If you’re addicted to technology and part of ‘Generation Gadget’, now is the ideal time to stop scrolling, release your grip on your phone, turn away from Facebook, switch off your Apps and check-in for a global digital detox with Mandarin Oriental…

Unplug For A Digital Detox With Mandarin Oriental

Taking the brave step of surrendering your device and averting your gaze from your screen is not an easy task, since our dependence on daily technology has become so ingrained. Many Millennials are suffering from a collective reluctance to disconnect from technology with stressed individuals unwilling to unplug and stop scrolling. However, the start of a New Year is the perfect opportunity to address bad habits and improve aspects of your health, wellbeing and lifestyle — so why not take some time to re-evaluate your relationship with technology and embark on a Digital Wellness Escape with Mandarin Oriental during 2018?

Mandarin Oriental Paris Spa Swimming Pool
Mandarin Oriental Paris Spa Swimming Pool

Reducing Our Digital Consumption

If like many, you are addicted to technology (which is highly likely), then you’re certainly not alone and are part of a global phenomenon. It is said that the average person now checks their phone 46 times a day — with a third of these looking at messages during the night — which equates to roughly 25 hours per week online. Our modern-day culture and workplace has changed drastically over the past decade and people are now more accessible than ever before. Whether this is a healthy step in the name of progress and development is now a question being asked by many, with eminent global practitioners pointing to negative side effects, such as anxiety, poor posture and ‘text’ neck becoming real issues for regular internet users.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Spa Relaxation
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Spa Relaxation

Switch Off From Insomnia, Arthritis, Eye Strain And Anxiety

Some say that our dependency on tablets, connection with mobile phones and obsession with social media sites has made us slaves to our devices and whilst essential for most businesses, it is up to individuals to better manage their time offline. Balancing work and leisure, socialising and ‘me’ time is becoming more of a daily struggle, with online scrolling becoming a popular ‘down-time’ activity replacing vital ‘together’ time and leisure time amongst nature. Aside from anxiety, insomnia, arthritis and eye strain — not to mention depression in heavy internet users — ‘text neck’, ‘iPosture’ and ‘cell-phone elbow’ are real side effects of our addiction and new additions to our daily lexicon.

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Garden Yoga at the Spa
Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Garden Yoga at the Spa

Part of the current wellness trend for ‘switching off’ and for digitally detoxing, has arisen from Asia. In Hong Hong, residents are some of the most gadget-addicted people in the world and as we delve deeper into a virtual world, experts are saying that it is vital to balance our digital consumption with reality and mindful activities. Being ‘plugged in’ is said to prevent people from doing activities they enjoy and the simple things that make them happy. Absent-minded scrolling is a modern habit stopping us from interacting with loved ones, reading a book or being creative. Holistic health expert Deepak Chopra has labelled technology as “an addictive drug”, suggesting we should limit our online time to set periods of our day (pizza slice style). If nothing else, we should at least remove technology from our bedrooms and leave mobile phones to charge downstairs. This small change alone, can lead to a better night’s sleep — both in terms of length of sleep and quality of rest.

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Royal Suite Terrace
Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, Royal Suite Terrace

Surrender Your Devices With Mandarin Oriental

Whilst holidaying in a place without Wi-Fi used to be a deal-breaker, now it is being marketed as a positive plus point, with savvy hotels enticing guests with a menu of ‘real’ experiences, such as outdoor hiking, nature encounters, diving, yoga and stargazing. As part of this conscious de-tapping, Mandarin Oriental’s Digital Wellness programme, devised with guidance from the renowned Mayo Clinic, ensures every spa in the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel group incorporates ways to address our addiction to technology. Taking this holistic and mindful approach to technology, Himalayan salt lamps are placed in rooms to absorb electromagnetic fields, whilst Signature Wellness Journeys and targeted massages are promoted to relieve technology related tension.

