Wellness Trend Predictions for 2020

Wellness Trend Predictions for 2020

In just six short weeks we will be entering a new decade. 2020 is around the corner and interest in health and wellness has never been greater. Here’s what I’m predicting to be big in the wellness world in 2020.

 

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND WELLNESS

We’re already well aware of the benefits of regular meditation, and the trend for incorporating therapeutic and spiritual practices into our everyday lives is only set to continue. Increasing in popularity are ancient practices such as chanting and sound baths, used for thousands of years across many different cultures for their therapeutic effects, and forest bathing (also known as nature therapy), originating from Japan. Increasing numbers of Westerners are travelling far and wide for their wellness fixes, visiting ashrams in India and shamans in South America. Plant-based medicines such as medical marijuana is becoming increasingly more accepted and research continues into the potential benefits of psychedelics like ayahuasca, san pedro and ibogaine. However, it’s important to note that these plant medicines are still illegal in the UK.

 

NEXT GENERATION FASTING

You’ve tried the 5:2, sometimes you manage 16:8, now it’s time for next generation fasting. While intermittent fasting and time restricted eating do have proven health benefits, experts argue that you need to fast for longer than a few hours to experience more profound benefits such as upregulated autophagy and stem cell generation. Traditional prolonged fasts involve consuming nothing but water for days on end, but this can be a daunting prospect for many. Enter ProLon, a next generation fast that has the same benefits of water only fasting, while allowing you to eat specially designed, nutrient-dense, plant-based mini meals. Designed to be carried out three times a year, ProLon is the result of two decades of clinical research trials by Professor Valter Longo and his team at USC. Their ground-breaking studies are now focussing on how fast mimicking diets can support chemotherapy treatment for cancer, as well as their effects on autoimmune diseases.

 

CBD

You can’t have failed to notice CBD pop up just about everywhere in 2019, and it is set to continue throughout 2020. CBD health and wellness treatments are on the rise and CBD oil is now hugely popular and found in everything from skincare and shampoo to cookies and chocolate. If you’re new to CBD, you should know that while it is one of the chemical compounds or ‘cannabinoids’ found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, it won’t make you high. Tetrahydrocannabinol (known as THC), is a psychoactive cannabinoid, while CBD possesses many of the health and healing benefits of the marijuana plant, without the high. Pain relief, treatment of skin conditions and anxiety relief are just some of the ways CBD is currently being utilised in the wellness industry and with more research being done and increasing numbers of locations legalising marijuana, our knowledge of how to utilise the oil will develop.

 

VIRTUAL CONSULTANTS AND TRAINERS

In my own clinical practice, I now consult more clients remotely, via my virtual consulting platform, than I see at my practice in Harley Street. This is a huge shift from just five years ago when all of my consultancy was in-clinic. Remote consultancy allows clients across from all corners of the world to access the expertise they need, while not having to travel long distances to do so. Even many of my London-based clients choose to have online consultations, preferring to save the time it would take them to travel into clinic. As well as healthcare consultants, we’re also likely to see an increase in online personal training and workouts. The comfort of working out at home is especially appealing for those who find the atmosphere of a gym intimidating, while still benefiting from the accountability that comes from working with a trainer. Working with experts virtually also allows us to access professionals from around the world. From leading consultants in niche fields of health and medicine to Indian yoga teachers and low-cost personal trainers in countries like South Africa.

 

WELLNESS RETREATS

In 2017 the global wellness industry was worth $4.2 trillion USD with wellness tourism totalling $639.4 and growing by 6.5% annually. Holiday resorts are waking up to the demand, increasingly teaming up with health, wellness and fitness professionals to offer masters in residence programmes, attracting holidaymakers who wish to use their annual leave to do more than just sip cocktails on a beach. From leading Swiss clinic, Clinique La Prarie launching their Master Detox Programme to Shangri-La in the Maldives hosting fitness retreats, there is no end of offerings for those who want a healthy holiday but don’t find muddy bootcamps or restrictive juice detoxes appealing. While there are many luxury options available, retreats are no longer just for the rich and famous, with numerous easily accessible and affordable options in the UK and Europe, too, from yoga weekends in the country to wellness festivals where spiritual talks and group meditations replace beer and mosh-pits.

 

DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING

As meditation grows in popularity, the breathing practice mastered in the practice has become a wellness activity in and of itself. Diaphragmatic breathing is abdominal breathing (sometimes called ‘belly breathing’) and the exercise not only has meditative and relaxation benefits, but the practice also helps to strengthen your diaphragm, the muscle that is key to your breathing. Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing are thought to include stress reduction, lowering heart rate and blood pressure and improving core muscle stability. Group meditation sessions are a good place to get to grips with the techniques, or there are dozens of breathing apps available to offer guidance and daily practices, such as Prana Breath or Breathe2Relax.

 

THE GREAT ENVIRONMENT DEBATE

Netflix and co may be on a mission to turn us all onto a plant-only diet with documentaries like The Game Changers and What The Health? but can it really save the planet? Eating a lot of meat isn’t advisable but nor, arguably, is the world turning vegan the answer to all of our environment’s challenges, due to the intensive farming techniques used to meet the increased demand for soya and maize. The answer? Another year of a hotly debated topic and further drives toward more sustainable diet and lifestyle processes. As with all these world challenges, change begins at home, so whether it’s cutting down on your food waste, dipping your toe into a grow-your-own lifestyle or cutting single-use plastic from your kitchen, every little helps.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.