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24 Oct 2018
Dr Marc Cohen launches ‘Extreme Bathing’ wellness retreats

Dr Marc Cohen, professor at Australia’s RMIT University and board member of the Global Wellness Summit, has launched a series of ‘extreme’ wellness retreats focusing on hot and cold water and breathing techniques.

The retreats – Extreme Bathing and Adventure Bathing – invite participants to explore the limits of hot and cold, breathing and breath retention, and exertion and relaxation at hot springs resorts, including Peninsula Hot Springs in Australia and Maruia Hot Springs in New Zealand.

The first retreat was held during World Wellness Weekend in September at Peninsula Hot Springs, and Cohen will bring the programming to Maruia Hot Springs – an off-the-grid eco-oasis in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island at which he is a co-owner – in November 2018.

“This retreat comes as the culmination of 30 years’ experience studying, researching and teaching Western and Eastern medicine, herbal medicine, nutrition, organic food, yoga, meditation, breathwork, saunas, hot springs, bathing, martial arts, elite athletic performance, dance, the Wim Hof Method and attending and running festivals, conferences, retreats and treks at venues around the world,” said Cohen. “As one of the owners of Maruia Hot Springs, this retreat is very special to me as Maruia Hot Springs is where I had a peak experience that profoundly influenced my life.

“Over 16 years ago, I found myself at lying immersed in Maruia Springs natural geothermal water under a full moon, surrounded by snow and white-capped mountains and had an epiphany,” Cohen explained. “I felt at one with my surroundings and realised hot springs were who I am, and that it is possible to transform the world through bathing.”

Cohen met Charles Davidson, CEO of Peninsula Hot Springs, soon after this experience, and the two have since written post-graduate wellness programmes, helped found the Global Thermal Think Tank, and most recently, launch the Bathe the World Foundation and World Bathing Day.

Cohen and Davidson purchased Maruia Hot Springs two years ago, along with other investors, and have transformed it from what Cohen calls a “quirky Japanese onsen” into an “award-winning eco-retreat and wellness wonderland”.

“I feel a unique bond with this land as if it has called me in, and now I will be using all my past learnings to create a unique and powerful retreat experience for a very select group of lucky guests,” said Cohen.

The retreat aims to help guests expand their experiences of comfort relaxation and joy, and to explore the edge of their comfort zones, as well as to discover lifestyle tweaks to overcome pain, inflammation and procrastination.

Guests will also work on focused breathing and relaxation in order to “access the deep inner-well of your being and hack into your biological operating system”, and will practice mastery over mind and body.

The retreat hopes to help guests build resilience and foster self-confidence, and will include forest bathing, sauna bathing, adventure bathing and bathing in Maruia’s natural geothermal pools, as well as “fantastic feasts”.

Spa Business identified 'extreme bathing' as a trend to watch in the 2017/2018 Foresight section of the annual Spa Business Handbook.



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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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