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Villa Stephanie at Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, Germany

Villa Stephanie is a modern medi-spa with wellness at its core. Part of the Oetker Collection, and adjoining Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, it has a rich history of wellness and has now positioning itself as a unique entity, a ‘House of Wellness’ for the stressed, tired and over indulged amongst us. It’s partnership with Brenner’s Medical Wellness under the direction of Dr Harry F. Konig ensures that the programmes draw on the latest scientific advances and not only deliver targeted, personalised programme; these combine the perfect balance of exercise, medical knowledge with spa and wellness treatments which cocoon and care for the mind, body and soul. Think of it not as a hotel with a spa, but as a wellness retreat with rooms. Detox and weight loss are the two main focuses for treatment programmes, but everything is tailored to the guest and the new programme developed by Dr König ‘The Kings Way’ takes this to a whole new level. The accommodation at Villa Stephanie comprises 16 rooms and suites in the main building …

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Anatomē launches new health and fitness concept in Shoreditch

Anatomē is hip, cool and casual new concept which embodies pretty much everything I love about wellness.  It’s a wellness concept built on the principle that nutritional and emotional balance is the pathway to a healthy, fulfilling life. Here, here! What is anatomē? Anatomē is the latest venture from Brendan Murdock (founder of Murdock London, the barbers) and is based on his personal quest to support his own health and wellbeing. Apparently, Brendan felt that many of the established health and fitness stores were short changing customers, offering too many unnecessary products without thought or care for the retail experience and failing to engage with the customer. The first anatomē store has an expertly highly curated edit of own-brand essential oil elixirs, vitamins and nutrients.  They tackle the major issues of our time – sleep, emotional balance, confidence, stress – you name it, the oils will help. The store also offers a range of sports wear (it’s the antithesis of Sports Direct) plus accessories alongside a health café, serving healthy freshly pressed juice blends, smoothies, …

Global Wellness Day 2018 - The Spa Man

Join Global Wellness Day 2018 on 9th June

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day 2018 is dedicated to living well, and has now become a world-wide annual event. This year it takes place on 9th June 2017 and joins people in the shared values of wanting to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. The thinking behind Global Wellness Day is to embrace and celebrate our health and wellbeing and to promote it to a wider audience globally. Highlighting the benefits of living well, there is a team of ambassadors who are the guiding lights of the event. Many spas are actively participating in the global day of celebration with events and activities promoting healthy eating, fitness, meditation and wellness in general. This year the focus is on kids and getting them more active and living a better, healthier life. Globally, there are more than 1.6 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them clinically obese. In just 10 years, the WHO projects that number will grow by 40%. Globally more than 41 million kids under the age of …

massage can help with depression during Mental Health Awareness Week

How massage can help depression during Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

It’s not surprising that massage can help with depression. Massage, used correctly is a profound tool and often underestimated and undervalued. Often seen only as a way to relax or soothe the muscle, its deeper benefits are lost. It’s timely to discuss this as its Mental Health Awareness Week and we need to open up more and sinus problems we face. talking is a key method, but connecting on the human level is also truly beneficial. I spoke to Beata Aleksandrowicz, Co-Founder of Pure Massage Spa Training Method, who is an advocate of the power of touch. She explains why massage is important and how massage can help with depression. She said: “We now live in a world where it’s ok to talk about issues relating to our mental health and wellness.  I firmly believe that massage and the power of touch can make real and significant changes to people’s mental health and especially depression. So it’s timely that Mental Health Awareness Week is just around the corner, running from 14 – 20 May 2018. This year …

The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland - The Spa Man

Review: The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland launches slimming retreats

The Chedi Andermatt is one of the most exclusive addresses in the Swiss Alps. Situated in the Urseren Valley in central Switzerland, it dominates the quaint and quiet town of Andermatt and brought about a mini-revival for the small town renowned for summer hiking and biking and of course, winter skiing. The hotel effortlessly blends Alpine chic with understated Asian design. It’s high ceilings and sense of space are perfectly balanced with cosy corners to ensure that the warm welcome is not lost and that the main lobby, bar and reception areas have a cocooned, chic feel. The five-star property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and was designed by international star architect Jean-Michel Gathy. From the outside the hotel mirrors a traditional wooden chalet and the interior combines alpine chic with modern Asian design touches which extend throughout the hotel, spa and its 123 rooms and suites. Wood dominates the design with slate and some Swiss Granite. It’s all very stylish and there are a few jaw-dropping moments. The reception …

Good for your health, mind, body and soul: it’s Spa Week UK 2017

It’s National Spa Week 2017 which means that you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment. Or  why not pull out all the stops and book a spa break. There are some great deals to be had, but what’s more important is that it is great for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Trust me – I’m The Spa Man. Running from 3oth October to 5th November, Spa Week 2017 celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. This year the event is sponsored by Groupon and Aromatherapy Associates. Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. The main aim of Spa Week 2017 is to promote the many physical, mental …

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Conscious Water really is a thing

Conscious Water is a 100% natural flower essence water enhancer, that when added to water, makes a refreshing drink that adds a bit of aspiration to your day. So says the introduction on the website. We all know we need water and we all know that we should be drinking lots more of it. This could well be the answer we are looking for. In the spa post-treatment you will find jugs of water, often flavoured with slices of cucumber, lemon or lime. Conscious Water has come along to shake up the way we consume water, both in the spa and at home. It is based on the idea of flower essences, which some people believe are potent agents of change. About flower essences Flower essences are said to provide us with a natural way to adjust our body’s flow of energy. Flower essences are made by floating flowers in water and allowing the light of the sun to help the water absorb their energy. Modern flower remedies were first developed in the early 1930’s by Dr.Edward …

Men should practice mindfulness

5 Reasons Men Should Practice Mindfulness

Men should practice mindfulness. It’s something that I have written about before and I have now invited Paul Joseph from Health and Fitness Travel to comment on the growing trend of mindfulness and round-up 5 Reasons Men Should Practice Mindfulness. Paul says…. Women are attracted by practicing mindfulness more but things are changing and more men are starting to see the benefits of integrating mindfulness in their daily life. Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide looks at 5 reasons why men should give mindfulness a good attempt and embrace the challenge. The art of mindfulness focuses the thinkers’ attention on their inner thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. Men should practice mindfulness to re-focus their minds, to achieve inner balance and stability, with a mindfulness retreat being a relaxing opportunity for those looking to re-connect with their mind and body. Attempting to balance the pressures of home and work life can result in a stressed emotional state, so practicing mindfulness will help men to remain calm, support …

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On National Men’s Grooming Day I’m increasingly frustrated by the lack of innovation in spa

National Men’s Grooming Day is a great way for what? For men to go out and celebrate grooming? I don’t think we will see the streets filled with blokes parading around holding their favourite shave gel or moisturiser up high. I’m increasingly frustrated by the lack of innovation in men’s spa treatments I visit about 30 spas a year and try lots of treatments, experiencing some of the very best the industry has to offer. I find it very frustrating that there’s a real lack of innovation in the market for men. Invariably the treatments will be repackaged generic beauty treatments that have been given a title “Energising facial for men” or “Sports massage for men” when in reality, its just the same old, same old. Repackaged, renamed and lacks thought or inspiration. Men are interested in visiting spas and numbers are increasing around the world. I have seen various figures about the number of men who visit spas – but its hard to get an accurate figure. According to Conde Nast Traveler magazine, 35% of spa …

Global Wellness Day 2017

Celebrate Global Wellness Day 2016

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well, and has now been accepted world-wide, and it is officially celebrated in 73 countries in 2015, reflecting its success. It’s one of the starve, common values of the world that all of us would like to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. Living well is the shared dream across the globe. The thinking behind Global Wellness Day is to embrace and celebrate our health and wellbeing, but also to promote this. Highlighting the benefits of living well, there is a team of ambassadors who are the guiding lights of the event. Many spas are actively participating in the global day of celebration with events and activities promoting healthy eating, fitness, meditation and wellness in general. This year the event is dedicated to a passionate campaigner for wellness, Charlene Florian, who sadly passed away earlier this year. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago and she was …

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Longevity retreats at Chiva Som

