A discussion panel about future wellness trends saw spa and wellness industry experts offer their take on what’s in the pipeline for the industry in 2021.
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Spa Business has rounded up the top five trends from the session.
COVID-19 will make immunity building and enhancement major wellness trends in 2021.
There’s going to be an increased focus on strengthening and supporting immunity and physical fortitude. Expect to see more customized immunity hacks – like genetic testing and biohacking, which will provide clients with a blueprint of their health and pinpoint the right treatments for them.
Wellness at home
Although self-care and beauty are already taking off in 2020, they will reach new heights in 2021 and spas have an opportunity to leverage this.
All kinds of wellness coaching will become increasingly important – spa professionals and personal trainers have a real opportunity to enhance the at-home experience for customers, with things such as virtual classes and digital content, to maintain engagement.”
At-home wellness, in particular, is gaining traction in 2020 and that lots of companies are noticing this and pitching solutions for healthy living and healthy homes, such as air purification systems.
“We’re spending so much more time in our homes, so companies are looking to help us optimize that space to have it be another wellness refuge.”
Nature will continue to be a trend in 2021, following a global retreat to the wilderness as people all around the world looked for an outlet while social interaction has been restricted.
For spas, this trend could materialize as more creative outdoor wellness programming such as wild swimming, forest bathing or meditation in nature, as well as outdoor treatments and use of spa gardens.
Nature is very healing and people are turning to it to find solace during the pandemic, because they can’t travel and socialize like usual.
Tackling the taboo
2021 will see a “massive and seismic cultural taboo toppling”, meaning wellness will expand its boundaries to things such as death, sex, money and socializing.
“We’re moving from wellness focusing on looking and feeling good, to this next wave where we’re lifting the lid on some of the pain points and pressures in society.
Wellness will fundamentally change the way we approach the riskier topics we don’t tackle, because they’re so sacred and codified. But with COVID-19 as a cultural accelerant, I think wellness is going to continue shedding light on how our approach to these things is only contributing to the mental health crisis we’re in.
During lockdown sexual wellness brand witnessed a huge spike in sales, seeing year-over-year sales triple and even quadruple.
Conceivably, women’s sexual health and wellness will boom in 2021, as companies are realizing that many women are suffering in silence and feel failed by the medical system, in particular regarding the menopause.
“Companies are continuing to look into alternative ways to meet women’s health needs, making things such as pelvic floor trainers and supplements designed specifically for women.