NEWS
Researchers explore health impacts of residential retreats
POSTED 29 Jan 2018 . BY Jane Kitchen
Retreat experiences can provide health benefits for people suffering conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart conditions and mental health issues, according to new research.

Professor Marc Cohen, from RMIT University in Australia, and a team of researchers examined 23 studies relating to the health impacts of immersive residential retreat experiences, with their findings published this month in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

“The findings from the reviewed studies suggest there are many positive health benefits from retreat experiences, which include improvements in both subjective and objective measures,” said Cohen.

“It's likely that improvements in health are due to a combination of psychological and behavioural factors that lead to better coping mechanisms, lifestyle choices and enhanced resilience to stress.”

The studies involved 2,592 participants from a wide range of geographical and demographic populations – from luxury resort guests to unemployed adults and even prison inmates.

Seven studies examined objective outcomes such as blood pressure or biological markers of disease, while 16 had subjective outcomes, mostly involving self-reported questionnaires on psychological and spiritual measures.

All of the studies reported post-retreat health benefits ranging from immediately after the retreat to five years after.

“The results suggest retreat experiences significantly improve people’s lives," said Cohen.

"This is evident from reported improvements in quality of life and subjective wellbeing, decreases in the frequency and severity of health symptoms, reductions in body weight, blood pressure and abdominal girth, and positive changes in metabolic and neurological pathways.”

Four studies looked at retreats aimed at improving quality of life for cancer patients, and all showed benefits, including improvements in quality of life, depression and anxiety scores, and increased telomere length, with benefits being recorded up to five years after the retreat.

“The finding that retreat experiences can lead to sustained and significant health improvements long after participants return home suggests they help guests make positive lifestyle changes and adopt healthy behaviours that lead to positive psychological, physiological, cognitive, clinical and metabolic effects,” said Cohen.

“While retreat experiences can have significant medical benefits, communication between the retreat and health industry is limited and there is scope for much greater collaboration.

"The health industry could benefit from recommending retreat experiences to reduce the burden of lifestyle-related chronic disease and the retreat industry could benefit from routinely collecting medical data from guests so the medical benefits can be better documented and the influence of different types of retreat experiences can be determined for specific guests.”

Cohen said that more research is needed, with larger numbers of subjects and longer follow-up periods to determine the economic benefits of retreats for individuals, as well as for businesses, health insurers and policymakers.

“Such research could allow the retreat industry to become better integrated into mainstream care,” he said.

 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Spa Opportunities: - Researchers explore health impacts of residential retreats...
Sign up for FREE ezine
Spa Jobs spa Industry News spa training spa oppportunities magazine spa opportunities blog spa-kit.net spa industry products Submit your news Advertise on Spa Opportunities Contact us at Leisure Media Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook

Jobs Search





joblink

Latest operator jobs
Sofitel London Heathrow
Celtic Manor Resort
To advertise call
+44 (0)1462 431385


traininglink

  Training Directory
Train as a Les Mills Instructor
To advertise call
+44 (0)1462 431385


diarydates

  Powered by leisurediary.com
01 Sep 2018
International Wellness Conclave 2018
tbc, Delhi, India
02-03 Sep 2018
Professional Beauty Johannesburg
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

spa-kit
suppliers news


OPI launches in Aqua Sana spas

Aqua Sana has announced a new brand partnership with OPI, which will see a range of OPI products and treatments offered in Aqua Sana spas.

beauty-kit


Elemental Herbology launches new Coconut Scrub treatment
Elemental Herbology has expanded its treatment offering with the launch of a new full-body exfoliating treatment.


 
latest spa jobs
1 to 4 of 4 Jobs
Spa Receptionist
Sofitel London Heathrow
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: Longford, UK More>>
 


Spa Sales and Reservationist
The Bulgari Hotel London
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: London, UK More>>
 


Spa Recruitment Open Day
Coworth Park
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: Ascot, UK More>>
 


Spa Receptionist

Coworth Park

Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location:
Ascot, UK More>>
Spa Therapist

Coworth Park

Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location:
Ascot, UK More>>
Spa Opportunities

