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4 Special Treatment
28 Healthy Bites
44 Back in Action
Unwind with a few unusual spa treatments
8 Foundations of Youth
Editor-in-Chief | Luisa Tam Managing Editor | Daniel Creffield Senior Editor | Kate Springer Contributors | Andrea Lo, Charlotte Mulliner, Evelyn Lok, Isabelle Hon, Nicholas Cheung
Workouts for new moms and busybodies
30 Family Health
46 Activate Your Life
Simple tips on improving life at home
Look and feel ageless
10 A Timeless Beauty Skincare lessons from history’s leading ladies
Family food that’s delicious and nutritional
12 Better with Age Secrets to looking great as you get older
16 Beauty Listings Spas, Foot Massages, Hair Salons, Men’s Grooming, Cosmetics, Nails
Production Production Manager | Blackie Hui Art Director | Pierre Pang
One woman’s fitness journey
32 In Perfect Harmony A look at Traditional Chinese Medicine
36 All in the Family Take some notes from TV’s modern families
40 Health Listings
48 Fit for the Future Age is no barrier to staying in shape
52 Fitness Listings Gyms, Yoga Studios, Martial Arts, Sports Clothes, Personal Trainers
Healthy Food Stores, Family Wellness, Nutritionists, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Support Groups
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ABOUT THE GUIDE Hey, hot stuff! If you’re hoping to improve your life—and look great doing it—you’ve come to the right place. In this issue of The List’s annual Health & Beauty guide, we’ve taken a closer look at what really constitutes beauty. Surprise, surprise: there’s more to it than appearances alone. We’ve quizzed experts about maintaining family health (p.30), the methods behind Traditional Chinese Medicine (p.32) and also snapped up some tips and tricks from foodie parents on children’s nutrition (p.28). A healthy body is just as important, so we’ve rounded up the city’s top gyms (p.52) and martial arts studios (p.54), as well as asked a couple of trainers for quick and dirty workouts (p.44). Of course, it wouldn’t be a beauty guide if we didn’t direct you to a few of our favorite grooming gurus. We have a long list of mani-pedi maestros (p.24) and seriously relaxing spas (p.16) where you can pamper yourself silly. Stay beautiful, Kate Springer Senior Editor
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Special Treatment Looking for something a bit different from your next massage? From seashells to grass jelly, Kate Springer and Andrea Lo test-drive a few unusual spa treatments around town.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa by Espa The Treatment: Shell Power Treatment The Aim: As part of Ritz-Carlton’s new Spring Revival series, the 80-minute Shell Power massage and facial treatment is all about prepping skin for the changing seasons. This time of year, many people battle allergies as well as irritated skin. The treatment uses blue, tiger-striped clam shells for a relaxing massage, working powerful Espa skin products into your skin. The Experience: From start to finish, the spa at the Ritz-Carlton is pampering at its plushest. Be sure to get there early to enjoy the relaxing steam rooms and take in the sweeping view of the harbor. The treatment itself is a luxurious experience: expect a delicious back massage using heated lava shells, which apparently release natural calcium 4 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
ions into the skin. Next comes a one-hour facial, using Espa’s Optimal Ski ProCleanser range—full of natural ingredients including moringa seed extract and pumpkin enzymes. This time, the shells are chilled: it’s a little bit of a shock at first but your skin adjusts quickly for a more awake, refreshed complexion. The Takeaway: We’re not sure if it’s the lush surrounds or the hot and cold treatment, but something about an occasional splurge at the Ritz-Carlton Spa really does the body good. Available until June 30, from $1,980. 116/F, The Ritz-Carlton, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 2263-2040, www.ritzcarlton.com
The Peninsula Spa The Treatment: Sattva Vedic Aromatherapy Body Massage The Aim: The new Sattva by Simply Peninsula series is an aromatherapy-driven practice that uses hand-blended Vedic Aromatherapy oils to balance out your prana, aka life force, while the massage treatment uses a whole range of approaches—think acupressure, remedial massage, reflexology, lymph drainage, and even a traditional bronze Kasa bowl to iron out knots and draw toxins from the body. The Experience: Any kind of “personality”based spa treatment is always extra fun, but this one is grounded in Vedic tradition, employing 5,000-year-old practices that combat fatigue, ease muscle soreness and decrease anxiety. While sipping on your welcome tea, you’ll be invited to fill out a personality and physical trait form that will determine which kind of oil blend the therapist uses. We went with the 60-minute Sattva Vedic Aromatherapy Massage, which keeps things interesting by using a mix of several different massage strategies and special attention to your marma-pressure points.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa by Espa
The Takeaway: It’s not exactly breaking news to say that The Peninsula has one of the city’s best spas, but the new Sattva treatment range takes it to another level. From $1,500. The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696-6682, www.peninsula.com
The Peninsula Spa
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Melo Spa at the Hyatt Regency, Sha Tin The Treatment: Royal Jelly Facial Treatment The Aim: The Hyatt Regency Sha Tin has just launched a variety of treatments using products by Ainhoa, a Spanish skincare label that aim to protect your skin from stress and environmental factors. The 60- and 90-minute treatments on offer all aim to bring something different to the massage table. The Royal Jelly Facial Treatment, in particular, aims to treat dehydration in skin. What exactly is royal jelly, you ask? It’s a secretion from honey bees, jam-packed with Vitamin B and minerals, and helps to decrease those irritating blemishes on your skin. The Experience: Melo Spa’s facial therapist begins the treatment with a consultation, assessing our skin type and talking through our daily skincare regime, as well as discussing common skin issues we experience. She identified the problems in our skin—particularly its oily and dry combination—and began the treatment by first tackling the blemishes, gently clearing out blackheads and whiteheads. After that, we had the soothing royal jelly lotion applied. A facial steamer, which serves to open up pores and cleanse the dirt and oil often trapped within, worked its way through. The treatment ended with a relaxing head and shoulder massage. The Takeaway: Surrounded by the quiet, peaceful environs of Sha Tin, with an allencompassing view of Tolo Harbour, the Melo Spa is worth the journey for busy city dwellers looking to relax. You’ll walk out practically glowing, with your skin feeling much smoother. $980 for 60 minutes. Melo Spa, 5/F, Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung St., Sha Tin, 3723-7684, www. hongkong.shatin.hyatt.com.
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Partnered with HYPOXI
An innovative approach to
targeted weight loss Why is it that even with a regular regime and healthy, balanced diet, many people complain that excess weight, especially in problem areas such as around the waist for men, and thighs and hips for women, is almost impossible to shift?
What they don’t realize is that these problem areas typically have a lower blood circulation (and therefore temperature) than other areas, e.g. the upper parts of the body. There’s a simple test you can try yourself which can demonstrate the strength of the blood supply to certain areas of your body. After 30 minutes of exercise, touch the skin around your legs, buttocks, hips, stomach and chest. You will notice that some areas feel warm, while others remain cold. The cooler the skin’s surface, the poorer the blood supply is to the tissue in that area, which in turn suggests it will be harder to burn fat there. And this is the reason for many people’s frustration. Because as far as these stubborn, fat-bearing areas are concerned, working out alone simply cannot always do the job. General exercise will not increase the blood circulation in certain areas. Therefore minimal targeted weight/ circumference loss is possible. One solution is to combine moderate exercise with an over and under pressure therapy in the affected area, to stimulate blood circulation in the problem areas. This has been proven to ultimately result in a targeted weight / circumference loss. It is a program based around these principles that has made one company, HYPOXI, a worldwide success since 1998. The three elements of the HYPOXI-Method include vacuum therapy, similar to the ancient technique of cupping, in that certain areas of the body are stimulated through the application of low pressure; compression therapy, in during which high pressure is applied to the tissue (also commonly used in the treatment of varicose veins); and moderate fat burning exercise, which has the effect of stimulating the
transport of fatty acids, thereby promoting fat metabolism. The HYPOXI-Method targets undesired fat deposits through the unique combination of alternating pressure therapy and moderate fat burning activity. The change in pressure effectively stimulates blood flow and accelerates the transport of fatty acids from these regions. The result is a targeted and long lasting circumference reduction from the problematic areas, which also has the benefit of reducing the appearance of cellulite, toning and tightening the skin and improving the complexion. In case you are still puzzled by what HYPOXI can do, these frequently asked questions may help: • How does it work and is it scientifically proven? Yes, HYPOXI is the unique and scientifically proven method that helps accelerate the rate at which fatty acids can be metabolized in order to help you lose weight. The machine uses a vacuum technique to increase blood flow to the lower half of the body to burn stubborn fat and reduce cellulite. Until now, it could not be proven that any method systematically and preferentially reduced body fat in specific body areas. However, the effect of conventional endurance training on the reduction of fat pads can be increased by alternating positive and negative pressure in target areas such as the areas around the abdomen and hips or the thighs. In fact independent studies have proven HYPOXI to be three-times more effective in circumference loss than conventional exercise. • Is HYPOXI safe? Yes, HYPOXI is all-natural and therefore totally safe. Moreover, the increased blood circulation
and metabolism rate will also support your well-being—so it’s super healthy. • How popular is HYPOXI? The system is loved and used by A-class celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Robbie Williams. Today HYPOXI is the world market leader of body shaping equipment with studios in more than 45 countries. • Does HYPOXI offer a free trial? Yes! So if you want to experience this unique approach yourself book in for a free trial. Contact Details www.hypoxi.com.hk
Foundations of Youth
The search for eternal youth may be nothing more than a myth, but there’s still plenty you can do to look and feel young.
