Wellness: Go on a digital detox

It's not very often that business travellers aren't digitally connected these days - regularly checking emails, updating slides for their next presentation, the e-list goes on. So to combat the stresses modern tech gadgets put on our bodies and minds, Mandarin Oriental is launching a new wellness initiative to help counteract the stress that can come with a constantly connected digital lifestyle. Launching on September 5, the new digital detox initiative at all of the Mandarin Oriental spas worldwide is designed to help guests find new ways to manage their relationship with technology.

"Technology has brought us many great advances," said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa and Wellness, "But the expectations for instant communication and the increasing pace of change in the world can have a negative impact on our wellbeing."

Mandarin Oriental has worked with the Mayo Clinic to create a range of tips and guidelines that can help establish personal boundaries on the use of technology, clear mental chatter and establish a healthy, digitally balanced lifestyle.

The Digital Detox initiative encourages guests to surrender their phones on arrival at the spa and rather than taking robe-clad selfies in the spa relaxation rooms, guests can enjoy a range of mindfulness activities such as journaling, notecard writing and colouring.
For those who are looking for a more hands on approach, the 80-minute Digital Detox Retreat focuses on grounding both body and mind through the power of human touch. Designed to provide a calming and peaceful respite from the outside world and the stress of repetitive movements, the treatment includes relaxation in an aromatic bath, followed by a massage that concentrates on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet.

"The spa is one of the few places left in modern society where it is acceptable and even encouraged to disconnect from technology," said McCarthy. "The Spas at Mandarin Oriental provide a perfect haven for people to escape from technology, even if only briefly, to rest their minds and reconnect with themselves."

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