Trend: A ‘Wellness Sharing Economy’ Takes Off with the Pandemic

A ‘WELLNESS SHARING ECONOMY’ TAKES OFF WITH THE PANDEMIC Platforms that let people book daycations at hotels and resorts—and rent private homeowners’ pools, campsites, tennis courts, gardens, boats and more—are on fire We’re deep in our second pandemic summer with a joy-killing Delta variant, and most of us have suffered a long year-plus of nixed vacations, closed public and private pools, and parks swarmed with…

Trend: Wellness Destinations Get into Serious Emotional Healing

WELLNESS DESTINATIONS GET INTO SERIOUS EMOTIONAL HEALING  In response to pandemic pain, more programming is tackling tougher emotions—from grief to trauma  Back in January, at our trends event in NYC, we speculated that when travel (and the world) started to open up, wellness resorts would need to address tougher, more raw human emotions and pain given the mental wellness crisis wrought by the pandemic. We…

TREND: BreathTech: New Apps, Platforms and Devices Put Breath at the Center of Wellness

JUST BREATHE!  By: Sandra Ballentine The Tech Breathwork apps and YouTube videos have been a thing for a while. Gaining traction are handheld devices that track air quality and fitness trackers and other wearables that incorporate breathing- related metrics like breathing rate, pulse oximetry, heart-rate variability and habitual breathing patterns. Some interesting examples include: HeartMath and lief use wearable sensors to help users track and…

The Oral Microbiome Trend: Putting the Mouth Back in Health & Wellness

The Oral Microbiome Trend: Putting the Mouth Back in Health & Wellness In our just-released Mid-Year Wellness Trends Update, we explore not only how the gut microbiome has become a burning issue in medicine and wellness in 2021 but how there’s also a new focus on other crucial microbiomes in our body. The “microbiome” refers to ALL the bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in and…

Trend: New Public Spaces Where Art and Design Meet Nature and Wellness

SPIRITUAL AND NUMINOUS MOMENTS IN ARCHITECTURE The Move from ostentatious fads to architecture that touches our soul  By: Veronica Schreibeis Smith Introduction Architecture is a powerful influence on our wellbeing, as it simultaneously impacts all of our senses and each of the Dimensions of Wellness while making up 90% of our surroundings over the course of our lifetime. In recent years, cross-disciplinary studies have proliferated the industry with…

Trend: Generative Wellness Music Is Reaching More Ears

Hollywood and the Entertainment Industries Jump into Wellness Move over purists; big media means wellness for all By: Beth McGroarty INTRODUCTION The ways that wellness has rewritten vast industries such as food, travel, beauty, real estate and fashion have been endlessly documented. Fewer people have paid attention to how wellness is starting to shake up the global entertainment industries, how more innovative wellness programming is…

TREND: Bigger, More Sophisticated Medical-Wellness Destinations

THE SELF-CARE RENAISSANCE: WHERE WELLNESS AND HEALTHCARE CONVERGE BY: Cecelia Girr & Skyler Hubler  INTRODUCTION From 1400–1700, the Medical Renaissance marked a historic breakthrough in our approach to healthcare. Science began to dominate superstition. Anatomical discoveries paved the way for modern medicine. And yes, vaccines were in development. Over three hundred years later, we’re undergoing a new kind of medical renaissance, one where two complementary…

TREND: The “Well” Meeting: Accelerated by the Pandemic, But a Permanent Shift

Resetting Events with Wellness  You may never sit in a banquet chair again By: Nancy Davis In mid-March 2020, many activities came to an abrupt halt; one of them was in-person events. It was obviously no longer safe to gather, ironically at a time when human connection was needed more than ever. And no matter the power of technology and the gratitude we all felt for…

TREND: Travelers Will Hunger for the Wildest, Most Remote Nature in 2021–Here’s Why

THE YEAR OF THE TRAVEL RESET By Elaine Glusac The healing power of nature, partially renewed by the mandate to maintain social distance, got a boost during the pandemic, as travelers flocked to the outdoors, from backyards to backwoods, throwing firewood on the blaze already ignited by forest-bathing and the movement by some medical doctors to prescribe time in the woods to patients seeking stress…

TREND: Making Access to Green Nature Less White

ADDING COLOR TO WELLNESS By Tonia Callender Your wellness is not my wellness Like many Black women, I mostly see wellness as a luxury that others pursue. I have the time, resources and interest to pursue wellness activities, but misconceptions and entrenched racial bias hinder my options. To me, wellness spaces, spas, studios and resorts seem designed for white people. When I do visit these…