Most people don’t know how to protect their skin from simple everyday threats, such as air pollution
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efying ageing is a lifelong battle, but it’s a simple fact that as we get older nature will take its course. As we age, our skin undergoes considerable changes. The onset of wrinkles, spots and dryness are natural signs that the skin has begun a transformation. That said the question remains: can we defy skin ageing? The answer to that milliondollar question is a resounding yes! In Ancient Egypt Cleopatra was famous for her beautiful skin. Admittedly, her secret was that she soaked in baths of fresh milk. Now maybe that’s taking the quest for youthful looks a bit too far, but there’s a plethora of things you can do to offset the ravages of time. To maintain your skin’s glow and texture while fighting wrinkles it’s important to recognize factors that can contribute to the ageing process, such as stress and the effects of the sun. It also helps to get plenty of exercise, enough sleep and add more Omega 3 foods to your diet. Another simple tip is to believe in the power of retinoids, which are a derivative of Vitamin A and can smooth wrinkles and clear brown spots efficiently. But remember, it’s essential that you consult a doctor for professional advice before undertaking any form of anti-ageing or sensitive skin treatment. A good starting point for healthy skin is learning to recognize the causes of skin ageing. Most people don’t know how to protect their skin from simple everyday threats, such as air pollution.
Air pollution also can cause acne-like eruptions or allergic reactions, including inflammation, redness or eczema. There is actually a higher prevalence of sensitive skin reported in polluted cities. Skincare products can be a useful method of protection. A general strategy may involve the use of mild rinse-off products, such as shampoo and shower gel to clean pollution from the skin. Skin protection by means of BB creams or foundation is another option, while the use of sunscreens to block UV radiation and to prevent photoreactive compounds reacting on UV exposure is also advisable. Dr Kong Ching-boon is a Hong Kong-based doctor working in the cosmetic field
Top Tips: • Enjoy a diet rich in antioxidants by eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables • Quit smoking • Avoid outdoor activities when there’s heavy pollution • Employ stress management at all times
A Timeless Beauty It’s often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but history could teach us a thing or two about our long-held perceptions.
Xi Shi’s Secret:
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istory points to the idea that good skin is at the heart of true beauty, whatever a person’s perception. After all, some of the most iconic beauties throughout history thought it essential to have milky, flawless skin. Xi Shi, the first of the four legendary beauties of Chinese history, was said to be so entrancing that when she came upon fish, they would forget how to swim and sink away when seeing her reflection in the water, hiding in the depths rather than face comparison with the famed Chinese goddess of beauty. The fact that the Xi Shi legend has survived more than two millennia is testament to her lasting influence; even in modern day China any woman is flattered if likened to Xi Shi. So what secrets can today’s women learn from the past, and from Xi Shi in particular? For younger looking skin, take a tip from Xi Shi’s winning formula. She maintained perfect skin by applying a mix of natural extracts, including mung beans and herbs. While Xi Shi’s mythological secrets may have faded through the annals of time, the basics are simple and modern science has adapted the concepts of a bygone era and developed ideal products designed for 21st century women.
The Chinese goddess of beauty Xi Shi was said to be so entrancing that when she came upon fish they would forget how to swim
Cleopatraâ€™s Secret: Just in case you remain unconvinced, perhaps you should check out Cleopatra, another heavyweight in the beauty realm. The mysterious Queen of the Nile was known for her exquisite looks and luxurious demanding beauty routine. Cleopatra was the keeper of several magic beauty secrets and maintained her gorgeous skin thanks to bathing in milk, which would involve mixing the milk of a young donkey with fresh honey and almond oil. One of her best-kept secrets was that she would sleep with a golden mask on her face, while she also used a green grape and honey mix as a facial to reduce overtanned skin, a sea salt scrub to exfoliate her body and face, and apple cider vinegar to regulate pH levels. And donâ€™t forget, beauty is synonymous with a healthy lifestyle and diet. Foods should be selected on the basis of their properties and benefits; green tea, ginseng, cherries, rice, cucumber, avocado and Chinese mushrooms all help combat the ageing process.
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Carina Lau lookinâ€™ fine at 50
Better with Age It might seem like movie stars are simply blessed with eternally youthful good looks, but itâ€™s not all play and no work. You can age gracefully too, if you do something about it.
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kay, so there are the lucky ones out there who simply seem to get better with age; they seem to mature like a good wine. The entertainment industry may have you believe that it’s just a fact of life. But in reality, that’s not the case. Someone that falls into that category is ageless movie star Johnny Depp, the one-time teen idol who since becoming a Hollywood A-lister has taken on a string of challenging and larger-than-life roles. He celebrates his 52nd birthday in June and still has the power to make women go weak at the knees. Some people are born with good looks that last, but take heart, the graceful agers aren’t ageing better than the rest of us mere mortals, they’re just ageing smarter. Here in Hong Kong we have a number of movie stars who shine when it comes to post 50s. They exude a youthful aura by following simple but meticulous Asian beauty routines. Popular local actress Carina Lau, who hits 50 in December, keeps herself looking young by getting enough rest and exercising five days a week to boost her metabolism and improve her mood. Fellow Hong Kong movie icon Cherie Chung started in the business after taking part in the 1979 Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant. The actress,
dubbed the Marilyn Monroe of Hong Kong because of her good looks, starred in more than 50 films over a 12-year career before stepping back from the limelight to get married. Amazingly she is now 55. Lau and Chung are both renowned for their lasting beauty and flawless skin; perfect examples of how to age gracefully.
Cherie Chung sits pretty at 55
Some basics you can follow to maintain flawless skin: • A clean diet, with plenty of water, sleep and exercise is essential for healthy skin • Always remove makeup before going to bed • Cleanse daily and exfoliate two or three times a week • Maintain balanced pH levels by using a toner • Use hydrating and energizing face masks • Don’t be afraid to moisturize. Apply from the center of the face in upward motions • When outdoors, slap on plenty of sunscreen
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Top Of The List Smile Center An attractive white smile can have a far greater effect on your life than you might realize. Recent research shows that whiter teeth can be a key factor in successfully getting a new job or a first date. It can also make you look more successful, employable, attractive and even five years younger. However, not everyone wants the inconvenience and expense associated with laser whitening. A new beauty salon, Smile Center, offers a proven treatment to recover the whiteness of your teeth. Safe, fast, painless and affordable, it is a simple and effective way to quickly obtain whiter teeth without sensitivity. Customers can expect to gain between 2 to 10 shades whiter in less than an hour, which will then last between one to three months. A cosmetic rather than dentist treatment, the procedure consists of using a gel in a mouth tray that is stimulated by a LED lamp. All products are certified 100% safe by the FDA and do not contain peroxide or penetrate into tooth enamel. New clients qualify for a 30 percent discount. Smile Center Ltd, 17/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2110- 9757, www.smile-center.com
Strand and Science One of the premier hair spa and hair loss specialists in the city, Strand and Science provides holistic care for all kinds of scalp and strand concerns. Dr. Aline Jahns, a certified trichologist—that’s the paramedical science of hair and scalp health—is the mastermind behind Strand and Science, and the only board-certified member of the World Trichology Society in Hong Kong. Having worked as an oral surgeon before turning her talents to hair and scalp care, Jahns uses scientifically proven methods for a more holistic and personalized approach than your run-of-the-mill salon, with special attention to common ailments such as hair loss and scalp problems. She’ll take into consideration your personal history, lifestyle, genetic factors and environmental conditions to assess the root of the problem and find a solution. Strand and Science’s beautifully appointed hair spa also offers all kinds of customized therapeutic hair treatments that can solve everyday problems, such as dandruff, split ends, knotty strands, chemically damaged locks or pesky gray hairs. Unit 17, 1/F, Block 2, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, 2886-3820, www.strandandscience.com
DAZ It was a mix of passion and inspiration that brought DAZ, Darrin Usher’s latest hairdressing incarnation, to life. As the founder of The Hairdressers, The Barber Shop and the original Fudge concept salon, Darrin has once again set the bar for salons in Asia and is delighted to share his journey with his clients. With a unique style unlike any salon in Asia, DAZ delivers warmth and a personal service. Set in a cozy and relaxed ambience, it boasts a professionally trained hairdressing team which is collectively the most international and experienced in town. DAZ sets high standards as an international salon with its team of handpicked stylists qualified to cater to Western, Asian, African, Hispanic and other backgrounds. As well as haircuts, styling and coloring, the salon offers a wide range of color, perm and other treatments, hair extensions, skincare including Keratin Complex smoothing treatment, makeup and nails. Darrin believes a visit to DAZ is not just about great hair and service, it is an experience to “ignite the senses”. 14 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
Barely Beauty Hidden in a commercial building in the heart of busy Central, this discreet beauty salon offers everything from Brazilian waxing (both male and female) to facial treatments to eyelash tinting/perming—all using premium products from Australia, Singapore and France. Pop in over lunch hour for a quick facial or linger longer for a detailed waxing treatment. With more than a decade in the beauty industry, owner Gaby Kwok will ensure a quality experience. Room 1106, 11/F, Commercial House, 35 Queen’s Rd. Central, 5162-7880, www.barelybeauty.com. 17/F, Cheong K Building, 84-86 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 5162-7880 (Will open soon).
