Planning on Spa Travel?

by Glenn Reynolds

Anne Dimon has revamped her e-magazine Travel to Wellness. Based in North America (Canada), this site offers great information and tips on how to make the most of your energising travels. If you look closely, you’ll find an interesting article on spas in Australia, too.

A quote from the website:


What is Wellness Travel?

Wellness Travel is about travelling for the primary purpose of achieving, promoting or maintaining maximum health and a sense of well-being. It’s about being proactive in discovering new ways to promote a healthier, less stressful lifestyle. It’s about finding balance in one’s life. Travel on the path to wellness can include spa treatments, healthy eating, outdoor fitness activities (hiking, cycling, mindful walking, yoga and many others), inspirational outings and adventures that clear or expand the mind, and educational programs that teach us how to incorporate healthy habits into our everyday lives. It can be as simple as taking off for a wellness weekend to relax, refresh, reenergize and rejuvenate. Think of it as pulling off the road of life to admire a sunset when you’re stuck in a traffic jam, or tearing yourself away from your laptop to water the garden, when you’re up-to-your-eyebrows in deadlines. Wellness Travel is the pause that reenergizes and rejuvenates.

Have a read and let me know what you think!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose September 8, 2007 at 4:10 am

Andrew,

Thank you for making me aware of Travel to Wellness site. I stumbled on the story Ann Dimon wrote about the Catholic priest Sebastian Kneipp and his water cure. You must have run across her when you were doing your hydrotherapy research? I am constantly amazed at the vast history that spas traverse and what you can unearth once you begin a search.

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Andrew September 10, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Hi Rose,

Sounds like an interesting article. I’ll have to check it out. Yes, there is a lot to cover in spa reading.

Do you think the diversity of spa activity can be detrimental to the industry? I feel that it’s difficult enough getting similar experiences across the basic services…

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Rose September 17, 2007 at 7:46 am

Andrew,

I think you hit it exactly. But I have no answer. If by ‘diversity of spa activity’ you mean all the exotic treatments that are sprouting up each day, I definitely believe that in many cases we’re being seduced by words—which is just marketing copy—that are made to sound so insider that people often feel embarrassed to ask what exactly it’s supposed to do for them.

As far as ‘getting similar experiences across the board’ even with standard treatments like, say, a deep tissue massage, I don’t think standardization is the answer because so much of the spa experience is contingent on the style of your particular therapist and I would hate to talented people have to conform to prescribed methods.

So I say education education education is the answer. It’s not so unlike when we started drinking wines. We had to develop knowledge and taste and that takes a bit of time. But we’ll get there!

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Andrew September 17, 2007 at 11:53 am

Hi Rose,

Your comments are wise. Education is key. Hopefully we can get more discussion going which will lead to awareness, so spa-goers feel able to speak up and ask about treatments.

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