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SA spa and wellness properties confirm participation in World Wellness Weekend

WWW 2020 – a ‘welfie’ by Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah

Several South African spa and wellness properties will be hosting free, safe and fun activities during World Wellness Weekend (WWW), which takes place on 18 and 19 September this year.

Says WWW founder, Jean-Guy de Gabriac: “In the context of COVID-19, leading professionals in tourism, hospitality, fitness and beauty all over the globe are uniting again during WWW to share vitality, serenity, immunity and solidarity in 130 countries.

“Wellness is not just a decision you take to improve your mental and physical health, it is an act of influence to inspire those around you to become the best version of themselves.”

In 2019, World Wellness Weekend reached 224 million people in 98 countries. The 5th annual edition will be celebrated this year in over 950 cities with thousands of safe, fun and free activities in person: yoga, fitness, sports, relaxation, spa and hot springs to enjoy with family and friends.

Videos sessions, tutorials and talks will be curated (on-demand) on Wellness WebTV with immersive experiences in 360° virtual reality.

De Gabriac notes that the combined efforts of WWW Ambassador for South Africa, Taryn Lilley, City Ambassador for Johannesburg, Madeleine Colling, and regional coordinator, Rozanne van Antwerpen, have already resulted in confirmations of support for the event from several South African properties.

Says Lilley: “The Spa at the One & Only Hotel in Cape Town will once again prove themselves as a wellness champion by offering signature experiences during WWW. Canvas Aesthetics will be hosting a ‘Health & Wellness Fair’ in collaboration with many local businesses to provide a day of interactive fun, education and wellness.

“You can look forward to a ‘Jump Off’ on fitness trampolines hosted by JumpFit Arcade. Professionals will be onsite to provide skin consultations, product knowledge and transformational experiences. There will be healthy food available, along with advice on nutrition. The South African Blood Services will also be onsite to provide information and support in a drive for corporate social responsibility.”

Support for the WWW event will also come from Addiction Recovery Centre (ARC), which will have a team of professionals that focuses on assisting individuals by offering a holistic approach to mental health care.

The Saxon Hotel Spa in Sandton will soon unveil their activities for WWW, with a focus on general wellness and mindfulness.

Urban Sports Marks Park is planning a charity cross-bar challenge, while Splash H20 Diving Centre will offer free scuba try-outs and present a tutorial.

Jiva Spa at the Taj Hotel will be supporting the wellness movement this year with exciting activities soon to be revealed.

Lilley continues: “We also have confirmation of support from fitness venues, yoga and Pilates studios, a sleep clinic and much more. Along with the support already received from organisations such as the South African Spa Association and CIDESCO, we are focused on creating a wellness movement this year and encourage more venues to become involved.”

Before COVID-19 shut down the world, WWW reached an audience of 224 million people in 98 countries. In 2020, the pro-bono celebration grew in 109 countries and 524 cities.

Everyone is encouraged to explore WWW’s 5 Pillars of Wellness: Sleep & Creativity, Nutrition & Immunity, Movement & Vitality, Mindfulness & Serenity, Sense of Purpose & Solidarity.

Look out for an in-depth interview with WWW founder, Jean-Guy de Gabriac, in the July 2021 issue of Professional Beauty, due for publication in early July.

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