NovaLash Eyelash Extensions in Hong Kong Celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton and Jessie James wear NovaLash eyelash extensions. The award-winningbrand has earned its reputation as the “healthiest” professional eyelash extension system on the market, thanks to stringent safety standards and long-lasting, medicalgrade lash extension adhesives. NovaLash Eyelash Extensions are available in thousands of salons and spas across the United States and in over 40 other countries worldwide. The brand’s Signature Studio offers the highest quality lash extension services available from the US, right in the heart of Hong Kong. Each stylist at the NovaLash Signature Studio is NovaLash trained and certified in performing the specialized and unique NovaLash technique that does not cause discomfort or damage to natural lashes. NovaLash clients come back every four weeks for touch up appointments, instead of two weeks with other leading brands. NovaLash’s Platinum Bond adhesive is extremely durable, oil-resistant and waterproof. 10/F, One Lyndhurst Terrace, Lyndhurst Tower, Central, 2536-0998, www.novalash.hk.
Rigby & Peller Known for its luxurious lingerie, Rigby & Peller believes that brides should feel nothing less than gorgeous on their wedding day. From that first date to the wedding night, it is every woman’s dream to look and feel perfect upon entering that new stage of life. Apart from elegant makeup to bridal gown and prom dresses, an added touch of elegance is the lingerie trousseau that lends an air of confidence to the bride. Rigby & Peller understands that every woman is unique and deserves a bespoke service tailored to the needs of each individual. Visit Rigby & Peller, our Lingerie Stylists are happy to dote on you and share their styling knowledge for every gown and dress you have selected for your big day. Shop 310, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2877-5655, www.rigbyandpeller.com.
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Spas Caudalie Spa Did you know that your favorite bottle of red is packed with powerful, age-defying properties? Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, the owners of Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyard, learned about their vine’s healthful ingredients and decided to put it to work double-time by opening Caudalie in 1999. In keeping with the whole wine theme, the spa on Gough Street features grape-shaped light bulbs, a long barrel-inspired table and pretty rattan accents throughout. It’s an urban retreat where you can be as quick or leisurely as you like—you can choose from “Beauty Under an Hour” options, or go for a relaxing facial in the upstairs Vinotherapie spa sanctuaries. 3 Gough St., Central, 2319-1006, hk.caudalie.com
D-Mop Beauty Committed fashionistas had better make a pilgrimage to D-Mop Beauty, the first spa, nail and makeup space to be launched by
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the super-hip D-Mop fashion group. On the first floor of D-Mop’s On Lan Street flagship store, this chic, minimalist salon specializes in hyper-chic nail art, as displayed on the photos of some of Hong Kong’s top models that line the walls. Eyelash extensions and event makeup are also specialties, but the spa is nothing if not versatile—waxing and massage services are also available. 1/F, 11-15 On Lan St., Central, 3101-1929, www.d-mop.com
Essential Spa One of the longest-established spa houses in Hong Kong, Essential Spa started up in 2001 and has since expanded to seven locations across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It has a particularly long list of treatments, from chocolate fondue body wraps to Vitamin C facial treatments. The spa offers go-to brands such as OPI, Essie and CND polish for manicures, and prestigious salon stalwarts Selvert Thermal and Sothys Paris for its skin treatments. 52 Elgin St., Central, 3102-9333, www.essentialspa.com.hk
Feel Good Factor Feel Good Factor has been a reliable, go-to spa for years, thanks to its complete range of services and friendly staff. FGF covers pretty much everything: mani-pedis, facials, massages, waxing, threading, spray tans, IPL—we could go on. The List is a huge fan of the spacious mani-pedi set-up, as well as the facials and massages (from $650). This popular spa is also a favorite for sparty packages, so be sure to look into it if you’re preparing for a night on the town with the girls. 2/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St., Central, 2530-0610, www.feelgoodfactor.com.hk
Flawless This award-winning boutique spa offers a wide range of pampering treatments: from mani-pedis to makeup sessions and, of course, facials. Find lots of luxurious treatments, like the Diamond Peel facial, which can be done on your entire face, just your eyes, or other body parts. The treatment uses a thin vacuum-like hose fitted with a diamond head sloughs off dead skin and de-clogs pores. 4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2869-5868, www.flawless.hk.com
Indulgence A veritable sanctuary in the heart of Central, Indulgence is a one-stop destination for pampering or prepping for a night out. In its comforting spa area, Indulgence offers a comprehensive treatment menu from rejuvenating Elemis facials to massages to “Venus Freeze” firming treatments to waxing and laser treatments. In the salon area, you can relax with a glass of bubbly as the experienced stylists get to work on your hair and nails. Indulgence has also recently opened a hair and nail salon on Wyndham Street. 3/F, Prosperity Tower, 39 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2815-6600, www.indulgence.hk
Maygi Beauty therapist Maygi is an expert in all types of pre- and postnatal therapies including massages, body wraps and bust treatments. She uses customized massage oils, which are safe for mom and baby, to relieve stress and help reduce swelling. Another service offered is tummy binding, with the aim of dramatically slimming down the stomach by up to 80 percent in 10 days. It may not be a long-term solution, but if you’re looking to shed a little baby weight, Maygi might be able to help. Unit C, 3/F, 108-110 Wellington St., Central, 9801-3290, www.maygi.com
Spa L’Occitane Keeping with the skincare brand’s MO, Spa L’Occitane is the place to get pampered with all the closeness and refuge you get from nature. The 3,000-square-foot spa has nine individual cabins to relax in before getting ready for a massage or one of the signature facial treatments. There’s something even for the guys: Try the Verdon Vivifying Skincare ($850)—which includes a toxin-draining massage that leaves skin healthy and glowing. Shop 3, Tower 2, Star Crest, 9 Star St., Wan Chai, 2143-6288, hk.loccitane.com
Foot Massages Fun Feet Reflexology Center Long hours at the office got your joints and muscles all tense? Kick back in a cushy reclining leather chair at Fun Feet Reflexology Center—open until 2am every day—where the therapists will iron out the kinks in your body. Prices are very reasonable, at just $218 for 50 minutes. Fun Feet also offers medical, pressure-point, or lymphatic massages to 18 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
help stimulate your body’s natural detoxifying abilities. Mani-pedis are also offered. Shop 5B-C, LG/F, Yee Fung Building, 1 Wong Nai Chung Rd., Causeway Bay, 2525-1108, www.funfeet.com.hk
will be primped and polished with an organic sugar scrub, then massaged to iron out all the tiredness of the day. It’s all followed up by a paraffin wax to soften dry skin, ending with nail polish of your choice.
Gao’s Foot Massage
G/F, 8 First St., Sai Ying Pun, 2806-8959
If old school is what you’re looking for, Gao’s prides itself on keeping with traditional Chinese massage methods. Opened since 2003, the massage spot has since branched out from its Lan Kwai Fong location to another in Mid-Levels; both provide relaxing environments where your massage is accompanied by the sound of birdsong in the background, as well as a calming rose tea. The shops are open daily until midnight.
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15/F, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2810-9219, www.gaosfootlankwaifong.com
Halite Step into the quiet, peaceful surrounds of Halite, and you could almost forget that you’re in the heart of Sheung Wan. This foot spa uses halite—the scientific name for rock salt—as its namesake. Aptly so, as each of its shops is decorated with Himalayan crystal salt lamps, which not only create soft and soothing lighting in each establishment, but also act as a natural air ionizer and purifier, clearing out pollution and dust in the air. CNT Commercial Building, 302 Queen’s Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 2890-6820, www.halitehk.com
Pure Massage Ultra-clean and private, this space is a hit with those in the know thanks to Pure Massage’s superbly skilled reflexology sifus. At $174 for 45 minutes, it’s well worth it for a treat. There are another 10 branches located around town, so check the website for the one nearest to you.
Ten Feet Tall is the brainchild of Dragon-i founder Gilbert Yeung. With a primary focus on quality foot massages in luxurious surroundings (think iPod docks, private rooms and flat-screen TVs), this 8,000-squarefoot space gives off an airy holiday vibe with its white and bleached wood furnishings. In addition to foot massage ($320 for 50-minutes), the menu features a range of body massages. Any lunchtime foot-rub addicts out there? Ten Foot Tall provides meals from the Dragon-i kitchen along with a 50-minute massage from noon to 3pm, starting from $360. 20-21/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2971-1010, www.tenfeettall.com.hk
Hair Salons Alchemy A swanky hair and nail salon from the Il Colpo Group, Alchemy opened in 2014. The boutique outfit is out to give clients an ultra luxurious experience, with 28 plush seats and three VIP rooms often occupied by well-heeled cosmopolitans. The hair team, led by Justin Paul Chambers “JP,” is dedicated to finding chic styles that complement your lifestyle, coloring and physical features. In addition to hair care, you can also have your nails done while you’re there. Shop LG1-3, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, 3106-0128, www.ilcolpo.com.hk
Shop G11, G/F, Kornhill Plaza, 1 Kornhill Rd., Tai Koo, 2323-2124, www.puremassage.com.hk
Sense of Touch At the Hong Kong spa stalwart’s latest Sai Ying Pun branch, you can treat yourself to Vietnamese-inspired signature treatments, such as the ginger and lime invigorating “Good Morning Vietnam” scrub and massage, or the “Lakeside Romance” couples treatment, inspired by the elegance of the banks of Hanoi. Sense of Touch also offers a sweet pedi and foot massage deal: $520 for 90 minutes. After an Italian Mandarin footbath, your toenails
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Beauty Nest Walk into Repulse Bay’s luxury beauty bar Beauty Nest and you’ll strut out looking pretty glam. Offering a full range of services from blow-drys, nails, makeup to brow treatments, it’s your new go-to before an important event, girly get-together or hot date. The bar uses some of the latest widely touted boutique brands, such as Bliss beauty and skincare products, NEST fragrances, Ilia organic cosmetics, and haircare from John Masters Organics and Native Essentials.
