Susie Ellis, president of Spafinder Wellness 365, and CEO of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit, is an advocate for lifestyle changes, spa and wellness treatments to help with the prevention of certain illnesses and injuries.
In this interview, Susie Ellis explores challenges within the global wellness sector, including the lack of a clear definition of wellness tourism. Susie says:
“We need to be clear about descriptions or labels. For instance, the word “health tourism” causes confusion, because for some cultures it means traveling for medical/dental procedures, and for others (Europeans) it refers to experiences like hydrothermal bathing, which most would slot in the spa/wellness category. It’s best to use the terms “wellness tourism” and “medical tourism” – and keep them distinct.
Ms. Ellis sees the future of wellness tourism growing and continuing to overlap with the international medical tourism and travel sectors. “Medical tourism and wellness tourism are complementary and not at all exclusive domains,” says Ellis.
Three quarters of doctors visits are for stress-related conditions. With the startling rise of healthcare costs, Ms. Ellis says wellness treatments can help with certain conditions such as high blood pressure, flexibility, and the ability to respond to everyday stressors. She says homeopathic treatments, stress reduction, good nutrition, massage, and other wellness treatments are enjoyable and beneficial health treatments.
More research into the role of prevention through wellness treatments will lead to many valuable lessons being learned from cultures and shared wellness practices around the world. One place for wellness leaders and experts from around the world to gather and share their knowledge is the Global Wellness Summit. This year the 2015 Global Wellness Summit is being held on November 13-15 in Mexico City.
The Global Wellness Summit is a unique conference to bring together international professionals in the wellness industry to build business relationships, strategize, and exchange ideas. The Global Wellness Summit serves every sector of the wellness industry, and this year focuses on spa, education and tourism, as well as beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.