The special attention given to health and wellness by all social groups at every income level – independently of market trends – is also motivated by scientific evidence. Research published recently in the journal Nature indicates that at least one hour a week dedicated to yourself in contact with nature is the amount necessary to live serenely and overcome stress.

It is no coincidence that in addition to the already well-consolidated hotel wellness centers, the number of private residential wellness facilities has progressively increased, offering welcome respite in a comforting domestic setting.
Success in constructing the perfect wellness area, whether in a home or a hotel, is not only a matter of space, costs and ‘catalogue’ solutions but is rather, and especially, the ability of a strong guiding principle to endow the new build or renovation project with a vision of success or ‘wellness’ incorporating the original passion, the result of knowledge of how ancient or distant peoples sought wellness.

Because everything starts with a project that must be, above all, functional and able to respond to the objectives. Aesthetics and products are of course just as important and so condition choices.

Whether for a city apartment or a country home, a villa at the seaside or the huge space of a multi-star hotel, there are some points common to every project, particularly the pursuit of comfort and connection to our natures. Often wood and levigated stone are greatly evocative elements while being convenient and functional.

Water, with its sounds and in variously shaped forms, is indispensable and can be found in the classic pool or in one of the various types of hydromassage tubs, but also expressed in unusual or common ways.

Lastly, there is also always a sauna and Turkish bath together with the whole context of invigorating showers, Kneipp paths, salt rooms and other areas connected to beauty rituals or particular relaxation.
The lighting and eliminating noise pollution are essential to creating comfort and serenity in these spaces, also facilitated by specially managing the green areas using creative solutions to allow the presence of such an important, vital element.

Today it is possible to create special ad hoc microclimates within the wellness space that recreate the salt environment of the sea or the balsamic rarefaction of walking bare foot high in the mountains.

by Ilenia Girolami

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