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Units G115-G116, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., Repulse Bay, 2592-9559, www.beautynest.com.hk
BruneBlonde BruneBlonde was brought to Hong Kong from France in 2013 by founders Roland Boutin and David Gouygou. Especially great at coloring, BruneBlonde can handle blonde strands better than many Hong Kong salons. Blowdrys here will cost you a pretty penny—they come in a series of six, which costs $2,106; or a series of 15, which starts at $4,680. But hey, at least your hair will look good on at least six different occasions. The salon also does nails, makeup, eyebrow shaping and scalp treatments. M/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2511-3988, www.bruneblonde.com
Capelli Hair Salon Recently extending from its Southside location to one on Arbuthnot Road, the award-winning Capelli Hair Salon is an exclusive L’Oreal Professionnel and Kérastase salon that offers a unique repertoire of hair spa treatments as well as conventional salon services. Head here to have your hair colored,
The Firm The Test Subject: Kate Springer The Place: One of Hong Kong’s oldest and most popular hair salons, The Firm overlooks Graham Street’s graffiti in Central. The modern, open space is flooded with light thanks to big floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows, which are especially great for admiring a new hair color. And The Firm does more than hair, too, with a dedicated area for mani-pedis, massages and waxing services. Thanks to removable salon stations, the space can also transform into a venue for parties or product launches. The Experience: I brought in my go-to photo of Jessica Biel, and my stylist Sandy Ng immediately knew what to do. She tells
cut or twirled into a special up-do by stylists with years of experience. LG/F, The Ovolo, 2 Arbuthnot Rd., Central, 2869-0939, www.capelli.hk
Hair Corner This stylish yet affordable salon has achieved the QTS (Quality Tourism Service Scheme) label in this city, so at the very least you know the tourism board approves. With experienced coiffeurs Lam and Homan behind the scissors, they’re so confident you’ll like your new ‘do, they even offer a money-back guarantee. It also has other branches in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay.
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1/F, Duke of Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington St., Central, 2522-3311, www.hair-corner.com
me what I need: natural on top, with sunny streaks towards my ends—an effect that can be achieved with a balayage. That’s the “it” hair coloring technique of the moment, as natural roots mean easy maintenance. Sandy used a vertical tin-foil strategy, so I had some metal dreadlocks for a spell. My bangs came out a little too blonde, but Sandy adjusted them as soon as I mentioned. The end result was just what I wanted. The Takeaway: When it comes to great hair— and great view of SoHo—The Firm stands firmly among our top Hong Kong salons. Cuts from $550, color from $650. 1/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Rd., Central, www.thefirmhk.com
Hipp Fish Family-run business Hipp Fish has been around since the late 90s, specializing in blonde, curly, and afro styling, as well as providing services for made-to-order hair extensions, temporary weaves and Brazilian Keratin treatments. The List was really impressed at a recent cut and color: a resident stylist did some much-needed root touchups, carefully applying the dye to make sure it was a perfect match. After that, a quick yet precise trim left our locks looking fresh. Prices are pretty reasonable to boot: cut and styling for women starts at $500 up to $1,200 from a director. 1-2/F, 32 Staunton St., Central, 2815-3638, www.hippfish.com
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Iyara Natural Therapies Using all-natural products and decked out in earthy tones to match, Iyara’s new Natural Therapies spa is aimed at men and women who are looking for hair and scalp solutions—think hair loss, dandruff and damaged hair. Here’s how it works: a hair therapist analyzes your hair and suggests a tailored hair mask (from $600), which, depending on your hair needs, could be packed with the likes of avocado, honey, tea tree oil or apricot oil. While you’re waiting for the goodness to soak in, you can have a natural manicure using Zoya polish or enjoy a shoulder massage. There are also private treatment rooms if you want to indulge in a body massage, facial or a signature foot massage. For the fellas? There’s a separate men’s zone for private pampering. 2/F, 27 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2523-8700, www.iyaradayspa.com
Strand and Science Aline Jahns, the brains who brought Ybera “Discovery” Smoothening Treatment from Brazil to Hong Kong, opened this sleek hair spa in Discovery Bay. The clean white space is devoted to scalp and hair health, aiming to help address common issues like lifeless locks, hair loss or everyday wear and tear. Aline uses her expertise as a trichologist to assess your hair, and then applies an appropriate treatment. Of course, hair health is not about quick fixes, so Aline takes care to arm you with tips for day-to-day care before you trot out the door. Unit 17, 1/F, Block 2, Discovery Bay North Plaza, 96 Siena Ave., Lantau Island, 2886-3820, www.strandandscience.com
Men’s Grooming Ambassador Barber Parlour Looking for a no-frills, old school cut and shave? This long-time Causeway Bay favorite is a well-kept secret, armed with an arsenal of old hands who have been working there for at least 50 years. You can opt for a typical barber’s cut, but the folks at Ambassador can handle trendier styles too. At $146, a full cut and Shanghainese shave is cheap. Be sure to plan ahead—it’s closed on Wednesdays.
scrubs. Sorry, ladies—gentlemen only! 47-48, B/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2525-2455, www.gentlemenstonic.com
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Era This little space may be tucked off Pottinger Street, but you can’t miss its bright red storefront. Era is a spin-off grooming concept from style maestro Paul Gerrard. It’s a barber shop through and through—you’re getting relaxing vintage chairs, friendly and chatty stylists and a menu of manly shaves and snips. Era offers four simple styles: the “rocker” (dry cut), “stray cat” (wash cut and finish), “rebel” (buzz cut) and “kojak” (head shave with blade). Polish your look off with a traditional wet shave and some spot-on grooming tips. A quality, luxurious experience for any dapper gentleman. 36 Pottinger St., Central, 2577-3080, www.erabarbers.com
Gentlemen’s Tonic As a modern take on the traditional barbershop, Gentlemen’s Tonic provides a variety of lifestyle and grooming services especially for men. Hair cuts, wet shaves and hand treatments are all available, and there’s also a variety of massages, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, facials and body
Mence Established in 1980, this is a men-only beauty and slimming center. Mence claims that a 20-minute lymphatic computerized drainage treatment can help achieve similar results to a few hours at the gym. Free initial consultation. Mence’s headquarters are in Tsim Sha Tsui (10/F, 238 Building, 238 Nathan Rd., Jordan, 3106-3368) and there’s another branch in Causeway Bay (14/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, 2117-8068). Unit 1B, 24/F, Worldwide House, 19 Des Voeux Rd., Central, 2117-8068, www.mence.com.hk
The Mandarin Barber Reminiscent of a private gentlemen’s club, with 1930s Art Deco touches, The Mandarin Barber is a men’s grooming mainstay in the city. Located on the second floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this is an urban retreat for men. Spruce up for that evening out with a wet shave or haircut; those with
Toni & Guy A leading UK hairdressing powerhouse with a stellar international reputation—there are more than 420 salons worldwide—Toni & Guy has two branches in Hong Kong, as well as one training academy. It prides itself in offering high-quality cuts and styles for clients in a laid-back yet professional setting. And for those who are a little more adventurous, this is the place to test out trending shades and daring cuts—the brand is known for sponsoring top design and fashion shows around the world. G/F, 15 Wyndham St., Central, 2801-7870, www.toniandguy.com.hk The Mandarin Barber
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more time can book a manicure or pedicure, or perhaps some reflexology and a massage. Multi-treatment packages are on offer, too. 2/F, The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd., Central, 2825-4088, www.mandarinoriental.com
The Strand Located conveniently next to the Mid-Levels Escalator, this five-story hair and beauty salon offers a variety of makeup services and spa treatments. The guys can get their tresses tended to as well—there’s a complete malededicated floor where you stay in the barber’s chair every step of the way, from shampoo to cut to wet shave. 18 Cochrane St., Central, 2850-7686, www.thestrandhk.com
The Wet Shave Society The Wet Shave Society’s MO is to spread the luxury of a great shave with the convenience of having it delivered straight to your door. The first wet shave subscription service in Hong Kong, WSS sends monthly shave packs—beginning with a set that includes a sleek black shaving bowl, a premium badger-hair brush, a double-edge safety razor and blades, and shaving cream and aftershave balm—a WSS house formula that treats microscopic cuts with Vitamin E, plant essences and Dead Sea minerals. One-off shave packs, especially good as gifts, will set you back $500. www.wetshavesociety.com
Nail Bars Canary This ultra-feminine spot in Central offers soakoff gel nails, hard gel extensions, and intensive moisturizing treatments. You can opt for any type of nail art, from cute floral patterns to bold prints. Canary uses high-quality gel nail brand Gelish Harmony for soak-off gel. For those who have weak nails, you can opt to use VitaGel, which contains nail strengthening ingredients. Room 01, 11/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St., Central, 2537-0338, www.canary.com.hk
