It seems as though the term ‘wellness’ is popping up more and more in today’s society. While in the spa industry wellness might have always been an important element to every aesthetician’s surroundings, the rest of the world is finally catching on and bringing more attention to this term.
Generally, wellness is understood along the lines of health and balance with one’s well-being. It has been categorized under the context of alternative medicine since the 1950s, although the modern concept did not become popular until the late 1970s. In a nutshell, wellness is considered an ‘active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
But wellness is not just about physicality like drinking adequate amounts of water and maintaining a healthy diet. In fact, it can cover many different aspects. Take the articles in this issue for example. First, Claudia Aguirre goes in depth with mental wellness by explaining the concept of mindfulness, giving examples of relaxation, and offering insight to the stress epidemic. In our feature article for the month, Rachael Pontillo covers the aspect of physical wellness in terms of diet, hygiene, and exercise. And last, Linda Bertaut decides to tackle the topic of emotional wellness in the form of stress, depression, and suicide. Incorporating health and balance into a spa can be a cohesive addition to any environment. Wellness resorts are becoming a popular option for countless consumers as many spas can restructure their menu and atmosphere to feel more zen-like and refreshing for their clientele. Some spas have added wellness gift shops or implemented organic products into certain treatments, while other spas are integrating earthing rooms or conducting yoga classes on the beach. Treatment options on spa menus are starting to include more focus on the mind, body and soul, such as herbal baths in copper bathtubs, energy healing with stones and gems, deep muscle relaxation and meditation, light therapy, and even anti-rumination work groups.
At the end of the day, clients want peace and relaxation. These small additions can provide the bliss they are searching for. What does wellness mean to you?
Amanda Strunk Miller Associate Publisher