Wellness Culture

WWB CULTURE WISE: Wellness Culture–Give ME Something More!





Over the last twenty years the main purpose of  spas was to spoil, pamper and indulge you, but today we need so much MORE than that! Yes, times they are a changin and what has changed so dramatically is our culture and expectation of the spa experience.  Savvy, wiser, and armed with access to the worldwide Internet, we have become the wellness consumer.  And our mantra is “Give me something more”

Living in a fast paced world fueled by our powerful stress hormones our wellness needs go beyond pampering.  Now we need to restore, refuel and refresh because we are going to live forever! Or aspire to anyway 😉  Functioning at optimum levels for longevity is the new dawning of wellness culture.  The key drivers of wellness culture are everlasting beauty & longevity, energy & stress management & preventative health and wellness.  Just go to your local book store and observe the numerous book titles on:

How can we learn how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle?  The  answers are different for each of us! Advanced health science and research has confirmed there is no one wellness modality for all.  Today we can seek to enhance and improve our personal wellness lifestyle through blending a variety of wellness applications and healing modalities often embraced by cultures other than our own.  Take a look at all your options…

  • Yoga 
  • Tai Chi 
  • Detoxifying Body Scrubs 
  • Cooking Lessons and Nutritional Counseling 
  • Stress Management and Reduction Therapies like Meditation 
  • Aromatherapy 
  • Reflexology 
  • Wellness/Life Coaching
You can also choose to be a conscious consumer and pamper yourself with the most unique, authentic, exotic, natural, organic and eco-conscious personal care products available. That’s right…give me something more! Make sure to refer to the following guides on how to find quality personal care products which fit your personal values. www.safecosmetics.org,www.choosewiser.com,www.ewg.org/skindeep,www.goodguide.org

Wellness Culture Today…Individuality with a Local & Global Mindset

So what is wellness culture? Wellness culture is defined and reflected through our “global and local community” which is becoming more blended every day.  You need only look to the spa industry to see how global influences blend with local traditions.  For example, the traditional Swedish massage is just one of the many types of massages one can enjoy in the twenty first century spa.  Today you can enjoy a cornucopia of “indigenous treatments” highlighting unique local ingredients and therapeutic traditions. What is your fancy? Shall it be a Finnish Sauna, a Greek Herbal Bath or a Japanese Salt Steam Bath?  You may have to travel to Spa Resorts to experience some of these creative therapies but don’t forget your local Day Spa.

Wellness Culture crosses all socio-economic borders.  You don’t need to travel far to experience exotic treatments.  Hot Stone Therapy, Ayurveda, and Thai Massage are now commonly offered on your local Day Spa menu and all have been inspired by ancient cultures across the globe. These are just some of the influences shaping wellness culture but whether you go to a spa establishment or not you can still live a healthy lifestyle through your own individual habits and mindset. Wellness culture is cultivated by you!


Wellness Trinity


With advances in health science, we now can reject the “sickness model” dominating the last century and embrace healthy lifestyle and preventive personal care through integrated wellness modalities.  Putting it simply our health and wellness lifestyle is like an À la Carte menu. We can pick and choose what is best for us.  Creating your own individualized health map is the next wave of wellness culture. The holistic approach to beauty, health and wellness respects the whole person and acknowledges the trinity of mind, body and spirit. Ultimately, your beauty, health and wellness is cultivated from the inside…out.

If you are interested in nurturing the complete trinity of wellness (Mind, Body, Spirit) consider the wonderful world of wellness retreats. Serving a broad broad range of needs ( addiction retreats, meditation retreats, writers retreats) in the personal development and spiritual areas, wellness retreats can assist in positive personal change. You can reconnect to your true self, learn and practice methods to better yourself and your life, take time for reflection and rejuvenate your spirit. Don’t you feel great already?!

Customizing your wellness plan and individualizing your wellness lifestyle is the growing trend in wellness culture. You’re in charge!  But make no mistake about what all this means. You are shaping wellness culture and the culture you value is shaping you.  Remember what’s new and what’s next doesn’t always equate to what matters to you.  Cultivate your own personal wellness values and your inner GPS will guide you safely.

Wishing you WELL…

Truly Herself


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