Incorporating Nature Into the Spa and Wellness Experience
By Maggy Dunphy Spa Director, Stowe Mountain Lodge | July 26, 2015
Spending time in nature is the best remedy to improve your quality and outlook on life. It also provides the
simplest, most cost effective and innovative opportunities to have a positive impact on our overall well-being.
Global Wellness Tourism is a $3.4 trillion business as reported by the 2013 Global Wellness Report.
Dr. Deepak Chopra noted in a recent speech that, "Wellness is the number one trend in the world today." And
Ophelia Yeung, senior consultant, Center for Science, Technology & Economic Development, SRI, and one of
the report's lead researchers, argued that she only sees more growth ahead: "Prevention-challenged traditional
healthcare systems, and an obesity and chronic disease crisis, are simply costing people and governments too
much. So, it's a very good bet that the double-digit annual growth rates across these wellness sectors we've
tracked these last few years should continue, as more people proactively change the way they eat, exercise,
travel, work and live – and more governments are inevitably forced to shift more money to the prevention side of the medical equation."
This alone tells us that people are seeking opportunities to de-stress, eat well, sleep better and experience a better state of being. It is our obligation to provide this to the ever growing population of people looking to improve their lifestyles so they can experience and enjoy a more sustainable and happy life. The traditional spa offering of massages, facials, body treatments and manicures are just a small part of the wellness puzzle. Global Wellness Industry is telling us that consumers are seeking more than just opportunities to pamper themselves and look good. They are seeking the overall approach to living a better and more fulfilling life.
Wellness embodies all areas of our lives and is so much bigger than just physical well-being. There are actually seven dimensions of wellness that impact how we live day in and day out in the daily routine of our lives. These seven areas of wellness include social wellness, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness, environmental wellness, occupational wellness, intellectual wellness and physical wellness.
Each of these areas act together and synergistically in many ways that contributes to the quality of life we choose to live. To get a better understanding of the various areas of wellness I compiled information from several sources in order to define and better understand the wellness puzzle.