Art & Creativity Take Center Stage: More art, music, literature and dance (as experienced and “to do”) will be at the center of more wellness experiences. Yes, adult coloring books – but well beyond: from classical concerts to painting classes at hotels, wellness retreats, spas and studios.
Wellness Remakes Beauty: The massive $1 trillion beauty industry is undergoing seismic shifts to meet the needs of a wellness-oriented population, focused on a “beauty comes from within” – rather than the old superficial, topical – model. The trend to watch in the new wellness-beauty conversation: the rising science of “neuroaesthetics,” exploring the complex, positive connections between the human brain and beauty.
The Future is Mental Wellness: Mental wellness will be the biggest future trend, period: from wellness destinations bringing in neuroscientists and psychotherapists to meditation becoming seriously mainstream while evolving into new breeds, to apps that track your mental state.
Embracing the C-Word: The wellness world is waking up to the needs of a surprisingly underserved population: cancer patients – with new training initiatives and programming that finally provides comfort and positive recovery paths.
Beyond the Elite “Ghettos” of Wellness: in a world where rising inequality and a sense of “unfairness” is leading to a global, populist backlash, a wellness industry that’s become narrowly associated with wealthy elites (the $300 yoga pants and treatments) must, and will change.