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Spa & Wellness Mexico awards the Best Spas of Mexico. Revealing the results of the best spas in the country, Spa & Wellness Mexico aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the industry among tourism, health and wellness experts, in addition to informing the general population of the wonderful the benefits of our spectacular spas.

 

The Best Spas of Mexico are:

• Apuane Spa, Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita
• Armonia Spa, Emerad Bay Pueblo Bonito, Mazatlan
• Awe Spa, Playacar Palace, Playa del Carmen
• Banyan Tree Spa, Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
• Feel Spa, Live Aqua, Mexico City
• Gem Spa, Coral Beach, Fiesta Americana Grand, Cancun
• Kinan Spa, Hotel Belmond Maroma Resort, Riviera Maya
• Luna Y Mar Spa, The Resort at Pedegral, Cabo San Lucas
• Miilé Spa, Excellence Resorts, Riviera Maya
• Naay Spa, El Dorado Casitas Royale, Riviera Maya
• Naay Spa, El Dorado Seaside Suites, Riviera Maya
• Nizuc Spa by ESPA, Nizuc Resort, Cancun
• One & Only Palmilla Spa, Los Cabos
• Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa, Tecate
• Remede Spa, St. Regis, DF
• Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood Mayakoba
• Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood San Miguel De Allende
• Spa, JW Marriott Cancun
• Spa de Autor, Grand Velas, Riviera Maya
• Spa Makawé, Grand Sirenis Matlali, Puerta Vallarta
• Spa Matilda, Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende
• The Spa at Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas
• The Spa, Capella Ixtapa
• Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
• Zoetry, Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya

Spa & Wellness Mexico also recognizes the best Boutique Spas and Day Spas around the country. Providing excellent service, quality spa treatments and meticulous attention to detail, these spas create noteworthy wellness experiences, maximizing often limited space and without extravagant facilities.

 

The Best Boutique Spas & Day Spas of Mexico are:

• Casa Azul Spa Urbano, Monterrey
• Dos Casas Spa, San Miguel de Allende
• Hela Spa Polanco & Hela Spa Santa Fe, DF
• Rosas y Xocolate, Merida
• Spa by Liverpool, Mexico City
• T’ai Spa & T’ai Spa Boutique, Merida

Having heard for many years about the wonderful Rancho la Puerta, located in Tecate, Baja California, it has long been a dream of mine to visit and experience for myself one of the original wellness destinations. Founded in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely it has been through many renovations and reinventions, always staying true however, to its foundation of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. A visit of anything less than a week at Rancho la Puerta, I realized, wouldn’t provide the complete experience and would definitely be over far too soon. The friendly atmosphere is incomparable to any other retreat experience I have encountered, This seems to be a feeling echoed by the numerous repeat guests who often joke that the ranch is like summer camp for adults. I can simply say that my week there was exceptional and filled with so many new experiences that I enjoyed immensely.

 

Grounds

Rancho La Puerta’s sprawling 3,000 acres include 32 acres of gardens, the ranch grounds, organic gardens and hiking trails. The grounds around the main facility are certainly impressive and, although I rarely saw a gardener, all the lawns are well groomed and the plants well attended to. The mix of plants and flowers gives the impression of a naturally wild meadow, yet I imagine it takes a fair bit of work to achieve. Maps of the ranch can be found at regular intervals along the winding pathways., However they are not exactly to scale and things occasionally look closer or farther than they really are. By the end of the week I had just about learned my route to all the venues I needed to get to, but the first couple of days were filled with wrong turns!

 

Accommodation

The spacious and well-appointed suites are dispersed around the property in clusters. I was hosted in the beautiful ‘Villas Sol’ section of the ranch with a spectacular and unobstructed view of Mount Kuchumaa where we hiked each morning. The room was equipped not only with the essentials of an extremely comfortable bed, roomy bathroom and dressing area, desk and terrace, but it also had an open fireplace, a mini kitchenette area for tea and snacks, a reverse osmosis drinking water tap to reduce waste from plastic bottles and the wonderful cell-phone sleeping bag. Putting my phone away for periods of time is a practice I am trying to carry through into everyday life, however difficult that may seem! The Villas Sol and Villa Luna encircle the Villas Pool, a quiet, relaxing space to refresh in the cool water or soak in the Jacuzzi during the fresh evenings. After arriving from a long journey the pool was my first stop after lunch. Here, I met several other guests, who all visit the ranch regularly - one of whom was enjoying her 21st visit!

