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NYC Web Site Looks at the City's Wellness Trends for 2010

Posted: January 13, 2010

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Highly skilled healers and top-notch therapists will trump outsize spa meccas, Bisazza tile-lined wet lounges and heavily scripted treatment rituals as the reason for spa visits in 2010. More in demand: Building a personal ongoing relationship with a trusted bodyworker or facialist, and low-key surrounds. (Luxe spas with well-being and prevention services in their menus will fare better than purely pampering ones.)

3. Juice bars and cleanses go mainstream

Juice aficionados used to have only one option—the gnarly neighborhood juice bar, or a few notable exceptions like Liquiteria. Larger, local players such as Blue Print Cleanse and Organic Avenue, with their cold-press facilities, delivery service, expert guidance, and marketing savvy, are now bringing high-quality juices to new drinkers who previously found juicing intimidating.

4. Core engagement infiltrates every type of exercise

Pilates used to have a monopoly on the core. Now most other fitness modalities—from Spinning at Soul Cycle to BarWorks at YogaWorks and, of course, exhale spa’s Core Fusion Sport—have taken a page from the Pilates playbook and have made core awareness and activation a central component of the exercise.