Five new longevity retreats at Chiva Som have been launched, designed to tackle a wide range of health issues. With wellness and longevity at the core, the world renowned health and wellness resort in Thailand has launched programmes support treatment of specific conditions. These include cancer (Cell Vitality), migraines (Cranial Relief) and high blood pressure (Tension Release). As well as assisting in the management of stress (Emotional Wellbeing) and excess body weight (Sustainable Slimming) – all of which can often be managed through diet and lifestyle interventions. Chiva-Som’s ‘retreat’ concept now offers 13 collections of treatments and therapies with specific health objectives, which give guests a foundation on which to build a personalised programme. The following five brand-new longevity retreats require 10 night’s minimum length of stay:   Cell Vitality This retreat has been carefully created to support guests who have recovered or are in remission from cancer, with the programme fine-tuned by wellness experts for each individual guest. A selection of nurturing and non-invasive treatments is accompanied by a gentle exercise programme to promote physical and mental …

The first International Day of Yoga: 21st June

Today, 21 June, is the first International Day of Yoga and it’s really gaining some momentum. It’s impressive that The United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June the International Day of Yoga in December 2014, when a record 175 member states endorsed the resolution. The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” Around the world people are planning yoga events throught the day which also coincides with the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi led thousands of people in a mass yga session in the capital, Delhi who did stretches, bends and breathing exercises with around 35,000 school children, bureaucrats and soldiers.Millions of people across India and around the world are participating too. At the UN, simple yoga poses will be demonstrated at the Visitors Plaza Entrance, while in Times Square, New York – which has had a yoga event timed with the solstice for the past 13 years. There’s even going to be yoga in the sky …

Global Wellness Day

Global Wellness Day – 13th June 2015

Most of us would like to be a bit healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and emotionally. It’s about living well. It’s so important that a special day has been dedicated to wellness – it’s Global Wellness Day. With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” you too can celebrate Global Wellness Day which takes places on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day dedicated to living well. Founded in Turkey three years ago, Global Wellness Day is an international non-profit making movement created by volunteers dedicated to living well. In order to make Wellness a lifestyle, Global Wellness Day aims to adopt the following seven simple steps. What is important is not to implement all of the steps all at once, but to incorporate at least just a few of them into your daily life on a regular basis. Here in the UK, the UK Spa Association has become an official ambassador for Global Wellness Day. Global Wellness Day is supported by lifestyle oriented …

Wellness rooms introduced at Macdonald Hotels

Macdonald Hotels have launched dedicated Wellness Rooms, providing a one-stop shop the health and wellbeing needs of guests, at three of their top spa hotels. Macdonald Portal Hotel in Chester, Macdonald Alveston Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon and Macdonald Craxton Wood in Cheshire are the first hotels  to provide this new comprehensive wellbeing facility, and the group intends to expand this throughout 2015. The rooms are a designated space for one-to-one wellbeing expert consultations, covering everything from dietary advice and fitness assessments through to physiotherapy and complementary therapies. It’s the perfect way to kickstart a New Year wellbeing programme, combining a focus on health and fitness with the relaxation of spa. They are available for hotel guests, Vital Health Club members and day spa guests to seek expert professional wellbeing advice. to complete the wellness offering Macdonald Hotel’s Vital Health Clubs are offering free comprehensive Health Checks as part of their health club membership which includes an analysis of blood pressure, resting heart rate, body mass index (BMI), body composition (Fat), peak flow lung function, flexibility and …

The five a day debate

Once again the debate about our recommended intake of fruit and vegetables is on the agenda. New research from University College London and University of Liverpool is encouraging us to increase our intake of fruit and vegetables. 7 a day is being touted with suggestions that up to 10 will bring the most benefits. Eating more fruit and vegetables is good for your health and decreases the risk of dying from a whole range of diseases including heart disease and cancer. The new UCL study reports that eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion. Ths new push (which is not yet endorsed by the government) follows the advice in the USA and Australia. Australia suggests 2+5 which equates to 2 portions of fruit and 5 of vegetables. The UCL study took a swipe at fruit juice and canned and frozen fruit, revealing that fruit juice offered little benefit and that canned fruit …