Eight wellness trends for 2017 – from the global wellness summit _ benzinga

Experts identify future directions for the $3.7 trillion wellness industry: from a new focus on “silence” – to the bold reinvention of sauna-going – to wellness rewriting both architecture and beauty

When 500+ wellness experts from 46 nations gather to debate the future of wellness, a uniquely authoritative and global view of trends unfolds. Hot yoga brighton ma That’s what happened at the recent Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Kitzbühel, Austria, which brought together leaders from the travel, spa, beauty, fitness, nutrition, technology, medical and architecture worlds to identify what the top wellness trends in 2017 (and beyond) will be – and why.

This wellness forecast has a distinct “get real” quality: from architects finally designing buildings for human health to so many new directions ahead in mental wellness to a wellness industry that will become more democratized, reaching beyond its narrowing association with wealthy elites. India yoga relaxing music meditation vocal And much innovation lies ahead: from a new focus on both “silent” and creativity/arts programming (at hotels, spas and fitness studios) to the 2,000-year-old sauna tradition getting a 21st-century reimagining.

“No other trends report is based on the perspectives of so many wellness experts, whether leading economists or futurists or the heads of hospitality, spa and beauty brands,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman & CEO. Yoga a luka la florida “And it makes for a powerfully collective, global and informed set of predictions.”

After the trends were identified, GWS researchers expanded on global examples to illustrate the ways they’re already taking shape in our world.


Something both hot and very cool: the reinvention of sauna that’s underway. Yoga center From “Sauna Aufguss” events where “sauna-meisters” conduct theatrical performances of infusions, song and dance. Yoga shelter To hip, social “amphitheater” or “hangout” saunas (whether Helsinki’s new high-design Löyly sauna complex or Scotland’s new loch-side “Hot Box” with DJ and bar). Yoga routine for beginners youtube To quirky pop-up saunas floating on lakes or hanging from bridges. Earth yoga village To trendy urban “sweat lodges” serving up infrared sauna treatments, like NYC’s Higher Dose. Weight loss yoga poses No longer a solitary, “meh” experience, the new, spectacular, social saunas are some “outside of the box” thinking…literally.

Architecture has long been preoccupied with surface aesthetics: “starchitects” designing to wow or shock, but with little attention paid to creating buildings that improve the health of the humans living within. Yoga austin north Change is finally here: “living buildings” that grow their own energy; responsive architecture that tailors indoor health experiences for every inhabitant; phone apps alerting you when you’re entering a “sick” building; dawn-simulating lighting easing you into your day. Learn yoga headstand Everything built is getting reengineered: from indoor air quality (a killer) to sleep and acoustics.

In a world of 24/7 connectedness, wellness destinations are embracing a dramatic approach to “turning off” the noise: true silence. Shilpa yoga english For example, the first completely “Silent Spa” (with stunning church-inspired architecture) just opened at Austria’s Therme Laa Hotel. Hyp yoga studio wellesley ma And new “wellness monasteries” are on the rise: retreats opening in, and infused with the silent, contemplative values of, ancient sacred spaces – like Italy’s soulful Eremito, with no WiFi/phone signal and silent, candlelit dinners. Yoga stretches for hip flexors Properties like Germany’s Brenner’s Park have even installed “digital kill switches” for totally silent rooms. Fertility yoga dc And “silent” restaurants, salons, gyms, stores and airports are all being unveiled…

Born of a storied history, but forgotten of late, the creativity-wellness-spa connection is making a comeback: with more art, music, literature and dance (both as experienced and “to do”) at the center of more wellness experiences. Asanas de yoga para tiroides Look for more performance, like at Germany’s famed spa resort, Schloss Elmau, where musicians and writers “play-to-stay” (making possible 200+ concerts a year) – or live classical violin while taking the waters at the UK’s new Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel. Yoga at home vs studio We’ll see more sophisticated, “beyond the adult coloring book” programming launch, like painting classes under the stars – as well as a profusion of multi-sensory experiences, from sound baths to “yoga concerts.” The creative arts have a future starring role in wellness.

Beauty, the goliath industry ($1 trillion) of the $3.7 trillion wellness economy, is remaking itself to meet the needs of a wellness-oriented population obsessed with authenticity and “inner beauty.” From an avalanche of eatable/drinkable beauty-boosters and clean, organic cosmetics – to medical evidence for a new neuroaesthetics (the brain is wired to respond to beauty) – the “beauty comes from within” concept will keep gaining on superficial (topical) models. 10 best yoga poses And preventative approaches will keep gaining on the old “cosmetic repair.” We will continue to learn (and snap up solutions that tackle) how beauty is far more than skin deep.

When it comes to mental wellness, our world has a problem: depression and anxiety is skyrocketing, and by 2030, the former will be the #1 health issue, outranking obesity (WHO). Yoga in daily life scandal So look for dramatically more “healthy mind” approaches in coming years. Yoga exercises for weight loss at home Wellness retreats and spas are adding neuroscientists and psychotherapists (like London’s ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel). How to yoga Meditation is not only radically mainstreaming (even on-demand in hotel rooms), but spawning creative new breeds (from “dream” to “floating” meditation). Yoga loft naples We’ll see everything from new part-mind/part-body workout brands to apps that track your mental state (think MindBit, not FitBit). Yoga statues wholesale Because “mind” will finally get equal billing with “body.”

The wellness world is waking up to the needs of a surprisingly underserved population: cancer patients. Moksha yoga edmonton south For instance, Julie Bach’s pioneering “Wellness for Cancer” program means wellness companies/spas are finally trained to deliver comfort (and dignity) to cancer sufferers. Yoga paris 14eme From ESPA’s “Nurture and Support” program to Natura Bissé’s “oncological aesthetics” to Two Bunch Palms’ “Mindful Touch Massage”, wellness practitioners are finally opening their hearts and healing practices to cancer patients.

In a world where rising income and “wellbeing” inequalities are fueling a populist backlash, a wellness industry that’s become narrowly associated with rich elites (those $300 yoga pants and Reiki sessions) will change. Yoga for runners boston More wellness businesses will give back to the other 99%, like “Yoga Gives Back” helping poor women in India – or Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn, where every dollar of profit goes back to its economically-challenged island community. Yoga in bristol ct A “Wellness Tourism 2.0” will rise: a development model thinking beyond the (often elite, gated) property to creating whole towns, regions and even nations, where a comprehensive wellness vision (from protected nature to a sustainable, healthy food supply) benefits BOTH locals and tourists. Yoga studio calgary The new wave of low-cost “wellness” is part of this democratization: like more affordable healthy supermarkets and spa chains. Yoga room lic But with some future mindfulness about “rock-bottom” vs. Yin yoga sequence “fair” pricing, given the human labor that delivers so many of these healthy experiences.

For more information, or photos, contact research director, Beth McGroarty: beth.mcgroarty[at]globalwellnesssummit[dot]com, (+1) 213-300-0107

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Mantra yoga austin Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. Yoga classes scarborough uk The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. What is hatha yoga 9-11, 2017.

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