Mandarin Oriental’s Spa Attraction

Renowned for their luxury, award-winning hotels providing fine dining, impeccable service and sumptuous spas, head to a Mandarin Oriental Spa to swap your shoes for slippers and leave your body (and your mobile phone) in the hands of experts. Escaping digital interruptions, with a Signature Digital Wellness Retreat or Weekend, can help to conquer digital dependence, plus clear your mind. With the support of experts, guests can receive a detox that incorporates super foods and super juices, relieves tension with specially targeted massages and addresses any ingrained reluctance to disconnect from technology. Releasing your grip on gadgets and fighting the temptation of Apps is made easier by relaxing within the serene and tranquil Mandarin Oriental spa settings — available worldwide. With yoga, meditation and nutritional advice, guests can Journey into Stillness, or simply embrace some soothing downtime to digitally detox.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Spa Hammam
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Spa Hammam

Spa Some Time For A Digital Detox

Whether you check-in for a Digital Wellness Weekend at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas or Mandarin Oriental New York, book a Signature treatment at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Mandarin Oriental Milan, Mandarin Oriental Paris or Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, or perhaps choose a Wellness Retreat at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong or Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, there are many options to unwind and enjoy a sublime spa experience. During 80 minutes of soothing down time, guests can indulge with an aromatherapy bath, including a relaxing bespoke massage tension treatment (hand, wrist, shoulder, neck, temple and eye areas). Mandarin Oriental’s Director of Spa & Wellness, Jeremy McCarthy, aims to highlight the sacrifices our digital addictions are causing in terms of us turning away from traditional family time and turning to social media as a comfort and emotional crutch. He feels that it is essential to raise awareness of these modern ailments, whilst Dr. Amit Sood, Chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Mind-Body initiative, goes as far as stating that “Technology is re-wiring our heads and hearts”.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Spa Suite
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Spa Suite

Addressing Digital Habits

With statistics showing that 99% of internet-users between the ages of 25 and 44 years access the website every day, as do 92% of the over 55s, our reliance and dependence on mobile phones and tablet technology is not going to fade away anytime soon. As we continue to document every detail of our lives, plus ‘share’ and ‘show’ our daily experiences, there are calls for greater etiquette rules for mobile phone use — where we can take them and when we can use them — along with building in ‘tech-free’ days into our weekly routine. Technology Entrepreneur, Kate Unsworth, feels it’s essential to ‘go cold turkey’ regularly, whilst tests on a group of CEOs observed by neuroscientists proved valuable benefits in sleep, body posture, memory and personal connections. It seems that we are being stifled by our digital habits and that this ‘keystone habit’ leads to us overeating, under-exercising and not sleeping enough. Once the ‘keystone habit’ is addressed, the other issues tend to correct themselves — with mental wellbeing a positive gain.

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, Luxury Spa Thai Massage
Mandarin Oriental Marrakec,h Luxury Spa Thai Massage

Managing Your Online Life

Confronting your digital wellness may not be an easy task, our daily lives now revolve around checking updates, scrolling online pages, communicating in silence and connecting globally. However, creating some down time is essential and powering off during set periods of the day is key to managing and staying in control of your digital wellbeing. Removing technology from your bedroom, building in a tech-free day (such as Sunday) or taking a Digital Wellness Retreat are all small ways to re-kindle your social skills and benefit your health.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Authors Lounge
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Authors Lounge

The Pressure To Power Off

Mandarin Oriental’s decadent Journey Into Stillness treatment, offered by their Las Vegas spa, is especially designed for digital wellness. This two-hour spa experience starts with a foot ritual aimed to calm the mind and induce a deep state of relaxation, which is followed by an acupressure face and scalp massage — introducing the importance of human touch and connection. Finally, a full-body massage seeks to address postural issues caused by phones, tablets and PCs —we’re all hunching — whilst healing tourmaline crystals and sound therapy realigns energies that have been knocked off balance. Following a consultation with the spa’s visiting nutritionist and iridologist (Iridologists believe the patterns and colours of the irises of your eyes reveal much about your physical and systemic health), guests are provided with essential health advice. For example, a mobile phone left charging next to a bed is a negative for our energy levels.

Book A Digital Detox With Mandarin Oriental

So, why not book your elegant digital escape with Mandarin Oriental and switch off from stifling digital habits? Try reducing your ‘tech tension’, embracing real creativity and conversing more with a colleague or loved one during 2018. By introducing regular technology breaks and taking an inspiring city break with Mandarin Oriental, you’re bound to display a healthy difference for 2018.

Mandarin Oriental Milan, Doorman
Mandarin Oriental Milan, Doorman

Feeling Inspired?

To plan you own luxury spa break, or city escape, or to book a digital detox with Mandarin Oriental, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 578 or visit elegantresorts.co.uk.