Wellness, defined as physical and mental wellbeing, is sought by many as an antidote to today’s stressful lifestyle. In her new book Wellness by Design, Jamie Gold delves deeply into achieving wellness and its relationship with the home. She explains that refueling and relaxation take place at home – people prepare meals and cook in the kitchen, tidy up in the main bathroom, and relax and restore energy in the bedroom.
Gold defines the five facets of wellness design as health and fitness, safety, accessibility, functionality as well as comfort and pleasure. Each facet is reflected throughout the book, with different examples and ideas for each facet that can be implemented at home.
“The goal of wellness design is to create a home that works with you every day … with benefits you may never have considered before, such as better air quality from non-toxic building materials, animal-friendly properties, and powerful ventilation” she said states. “The design features of physical well-being affect breathing, standing and walking, sleeping, cooking, hygiene, working, exercising and grooming.”
The components of the home – including ventilation, plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems – are examined to determine how improvements to each system can improve the wellness quotient. Smart home technology is also an important issue for wellbeing as it can have both positive and negative effects on health. In Chapter 4, the author examines the technology related to home security, fire safety and security, air conditioning, appliances and furnishings, among other things.
Most of the book is divided into areas of the house – such as living areas, bathrooms and bedrooms – and how wellness elements can be integrated into each room. In the kitchen, for example, Gold examines the keys to effectively designing zones, as well as types of cabinets, countertops, lighting and fittings for optimal wellbeing.
Gold not only offers her own expertise as a certified coach and wellness design consultant, but also includes contributions from medical staff when it comes to medical material. Direct quotations from field experts fall under the heading “Home visits” Chapter.