Cleopatra’s Cleopatra’s does it all: nails, facials, waxing and massages. Manicures start at an affordable $100, and pedicures at $150. There are also other options available, such as exfoliating treatments for your hands, shellac and UV hard 24 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
gel manicures. Tree huggers especially will love the SpaRitual nail care treatments, which use organic products imported from around the world. Guys won’t be left out at Cleopatra’s either: there are manis, pedis and waxing services specifically tailored for men. Flat A, 2/F, Yan King Court, 119-121 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, 2866-7338, www.cleopatrasbeauty.com.hk
Jade Nail Jade Nail offers standard and spa mani-pedis, painted nail art, gel and acrylic nails, glue-on nail tips and nail jewelry (including crystals and dangling bits). You can also turn to Jade Nail should you seek any types of chiropody treatments, which can treat ingrown nails, corns and callouses. Shop 16, 1/F, Tower 1, Admiralty Centre, Admiralty, 2520-2606
Nail 88 Cheap-and-cheerful nail salon Nail 88 offers manicures for $48, pedicures for $98 and a full set of soft gel nails for $188. You don’t come to Nail 88 for the ambience—you come because you need a good, cheap
and speedy mani. The manicures here are done and dried within 30 minutes and the pedicures are brusque but thorough. But the big surprise is the selection of soft gel: expect a huge selection of color choices. If you’re looking for affordable, fuss-free nails, this is your spot. Shop G24-25, Welland Building, 368 Queen’s Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 2851-6711, www.nail88.com.hk
Nail & Beauty This no-frills nail bar overlooks Hollywood Road and offers gel nails, refills, nail art, mani-pedis, permanent makeup, massages, waxing and paraffin treatments—all at very competitive prices. Simple manicures cost only $120, and a full set of soak-off gel nails $280. Men are welcome to come as well! 5/F, 5 Li Yuen St. East, Central, 3119-4649, www.nail-beauty.hk
Nail Nail At this luxurious spot, you can enjoy a basic manicure, pedicure, scrub or mask—or go all out with Swarovski crystals embedded onto your nails. Nail Nail will make your experience
eyelash extensions, as well as relaxing hand and foot treatments. 1/F, 40 Stanley St., Central, 2522-0490
The Nail Bar Want to treat yourself to one of the top luxury nail services in town? The Nail Bar at the Four Seasons is just the ticket. With a waterfront panorama as your backdrop, you can get your nails designed by the team of talented nail artists, or relax in a massage chair as your feet experience some luxury R&R from the wide range of therapeutic and reflexology services. Basic express manicures start from $400 and they’re totally worth the money. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong , 8 Finance St., Central, 3196-8900, www.fourseasons.com
The Nail Library
The Nail LIbrary at The Upper House
as lux or lax as you’d like. Unit L2-55, 3/F, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Ave., Kowloon Tong, 2314-0220, www.nailnail.com.hk
Nailae First launched late last year, Nailae is a photo-nail printing technology that sprays intricate designs on your nails in just a matter of minutes. With the help of an app downloaded to your phone, you can choose any design—even snap a photo on the spot—to be printed on your nail. The List recently gave Nailae a spin at its launch: Cute pop art stock designs showed up clear and easy on our nails, but would have improved if our cuticles were taken care of beforehand. Nailae is available at Fast Beauty (83A Hollywood Rd., Central, 2517-0939, www.fastbeautyspa.com) and Sense of Touch spas, starting from $50 per nail.
An ideal spot for a spa party, The Nail Library comes complete with designer polishes, a loft setting and complimentary bubbly. This nail sanctuary also has a growing reputation for trend-setting nail art. For a professional manicure in a beautiful, spacious loft environment, $270 seems pretty worth it. The manicure itself is standard procedure, done to the finest detail. Then you’re given a moisturizing oil scrub, and your hands are lightly massaged and exfoliated. You can also opt for its services when staycating at The Upper House. 6 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2803-2290
Cosmetics Stores 10/10 Space
Home Works, Unit S506, Block A, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, www.bathetobasics.com
Clara Yeung Skincare Aiming to minimize harm environmental damage, Clara Yeung Skincare is all about utilizing ingredients found in nature to quell our skincare concerns—all handmade by Clara Yeung herself. In each minimalistic-designed tube or bottle, you’ll find high-performing serums, lip balms, cream masks, deodorants or more. You’ll be able to find Clara Yeung at the Island East Markets on Sundays, or you can order directly by email. www.facebook.com/ClaraYeung. HandmadeSkincare
Luxola This Singapore-based online beauty emporium is great for those seeking out hard-to-find boutique brands, or overseas labels that will save you a trip to the US or UK. Look for the highly hyped US makeup brand The Balm, pigment palettes from Sleek, or specialty shampoos from American Crew. What’s more, Hongkongers get free international shipping for purchases over $250. (+65) 8493-7315, www.luxola.com/hk
10/10 Space is a clean and brightly lit spa located just at the corner of Fashion Walk. It also carries beauty and haircare brands that may be harder to pin down in Hong Kong. Think Malin + Goetz skincare and shampoos, Sachajuan’s vastly popular Ocean Spray products, indulgent scented shampoos, hair masks by famed colorist Christophe Robin, and more. Unit B, 1/F, Fairview Mansion, 51 Paterson St., Causeway Bay, 3595-1152, www.1010space.com.hk
Bathe to Basics
Bathe to Basics hand makes bath and shower products using natural ingredients and traditional soap production methods. Made with a combination of natural oils, butter and
A hand and foot therapy spa with a full range of treatments, Orange Wood offers manicures, pedicures, gel nails, eyebrow shaping and
organic plants, it uses a cold process that results in soap with a high concentration of glycerin—the good stuff that moisturizes skin. All products are eco-friendly and made in Tai Po. It also sells Hong Kong’s first ever locally produced, fluoride- and preservativefree toothpaste. The online shop offers free delivery for purchases exceeding $300.
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MYH Cosmetics Up-and-coming local brand MYH Cosmetics was founded by Melanie Yeh Hofmann, a TaiwaneseGerman who grew up in the SAR. The brand’s flagship product is TŌTL M.E. ($155), a two-inone, water-resistant eyeliner and mascara that switches gears with an easy twist of the handle— revealing an eyeliner applicator hidden within the mascara brush. You might need a steadier hand when creating that perfect winged flick—to prevent dreaded mascara smudges—but it’s a fantastic option for occasions when you need to downsize what you’re carrying in a small handbag. www.myhcosmetics.com
Native Essentials Set up in 2011 by Aromatologist Daniela Pelonara, Native Essentials is an all-natural skincare brand based on the soothing powers of botanicals in all its products. The online store is chock-full of skincare regimen essentials—from cleansers to moisturizers to shampoos—but you can also find Native Essentials at various spa counters across town, namely Iyara Day Spa, Sense of Touch, and more. Moms-to-be and those with newborns can also look forward to specially formulated products that quell nausea or relieve nappy rash. 2870-1234, nativessentials.com
Purearth Founded by Kavita Khosa—a lawyer turned entrepreneur—Purearth is pretty much as guilt-free as it gets: the brand aims to empower struggling communities in the Himalayas by enabling the marginalized groups who produce the brand’s ingredients negotiate with urban markets on their own fair terms. Not only does Purearth have conscientious production methods, but the products are also made with natural and organic ingredients. Among the most talkedabout products? A rosehip seed face treatment oil ($580) that’ll make your face glow; Himalayan salt body polish ($380) to scrub away dry skin; and super-rich Mandarin body butter ($500) that’s made with beeswax and Ayurvedic oils. shop.purearth.asia
Nurture from Nature Take a more natural approach with beauty products packed with organic and vegan ingredients.
Oh, Nuts One of nature’s greatest gifts, the coconut has found its way into lots of skincare products. Slather on this natural coconut scrub from Skin Beautique to reveal smooth, shiny skin just in time for summer. $198, Skin Beautique, www.skin-beautique.com
Tea Time Infused with organic white and green tea, Ilia’s tinted moisturizers offer great coverage with a semi-matte finish that keeps your skin from looking too shiny later in the day. $465, Ilia, Shop B1-10E, B1/F, SOGO, Causeway Bay, 2833-5157
Sun Seeker Suntegrity SPF30 tinted sunscreen from Skin Essential is a multitasking moisturizer made with natural and vegan ingredients. It protects, nourishes, primes, covers and hydrates all at once. $405, Gourmet Skin Bar, gourmetskinbar.com
Sensitive Side Check out the Goddess eyeliners from Little Things in Life—these bad boys are formulated for sensitive skin, and made with morinja oil. They go on super smooth and come in a fantastic array of shades. $220, Little Things in Life, ltilhk.com
Lip Service Made entirely of natural ingredients— think apricot, olive wax, shea butter and jojoba oil—the Couleur Caramel lipsticks from Nest Beauty are a treat for your lips. They also come in vibrant colors and several finishes, such as pearl, glitter or matte. $179, Nest Beauty, www.nestbeauty.com
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Eating healthy in Hong Kong can be a tricky business—especially when you have little mouths to feed. Kate Springer asks four Hong Kong parents in the food industry about balancing their families’ diets. Meet the Masters: Nealy Fischer:
The founder and director of Mayya + Movement (mayyamovement.com), Nealy runs wellness events, writes a blog and develops healthy recipes. She’s a mom of four: Ben, 13; Eitan, 11; Ayla, 7; and Liam, 2.
