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Ms. Clarke

Jacqueline Clarke

Wellness Research Director, Diagonal Reports

Jacqueline Clarke specialises in global wellness market intelligence. Her particular focus is the de-medicalisation of healthcare and the medicalisation of beauty and the new market that is taking shape. She tracks market developments and changes in consumer behaviour worldwide to determine demand for solutions (products, devices and services). She finds out what is really happening in the market-place and obtains the latest data by working closely with sector experts - through discussions and interviews in their place-of-work. This valuable intelligence is then analysed and coded in-house by Ms. Clarke and her team. Diagonal Reports tracks wellness and the leading wellness providers worldwide. Experts routinely tapped in research projects include beauty farms, thermal spas, day spas, resort spas along with product formulators, device manufacturers, retailers, cosmetologists, aestheticians, therapists and spa managers. Geographies covered include Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent areas of research for Ms. Clarke include the updating of wellness and "spa" traditions; the scaling of new service concepts in the personal care channel; analysing how technological and product innovations, including apps, shape new personal care regimes — particularly in the key category of skincare, but also in body shaping; the impact of medicalisation on consumers' beauty demands, and buying criteria; the impacts of the ongoing consumer shift towards de-medicalised healthcare and the management of healthcare conditions (such as pain, stress, etc) Ms. Clarke has worked with some of the largest players in these sectors in Europe, US and Japan, and conducts workshops and presentations for clients in US, Asia and Europe. Before joining Diagonal Reports, she taught in universities in Connecticut and Texas (USA). She holds an MA (from UNC-CH., USA), and BA (Hons.) from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Please visit http://www.diagonalreports.com for more information.

Ms. Clarke can be contacted at +353-4695-49027 or dreditor@eircom.net

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.