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The word ‘wellness’ dates back as far as the 1650s, thought to be attributed to a state of ‘good health’. This idea still resonates in this modern era; according to the Global Wellness Institute, Wellness can be defined as ‘the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health’.

Wellness within the modern world has deep roots stretching back to 3000BC with ancient the civilisations of Greece, Rome and Asia whose historic traditions have indelibly influenced what we regard today as the modern wellness movement. Ayurveda, a holistic system creating harmony between mind, body and spirit with the aim of maintaining balance through yogic tradition and meditative practice, is considered the earliest form of wellness; originating as an oral tradition later being recored in ancient Hindu texts. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) developed between 3000-2000BC is still widely used today in applying a holistic perspective to achieving health and wellbeing. TCM also forms one of the branches of Tao alongside Feng Shui. These practices seek to cultivate harmony within life and have become the core of modern wellness. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates, in 500BC understood and practiced the notion that disease prevention could be linked to lifestyle and environmental factors. In ancient Rome a healthier population sought the benefits of their highly advanced public health system with the inclusion of public baths and aqueducts.

The 19th century saw new intellectual movements & spiritual philosophies complimenting holistic approaches that became widespread through Europe and the US; development during this period of homeopathy and osteopathy gained widespread following with the YMCA launching the worlds first wellness organisation with the guiding principles being the development of the mind, body and spirit. These methods fell out of fashion during the mid 20th century with the rise of evidence based medicine. However towards the latter half of the 20th century what we consider as the modern concept of Wellness became popularised during the 1950s, 60s & 70s through the writings and leadership of a growing network American of thinkers and physicians. This paved the way for how we as a society talk and view wellness today. During this time large corporations saw the need for wellness programmes for their workers. Spa and fitness industries experienced rapid global growth, bringing the concept of wellness to mainstream audiences. In the 21st century, the global wellness movement and market reached a dramatic tipping point with diet, healthy living, fitness and wellbeing concepts proliferated wildly, with the concept of wellness transforming key related industries. 

On April 1, 2012, the first World Happiness Report was released, measuring the state of happiness in 155 nationsThis included the key causes of happiness and misery, and consequently the implications for all countries. This led to rapid global growth for the wellness with one of the leading sectors being wellness real estate and lifestyle. A report published by the Global Wellness Institute, Build Well to Live Well, in January 2018, found that the first in-depth research to analyse the $134 billion global wellness real estate and communities sector, discovered that real estate and communities that intentionally put people’s health at the centre of design, creation and redevelopment are the next frontiers in real estate.

'Wellness through design' is STUDiO RYDER’s guiding ethos. We hold dear the fundamental principles that promote an individual's desire to increase wellness within their living and working environment. Within the 6 building blocks of wellness, one’s environment is a key interrelated concept in the pursuit of achieveing and maintaining this goal. 

At STUDiO RYDER we use the ancient methods of establishing and channelling wellness through all of our design work creating for clients a holistic, long lasting and enduring approach to interior design.