Scientific proof that wellness works
Wednesday 05 Apr 2017
In a groundbreaking study, researchers have found that wellness travel has scientifically proven benefits for physical and mental health. It’s proof of the power of transformation, which will be the theme of Luxperience 2017: “Travel Through A New Lens”.
The study, undertaken by Australian university RMIT, found that a one-week retreat that includes educational, therapeutic and leisure activities along with an organic, mostly plant-based diet resulted in substantial improvements in everything from weight, blood pressure and psychological health. What’s more, these improvements were still evident in participants up to six weeks later.
Beth McGroarty, director of research at the Global Wellness Institute, believes the study underscores the need for more research on the concept of wellness retreats. While many studies exist on individual wellness activities, like yoga or nutrition, retreats are unique in providing an holistic environment where many therapies or experiences happen concurrently over a number of days.
Wellness retreats can be considered "a unique living laboratory where all aspects of lifestyle can be controlled or studied," the report said. "Retreat experiences provide a unique opportunity for people to escape from unhealthy routines and engage in healthy practices and activities that lead to immediate and sustained health benefits."