 

Hikes

The hikes for me were one the highlights of the ranch experience.  With a variety of options each morning; you can choose the difficulty level you prefer - I started with a moderate mountain hike to Alex’s Oak Tree. Sitting atop a relatively small mountain, this oak tree was a favorite spot of the late Alex Szekely, former manager of the ranch and son of Deborah Szekely, Co-Founder of Rancho La Puerta, who passed away aged 44 in 2002. The subsequent hikes throughout the week ranged in difficulty, and I progressed to the 5.5 Mile Coyote Hike by the end of the week. While on the Professor’s Hike (a 3.5 Mile hike) I was treated to the spectacular view of ‘Skull Rock’ with a background of low cloud sitting in the canyon beyond. I wasn’t able to complete the Raven Hike or the 7-Mile River Hike during my stay, which just means there’s a good reason to return.

 

Exercise activities

I could fill an entire magazine solely dedicated to the variety of activities available at Rancho La Puerta. However, with limited space, I will attempt to highlight my favorites. 

Cardio Drumming: It occurred to me that this class was a great way to get males and females, young and old, to take part in a fairly standard, dare I say it… aerobics class! Add in the large barrel drums, and your grapevines and L-steps are a lot more interesting! 

Feldenkrais: Using small, subtle movements, the body is adjusted and realigned as each participant is encouraged to listen to their internal feedback and make natural self-corrections. Although it’s difficult to explain, everyone who participated seemed to agree that the class was ‘really strange but really good’! 

Pickleball: I was introduced to this fun and entertaining game on the first morning of my stay and, as someone who likes tennis (but spends most of the time running after the ball), this was a perfect alternative for me. A small court, a short paddle-like racket, a whiffle ball and a fairly straightforward set of rules made this game great exercise and very enjoyable.

Pilates: My stay fell on the same week that visiting instructor, Odile Zelenak, led the Pilates classes. Hailing from Northern California, Odile expertly guided all levels of participants through the Pilates classes with a range a difficulty levels suitable for all.

TRX Suspension Training: A favorite of mine, this functional, whole body workout is equivalent to fairly tough session in the gym and, as our expert instructor advised, ‘beginners class’ doesn’t mean ‘easy class’!

 

Relaxation

With such an abundance of activities available every hour at the ranch, it was really a struggle to fit any relaxation in. However, I managed to ‘schedule in’ some relaxation in the form of Crystal Bowl Sound Healing, Tai Chi and spa visits etc.

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing: This amazing experience is one that I repeated daily for the 3 afternoons it was offered. The sound of the singing bowls gently vibrates through your body and encourages such a deep relaxation that, I am certain, would not be possible just by laying down for 45 minutes - despite the early mornings and full days of activities. On the days where I took part in the Crystal Bowl Sound Healing sessions, I certainly found I had renewed energy for the evening activities.

Labyrinth: This beautiful meditative pathway provides a place for introspection and contemplation whether you are searching for an answer to a question or clearing your mind of thoughts.

Tai Chi:  Our expert instructor talked about the foundation of Tai Chi, its purpose, and led us through a simple sequence that was easy to master but left us feeling like experts.

 

La Cocina Que Canta (The kitchen that sings) 

Designed by Deborah’s daughter, Sarah-Livia Brightman, La Cocina Que Canta cooking school provides guests hands-on culinary educational experiences that enhance the stay at Rancho La Puerta. Set amidst the 6 acres of organic farmlands where the ranch cultivates its many ingredients, the kitchen celebrates the magic of cooking.

With visiting internationally-renowned expert chefs who have a passion for teaching, the ranch attracts many culinary enthusiasts who can also take home a variety of cookbooks - including the ranch’s own; Cooking With The Seasons At Rancho La Puerta.

I was lucky enough to visit at the same time as Chef Raghavan Iyer, author of numerous cookbooks and a teaching enthusiast. He guided us through the process of creating the most diverse and delicious vegan Indian cuisine I have ever tasted. 

 

Spa

Spread across four locations (Women’s Health Centre, Men’s Health Centre, Villas Health Centre & Beauty Salon) the spa offerings at Rancho La Puerta include wraps, scrubs, facials, water treatments, gemstone therapy, grooming services and, of course, an extensive range of massages. With four main themes of, Cleanse, Relax, Energize & Restore the spa assists guests in selecting the service best for them. With some, such as the Xocolatl (Chocolate) Skin Replenishment, you are invited to mix ingredients yourself before the journey begins. My favorite experience was the Japanese Restorative Facial, where a deeply relaxing facial massage sent me into a state of pure bliss and after which my skin felt firm, lifted and intensely hydrated.  

