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So Sound brings innovative ART technology to spas

Sound therapy innovator So Sound Solutions is expanding its patented Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART) to spas and resorts worldwide. So Sound’s restorative sound environ-

ments are designed to stimulate the mind and body’s natural relaxation response, with results often coming in less than five minutes. Research shows that music can assist in

lowering heart rate, blood pressure, mus- cular tension and pain, while increasing circulation and entering brain waves for more restorative sleep. “So Sound Solutions addresses this need with a results-oriented and transcendent experience that will leave your guests in an optimal state of wellness,” said co-founder Suzannah Long. Te So Sound Lounger is the company’s

flagship product, while a music-inte- grated treatment table, mattress and meditation programme are also available. Details:

Dalai Lama lights up the GSWS

Te Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) - held in New Delhi, India this month - welcomed keynote speaker the Dalai Lama, to participate in a discussion on the subject, What is Wellness? The session, led by Ken

Pelletier, professor of med- icine at the University of California School of Medicine, saw the Dalai Lama address the summit, before participating in a Q&A session. In a warm and enlighten-

ing address, peppered with humour and regular out- bursts of laughter, he shared his frank views and philosophies with delegates on a wide range of subjects from health and wellbeing to world peace and from science and religion to education. He told delegates: “Trust and a peaceful

mind are the key factors for a healthy body. Hygiene of the body is important, but hygiene of the emotion is just as important.” He advocates self reliance and taking per- sonal responsibility, saying: “If I’m angry

Te Dalai Lama spoke at the annual Global Spa and Wellness Summit

and pray to Buddha, not much happens. Destructive emotions develop within, so the antidote must also develop within.” Te theme of the Global Spa and Wellness

Summit 2013 was ‘A Defining Moment’ and Pelletier asked the Dalai Lama about defining moments in his life. He answered with emo- tion: “When I was 16 I lost my freedom, when I was 24, I lost my country. Ten I lost my individual freedom when I became the Dalai Lama.” Details:

Spa is Reading Council’s preferred choice IHWA wants people to know what wellness really is

New body formed to educate on the meaning of ‘wellness’

A newly formed non-profit organisation has formed with the aim of promoting wellness through education to both spa professionals and consumers. The International Health & Wellness

Alliance (IHWA) has been formed to bring together wellness visionaries and seekers to define, educate and advance health and wellbeing for individuals and communities. Te IHWA held its inaugural meeting at

GSWS on 7 October to get the industry’s opinion on what IHWA can and should do. “Many people in the industry didn’t

realise what wellness was, the term was loosely thrown around,” said Samantha Foster, director of spa consultancy firm Destination Spa Management and found- ing member of the IHWA. “We want to formalise the term and equip the industry with evidence-based, good quality wellness information.” Details:


A £3m spa complex has been selected as Reading Council’s preferred choice to anchor in the restoration of the Grade II listed King’s Meadow Baths, which have been closed since 1974. More than £1.25m was

needed to restore the lido, which the council did not have the funds for, leaving the site to be offered out to tender on a 250-year lease. Te council chose the spa

plans ahead of four other bids, one of which included turning the lido into a temporary ice rink. It is thought the new development could

Te Grade II listed King’s Meadow Baths has been closed since 1974 “Te council would need more detail on

include a pool, as well as spa facilities. Te organisation potentially in charge, the Glass Boat Company, was responsible for the resto- ration of another derelict lido in Bristol. Funding was previously being gathered

by the King’s Meadow Campaign, however the community group was only able to raise £10,000 aſter two years.

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how the spa plans would impact on parkland surrounding the lido and on whether the pool would be made affordable for local resi- dents to use,” said council leader Jo Lovelock as the proposed development goes for planning approval. If planning is approved, construction

of the facility could begin next spring. Details:

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