All posts tagged: Wellbeing

The Growth of Mindfulness

Mindfulness appears to be everywhere and, in some instances promises to solve pretty much every problem there is. It’s growth continues and everywhere you look a spa, health expert or mind guru is offering tips, techniques, sessions, course and online apps to help you on your way. I have written about it before and you can read “What is mindfulness medition” here The Huffington Post has it’s own dedicated channel to mindfulness and it’s well worth taking a look for the latest reseach, tips, advice and comment. I’m a big fan and it’s helped me resolve stress and anxiety issues. The whole month of May is devoted to the project – Mindful in May. Which combines regular practice, joining people across the globe to help raise money to bring clean water to commnities who need it most. They say “It takes just 10 minutes a day to bring more focus and effectiveness into your daily life. Join a global community of people bringing mindfulness meditation into their lives and making a positive impact on the lives …

How happy are you?

It seems us Brits are all a bit happier! The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has reported a lift in our spirits with its most recent wellbeing survey into happiness. Our collective happiness rose to 77 per cent! So let’s look at how the ONS measures this. People rated their life satisfaction in the survey the number who scored it at more than seven out of ten, rose from 75.9 to 77 per cent over the past year. There was a modest fall in anxiety levels with the rating of anxiety falling over the past year. And it seems the explanation behind this – the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. It certainly wasn’t the weather in 2012 – that’s for sure. The ONS annual survey, which began in 2010, is carried out to assist the government in developing positive policies that improve well-being. Introduced by David Cameron, it was intended to provide an additional measurement lacking in traditional economic data. The factors The study did look a bit deeper and discovered that the factors …

What matters in wellness

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published some interesting facts that give an insight into how we feel about our health and wellness and how we measure it.   The report ‘What matters most to personal wellbeing?’ looked at what is more important to people’s own views about their wellbeing.   Self-reported health had the strongest association with personal well-being.   Employment status was the second strongest measure. People who were unemployed had lower personal well-being than those who were employed.   Third was relationship status, with people who were married/in a civil partnership having better personal well-being on average than those who were cohabiting, single, divorced or widowed.   ‘Choice’ and ‘control’ have emerged as important themes. For example, it is not just about having a job that is important to personal well-being, but also how content people are with that job situation. Permanent employees who wanted an additional or alternative job had lower personal well-being on average than those who did not want an additional or alternative job.   Gaining an understanding …

Review: Anamaya

THE STORY: If I have a muscular ache or neck and should pain, I don’t always think that a spa should be the first point of call. Wellness and wellbeing clinics (without the frou-frou, tinkling music and water facilities) are popping up across the country to serve the aches, pains, ills and troubles, of what seems to be a troubled nation. Anamaya is a new wellbeing clinic that offers a whole spectrum of specialist therapies that help ease, relieve and resolve problems of mind, body and spirit. Situated in a quaint little mews just off Kensington High Street, its a modern oasis of calm – with experts in fields including acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, energy healing, homeopathy, massage, reflexology, psychotherapy and a host of mind, body, spirit treatments. THE TREATMENT: Like the majority of desk bound workers, neck, back and shoulder complaints are my number one concern. When this is really troubling me and I want true results, I rarely head to the spa, instead I seek out a specialist massage therapist with a background in …

What is wellness?

Wellness is one of the big buzz words circulating in the spa industry. I’ve listed wellness as a category for The Spa Man and rightly so. It’s a growth area and one that really interests me. When you look into the reasons why people go to a spa (which are many and varied) it usually comes under two headings: they want to feel healthy and look good. So for the obligatory dictionary definition, The Collins Dictionary defines wellness as the state of being in good physical and mental health. So far so good. Spa-goers treat themselves to a spa experience or treatment to look good, feel good, remedy a problem (that’s usually stress related) and generally take some time out. But should it be more than a treat? I love to spa because it’s an escape, it offers some down time, a chance to chill out, relax, eat a little better, maybe take some exercise, have a treatment and refocus on what’s important. Wellness. SpaFinder Wellness (it’s in the name) takes wellness seriously and each …

Wellness Week

The clever people over at SpaFinder® Wellness have come up with a great way to get us all thinking about health, wellbeing and feeling great – Wellness Week. Taking place from March 11-17, the idea is to get everyone everywhere (starting in the spa first) to take a bit better care of themselves, make a few lifestyles changes for the better and take advantage of a whole host of special offers on the SpaFinder® Wellness website (www.spafinder.co.uk). It’s the world’s biggest spa, beauty and fitness website, and taking a closer look – it’s pretty damn comprehensive. Over the seven days you will find new ideas and inspiration with great deals on new experiences across its global network of wellness providers, including over 20,000 spas, gyms, beauty centres, yoga and Pilates studios. During Wellness Week you will receive a £25 Wellness Week Bonus Voucher with the purchase of a £25 SpaFinder Wellness Gift Voucher. The Wellness Week Bonus Voucher can be used anywhere that accepts SpaFinder Gift Vouchers from March 11-17. Wellness Week are available here: www.spafinder.co.uk/ukwellnessweek …