 

Bazaar del Sol

Tucked away in one corner of the ranch is Bazaar del Sol. A quaint little terrace-lounge-bar-boutique offers the perfect place to relax, socialize, read, work or enjoy the events such as live music or markets showcasing jewelry, arts & crafts. With a selection of wine and high speed Internet, this is often a hub of activity at the ranch!

 

Sara Jones

Editor

What Are They?
This popular little superfood can be found in all our Fruterias and grocery stores around Playa. Local to Mexico and South America, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans ate Chia Seeds as a source of energy for runners and warriors. Chia means ‘Stength’ in the Mayan language. The seeds are easy to digest and a versatile addition to many recipes.

 

Nutrition
High quality protein source
High in Essential Fatty Acids, Especially Omega-3 – one of the richest plant-based sources
Vitamins A, B (1,2 & 3), E & D
Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Manganese
High Antioxidant Activity – even better than Blueberries! This also helps them last up to 2 years unrefrigerated
High in Fiber

 

The Benefits
Improved Digestion – Fiber promotes a healthy digestive tract and helps you feel full quicker. The soluble fiber can also work as a prebiotic supporting healthy probiotic growth in the gut.

 

Heart Health – With more Omega-3 Fatty Acids than salmon, Chia seeds can help lower blood pressure and inflammation and decrease bad cholesterol.

 

Boost Energy & Metabolism – Add Chia seeds to water to make your own sports drink; improve performance and burn fat.

 

Strengthen Bones – The high calcium and mineral content of Chia seeds makes them a great food for healthy bones. Gram for gram, they have more calcium than many dairy products.

 

Prevent Insulin Resistance – studies have shown Chia seeds to stabilize insulin levels even in high sugar diets, potentially offering protection again Diabetes Type 2 and inhibiting belly fat.

 

How to use them
Soak Chia seeds before consuming them or using them in recipes, this will reduce the phytic acid and promote easier digestion. The bland taste means Chia seeds can be incorporated into many different foods, both savory and sweet, as they will absorb the flavors around them.

Add to water, smoothies, juice, oatmeal, puddings, cereal and yoghurt. They can also be included in vegetable, grain and rice based dishes to instantly improve the nutrient content.

 


Sara Jones
Spa, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert and Founder of Spa Professional Mexico magazine

Summer is here again and almost every conversation, greeting or passing hello on La Quinta seems to involve some exclamation of the sweltering heat we are experiencing. Yes, even though we experience the same thing every year!

Other than hibernating in air conditioning, what else can you do to stay cool during the summer? Here are six ways to stay cool:

 

Choose cotton - for clothing and bedding
Lightweight and breathable; cotton is great for allowing ventilation and will help you stay cooler than many synthetic fabrics or sheets.

 

Limit time outside to early morning and evening
Before the heat rises and after it subsides is the time to run errands, meet up with friends or take a stroll. If you are out in town in the middle of the day, take advantage of some of the over air conditioned stores on La Quinta; browse and cool down at the same time.

 

Eat frequent small meals
Smaller portions of cold food will help you stay cool while in comparison, a heavy, cooked dinner will have a thermogenic effect, heating you up from the inside. Not ideal in this climate!

 

Chill your pulse points
A cold compress or cold pack kept in the fridge or freezer can work wonders when applied to the pulse points on the wrists and to the forehead, temples and back of the neck. This literally cools your blood as it flows close to the skin at these points, therefore cooling the body as it circulates. Some ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas can also do the trick.

 

Get high!
Rooftops are great places to meet up in the evenings as they are generally more exposed to the wonderful ocean breeze that can help you stay cool while you enjoy a night out.

 

Avoid dehydration
Drink plenty of iced water and limit caffeine and alcohol intake, which can dehydrate the body.

 

Sara Jones
Spa, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert and Founder of Spa & Wellness Mexico magazine

Yoga offers a great variety of benefits, here are just a few to encourage you to head down to your local studio and take part


1. Clear Your Mind & Enhance Your Mood
Starting your day with yoga practice allows you the chance to really quiet your mind and focus. Often the yoga instructor will encourage you to focus on your breath, or to set an intention for your practice that can carry through to your day. My favorite is ‘gratitude’. With that in mind, challenges of the day seem far less…well, challenging!

