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5 Healing Centers in Hong Kong

September 25, 2013

A growing number of alternative wellness centers offer new age and ancient non-traditional healthcare to escape the confines of the city—and, in some cases, of your current life. By Karen Fong

Published on Sep 25, 2013


Looking to unwind in Hong Kong? Oh sure you could get a foot massage, but why settle for something so pedestrian when you could   have your whole body tended to by supernatural specters, swing loop-the-loops in a cloth hammock, unlock hidden energy, call upon past lives for advice and channel the ancient healing power of Mongolian stones. Here are treatments that will lift your spirits… or at least raise your eyebrows.

Shakti Healing Circle
, one of Hong Kong’s oldest healing centers, introduces visitors to a wide range of alternative practices such as Reiki, a treatment that balances the chakras; Kundalini Yoga, a form of yoga that focuses on intuition; and even Shamanic Healing, communicating with the spirit world to affect

The Sanctuary
offers a calm environment to explore a variety of healing practices. The menu offers all manner of curiosities, like Emotional Freedom Techniques, a healing method that stimulates the meridian points in the body through tapping; hypnotherapy, using hypnosis to access the unconscious where behavioral patterns are stored; and past life regression, therapy that unveils the way your current issues are affected by your past lives. Founder Phil Davies also believes in giving back to the community with free meditation sessions on Mondays and Fridays.

Anti-gravity yoga at Bodywize
hails from New York where Bodywize spa founder Lisa Mak spent months learning the art before bringing it over to Asia. A combination of exercise and yoga, the practice retains yoga’s inherent calming techniques while making it fun, effective and accessible. “It’s easy to get the moves in just a few classes, which makes it very motivating for people trying it out,” Mak says. A maximum of 12 students can join each class, and the time slots often fill up because the light-hearted nature of the exercise has wide appeal. “There’s always laughter in the classes,” says Mak, “It’s a great way to
de-stress and relax.” Classes range from “therapy,” for all ages and levels, to “fundamentals” for the basics, and finally “flying fitness,” where complex moves like loop-the-loops take place.

Chains Medicare Centre,
a family business for eight generations, combines Traditional Chinese Medicine with the natural properties of rocks from Mongolia in their popular stone energy chamber treatments. These stones are said to emit infrared rays and negative ions, which detoxify the body, lower blood pressure, improve metabolism and clear up the skin.

Sense of Touch,
the new spa at the Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, is introducing a new kind of massage that will benefit you long after you leave their villa-style, Bali-inspired retreat. Playing host to a new Italian technology called MUUSA, the spa offers a series of massage packages that allow the therapist to create a unique musical soundtrack as they soothe your aches and pains. Wearing a small device that transmits and transforms movements into melody, the therapist effectively creates a piece of music designed exclusively for the client. The piece is recorded on a CD, which clients can replay at their leisure to conjure the relaxation of the original massage. The 60- to 90-minute session comes as part of a signature treatment such as Awaken Your Senses, which includes a coffee scrub blended with peppermint followed by the MUUSA massage, using reviving sandalwood and lemongrass.


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