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Reflections on the Industry: When the H in Holiday means Health

Whether it’s beach time, adventure or cruising the ocean waves, holidays are to relax, enjoy time out and to set aside the usual routine. But as we become more aware of our health, holidays take on a new meaning.

Today’s travelling consumers are expecting more. Conscious of the importance of health away from home, they seek to adopt a health component during their time away, whether it be mindfulness, detoxing, diet, a specialist treatment, rehabilitation, or simply to de-stress.

Health issues are often easier to tackle during a holiday in the hope of returning renewed and invigorated with new routines and attitudes to integrate into lifestyle changes.

Today’s health travelers now expect wellness options and activities readily available to them to enhance their holiday experience such as healthy dishes on menus, nature walks, early morning yoga and tai chi amongst other specialist classes which reflect the destination’s culture. They also expect to see signature treatments on the spa menu which offer an opportunity to sample local practises, resources and products.

In response, many leisure hotels and resorts have adapted to this changing attitude towards the “health holiday” versus the “fly & flop” holiday. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, for example, has integrated a wellness culture throughout its brand. http://www.fairmontmoments.com/spa-wellness. Breakfast health shots smooth in the new day, more seeds and grains are scattered around, gluten-free options are more readily available, pillow menus help sleep patterns while fitness centres are the norm.

In our smart world, health is monitored in many ways – fit-bits, i-watches, and phones. They measure our steps, heart-beat and calculate calories on menus, amongst other functions. But e-gadgets can be detrimental to our health, giving rise to digital detox programmes offered in specialist wellness retreats, enticing “e-guests” away from twitter, facebook, mobiles and laptops and instead to plug into the destination and set the mind free.

Poured into a bottle, moulded into soap, extracted as miracle cures – consumers believe local means genuine and authentic. This has opened up the opportunity to market home-grown products with labelled promises of curative powers. From oils for aromatherapy massages, natural herbs and plants for skin and digestive problems, many natural resources have been blended and branded as supplements to wellness holiday programmes.

The consumer is defining and driving the travel & health industry with a strong focus on fitness, mind & spiritual health and weight-loss in the form of preventative programmes and specialist health holidays. The travel industry is reacting to these changing attitudes with proactive actions. There is a rise of wellness programmes, yoga & meditation breaks, and spa packages. At the same time, there is a plethora of organic, locally produced skin and health products to complement in-house treatments.

Enter, medical tourism and the rise of Medical Spas – the H in holiday is stepping up to offer bespoke health holidays for individual needs in destinations around the globe.

SHA Wellness Clinic Medical Spa Resort

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Award winning Media-Spa

The award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic is an international pioneering wellness clinic dedicated to significantly improving and prolonging health and wellbeing.

Regarded as one of the best medical spas in Europe, SHA combines natural therapies originating from ancient Eastern wisdom with the most advanced Western techniques. This medical and wellness clinic is renowned for cutting-edge programmes which include everything from weight loss and detox to cognitive brain training, de-addiction and sleep recovery.

The established SHA method was created and supervised by world renowned experts, including the famous Michio Kushi, who was appointed president of the World Federation of Natural Alternative Medicine in 1995 and has been advisor to many international organizations like the UN and the World Health Organization. Today he is regarded as the father of modern macrobiotics.

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Danubius Health Spa Resort Grandhotel Pacifik

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This imposing health spa resort is located in Mariánské Lázne enjoying views over the city and to the Colonnade renowned for its Singing Fountain.

Rooms are equipped are well-equipped and feature a balcony to enjoy views at your leisure. Two restaurants offer an extensive choice of Bohemian and international cuisine as well as a wide variety of dietary dishes.

Hotel facilities include a wellness centre, swimming pool with massage nozzles, a Kneipp pool, event shower, a sauna.

There are a wide range of specialised treatments available for specific conditions.

These are medically regulated and managed by a team of expert, highly experienced physicians. They all combine the natural resources with medical expertise using traditional & modern methods. Natural resources include thermal mineral water, thermal mineral soaked mud, cold mineral springs, and gas wraps.

In addition, there are a range of wellness and beauty programmes.

The Danubius Health Spa Resorts are located in Central Europe and offer advanced Medical, Rehabilitation and Wellness NATURAL Spas.

Espa Life at The Corinthia Hotel, London

Integrative treatments in luxurious surroundings

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Centrally located a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, this stylish hotel steeped in history is host to an extensive ESPA Spa.

Encouraging serenity amid the cultural chaos of its city location, the ESPA Spa offers a wide range of creative treatments from mindful meditations and facials to just “being” in its architecturally pleasing environment.

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Editor’s Review:

My arrival is greeted with a warm chamomile tea and a gentle smile. The reception looks like a setting for Chanel – all champagne and shiny black marble with an imposing statue. It is calm, tranquil and luxurious.

EspaLife is a next Generation Spa and located at the Corinthia Hotel in London. It is dedicated to total relaxation, is spread over four floors and said to be the largest urban facility of its kind in London and I can believe it.

The thermal floor is innovative with an ice fountain positioned close to an Amphitheatre- styled sauna, unique with glass walls, a far cry from the traditional design of a wooden sauna. There are two pools, one being a Vitality pool with a ceiling reflecting the ripples below and modern open flamed fires create an intimate atmosphere that is rich, warm and contemporary.

With a heightened focus on relaxation, heated marble beds are carefully positioned around to relax and admire the space. Privacy has been created through the clever use of curved walls to introduce individual space areas. And do try the sleep pods – a dedicated private area just for you.

The wide choice of unique treatments stem from a holistic approach. Mindful therapies have been blended with traditional practices to offer facials, massages and bespoke treatments to suit individual needs prescribed by professionally-trained therapists. Catering for all types and ailments, these range from Craniosacaral Therapy & Reflexology, Bamboo Joint Release, a Dosha Specific Ritual for balance, an Age Rebel Face Treatment for Men, a Maternity Massage, and for feet, a prescription service for Orthotics.

The Nurture and Support programme is its signature suite of complementary alternative therapies. I sampled the ESPA Mindful Massage which included the ancient practices of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra to bring about conscious relaxation. This included guided breathing and visualization. My therapist, aptly called Angel, guided me through this unusual treatment. After a consultation, the massage concentrated on the small chakra points to stimulate energy through blocked areas. Once unblocked, his voice strong and clear transported me away through breathing and visualisation to rebalance and restore my mind and body to the here and now. Did it work? I left lighter in mind, my body more balanced and a feeling of renewed positivity and more conscious of the present moment.

ESPALife has also launched a new collection of nurturing face and body rituals for those experiencing any of the symptoms, degrees and stages of cancer. This follows many years of development, working with Wellness for CancerTM,
a non-profit educational foundation and underpinned by an extensive training programme.

Beginning with a personal consultation, these gentle rituals are carefully designed to help relax, nurture and support at a time when they are needed the most, ultimately helping to aid the reduction of stress and anxiety while promoting inner calm. All experiences begin with guided breath-work and visualisation to steady the breathing along with crystals where appropriate to create a sense of calm and ensure you get the most out of your experience.

Which ever treatment you choose, rest assured, you will leave not only balanced and relaxed but equipped with advice to integrate into your daily routines to enhance your general wellbeing. But ensconced amid this tranquil oasis, you may not want to leave……. Another chamomile tea please.

The ESPA Life in the Corinthia Hotel is located close to the river Thames and a walk from Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London.