 

2. Deepen Your Breathing
Breathing is at the core of all yoga practice. Yoga will help you learn to take long, slow breaths using the full capacity of your lungs, a practice that can benefit all other sport or fitness activities you may enjoy. Taking regular yoga classes can also increase lung capacity over time.

 

3. Strengthen Muscles
Yoga poses can sometimes be held for minutes at a time, challenging both your balance and strength. Frequent practice can lead to a profound increase in strength and agility and while it’s not a cardio activity per se, yoga can certainly get your heart pumping. With increased muscle tone and regular practice, you may also notice the added benefit of losing excess weight

 

4. Improved Flexibility and Posture
The benefits of yoga on the flexibility of often-tight muscles are tremendous. Yoga poses stretch and tone the muscles at the same time and help align the body, which improves posture and prevents imbalances. Don’t get caught up with what others in the class are doing, it doesn’t matter if you can’t get your head to your shin, only that you perform the movement safely and to the best of your ability. Yoga will train your body to hold your core strong, open your chest and slide your shoulder blades back and down. Counteract those hours of driving or sitting at a desk!

 

5. Prevent Injuries
Improving balance, co-ordination, flexibility and strength are all key to preventing injuries that can leave you out of action. Increased range of motion in the joints and stronger tendons, ligaments and connective tissues mean less risk of strains and sprains.

 

Yoga is suitable for all fitness levels. Talk to your instructor about the best style of class for you and any concerns or injuries you may have.

 

Sara Jones
Spa, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert and Founder of Spa & Wellness Mexico magazine

What are the key accomplishments in wellness of the last decade?

 

Susie Ellis:  The fact that the term “wellness” has been embraced globally is a huge accomplishment and one that happened over the last decade. Ten years ago many different terms were being used and vying for attention, but each fell short of inspiring a movement.  Some examples include “spa,” “prevention,” “health,” “healthy travel,” “eco building,” “integrative medicine,” etc. Now that all of these separate sectors have found a place under the term wellness (“wellness centers,” “wellness retreats,” “wellness tourism,” “workplace wellness,” “wellness architecture,” “medical wellness,” “wellness communities,” “wellness technology,” etc.). The combined efforts have garnered significant attention and the entire industry is now valued at $3.4 trillion. That’s a huge accomplishment!

 

Franz Linser: We have gone from talking about “spa” to talking about “wellness” and have evolved from a small market segment to a mainstream industry that now covers all spheres of modern life – from home, work to tourism – and has become truly the “center of society”. We’ve gone from focusing on pampering (momentary feel-good treatments) to treatment concepts that sustain wellness and wellbeing and actively prevent illness and promote health. In place of the concentration on physical treatments (massage & beauty), you’re seeing a rise of mental and psychological offerings and a new focus on social health (wellness communities), as well as spirituality on wellness menus. 

 

Sue Harmsworth: The word ‘Wellness’ has been around for years. In the last 5 years or so, it’s really become fashionable, however people don’t really know what it means. Spas have opened the eyes of a much larger volume of consumers and the global lifestyle issues have become more apparent. Before technology we lived a different life, many issues now are technology and stress driven and people are more aware. A recent statistic predicts that by 2020 there will be more obese people than malnourished people.

 

What would you forecast in the wellness industry for the coming decade?

 

Susie Ellis:  As more people understand that 75% of illness is preventable and that rising health care costs around the world make it unsustainable to continue to pay for treating the effects of lifestyle choices that result in those illness, there is no other option but to work together to make prevention the goal.  Governments, corporations, small businesses, insurance companies, schools, medical professionals, individuals, etc. will begin working together to make this happen. I feel that within the next 10 years (hopefully much sooner) the statistics of increasing obesity and diabetes will begin to reverse, and that healthy living and real sustainable lifestyle change is going to have to happen.

 

Franz Linser: First, traditional beauty concepts will become more radical, more invasive and more medical (eternal youth, plastic beauty). Second, a wellness inspired redefinition of beauty will occur. An evolution from external beauty paradigms to individual beauty concepts is expected. Standardized, one-size-fits-all beauty concepts will be replaced by personalized beauty concepts with authentic differentiators. The new beauty will be the beauty of authenticity, character and charisma; the beauty of happy individuals, well groomed and cultured with clearly distinguishable personal characteristics. 

