Luxebook February 2023

There was a time when wellness and travel were put in separate boxes; where wellness solely meant fitness, workouts and diet, and travel meant escaping the routine and swapping health for indulgence. Even today, travel has a different meaning for different people. Some like to travel for adventure, others to explore. But for most travellers, the idea is unwinding and relaxing. Although sitting by a beach or on a mountaintop sounds appealing, it hardly compares to a wholesome wellness experience. Wellness tourism isn’t new; however, it is one of the fastest-growing industries today. According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the wellness industry today is worth an estimated US $4.4 trillion, a value that remains unhinged despite the effects of the Covid pandemic. The GWI further predicted the value of the industry to grow steadily reaching approx. US $7 trillion by the year 2025. There are a number of factors that seem to have catapulted wellness tourism to its current position. Three years later, industry experts still credit the pandemic for the boost in global wellness tourism. In fact, over 50% of travellers today are swapping leisure trips and getaways for a more fruitful, wellness experience, many of which step outside the routine spa experience. Today, there are medical wellness centres that focus on individual wellbeing, laying emphasis on building immunity, treating ailments, and even emotional healing. Building immunity One of the biggest after-effects of the Covid pandemic is the importance given to one’s health, and building immunity has become an important aspect of people’s everyday lifestyle. While many practice healthy immunity building habits every day, others find it difficult to do so given their busywork schedules.And so, taking a wellness break focused on immunity building techniques and treatments has proven to be most beneficial for them. Immunity building programmes often last anywhere between two weeks to three months depending on the type of programme and person in question. The process usually begins with a complete check-up conducted by expert medical professionals which is then followed by strict regimes advised by doctors, nutritionists and personal trainers. Immunity boosting programmes are a good option for anyone, especially those with a susceptible immunity or auto-immune conditions. Digital detox You know when a well-meaning parent says, “Your phone is the cause of all your problems”, they might not be entirely wrong. Digital technology devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets have all had significantly negative effects on one’s individual health. An over-exposure to digital devices has shown to affect sleep patterns, and cause overwhelmingly high stress levels, leaving you with strained eyes, a distracted mind and a tired body. Now we know it is impossible to completely detach yourself fromthe onlineworld,given that this is the digital age. However, taking a break once in a while can be quite beneficial to your physical, mental and emotional health. And a digital detox getaway is the ideal way to take a break. During these getaways, travellers are required to momentarily disconnect from the online world and connect with the world around them. Wellness centres that offer digital detoxes usually pair the programme with mindful practices like yoga and meditation to help individuals reconnect with their surroundings along with healing therapies and relaxing spa treatments to release stress and restore balance within the body. Emotional healing Wellness is not just about one’s physical health anymore, but about mental and emotional health too.After years of stigma, mental health is finally getting its due space with people discussing the problem, promoting awareness and encouraging healing. Emotional healing retreats often target emotional disturbances like stress, anxiety and trauma, which can affect one’s everyday life making it difficult to carry out even the simplest of tasks. These retreats provide tools to live happier and healthier lives; to process emotions, and painful life experiences, accept and move on. Emotional healing retreats and programmes will utilize comprehensive wellness experiences like yoga, mindfulness, shadow work, regression therapy and spiritual psychotherapy among other treatments to jumpstart the healing process. Additionally, the retreats will combine use nutrition and exercise to enhance the experience in a meaningful and lasting way. Plant-based retreat The number of people switching to a plant-based diet has significantly increased over the years thanks Aro Hā Wellness, New Zealand Body Holiday, St Lucia 42|L U X E B O O K|F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 |L U X E B O O K|43