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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) today released its top nine wellness trends for 2021, the new directions that the organization believes will have the most meaningful impact on the multitrillion global wellness industry. The trends were presented at a virtual press event attended by thousands worldwide.

As wellness leaders, we are flooded with ways to increase our effectiveness and impact. If you asked us to narrow the choices, we’d put the ability to lead from wonder at the top of the list!

The International SPA Association (ISPA) has added a new virtual experience to its 2021 lineup. The inaugural ISPA Stronger Together Summit was created to conveniently deliver relevant education to help spas across the globe elevate their businesses during these extraordinary times. The event will place May 10 – 14 using the interactive CVENT virtual platform. This event will be a first of its kind for the spa industry and will allow participants to access educational content during live sessions or on-demand.

A new scientific and clinical study takes a look at how Gharieni concept beds positively impact the Autonomic Nervous System.

La Ecovilla includes permaculture gardens, fiber-optic internet, clean drinking water, and a community-owned alternative school. Located on the beautiful Rio Machuca, and surrounded by many old-growth trees and is a wildlife corridor of great value. The sewage and black water are processed in a biomass digester that produces methane gas that the community plans to bottle as fuel for the communal kitchen stoves.

This article is written just for you and people like you, leaders who want to use their energy to create a healthier, more sustainable world by advancing wellness wherever they are. We hope you find this to be an inspiration and valuable resource for bringing to life The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease in your organization, community or family.

The 2020 Global Wellness Summit was relocated to The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida, US after it became clear earlier in the year that the ongoing pandemic would prevent international travel for most. This first-ever hybrid event, has the potential to be a new model for conferences the world over, across industries. The summit seamlessly combined in-person keynotes with virtual presentations from speakers worldwide, with all sessions available to virtual delegates of the summit attending online. Those present at the summit could choose to sit at a regular banquet chair, positioned at a safe distance from the next, or a fitness ball, exercise bike or cross trainer (provided by Planet Fitness) allowing attendees to stay active during the summit and adding another ‘wellness element’ to the experience.

Tucked away in the small ‘pueblo’ of Macario Gomez, on the road between the beach town of Tulum, Riviera Maya and the magical Mayan ruins of Coba, you will find a unique spa and wellness experience, truly like no other. The Mayan Clay Bathhouse Villa and grounds are a secluded sanctuary where guests are invited to enjoy a wellness journey spanning three hours. Guests are welcomed to the property with the warm smell of copal incense, a tree resin sacred to the Mayan people said to cleanse the aura in addition to negative energy.

Submerged in one of the last humid tropical forest areas of the Ecuadorian coast, we found a true paradise away from the noise and daily stress. Surrounded by mountains, with a spectacular view, located at 300 meters above sea level and great biodiversity of fauna and flora, it is easy to reconnect with oneself. The retreat cabins are built using organic materials, blending them with their surroundings. Samai offers a wide range of unique services, including shamanic healing, sacred retreat workshops and spiritual readings, chakra balancing, yoga and meditation, a range of massages and body treatments, and hand and foot reflexology. Plant medicine ceremonies like ayahuasca and a fermented tobacco plant infusion are conducted with a certified shaman bringing 40 years of experience.

Situated on the golden beaches of the Pacific Coast within walking distance of the famous El Malecon boardwalk, spanning over 13,000 square meters, the magnificent Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers a variety of treatments, including a range of facial treatments, massages, body wraps. The reception area creates a cozy atmosphere adjacent to the salon for the hair styling, beauty treatments and a hidden lounge perfect for brides to be.

On the Pacific Riviera of Panama, less than two hours' drive from the capital Panama City, is the Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort: a paradise on earth. At the entrance of the resort, stands the majestic Corotú, a tree typical of the region. From its name comes the name of the hotel's spa, the Corotú Spa. A spa focusing on first class service with a warm welcoming entrance. The Corotú Spa features a hydrotherapy area including a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room set to perfect temperatures, with corresponding guidelines for safe use.

GSN Planet and Universal Companies have teamed up for a webinar series to help spa and wellness businesses through a new world of marketing in 2021.

Complete your application by 15 January for an opportunity to connect and learn from global senior spa professionals. It is the perfect platform to develop your business and leadership skills, broaden your network, build your profile and presence within the spa industry, and open long-term opportunities.

World Travel Awards – the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in travel and tourism – has unveiled the 2020 winners of its World categories.

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