According to the CDC, well-being integrates mental health (mind) and physical health (body) resulting in more holistic approaches to disease prevention and health promotion. Wellness has suffered greatly during the pandemic, with an increasing number of adults reporting a struggle with mental health or substance abuse. This underscores a holistic sense of wellness via occupational, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional fulfillment.

This course will discuss how water-based treatments such as hydrotherapy, heat therapy, and chromotherapy promote wellness and how designers can use freestanding bathtubs to create an at-home wellness experience for their clients. Trends in self-care and wellness experiences will be covered, as will features and specification considerations for freestanding bathtubs.

Learning Objectives

  • Define wellness and examine trends in self-care that consumers seek to promote health and wellbeing.
  • Examine the role of hydrotherapy, heat therapy, chromotherapy, and other water-based treatments in the wellness experience.
  • Explore the features of freestanding bathtubs that can be used to create a wellness experience at home.
  • Identify additional specification considerations for freestanding bathtubs to ensure the final design provides a safe and relaxing retreat.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of best practices in bathroom specification.