What is Wellness?
Consistent with the World Health Organization’s definition of “health,” the 2013 Global Wellness Tourism Economy report defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.* It goes beyond mere freedom from disease or infirmity and emphasizes the proactive maintenance and improvement of health and well-being.
Expressed on a continuum that extends from reactive to proactive approaches to health, wellness falls firmly on the proactive side, incorporating attitudes and activities that prevent disease, improve health, enhance quality of life, and bring a person to increasingly optimum levels of well-being
Wellness Tourism is not the same as medical tourism, where people travel to other countries to receive discounted medical care or procedures that aren't available in their own country.
Is not stays in exclusive resorts or spas that are mainly for the ultra-wealthy people. It instead this kind of tourism encompasses two types of trips available on a more global scale. Some travelers take trips specifically to maintain and improve their health, while others want to keep up with their healthy habits when they travel for business or pleasure.
While this might seem like an obvious distinction, still there is some confusion in this aspect. The medical tourism has its own requests and specialties. The Wellness tourism is more general and involves the balance mind-body-spirit
Nowadays, it is becoming more important to travelers across all segments of the tourism industry. Many tourists plan their travels specifically for wellness activities, such as visit spas, health resorts, springs, but o yoga retreats, national parks, gyms and fitness centers, and even specialty restaurants that offer healthy food.
Stated quite simply, Wellness Tourism is “travel associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing one's personal well
The Global Wellness Institute says about the word wellness:
"Wellness is a modern word with ancient roots. The key tenets of wellness as both preventive and holistic can be traced back to ancient civilizations from the East (India, China) to the West (Greece, Rome). In 19th-century Europe and the United States, a variety of intellectual, religious and medical movements developed in parallel with conventional medicine. With their focus on holistic and natural approaches, self-healing and preventive care, these movements have provided a firm foundation for wellness today. Wellness-focused and holistic modalities have gained more visibility since the 1960s/1970s under the writings and thought leadership of an informal network of US physicians and thinkers (such as Halbert Dunn, Jack Travis, Don Ardell, Bill Hettler, and others). As these have evolved, proliferated, and gone mainstream, they have informed the healthy-living, self-help, self-care, fitness, nutrition, diet, and spiritual practices that have become a flourishing wellness movement in the 21st century".
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