For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the application of psychology to human well-being and performance. Even prior to working in the spa industry, where I have worked for the last twenty years, I was a personal trainer and fitness instructor and was interested in how the mental states of my clients could impact their physical fitness and athletic performance.
As my career evolved into the world of spas, where the emphasis is not so much on physical performance, but on holistic well-being, the role of psychology became even more important. People still go to spas for physical reasons: to relieve aches and pains, improve physical performance and conditioning, and improve appearance. But they also go for psychological reasons: to relieve stress, calm their mind and create more peace for themselves. Some people even go to spas for spiritual reasons, to become more meditative, more mindful, and to reconnect with themselves or others.
My studies in applying psychology to the spa experience eventually brought me to the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania, which ultimately was the inspiration for starting this blog. Studying for my MAPP degree gave me a chance to learn from some of the leading experts in the field of positive psychology, to network with others who were also interested in the application of psychology to well-being, and to stretch myself intellectually in a way that I hadn’t for many years.
This blog is an extension of that academic experience. Within these digital pages, I hope to continue my studies of the psychology of well-being and to share what I learn with others. My intention is to encourage dialogue and connections with those who have similar interests, in the hopes that we can learn from each other and together contribute to the overall wellness of humanity.
If you have an interest in holistic wellness, positive psychology, or spas and healthcare, I hope you will enjoy this blog, learn some new things, and teach me by sharing your own experiences. Your comments, input and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. I look forward to interacting with you.