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Looking after yourself is the new rock 'n' roll, so it makes total sense that "The Live Music Capital of the World" should turn into a wellness center.

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Change is afoot in Austin, Texas.

“The Live Music Capital of the World” is fast becoming a haven for a different type of pleasure seeker: one who’d rather swap a plaid shirt and craft ale for leggings and a yoga mat.

Wellness is now big business in the city thanks to a slew of new openings and renovations — that arbiter of good taste, South by Southwest, even had a Wellness Expo this year.

So what’s the bigger picture? Wellness tourism is almost certainly going to keep getting bigger in Austin, and other cities that share a similar demographic and outlook could well see the same thing happen.

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— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

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Tags: austin, luxury, texas, wellness

Photo credit: Yoga on Lake Austin. Wellness tourism is big business in the Texas capital. Terry Vine Photography / Lake Austin Spa Resort

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