The power that hands-on spa and beauty therapies have to positively impact mental wellbeing is becoming increasingly well understood and, equally, the damaging effects that stress and anxiety can have on the skin and body are becoming more documented.
So, news this month that the UK is witnessing an inflammation epidemic (see page 11) will ring true with many therapists, who are witnessing a rise in inflammatory skin and digestive conditions as a result of the poor diets and increasing stress levels in society.
This month, we meet a host of professionals helping to tackle the root causes of these issues: from the seated acupressure massage specialist helping corporations to improve the productivity and positivity of their employees (see page 96), to the spas taking a multi-sensory approach to wellness that incorporates scents, visuals and energy (see page 73).
We also explore research that delves deeper into the ways in which emotions manifest physically – and how an understanding of this can help beauty professionals achieve better results for their clients (page 88).
The latest trends, techniques and research in the industry will also be the focus of the live education line-up at Professional Beauty London, which runs at ExCeL London on March 3–4. Check out our pick of the mustattend sessions on the live stages and workshop programmes (page 62) and at the World Spa & Wellness Convention (page 71) to find out more about what’s in store across the two-day event.
And don’t miss our full guide to the launches and exclusive offers that the professional brands will bring to the exhibition from page 57. But most important of all, mark your calendars now and register for free to join us, at professionalbeauty.co.uk/london