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Ms. Clarke

Jacqueline Clarke

Wellness Research Director, Diagonal Reports

Jacqueline Clarke specialises in global wellness market intelligence. Her particular focus is the de-medicalisation of healthcare and the medicalisation of beauty and the new market that is taking shape. She tracks market developments and changes in consumer behaviour worldwide to determine demand for solutions (products, devices and services). She finds out what is really happening in the market-place and obtains the latest data by working closely with sector experts - through discussions and interviews in their place-of-work. This valuable intelligence is then analysed and coded in-house by Ms. Clarke and her team. Diagonal Reports tracks wellness and the leading wellness providers worldwide. Experts routinely tapped in research projects include beauty farms, thermal spas, day spas, resort spas along with product formulators, device manufacturers, retailers, cosmetologists, aestheticians, therapists and spa managers. Geographies covered include Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent areas of research for Ms. Clarke include the updating of wellness and "spa" traditions; the scaling of new service concepts in the personal care channel; analysing how technological and product innovations, including apps, shape new personal care regimes — particularly in the key category of skincare, but also in body shaping; the impact of medicalisation on consumers' beauty demands, and buying criteria; the impacts of the ongoing consumer shift towards de-medicalised healthcare and the management of healthcare conditions (such as pain, stress, etc) Ms. Clarke has worked with some of the largest players in these sectors in Europe, US and Japan, and conducts workshops and presentations for clients in US, Asia and Europe. Before joining Diagonal Reports, she taught in universities in Connecticut and Texas (USA). She holds an MA (from UNC-CH., USA), and BA (Hons.) from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Please visit http://www.diagonalreports.com for more information.

Ms. Clarke can be contacted at +353-4695-49027 or dreditor@eircom.net

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.