Owner of Homegrown Foods (www.homegrownfoods.com.hk), Posto Pubblico, Linguini Fini and Stone Nullah Tavern, Todd weighs in on eating healthy in Hong Kong. His son Axel is just over 2 months old.
Priscilla’s the chef and founder of Raiz The Bar (raizthebar.com), a Hong Kong-based chocolate company with a focus on high-quality, nutrition-rich ingredients. She has two kids: 5-year-old Luca and 21-month-old daughter Mya.
Co-owner and co-founder of Lola’s Ice Pops, Julie is all about pumping healthy, guilt-free ingredients into traditionally sweet treats. She has two kids: Evelyn, 5, and Ethan, 1.
The List: What are some of your tips for eating better?
the week and then make salads that are enough to eat for two to three days for lunch. Most of what goes into the salads is organic, and I save money by buying from reputable suppliers in large quantities.
Nealy Fischer: It is hard to get into the groove of cooking. But once you start, it is so rewarding. Even things as basic as chopping salads and making dressings means you have something to fall back on in your fridge. Priscilla Soligo: I set some time aside each week to pre-make things. I’ll make anything from raw protein cookies and raw kale chips, to baked breakfast bars and raw dips for veggie crudités, which I take to work at our chocolate factory. Being prepared and organized makes life a whole lot easier. Keep it fresh. Keep it delicious. Keep it whole foods without the herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and chemicals—get organic where you can. Todd Darling: Prepare food in bulk at home. I cook farro, quinoa, or other whole grains in a rice cooker for 28 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
Julie Tuan: We try to eat at home as opposed to going out, and make all our food from fresh ingredients. We hardly use jarred, canned or dried items—and also no processed foods. When we go out to eat as a family I always try to bring some food or snacks from home as well, such as cut-up fruit, cheese or yogurt, so that the kids aren’t just filling up on French fries. The List: What’s your family’s go-to healthy snack? PS: We are big green juicers in my family, and we also consume yummy plant-based smoothies using the likes of spinach, kale and dark green lettuce. This is the only way you can pack your greens in without
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sitting at the table for hours trying to chew (let’s face it—no kid wants to do that!). There are some fantastic organic delivery companies too, if you’d prefer not to make the trek. NF: I am not a huge fan of snacking but when you or the kids need something quick, here are my suggestions: raw almonds, raw veggie chips or raw crackers, dark chocolate, celery and almond butter, or hummus and veggies. JT: Both my kids love all kinds of fruit. I can also get them to eat veggie sticks dipped in almond butter. The List: Where do you shop? NF: I use i-Herb (www.iherb.com) for great prices, a huge selection of food and supplement staples, and reliable delivery; Just Green for my local in-a-pinch snacks, supplements and ingredient staples; Green Vitamin (www.greenvitamin.hk) for fresh kale and my Happy Cow ice cream; Oliver’s for weekly basics and organic produce; and Gonzalo (www.gonzalo.hk) for grass-fed beef and chicken delivered to your doorstep. PS: The Lions Nature Education Centre VMO farmers market is open every Saturday and Sunday in Sai Kung. It is government-regulated, and 100 percent of everything sold has been locally grown in Hong Kong—plus it is incredibly affordable! TD: Well, I’m extremely discerning about what I buy, eat and feed to my family. Unless it’s an occasion and I’m out to eat or doing my usual dim sum routine on Sundays, I only buy from Homegrown Foods (www. homegrownfoods.com.hk). It’s all sourced by me so I know the farmers making my food.
and ParknShop, wet markets, and also the more high-end grocery stores like Citysuper. The List: What are your favorite family restaurants? NF: My dining room—with so many people in tow plus a 2-year-old, dining out as a family is very little fun these days. I prefer to have friends over, cook up a feast and let everyone run around. But when we do opt for eating out, we’d go for Life Café: my kids love the sweet potato fries. We also love weekend brunches at Zuma: there are always other kids running around and it’s a relaxed way to spend Sunday. PS: I would have to say hands-down Grassroots Pantry. Chef Peggy Chan and her team take so much care in delivering the most delicious foods. Love their burdock fries, South East Asian platter and “chicken” paneer tandoori. My kiddos and hubby and I absolutely love the Happy Cow ice cream served there for dessert. We also really love Life Café—there’s a reason the restaurant’s been around for a while. Also love the flatbread wraps with za’atar and “sun juice” at Mana! Fast Slow Food.
JT: BEP—I love that the spring rolls are packed with fresh veggies. My kids like the fried rice at Crystal Jade, and we also like Sea Salt Fish & Chips, our neighborhood restaurant, where you can get really nice, fresh grilled fish served with red rice or salad. Just Green: Various locations including 52 Graham St., Central, 2801-5611. Oliver’s: Shop 201-205, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2810-7710. Life Café: Various locations including 10 Shelley St., Central, 2810-9777. Grassroots Pantry: 12 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, 2873-3353. Mana! Fast Slow Food: 92 Wellington St., Central, 2851-1611. Luk Yu Tea House: 24-26 Stanley St., Central, 2523-5464. BÊP: Two locations including 9-11 Staunton St., Central, 2522-7533. Crystal Jade: Various locations including 3/F, Tai Yau Plaza, 181 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2573-8844. Sea Salt Fish & Chips: 23 Mosque St., Mid-Levels, 2790-7211.
TD: Luk Yu Tea House on Stanley Street has tradition and heritage. I’m transported to a different time. There’ something more substantial and genuine about eating there that’s missing in most restaurant experiences.
JT: Everywhere, actually, including our local Wellcome
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Get it Right:
Family Health Putting family health first is the same as putting yourself first, says Dr Lam Wing-wo
Fundamentally a happy family is all about learning to live with each other and being considerate.
amily health is such a wide ranging topic that it’s impossible to define as a single entity. In its most basic form, it would probably be best described as the health status of the family as an overall unit, including the impact of any one member of that family on the unit as a whole. When considering family health, it’s important to recognize the effect of family organization and disorganization on health. Family health is more than just a physical issue: It’s also about relationships between different members of the family—between the child and his or her parents, the child with each parent and between the parents themselves. When a doctor treats a person’s health he needs to study the family background and history in order to deal with the root cause of any problem. There are many dynamics that critically affect the health of each individual in the family. Sometimes children’s health problems can be caused by family issues. Many young couples have children, but don’t know how to cope with child rearing. The problem is they have children too young. Before they know how to live with each other in harmony as a family unit, they already have to cope with a young child, and often they don’t know how to communicate with a youngster. We must remember that one member affects the others in a family unit. In a family situation, we 30 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
must know how to express ourselves, learn to listen, communicate, discuss and understand each other in order to avoid conflict. Fundamentally, a happy family is all about learning to live with each other and being considerate. So having empathy is of the utmost importance. You must also learn to use various skills, such as listening, communicating properly, as well as discussing and understanding problems. It's all about "complementarity," learning to appreciate each other’s qualities and co-exist. To begin with we must have the right mindset. One must put family first. Many people fall into the bad habit of bringing home work because it can be done through electronic devices such as mobile phones and emails. Please kick that habit now! Another way of developing the right mindset is you must set aside some time for private communication with your partner. That means you genuinely talk about things that concern each of you and nothing else. Talking to each other openly helps to flush out underlying problems. Be mindful that accumulated, unresolved problems are toxic to the long-term health of a relationship. This kind of toxin also affects the physical health of individual people, and the health of the family as a whole. Dr Lam Wing-wo is a Hong Kong-based family doctor
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While the modern interpretation of medicine in the Western world is science based and focused on dealing with illness and disease, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in contrast, strives to achieve health and well-being through the cultivation of harmony. Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Raymond Lam Chi-hang, explains the basis of TCM theory and its benefits.
