Paul Joseph, Founder of Health and Fitness Travel, Reveals Seven New Wellness Travel Trends For The New Decade.
1. Immersion in nature
We all know that being outside is good for us, but how many of us actually spend time outdoors on a daily basis? Paracelsus, the 16th century doctor, wrote, “The art of healing comes from nature, not the doctor,” and this is especially true in the age of iPad and Netflix.
We live in a world full of likes, stories, followers and tweets around the clock, and the disconnection from our natural surroundings is constantly increasing, which can lead to physical and emotional deficits.
Most people also live in urban environments, which also adds to our disconnectedness. Aside from bathing in the forest, going on a safari can really help people feel more grounded – Karkloof, South Africa, is a great option.
2. Sleep withdraws
More and more people suffer from insomnia due to stress and overwork. The result is a “temporary desynchronization” of the circadian rhythms that regulate rest – think of the birds that sing all night because of the electric light.
Chronically poor sleep affects performance, slows reaction times and recovery rates from injury, and affects judgment. Next year, specialized sleep retreats are offering programs to get you back on track. These include: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Sleep, Six Senses Douro Valley Yogic Sleep, Kamalaya in Thaiiland and Shanti Maurice Shanti Sleep
3. Sound healing
In Western culture, music is associated with entertainment rather than therapy. However, many cultures – from the ancient Greeks to the Mayans and Egyptians – have used sound for healing and personal transformation.
Sound is made up of vibrating particles of energy, and the sounds of instruments such as Tibetan singing bowls can help bring the brain and nervous system into harmony. Next year we will see people traveling to places like Joshua Tree, California, where they can experience “baths of sound” at the Integratron.
4. Male mind camps
The number of men between the ages of 45 and 70 booking wellness trips has increased significantly in recent years. This shows that the modern man is investing in his health more than ever. Here are two retreats that offer wellness packages specifically for men: SHA Wellness Clinic Healthy Aging Men and Absolute Sanctuary Men’s Vitality.
Most wellness resorts used to be aimed only at women, but more programs for men with an emphasis on mental health will be offered in the next year.
This is in response to the fact that 12.5 percent of men in the UK suffer from common mental disorders like depression and, sadly, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 49 (in part because they are unable to do so) over their problems speak).
5. Wellness sabbaticals
Most of us know what a wellness vacation means – we spend a week in beautiful surroundings, cared for by holistic therapists, eating nutritious foods, and practicing yoga with limited technological input. However, we usually return to our old habits when we get home.
Against this background, a new trend is emerging in which people instead start a longer-term wellness program and keep working. The idea is that this will allow them to fully accept changes in their lifestyle when they return to their normal routine. Programs for the next year include Absolute Sanctuary’s 30- or 60-day Lifestyle Change and 28-day SHA Wellness Life Reset.
6. Genetic Profiling
Most of us feel overwhelmed by diets that are supposed to be better for us – paleo, keto, vegan, dairy-free – but what is really right for us as individuals? In 2020 there will be an increase in wellness programs that include genetic testing to eliminate the “one-size-fits-all” approach to self-improvement.
With just a simple saliva sample, a DNA test can reveal what foods we should and shouldn’t eat and what kind of exercise we should do (some people are designed for long distance running, while others are more responsive to weight training). These wellness travel retreats also offer many other medical exams: BodyHoliday BodyScience and Kurotel Longevity Medical Center & Spa.
7. Contemplation of death
Death is still a taboo in the West and we do not deal with death or grief in a public and positive way. A better death becomes a desirable end to a life well lived. Even funerals are reinterpreted for the modern age by trendy companies like Exit Here.
In the bombardment of better aging and stay young industry news and marketing, let’s keep in mind the importance of mental health and supporting both ourselves and others in the face of the inevitable.
With the advent of a “Death Positive” movement that includes not only longevity practices, but also how to better grieve and remember loved ones and explore spirituality, we can see a surge in death meditation retreats such as “Embrace Change.” “in Kamalaya in Thailand.
They are not intended to be scary, but rather a way of getting into the realm of acceptance that, in turn, leads us to live fully and wisely in the present.
2020 trend reports now available for download – HERE