TREND: “Generative” Wellness Music

TREND: WELLNESS MUSIC WellMusicTech: A new era of personalized music as precision medicine New technologies and apps are radically reimagining how music can become a deeply personalized precision medicine. A pioneer, geared toward the healthcare space, had been Project Sync, which worked with top neuroscientists and musicians to develop personalized musical therapeutics for everything from pain management (given the deadly opioid crisis) to improving sleep. A…

The Connection between Light, Health & Immunity Becomes More Important

TREND: FOCUS SHIFTS FROM SLEEP TO TRUE CIRCADIAN HEALTH CIRCADIAN LIGHTING Get your home light right…finally Most of us have read about circadian lighting for years: the new lighting technologies that are tunable, biodynamic and sync with the time of day. You would think with all the talk that most of us would have it. We think 2020 will be the year that the light…

COVID-19 Further Whacks Circadian Rhythms

Summit Trend in the News: Focus Shifts from Sleep to True Circadian Health Circadian rhythms and immune function – Timeshifter This new report takes a deep dive into the recent medical studies showing that the human immune system is controlled by circadian rhythms. While scientists have long known that time of day impacts infection susceptibility, what was less known was whether this was a result…

Black women-owned businesses are transforming the wellness industry

TREND: A NEW FEMINIST WELLNESS Black women-founded wellness businesses: a fast-growing movement and market Two and a half years ago, the GWS released a trend report on a new “Feminist Wellness,” and a key aspect of the trend was a rising group of black women entrepreneurs moving the wellness industry beyond its narrow image and target market: young, skinny, white women. A movement was brewing,…

Japan’s remarkable resilience in the face of COVID-19 highlights its ancient wellness roots

TREND: J-WELLNESS Brilliantly marrying revered traditions with innovative technologies, Japan asserts a comprehensive culture of wellness—and encourages the world to follow suit. By Peter Eadon-Clarke As awareness of the 100-year Life Society spreads globally, it is natural to look to Japan. In 1965, Japan had 153 centenarians, and in 2017, there were 67,824, representing the largest per capita ratio of them in the world. Fifty percent of Japanese…

“J-Wellness”: COVID-19 puts Japan’s unique culture of wellness in the spotlight

Summit Trend in the News: J-Wellness Has Japan dodged the COVID-19 bullet? – Channel News Asia Though there is no clear evidence for the low death rate in Japan, experts suggest it could be the Japanese culture that has helped: “Mask-wearing, removing shoes, bowing not shaking hands, low obesity levels, and even consuming certain foods have all been advanced as possible cultural reasons for the…

Trend: Organized Religion Is Jumping into Wellness

TREND: ORGANIZED RELIGION JUMPS INTO WELLNESS More religious organizations and ministry leaders are incorporating a wide range of health and fitness modalities—from Ramadan bootcamps to Catholic Pilates classes. By Rina Raphael Millennials often refer to their gym as “church,” and now that could be taken literally. A growing number of religious institutions, nonprofit organizations and ministry leaders are incorporating a wide range of health and…

Trend: New developments are happening between “faith” and “wellness”

Summit Trend in the News: Organized Religion Jumps into Wellness Renewed faith: Finding solace in spirituality (during Coronavirus) – Wunderman Thompson COVID-19 has closed churches, mosques and temples worldwide, but it’s certainly not stopped people from seeking solace in prayer and meditation. Looks at the data on how more people are praying more; how religious leaders are getting into public health; how churches are “streaming…

Fertility: One of the Biggest Trends in Health & Wellness

TREND: THE FERTILITY BOOM As both women and men take ownership of their reproductive health, reproductive assistance, once deemed a luxury, is becoming a crucial part of healthcare. By Rina Raphael In the past few years, what was once hushed about in doctors’ offices is now openly discussed. Fertility has entered the mainstream conversation as numerous celebrities—Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, even Mark Zuckerberg—publicly share their…

Fertility startups boom (and matter more with COVID-19)

Summit Trend in the News: The Fertility Boom The Rise of Fertility Start-ups – New York Times The fertility tech market is expanding fast, and this looks at the landscape, from companies like Modern Fertility and EverlyWell, selling at-home fertility-testing kits for women; Dadi, providing sperm testing and freezing; or Kindbody, making the egg-freezing process transparent. While many of the technologies used aren’t especially new…