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he ancient belief is that harmony brings health, well-being and sustainability, while disharmony leads to illness, disease and ultimately, collapse. TCM is based on the concept of Qi—which translates as vital energy—and the theory of Yin and Yang, the quintessential opposite forces that make up existence. Central to the philosophy is the perfect balance of the two principles between the negative, dark and feminine Yin and the positive, bright and masculine Yang. In a nutshell, TCM considers everything in context and sees everything as a whole. Rather than simply treating illness and preventing disease, it seeks to optimize everything from diet, exercise and handling stress to interaction with family, friends and the environment. TCM is a direct descendent of one of the oldest and continuously practiced systems of medicine in the world. It dates back 2,500 years and has evolved into a sophisticated and rational system of medicine that has influenced many in the wider medical field. Today Chinese medicine continues to develop in new and exciting ways and is utilized by millions of people around the world. It’s universally recognized as a world-class system of medicine. While it is very much centered on Asia, there are about 14,000 practitioners in the United States, and thousands more in other parts of the world. The five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—are aspects of Qi, and good health is a harmonious balance of these elements. That balance is also affected by heat and dampness, two of the six destructive influences in TCM, which have opposite effects on the body. Heat causes increased activity, while dampness creates stagnation. Heat, or fire, is a Yang pernicious influence and when out of balance can lead to irritability, fever and inflammatory conditions. As you might expect, heat rises, appearing as a red face and eyes, sore throat and dizziness. If heat affects the heart or liver, irritability may result. Heat can also attack body fluids, leading to thirst, constipation and dark urine.
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Syndromes of Heat Wind Heat: Most commonly this appears in the shape of a cold or flu. Wind combines with heat to produce symptoms of fever, sore throat, thirst, headache, sweating, a quickened heartbeat and, on occasion, a red tip of the tongue. Acupuncture and herbal formulas are used to repel the wind and clear the heat. Excess Heat In ORgans: Typical symptoms are irritability, thirst, a dry throat, concentrated urine, constipation, a red tongue and a full, rapid pulse. Other symptoms depend on the organ. For example, lung fire might bring about an accumulation of yellow mucus in the lungs. In all cases, the treatment is to clear the excess heat with herbs and acupuncture.
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Heat Deficiency: When there’s a deficiency in the Yin, the cooling aspect of an organ, the resulting imbalance causes heat to flare up. The symptoms are red cheeks, night sweats, irritability, chronic inflammation, a red tongue and a thin, rapid pulse. Other symptoms depend on the organ affected. When the kidneys have deficient heat, chronic urinary tract infections can occur; deficient heat in the lungs—which can arise from smoking—can lead to a chronic dry cough, while the heat from heart Yin deficiency can cause insomnia.
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Sang Zhi (Mulberry branches)
Wind Damp: Chills, a headache, afternoon fever, nausea, and diarrhea characterize the common cold. Often sufferers describe feeling as if a wet towel is wrapped around the head. Treatment includes moxibustion—the burning of moxa on or near a person’s skin as a counter irritant—and aromatic herbs that repel wind and drain dampness. Wind Damp Joint Pain: This condition manifests itself in the shape of a dull and heavy pain and numbness that can persist in certain joints. Rheumatic pain that gets worse in damp weather is a good example of this type of imbalance. Treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion can relieve the stiffness and pain. Herbs that clear wind damp, such as sang zhi (mulberry branches) and gui zhi (cinnamon twigs), are
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used to decrease swelling and improve circulation, following the Chinese principle of using branches (tree limbs) to treat branches (body limbs). Internal Dampness: Typically due to an imbalance in the spleen, the symptoms of internal dampness include bloating, diarrhea, lack of appetite, undigested food in the stools, fatigue, and possible edema in the abdominal area. Since excessive dampness in the spleen is stored in the lungs, a damp spleen can often lead to frequent colds and allergies. Treatment uses diuretic herbs and activates the spleen with herbs. When it comes to health tonics, TCM has a number of herbal formulas that are said to treat a range of disorders. Most of these medicines come in easy-to-swallow, tiny round pills or tablets. Remarkably, many of the available remedies have been made by the same family for generations; some have even been in use for more than 2,000 years.
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the heart of the problem When treating medical complaints using TCM, it’s important to recognize that there are major differences compared with Western treatments. While you may be used to taking prescription drugs or eating soothing homemade soup as a remedy for many common ailments, a typical TCM treatment plan may well include massage, moxibustion and the ancient Chinese healing art of gi gong, which involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. The most common treatment plan, however, is more likely to focus on a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Whether you suffer from allergic reactions, insomnia or are merely seeking an effective remedy to the common cold, TCM might be able offer a solution. Having said that, remember that before starting treatment it’s always a good move to seek the advice of a health professional. Here are a just a few suggested treatments for a range of everyday ailments: To treat arthritis TCM looks to reduce pain and inflammation, but also focuses on eliminating the cause of arthritis and, thus, the disease itself. Arthritis responds well to acupuncture. When combined with moxa, it can relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Typically, needles are placed into points surrounding the painful area, encouraging circulation and relieving pain and swelling. Additionally, herbal therapy is used as an important part of the treatment in chronic cases,
helping to expel the cold and dampness. Furthermore, it’s important to exercise regularly in order to warm the body and maintain movement, an essential part of the healing process. TCM is especially effective in the treatment of coughs, because of its differentiation of the various types. A cough due to heat, for example, produces sticky phlegm and is treated with cooling herbs and acupuncture that clears heat from the lungs. A cough due to cold is accompanied by chills and mucus and is treated with warming, drying herbs and the application of moxibustion. If you suffer from diarrhea, traditional Chinese remedies usually include peppermint tea, vegetable broth and plain white rice. Herbal remedies and acupuncture can help reduce fatigue, miso soup with spring onions and fresh ginger is a recognised way to combat the common cold, while strong ginger tea taken with traditional Chinese formulas can help treat indigestion.
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All in the Family Life may not be as perfect as it appears on screen, but we could all take a note from TV when it comes to family values.
amily comes first. There may be many variations on the theme, but when it comes to the crunch, there’s one bond that ties all families—and blood is thicker than water. And as you would expect, what’s the norm in the real world is also the way family life is portrayed in the field of entertainment. OK, they probably go a bit over the top, but stop for a moment and consider the families at the heart of two of America’s most popular comedy classics, “The Simpsons” and “Modern Family.” “Modern Family,” a hit show where three very different, but related, families face weekly trials and tribulations, is unashamedly billed as one big (straight, gay, multi-cultural, traditional) happy family. It’s a modern classic for the modern day, poking fun at the establishment with its own brand of humor based around an eclectic family. But the message is loud and clear: family first at all times. The same theme is echoed in “The Simpsons”, the evergreen animated sitcom that has aired for 26 seasons and is the longestrunning American primetime series of all time. The satirical depiction of a dysfunctional middle-class American family has captivated audiences for almost three decades, but the program still manages to serve up evocative new material based on family life. That’s all very well in the world of fantasy and entertainment, but what about life in the real world? There’s no definitive mold into which your family should fit, but most people want to meet the needs of their family financially, provide a safe home, develop emotional bonds, and keep their family healthy. Naturally, family life revolves around the parents, so they must first develop a healthy work-life balance in order to be able to spend quality time with the kids.
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quick tips: • Get together and talk as a family at least once a day • Avoid arguing in front of the children • Spend as much time as possible with your family • Develop your own fun family traditions • Eat well-balanced meals together and exercise as a family
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Need a few ideas? Here are a few of our favorite family summer activities: • Ocean Park: The newest attraction at Ocean Park, “Adventures in Australia,” is home to three koalas, plus red-necked wallabies and laughing kookaburras. • Kids Gallery: Check out the arts and crafts spring workshops, where children can create sculptures from clay and act out “The Ugly Duckling.” • Palm Beach Watersports Centre: In the waters of Upper Cheung Sha beach, Palm Beach’s instructors offer lessons in surfing, body boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing.
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Top Of The List Sexynlove One of the hottest sex stores in Hong Kong, Sexynlove is not only a one-stop shop for all your seductive, erotic needs but it also has a handy online store. You can make purchases in private, in both English and Chinese, using an easy-to-use online checkout system that accepts all major credit cards and even comes with same-day service in some instances. Browsing in person does have its perks though, as the knowledgeable staff members at Sexynlove are highly trained in hygiene and product knowledge. Head to the showroom in Kowloon where you’ll find some of the best prices in town and shelves packed to the rafters with high-quality, 100 percent authentic products. Find everything from Nomi Tang and Lelo vibrators (the cheapest in Hong Kong!), sex toys to lingerie, condoms to body care—you want it, Sexynlove has it. Unit B3A, Block B, Hong Kong Industrial Centre, 489-491 Castle Peak Rd., 2371-4998, www.sexynlove.com.hk.
Acupuncture Expert - Quality TCM A well-established Traditional Chinese medicine clinic originating from the Guangxi region of China. Quality Chinese Medical Centre is now offering Acupuncture, Herbal and Cupping therapies in Central. The company specializes in alleviate internal and external problems like back pain, stiff neck and shoulder, insomnia, weight loss, sinuses, arthritis, migraines, anxiety, depression, fertility, eczema and water retention. Quality TCM is for those who want to have their problems addressed from the root, or want to discover the secret of 5,000 years traditional Chinese medicine. The practitioners here are fully registered in Hong Kong, and all have extensive experience from China and Hong Kong. For a free consultations, call 2881-8267, and visit www.qualitytcm.com for details.
The Round Clinic Great news for Southside families: The Round Clinic, a natural health center, opened this May in One Island South. Founded by osteopath Inès De Beer, the family-oriented clinic is unique in Hong Kong. It offers a onestop solution for those looking for natural treatments, especially momsto-be and kids. Among the wide array of therapies and services, The Round Clinic can provide osteopathy, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, craniosacral treatments, acupuncture, baby clinics, food allergy testing, and pre- and post-natal care. The drug-free, all-natural treatments can help those suffering from all kinds of ailments, including lower back pain and fertility issues. Suite 1227-28, 12/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 2648-2612, www.theroundclinic.com.