 

There is yet another area within the wellness industry in which we will probably be observing the biggest changes in the near future: life direction, sense and spirituality. Customers searching for answers, advice and solutions in these fields, will ask for completely different wellness concepts, different locations, different spa programs and social settings.

 

Sue Harmsworth: Clarification. The conversation of what constitutes wellness and what properties should offer has shown that developers don’t necessarily have an understanding of what wellness is. Projects need clarification to move forward. Most of what we need has yet to be built; it’s difficult for existing spas and hotels to switch over to wellness. Adding a few wellness aspects doesn’t make a spa or hotel a wellness destination. There will likely be confusion for the consumer and the industry over the coming years before clarification is achieved. Division is also required of what is medical and what is prevention. So facilities are aware of what’s appropriate in the luxury resort environment.

 

What areas of wellness do you feel are most important for the global population as a whole?

 

Susie Ellis: I think what happen as we get more serious about wellness and prevention of illness is a change in attitude – there needs to be collaboration and openness because there really is no “one” solution. Different solutions are important in different circumstances, different countries, and for different people – so lots of things need to happen to truly make a difference. 

 

Diet, exercise, stress-reduction, sleep, medical appointments, genomics, education, technology, social networks, people discovering their purpose in life, family relationships, financial wellness, nature, spiritual health, healthy buildings and communities, improvement in income disparity, mental health, decrease in geopolitical conflict, and likely things that aren’t even in the conversation yet, are all going to be part of the solution. So perhaps one of the most important factors to improve global health will be a spirit of collaboration.

 

Franz Linser: The global population as whole needs to begin to live a more conscious and active life; focusing on health versus sickness and pain. There needs to be recognition of mother earth and everything nature offers and living in accordance with the gifts and rules of nature. This means eating less processed food and taking in more natural herbs, fresh air, fresh water while living in the healthy rhythm of life which will result in sharpened senses (people will feel, smell, see and hear better) with longer life expectancy.

 

Sue Harmsworth: We, as an industry, need to focus on education. Educating consumers on wellness, fitness, health, and how to live longer and better is important. Millennials will see things in a different light however there’s no point living longer if we are not healthy. Education will help the prevention of disease and mindfulness can provide people with a positive outlook. Being in the right place both mentally and physically will help people positively affect their lives.

Until recently men’s skin has been treated as a one-size-fits-all proposition, when in fact men have skin types and unique conditions too. So why have so few product lines and spas taken men seriously? The answer is simple. Prime retail shelf space is allocated to top sellers. Could there be a flaw in this equation when it comes to men?

 

According to the International Spa Association in 2014, the proportion of male spa-goers has shot up from 31% to 47% in less than 10 years. In 2014, total U.S. sales of men’s personal care hit $4.1 billion, up 6.7% from 2012, and 19% from 2009. Men’s skin care is one of the fastest-growing segments in beauty. Mintel predicts sales will grow to $4.6 billion by 2019.

 

There are four distinct ways marketers, sales associates and treatment providers can tap into the next largest revenue opportunity in spa.

 

Step 1: Retail Strategies
Create a discrete section of men’s items to draw in the male spa-goer. Once you capture his attention, he will be less concerned about price and open to finding lifestyle compatible retail items. Choose wisely by getting intimate with your male customers. Understand your location’s unique male demographic and look closely at his lifestyle. The merchandising must be substantive and the navigation simple - locker room introductions to product are statistically very effective.

 

Today, men’s products are lost in a sea of beauty lotions and potions, all aimed at the female market. Create a men’s store within the store, Maybe even one day having separate men’s and women’s spa boutiques.

 

Step 2: Spa Treatment Strategies
A major roadblock to increasing male aesthetic services in spa is the all-encompassing “Gentleman’s Facial.” Usually hidden at the bottom of the menu, men simply die before they get there. Revamp your men’s menus and male treatment descriptions.

 

Step 3: Stock The Right Quantity And Variety Of Men’s Skincare Products
Stock sufficient skin type and condition-specific men’s products to ensure your guest will have an amazing experience. Men’s skin is different. Men have different product preferences, and the most prevalent male skin types and conditions vary from women. For a quick overview of treatment considerations.

 

The reason we get away with using generic products is because most men don’t know the difference. Almost anything is an improvement for a first-timer. Men are becoming more savvy and will soon demand products and treatments aimed exclusively at their unique skin challenges.

