1. SWAS is the acronym for the Spa and Wellness Association of Singapore.

  2. SRTC is the acronym for SWAS Registry of Complementary Therapists.

  3. Complementary Therapy
  4. The definition of Complementary Therapies (or sometimes known as alternative health treatments) are treatments that may be used alongside standard medical care (mainstream Western medicine) and other methods to enhance wellness. Complementary Therapy may not fit into the mainstream Western Medicine or Health Care practiced in Singapore. Some examples are: Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Herbal and Aromatherapy etc. Most complementary therapists enhance well-being with a holistic approach which may include physical, mental, spiritual and dietary practices.

  5. How Complementary Therapy works
  6. Most modalities in Complementary Treatments work towards reducing stress and tension, improving the immune system, promoting circulation, eliminating wastes and toxins, alleviating aches and pain, generally enhancing fitness and well-being.

  7. The Wellness Industry
  8. The term Wellness is generally used to describe a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. The World Health Organization defines Wellness as “ … a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”   The Wellness Industry may therefore cover all business entities and stakeholders that embrace a product, service, method or process to promote the awareness, practice, development or enhancement of a healthy and fulfilling life.