Wellness is everywhere. It’s starting to enter our everyday vocabularly. But what exactly is this thing called wellness? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), wellness is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Very simply, in order to feel the best we can, we need to focus on all aspects of our lives: emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social and environmental, instead of just the physical. Wellness from a spa perspective is a more integrated way of feeling fabulous. Spas that focus on wellness often employ a team of experts to help you design your own personal wellness package, from nutritionists to life coaches and therapists to explore lifestyle options.
If you make a list of wellness attributes and rate them one to ten, you may find that some need attention. These are mainly six.
Physical: Physical wellness is holistic, therefore it’s not just about exercise and eating less, but eating foods that are good for us and the planet.
Emotional: Recognising the link between emotion and physical health is something our GPs don’t have the time to cope with, but that spas have embraced. An example could be the creation of the post-treatment relax rooms where you can stop and relax yourself.
Spiritual: By spiritual we mean whatever taps into the part of you that is inexplicable, beautiful even, and somehow makes you fell able to cope with things better. You must have noticed meditation classes springing up all over the spa world.
Environmental: In studies carried out by mental health charity MIND, our relationship with our environment also has positive consequences for our sense of wellbeing. Spas with beautiful views, outdoor spaces in (or vice versa) are inspiring as well as calming or uplifting. Some spa menus are plucked direct from their own organic gardens, many have non-chlorinated pools, solar heating and sustainable credentials – and all this makes us feel extra good, expecially while sipping champagne in an outdoor hot tub.
Intellectual: Wellness is about being aware, informed and empowered to make our own choices about what we eat, what treatments to have, which products to use, and how we respond to and affect our environment. If wellness isn’t a philosophy, what is?
Social: One of the most important aspects of our wellbeing is in our relationships and happiness. Use a spa to enhance your marriage and friendships, or join one of the classes on offer and meet like-minded spa-istas.
Source: The Good Spa Guide Uk