The Langley Spa

Salary: Circa £20,000 plus benefits scheme
Job location:
Buckinghamshire, UK More>>
Spa Operations Manager

Kohler Waters Spa

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
St Andrews, UK More>>

Casual Spa Therapist
Sofitel London Heathrow
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: Longford, UK More>>
 


Spa Therapist
Celtic Manor Resort
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Newport, United Kingdom More>>
 


Senior Spa Therapist
The Bulgari Hotel London
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: London, UK More>>
 


Jobs page: 1


 
latest spa news

29 Jan 2018

Researchers explore health impacts of residential retreats

BY Jane Kitchen

Professor Marc Cohen says the findings from the reviewed studies suggest there are many positive health benefits from retreat experiences

Retreat experiences can provide health benefits for people suffering conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart conditions and mental health issues, according to new research.


Professor Marc Cohen, from RMIT University in Australia, and a team of researchers examined 23 studies relating to the health impacts of immersive residential retreat experiences, with their findings published this month in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

“The findings from the reviewed studies suggest there are many positive health benefits from retreat experiences, which include improvements in both subjective and objective measures,” said Cohen.

“It's likely that improvements in health are due to a combination of psychological and behavioural factors that lead to better coping mechanisms, lifestyle choices and enhanced resilience to stress.”

The studies involved 2,592 participants from a wide range of geographical and demographic populations – from luxury resort guests to unemployed adults and even prison inmates.

Seven studies examined objective outcomes such as blood pressure or biological markers of disease, while 16 had subjective outcomes, mostly involving self-reported questionnaires on psychological and spiritual measures.

All of the studies reported post-retreat health benefits ranging from immediately after the retreat to five years after.

“The results suggest retreat experiences significantly improve people’s lives," said Cohen.

"This is evident from reported improvements in quality of life and subjective wellbeing, decreases in the frequency and severity of health symptoms, reductions in body weight, blood pressure and abdominal girth, and positive changes in metabolic and neurological pathways.”

Four studies looked at retreats aimed at improving quality of life for cancer patients, and all showed benefits, including improvements in quality of life, depression and anxiety scores, and increased telomere length, with benefits being recorded up to five years after the retreat.

“The finding that retreat experiences can lead to sustained and significant health improvements long after participants return home suggests they help guests make positive lifestyle changes and adopt healthy behaviours that lead to positive psychological, physiological, cognitive, clinical and metabolic effects,” said Cohen.

“While retreat experiences can have significant medical benefits, communication between the retreat and health industry is limited and there is scope for much greater collaboration.

"The health industry could benefit from recommending retreat experiences to reduce the burden of lifestyle-related chronic disease and the retreat industry could benefit from routinely collecting medical data from guests so the medical benefits can be better documented and the influence of different types of retreat experiences can be determined for specific guests.”

Cohen said that more research is needed, with larger numbers of subjects and longer follow-up periods to determine the economic benefits of retreats for individuals, as well as for businesses, health insurers and policymakers.

“Such research could allow the retreat industry to become better integrated into mainstream care,” he said.




Connect with
Spa Opportunities
Magazine:
View latest issue
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

Jali-wrapped Bangalore naturopathy centre acts as a retreat in a ‘tight urban site’
Luxury Tenerife resort boasts 1,000sq m spa and wellness centre
Treehouse yoga, African holistic spa therapies on tap for One&Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda
Massive 4,000sq m Moroccan thermal centre now open
Extensive spa planned for French Alps
ISPA Big 5 shows ‘rapid growth’ in US spa industry
 
Catalogue gallery



Featured supplier




Invest in your employees – and your company – with FH Joanneum’s MBA in spa management

The FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences offers a unique MBA programme in International Hospitality and Spa Management, and for the first time, is offering substantial financial grants for students who begin the course this year.


Company profile



Amac offer fully-accredited training courses which are recognised nationally by employers. Fitness education is our area of expertise and the quality of our teaching remains unrivalled by any other provider.
View full profile>>

spa directory

Linen

Architects/designers

Skincare

Architects/designers

Skincare

Spa and beauty equipment

Consultancy & management

Skincare

Spa furniture



Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd