Work pressure, time pressure and anxiety all put strain on the mind and body. How nice it is when you can forget all about your worries and just relax, at least for a short while – for instance by: 

  • enjoying the soothing effect of a good massage
  • unwinding in a thermal bath, simply relaxing
  • or even rejuvenating yourself with sporting activity.

In Europe, there are currently more than 18,000 resorts and facilities operating in health and wellness tourism. There’s a fluid transition between wellness at recreational spas and medical wellness services. The range varies from tourism with health-related components and intense relaxation brought about by well-being and fitness programmes to cosmetics and also services with a much more explicit medical background. And they include elements such as traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, diet programmes, and rapid, computer-based ‘holistic’ medical diagnosis, to name but a few.

But what constitutes a good wellness programme? According to EuropeSpa, it’s not just the manual and technical skills that make for effective treatment. Wellness always means direct intervention in a person’s health. For example, certain types of massage are unsuitable for certain people. Risks entailed in a wellness treatment are for example:  

  • incorrect treatment or failure to give guests a medical on arrival
  • overstress of the cardiovascular or musculoskeletal system
  • bathing in thermal water could well prove harmful if the water hasn’t been properly cleaned and disinfected.



Ultimately, visitors expect to receive a wellness treatment which is up to the usual standard. But if you opt for a lomilomi or a Thai massage in a hotel, can you be sure it will live up to your expectations? Is the treatment being explained to the guest or is he treated without any preceding explanation?

This is why quality assessments for the EuropeSpa wellness certificates take into consideration not just service aspects but also safety, hygiene and the infrastructure. To reflect the wide range of reputable providers of wellness services, EuropeSpa wellness certificates come in various types:

  • EuropeSpa wellness hotel is a comprehensive certificate for holistic wellness hotels.
  • EuropeSpa hotel spa covers the types of spas encountered in for example city-centre hotels, conference hotels and holiday resorts.
  • In addition, the two certificates EuropeSpa day spa and EuropeSpa thermal spa are currently being developed and piloted, and will shortly be available.




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