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Tara Loader Wilkinson
Tara Loader Wilkinson
Tara Loader Wilkinson is a journalist and editor of 15 years, having written for the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Tatler, Monocle, the Financial Times and many more. She spent 9 years living in Hong Kong before recently returning to her homeland of the UK. She loves long walks in nature, spending time with friends and family and drinking Champagne.

After Chris Connors countered PTSD from growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland with meditation, he developed a free app and set up retreats to ‘democratise’ its benefits.

People in the earth’s five ‘Blue Zones’ live the longest, healthiest lives – here’s why, from eating more beans, nuts and sourdough bread to cutting down on meat, dairy and sugar.

Alex Glasscock opened wellness spa The Ranch with wife Sue to help guests who share their goal of living better and longer lives. He’s determined to live to at least 110, or ‘die trying’.

Victoria Warnes developed chest pains after giving birth and doctors found a rare heart condition. The experience inspired her to better prepare parents for the aftermath of having a baby.

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LeBron James and Kendall Jenner are among the celebrities who use hyperbaric oxygen treatment to boost their immunity. Lady Gaga is among fans of infrared saunas that improve circulation.

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Former US soldier Neil Markey saw the potential in psychedelic drugs after battling PTSD; his company runs psilocybin retreats to help others make meaningful change in their lives. ‘Every adult could benefit,’ he says.

Visualisations helped Marina Efraimoglou beat non-Hodgkin lymphoma and traditional Chinese medicine helped her beat breast cancer. Now at her wellness resort, she heals others.

Ingo Schweder combined conventional treatment with a macrobiotic diet, vitamin infusions and more to beat lung cancer, an experience that made him realise what his industry was lacking.

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From body brushing to gua sha on your body, a popular TCM influencer reveals some of the ancient Chinese health and beauty rituals you need to try to banish stress and lose weight.

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Austrian doctor FX Mayr saw the digestive system as central to our health, and a retreat in the Austrian Alps follows his theories, offering fasting, detoxes, massage and exercise.

From cleansing your chakras to improving your sleep to enjoying deep tissue massages, the Alpina Gstaad and its Six Senses Spa show what five-star wellness tourism is in 2022.

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So you can’t do that anti-ageing package at the spa because of Covid-19 curbs? We ask Thai spa experts for tips on things to do at home – intermittent fasting, the treatments to apply and the foods to eat.

A sexologist explains how taking ice baths can improve your sex life and the logic behind the Wim Hof Method of cold therapy – whose other benefits include combating depression and aiding in fat loss.

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As profits plummet at UK farms, many are innovating by creating unique experiences on their properties, including eco-retreats, luxury cabins and gourmand classes.

Two sustainable accommodation start-ups are helping us travel more responsibly. Smarter eliminates waste at its short-stay lets and offsets your carbon footprint; Fairbnb’s booking fees fund community projects.

Scotland was once a wild, forest-covered land, but that has mostly disappeared because of farming. The Alladale Wilderness reserve is working to reverse that, planting new trees and reintroducing old species.

Going on a cruise stimulates the part of your brain that deals with emotions and relationships, and the effect lasts for months. A Singapore couple can attest to that.

Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are common, and the sleep aid market is growing. But following some simple sleep strategies will bring big rewards, two doctors say.

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The bacteria in our gut are the front line of our immune system and critical to our well-being. The microbiome can be affected by processed food, weedkiller and chemicals, but can be fixed with changes in diet and lifestyle and using probiotics.

Tamsin Lewis, a doctor and former professional triathlete, fell ill in March with the coronavirus. Eleven months on she is still suffering the symptoms and can no longer exercise with any intensity.

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Happiness can make us healthier and live longer, but how do we achieve it? Enjoy the little things, learn to forgive and cherish your friendships, says bestselling author Florian Langenscheidt, who has spent decades researching happiness.

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A talented portrait artist has always been prized for their ability to see into the soul of a person and capture it on canvas, a skill particularly appreciated in these Instagram times.

Stephan Loewentheil amassed the largest and most important collection of early photographs of China. Now he is seeking someone, or an institution, to take over the collection of 20,000-plus images.

Apple lawyer and corporate executive Randy Komisar couldn’t shake his depression. Recreational drugs didn’t help, so he tried meditation. Now, 25 years on, he believes it brought him balance and increased mental well-being.

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Ayahuasca and magic mushroom drug psilocybin have profound effects on the mind, and studies show their potential for long-term treatment of serious mental problems if administered safely.

Data-driven wellness has arrived, as bio scans deliver rapid read-outs of our physical condition. As new technology changes fitness, beauty and preventive health care, demand for ‘self-optimisation’ is expected to soar.

One in five women never achieve orgasm, according to a recent study, but Bibi Brzozka wants to change that. By following her simple tips, it is possible to awaken your sexual energy.

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Chinese billionaire Jack Ma is changing the way we pay for things forever. Ma’s home-grown online retail giant, Alibaba Group, which became the world’s largest initial public offering when it listed its shares in New York, is seeking to grow in the United States through its Alipay unit, part of Ma’s plan to be “bigger than Walmart”.

This year has been a turbulent one for investors and there will be plenty of headwinds moving into 2015, experts say. China, hailed as the engine of the world, is heading for its slowest growth in 25 years.