As part of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s commitment to incorporating wellness into every part of the travel experience, Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa & Wellness, has released his predictions on what he believes will be the biggest wellness trends of 2020.
Jeremy McCarthy gained a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing, one of his primary interests is the impact on wellbeing of constant connection to technology: in 2016, he launched Mandarin Oriental’s Digital Wellness initiative, a program to help guests manage their relationship with those technologies.
Check out his 2020 predictions:
o Ageing Goes Mainstream – Age 50 doesn’t look like what it used to, and that’s largely due to wellness taking a front seat in people’s day-to-day lives. The expectation is that spa, fitness and any other health regimens needs to be customized for every age level, allowing an individual’s fitness journey to evolve as they age.
o Movement is the New Fitness – It’s a ‘movement movement,’ and styles of training are moving away from traditional patterns of weightlifting and towards improvisational practices, such as gymnastics or dance. In response, Mandarin Oriental is reimagining its hotel fitness centers. Instead of packing in machines wall-to-wall, the new gyms feature movement and mobility zones, which include overhead hanging apparatuses (for gymnastics rings or TRX), a variety of accessories (Kettlebells, medicine balls, etc.,) and most importantly, room to move.
o Luxury Gets Personal – Now, more than ever, luxury is defined by quality and personalization. A decade ago, the Spas at Mandarin Oriental were at the forefront of this by creating the Time Rituals signature treatment. Mandarin Oriental has since taken this to the next level, increasingly bringing in specialized therapists and allowing their specialized skills to shine – in turn, cultivating true wellness experts. Notable names include Albin Brion, the podiatrist-trained pedicurist in Hong Kong; Tony Reed, the Synergistic Healing expert at Mandarin Oriental, Boston; and Yavuz Simsek, the Hammam Master at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum.