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Top 5 Wellness Trends: Sexuality, Work, Parenting, New Beauty and On-Demand Service

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 25/03/2016 Susie Ellis

At Spafinder Wellness 365 we recently released our Global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast, the guide to the top trends poised to shape the wellness, hospitality, travel and spa industries in 2016.
This year's trends show wellness stepping in to meet the challenges of today's major social crises, including a rising generation of stressed, anxious and overwhelmed children ("Parenting Well: Serious Spa & Wellness for Kids"), and adults that are suffering the effects of a hyper-connected workplace, demanding hours, and sedentary habits ("Workplace Wellness Wakes Up").
Another emerging issue? Healthy sexuality. Providers are eschewing the extremes of sensationalism and shame to shape new models for exploring and developing individual sexual wellness and happiness ("Sexual Wellbeing: Taboo No More").
I think it's interesting that a common thread for the majority of these wellness trends (i.e., more sexual wellbeing, serious wellness for kids and meaningful workplace wellness) is that they are so utterly key to human health and happiness -- and healthy societies, but they have been so very long in coming.
Our trends are unique in that we analyze not just the "what" but also the why, where and how the trend will evolve in the year ahead. After each short trend description, you can access a detailed full report on the individual trend.
2016-03-22-1458644371-7212217-ShhRetreatsPhotobyMartinHill.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-22-1458644371-7212217-ShhRetreatsPhotobyMartinHill.jpg 1. Sexual Wellbeing: Taboo No More
Every kind of wellness is now explored, embraced and promoted, but sexual wellbeing, in a culture where sex is often about sensationalism and shame, has been left out of the equation. Change is underway: more sophisticated sexual wellbeing and literacy programming at wellness retreats, spas, hospitals and fitness studios, and everything from new high-tech sex fitness trackers and "toys," to some out there touch therapies, to sex-forward hotels.
Shining examples: The new WOMANOLOGY+ RESTORE HIM clinics at Southern California's Hoag Memorial Hospitals and Shh Retreats, held in an European estate house, where women take a no-holds-barred dive into every aspect of sexual happiness.
2016-03-22-1458644446-7324023-SixSensesMeditation.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-22-1458644446-7324023-SixSensesMeditation.jpg 2. Parenting Well: Serious Spa & Wellness for Kids
Poor diets, constant stress, and hours hunched over glowing screens are taking their toll on kids. This year look for more mindfulness and meditation in schools, kid-focused yoga classes, massage for toddlers, wellness-centric family vacations, or just an emphasis on local, organic eating, as parents reveal themselves willing to dedicate considerable time, attention, and, yes, money toward this niche that promises to be one of the industry's most significant areas of growth. A couple trend leaders: The David Lynch Foundation's Quiet Time meditation program and family-friendly and wellness-centric Six Senses resort in Laamu Atoll of the Maldives.
2016-03-22-1458644509-6755337-zeelinhome.png © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-22-1458644509-6755337-zeelinhome.png 3. On Demand: Uber-izing Spa & Wellness
Apps and on-demand services are revolutionizing dozens of industries, including spa, beauty, fitness and wellness. These new on-demand options provide an unprecedented level of flexibility, immediacy, and convenience, and many established industry leaders are also adding or partnering with on-demand services. Great examples: Zeel in the U.S. or Urban Massage in the UK, both on-demand massage industry leaders, and manicure service Manicube, recently acquired by famed Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.
2016-03-22-1458644559-2443744-SpaCastleNewYork.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-22-1458644559-2443744-SpaCastleNewYork.jpg 4. Skin Care Gets Seoul-ful: The Korean Beauty Explosion 2.0
South Korean beauty products and approaches were an emerging trend in 2015, but that was just the beginning. Whether it's full-service spas, a seemingly limitless variety of facemasks, or intensive (even mindful)10-step skin-care routines, Korean beauty, for women and men, is much more than just a fad. Look for South Korea to become the global leader of affordable, innovative, and well-marketed products - and for more Korean-inspired spas, which combine spa and beauty with fun for the whole family. Leading the trend: Peach & Lilly, a South Korean beauty product distributor, and Korean mega-spa chain, Spa Castle, U.S.
2016-03-22-1458644592-7751532-SpafinderYoga2.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-22-1458644592-7751532-SpafinderYoga2.jpg 5. Workplace Wellness Wakes Up
The idea of wellness in the workplace has been around since the '70s, but it remains a luxury for most global workers. Forward-thinking companies understand that a culture of wellness has a positive impact upon productivity, and narrowly focused programs are giving way to all-encompassing healthy and caring work environments that fuse company welfare to employee wellness. In the next five years, expect to see more spa and wellness integrated into the workplace in unique ways. (Think free yoga and meditation classes, financial counseling and mandatory vacations.) Out-in-front examples: Workplace wellness cultures at Google, Johnson & Johnson, Apple and Virgin Group Ltd.
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