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Going with the fl ow


a tidal wave of hi-tech treatments, body-focused therapies, sizzling boot camps, slow food, hot yoga, mindful meditation and silent retreats. These days, there are more streams, tributaries and pools of expertise in the world of spa than you can divine, so how do we convey the sheer diversity of the spa eco-system to the wider world? Refreshingly, there is no one-way tidal pull of opinion; just a collective intention to go with the fl ow and a desire on the part of most professionals to respect the natural source of our business. While some express concerns about the ‘dilution’ of the true meaning


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of spa, my view is that if more people are inspired to drink from the well of wellness, enjoying the benefi ts it can bring to their health and spiritual happiness, then the industry’s glass is surely not half empty, but half full. Celebrating this diversity, in this issue we dive into the world of nutrition


at Grayshott Hall (p84); explore the ways in which spa professionals are working to optimise their guests’ fertility (p72); and catch the latest wave of spa trends with some imaginative menu engineering from globetrotting spa consultant Inge Theron (p50). We also deliver our hotly-anticipated Expert Guide to Heat, which showcases tips from the best thermal specialists in the business. Last but not least, we visit two very different new spas: the opulent Guerlain Spa, Waldorf Astoria Berlin and Bedford Lodge Hotel’s lavender themed spa in the heart of Newmarket, birthplace of the ‘Sport of Kings.’ As ever, we hope you enjoy immersing yourself in this issue.


hen planning this issue, it struck me again how extremely diverse and dynamic the world of spa and wellness has become. From its source as the practice of health through water, or salus per aqua, the spa industry has swelled into


ON THE COVER: Germany has a new luxury centre for skincare excellence following the opening of the Guerlain Spa, Waldorf Astoria Berlin


CONTRIBUTORS


Sarah Todd Contributing editor


Sarah visits The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Suff olk, UK (p100). She also brings us up


to speed on the latest industry news (p19), spa furnishings and equipment (p112).


Mark Smith Journalist


‘The Spa Man’ talks to Grayshott Hall’s Elaine Williams about its new digestive regime (p84)


as well as rounding up the latest treatment innovations and product launches in Menu (p56).


Hilary Boddie Health writer


Fitness and wellbeing journalist Hilary looks at the growing trend by spas to incorporate


pre-conceptual care and fertility into their wellness programmes (p72).


Inge Theron Founder, Inge Theron & Associates


Spa consultant Inge reports on the products and protocols


currently trending at medical, hotel and resort spas, and wellness destinations worldwide (p50).


Horst M. Rechelbacher Founder, Intelligent Nutrients


Sarah Camilleri Editor-in-chief and publisher +44 (0) 115 950 4748 sarah.camilleri@spapublishing.com www.europeanspamagazine.com


@eurospamag


The ecological entrepreneur reveals his thoughts on the spa industry’s take-up of holistic


business practices and how it can improve the footprint of the products it uses (p122).


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