the adoption of the fundamental pillars of wellness: diet, adequate sleep, and exercise.
Spas and wellness centers are following suit with the SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain hosting its SHA Rebalance program. He helps clients develop healthy habits in nutrition, exercise, sleep and wellness, through classes, workshops and conferences. The idea is that indoctrination of these practices will help them continue their journey to well-being at home and possibly improve their long-term physical and mental health.