 

Step 4: Get More Men Into Treatments
The concierge/ desk team is key to increasing bookings. Create a script for everyone to learn. Highlight the massage and hot towel aspects of the treatment. Work with men’s product vendors to design incentives for bookings. Therapists must feel at ease working with male facial hair and discussing product and wellness recommendations for continuing the treatment experience at home.

 

When we change the way we do things, we equip our teams with essential tools for helping the male guest choose products and services which enhance his health and wellbeing, while contributing to bottom line results.

 

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Mike Bruggeman
CEO, Organic Male OM4
www.om4men.com

One of the keys that the Spa and Wellness industry can use to meet its much documented challenge of developing and nurturing Spa Leaders are structured mentorship programs.

 

A year ago Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book “The World is Flat”, wrote a compelling article about the linkage between long-term success in the workplace and mentorship as evidenced in a large-scale Gallup survey of nearly 1 million college students.  The survey found that graduates who had caring and encouraging mentors were "twice as likely to be engaged with their work and thriving in their overall well-being" as those who lacked this opportunity.

Surf’s Up! The New Wave of Wellness

“Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learning how, come on a safari with me.” - The Beach Boys, 1962 It’s hardly breaking news that surf culture has been established as the apex of cool. The worship of surfing “style” took off in the ‘60s when the Beach Boys harmonized about a world where “everybody’d be surfin’ like Californ-i-a, and Bruce Brown’s documentary The Endless Summer brought images of boy-tribes on their globe-trotting quest for perfect waves to the world.

 

With the recent surge of interest in wellness travel, and impressive statistics to back up this fast-growing market sector, savvy and on-trend hotels and resorts create offerings for those looking to enhance their travel experience.

 

Wellness Rooms and Spa Suites offer something more than the traditional hotel stay. The focus on lifestyle and health provides guests with easy access to facilities and amenities that enhance wellbeing during their stay. Studies have shown that this is not just something that guests prefer, it’s something guests are willing to pay a premium for.

 

Welcome to the first issue of Spa & Wellness Mexico! Spa Professional Mexico magazine and website is now rebranded as Spa & Wellness Mexico.

 

With this new brand name the magazine and information provided within it is now aimed at both industry professionals and spa enthusiasts. With articles in both Spanish and English it’s my hope that Spa & Wellness Mexico will become a valuable resource for spa consumers within Mexico and tourists considering Mexico for their wellness focused vacation or travel experience.

 

I will strive to continually provide the same quality industry information alongside topics of interest to the spa consumer. As always, Industry professionals are welcome to submit articles and topic suggestions.

 

Sara Jones

 

The highlight of our fully packed agenda was learning from Dr. Deepak Chopra, Pioneer of Alternative Medicine & Author; Founder, The Chopra Foundation, U.S who spoke about ‘The Future of Wellbeing’.

After watching a short video showing the miracle of conception, gestation and birth we heard once again of the important role of the gut microbiome (microorganisms and their collective genetic material). This microbiome communicates with the body by regulating which genes get turned on and off, “acting as both a thermostat and a switch” advises Dr. Chopra. “Who are we?” he questioned, “all DNA is make of atoms forged in the crucible of stars. We are essentially stardust beings. The body is like a river, constantly changing with every breath.”

In less than one year you replace 98% of the atoms in the body, the skeleton is replaces every 3 months and our DNA which holds the memory of our evolution, changes every 6 weeks. “The body I am in today is just my 2015 model” Dr. Chopra joked.

Day 2 started with a touching poem written and delivered by Giselle Fernandez for the victims of the Paris terror attack. We followed this with a moment of silence before continuing the day’s agenda with Amy McDonald’s interview of Martin Boudreau, President, Parks and Immersive Content, Cirque du Soleil, and Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President, Grupo Vidanta, Mexico. The partnership of these two innovative companies brought the magic of Cirque du Soleil to the spectacular, custom-built theatre in Riviera Maya. We also received the exciting news that Cirque du Soleil‘s new traveling show will be based on the rich, vibrant culture of Mexico – now that’s one I can’t wait to see!

Having just arrived the afternoon before, I’d had the chance to catch up with just a few of the many delegates and friends attending this year’s Global Wellness Summit (GWS). The first day got started with a beautiful presentation from Louie Schwartzberg, ‘Gratitude Revealed’. Through the visual medium of film Louie perfectly captures the beauty of nature and delivers the message of species under threat. The Monarch butterfly that migrates between Canada and Mexico is down to 20% of its population from just a few years ago, largely due to use of pesticides and Monsanto’s Roundup. The message: we must protect the beauty of nature before it’s too late.

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