Wellbeing first: St. George and Hintsa Performance are changing the world of hotels
To look after its guests’ wellbeing, Hotel St. George employs the philosophy of Hintsa Performance, which has helped countless executives, employees and sports champions to improve their quality of life.
The holistic wellbeing model of Hintsa Performance, which is based on extensive research on holistic wellbeing and human high performance. This exciting collaboration is a new and unique concept in the world of hotels.
From self-awareness to wellbeing
The late Aki Hintsa, a doctor specialised in trauma and orthopedic surgery, developed his holistic model of wellbeing in the 1990s. The Hintsa model starts from the Core: inner motivation to achieve sustainable change.
It aims to inspire everyone to reach their full potential through improved self-awareness, discovering meaning in everyday life, and individually tailored targets.
The Core is surrounded by other aspects of wellbeing: general health, sleep, nutrition, physical activity, biomechanics and mental energy. Greater wellbeing is reached little by little through small, repeated achievements – once these have been accomplished, success follows naturally.
Sports champions trust Hintsa Performance
Hintsa Performance has been tried and tested by several sports champions, Fortune 500 executives and employees. Formula 1 drivers were among Aki Hintsa’s earliest clients, and the philosophy still plays a key role within the F1 industry.
From 1998, Hintsa assisted Finnish Mika Häkkinen in winning the World Drivers Championship twice. Though retired, Häkkinen still follows the philosophy:
It was not just about physical development but mental, too – how to find self-confidence in life
Business and sports have much in common. Both require high energy levels, as well as the ability to focus on the essential and excel.
Restful sleep and in-room exercises
Guests’ holistic wellbeing is hugely important at Hotel St. George. The Hintsa philosophy is central to the hotel experience and it can be seen everywhere. As well as tips for maximising wellbeing and performance while traveling, the rooms contain advice for how to survive jet lag. The hotel spa St. George Care even offers personalised sleep consultations, and the contents of the minibar have been reimagined.
— To maintain energy levels, for example, it now includes a healthy snack. Though it’s often necessary to make some compromises while traveling, those shouldn’t include nutrition or sleep, Senior Performance Coach Moriz Wikström says.
It’s also easy to be physically active at Hotel St. George. Each room has a fitness band and instructions for in-room exercises. The Playground gym at St. George Care spa has been designed by Hintsa Performance.
— We built a compact and inviting space, which caters for all fitness levels. To make it easier to relax and recharge one’s batteries, there are no screens or televisions, Wikström says.
Published October 23, 2018. Photos: Hintsa Performance.