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The Cabin Hong Kong Asia’s leading addiction treatment provider recently opened its doors in Hong Kong and Sydney. An extension of The Cabin’s residential addiction treatment center in Chiang Mai, The Cabin Hong Kong focuses on treating substance and behavioral addictions—such as gambling, drugs or sex—in a modern and confidential outpatient environment. It offers conveniently scheduled, intensive and effective treatments that enable patients to recover while maintaining their responsibilities at work and home. How does it work? Run by western-trained and accredited therapists, its intensive outpatient treatment program is called Recovery Zones and focuses on all aspects of the addiction, including biological, psychological and social contributors. The Cabin also offers individual counselling as well as an aftercare/continuing care group therapy program. All treatments are specifically tailored to fit into the schedules of busy urbanites working in high-pressure environments. Recovery Zones Foundations runs for six weeks and the Recovery Zones Advanced stream runs a further six weeks. Unit C, 12/F, On Hing Building, 1-9 On Hing Terrace, Central, 3008-5841, www.thecabinhongkong.com.hk.
Holistic Care At Holistic Care, it is all about taking your time and being in the present. This charming and comfortable spa provides a relaxing space for busy Hongkongers to unwind and re-charge. In addition to reflexology foot massages, Holistic Care offers anti-stress, anxiety and muscle pain, whole body massages by licensed aromatherapists, traditional manipulative pain-relief therapy by registered Chinese herbal doctors as well as individually tailored tea therapy. Rest assured that the therapists at the Holistic Care spa use only high-quality, 100 percent natural ingredients and oils tailored to fit your needs; organic massage oils are available upon request. Take a moment for yourself—after all, a little rest and recuperation can go a long way to improve not just your own wellbeing, but also your work and your relationships. Unit 2B, 2/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley St., Central, 3563-7073.
Integrated Medicine Institute IMI has been a trusted and respected natural and integrated medicine clinic for more than 20 years. It offers services in naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, family medicine, psychotherapy, counseling, holistic therapies and medical testing. Caring practitioners combine modern diagnostic tests with natural medicine and therapies to get to the root cause of health problems. Individualized and effective solutions can then be provided, offering lasting healing without dependence on drugs or other medication. IMI specialties include allergies and immunity, ADD/ ADHD and behavioral issues, children’s wellness, digestion and nutrition, stress and insomnia, pre and postnatal health, fertility and hormonal issues, back and joint pain, sports therapy, weight loss and clinical detox and more. IMI’s natural and herbal dispensary offers the best selection of clinical grade nutritional supplements, herbal medicine and healthy living products, carefully selected to ensure their quality, safety and efficacy. 13/F & 17/F Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley St., Central, 2523-7121; Shop G02, Office Block Two, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau, 2537-1087, www.imi.com.hk. HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015 39
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local farms to your table—as well as a few other tables around town, like Stone Nullah Tavern and Linguini Fini. The company sources products from multiple local farms to provide more variety and ensure ingredients are always fresh. Homegrown Foods offers several box options, where you can subscribe to vegetable delivery plans. 54B Tai Lung Tsuen, Sheung Shui, 2671-2771, www.homegrownfoods.com.hk
Just Green A convenience store that stocks a little of everything, Just Green was one of the first health food stores in Hong Kong to start emphasizing health-focused, eco-friendly products. Choose from a huge variety of foods: vegan, gluten-free, nut-free… You name it, Just Green has it. There are also baby foods, fairtrade beauty products and cleaning supplies. Various locations including 52 Graham St., Central, 2755-3555
Little Giant Little Giant is a family-friendly grocery store that makes shopping for little ones simple and easy. The store promotes a healthy lifestyle by sourcing niche products and sharing information openly—each product is labeled so you’ll know whether it’s suitable for your family. And Little Giant stocks more than food: look for eco-friendly cleaning supplies to ensure that even your daily household chores are safe for you, your kids, and the environment. 15/F, Chung Wai Commercial Building, 447-449 Lockhart Rd., Causeway Bay, 2573-3610, www.littlegiant.com.hk
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Health Food Stores Alpha Nature Wholesome Living Trying to go green at home? Alpha Nature Wholesome Living can make the transition much easier thanks to its big stock of organic products: look here for fruit juice, sweeteners, milk, snacks, and even baby food. Alpha Nature also stocks lots of body care items, so you can pick up some Badger Organic sunscreen or lip balm next time you’re shopping. Order online, or find the products in stores across Hong Kong. Several locations, including Room 1503, Dominion Centre, 43-59 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, 2821-7619, www.alphanaturehk.com 40 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
Green Concepts Health Shop Green Concepts is a one-stop health shop established in 1991. It stocks a comprehensive range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and marine extracts, as well as whole food supplements, detoxification and herbal products. You can find pretty much all of your healthful needs here—so bring a big shopping bag! 2/F, Prosperous Commercial Building, 54-58 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, 2882-4848, www.healthshop.com.hk
Homegrown Foods Homegrown Foods is an online grocery shop that brings fruit and vegetables from
One of Hong Kong’s leading importers and distributors of high-quality healthy and trendy tea, dried fruits, nuts and beverages, the Natural Tea Company is a great resource for natural and organic products, from tea to juices to honey. 2544-6006, www.thenaturalteacompany.com
Family Wellness Hong Kong Family Welfare Society The Hong Kong Family Welfare Society has an after-school childcare service as well as a support service for single parent families. Volunteers are not usually qualified to help out at the foster care center, but the society generally welcomes applications for any of
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the other programs held at the Family Service Centre. The society also teaches parents basic conflict resolution skills to promote parentteen harmony.
does Caritas offer emotional support, but it also helps gamblers rebuild their relationships, with multi-faceted counseling approaches led by certified therapists.
planning to sex coaching, dietetic services, and much more.
Western Garden, 80A First St., Sai Ying Pun, 2771-1891, www.hkfws.org.hk
Room 1708-9, 17/F, Chinachem Tsuen Wan Plaza, 455-457 Castle Peak Rd., Tsuen Wan, 2499-7828, www.gamblercaritas.org.hk
Laurene Man Counselling Service
Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association A self-financed “family wellness center,” the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association was set up by the YWCA in 2007. The association runs several different campaigns, all of which emphasize the importance of families, mutual care and connecting with other members. For those looking for marital guidance, the group also teaches struggling couples some relaxation techniques through a series of workshops. 66 Begonia Rd., Yau Yat Chuen, Kowloon Tong, 3443-1601, www.ywca.org.hk
SPOT Centre Hong Kong Helmed by a professional and experienced team of therapists, SPOT offers support to pre-school and school-aged children, adolescents and their families. The team at SPOT believes that every child is unique and has special talents. Counselling services are versatile, as well, and include speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. 19/F, 50 Stanley St., Central, 2544-5835, www.spot.com.hk
Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counseling Centre Run by a group of professional counsellors and registered social workers, Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counseling Centre takes a familyoriented approach to intervention. Not only
The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong FPAHK is a non-profit organization that provides education and counselling services to families, women and young people in the community. The scope of its work covers everything from sexual and reproduction services like family
Power Up These nutritional heavyweights are packed with natural vitamins and antioxidants designed to do your body good.
Baobab Fruit Pronounced Bey-oh-bab, this native African fruit has a hard shell, with a dehydrated pulp inside that gets sieved and crushed into an edible powder. This queen of nutrition boasts a long list of feel-good attributes: it has double the antioxidants of the Acai berry, double the calcium of milk and six times the Vitamin C found in oranges. It’s also packed with iron and fiber. Buy it in powder form, or find it added into other food (even chocolate!) and beauty products. Where to get it: Nice Things, www.nicethings.com.hk
Ginger A benefit of living in Asia: easy access to ginger. This root has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects—studies have proven that ginger is great for digestion and provides gastrointestinal relief. It can also be used as a remedy for a cold, flu and headaches. Use it to make tea, add it to smoothies, or as seasoning for your supper. Where to get it: You can find ginger at most local grocery stores and wet markets.
Goji Berries A true super fruit, goji berries are incredibly nutrient-dense and filled with antioxidants, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Studies show
10/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2575-4477, www.famplan.org.hk
Laurene Man has more than 30 years’ experience as a family therapist and psychologist. Not only does the company help train staff in schools and family-oriented organizations, but it also offers all kinds of counselling—marriage, parenting, psychological, family and more. Room 204, Yu To Sang Building, 37 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2868-3066, www.lmcounseling.com.hk
that these berries can boost the immune system and combat inflammation: Some people even refer to the goji berry as the fountain of youth. You can use them as you would raisins or blueberries, even dunking them in hot tea to release their tangy flavor. Where to get it: Health Gate, 8/F, Hung Yak Building, 106 Des Voeux Rd. Central.
Kombucha Ancient China referred to kombucha as the “immortal health elixir,” and this trend for the fermented tea is back. Made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast, it’s packed with Vitamin B, enzymes, probiotics and antioxidants. Depending on how long the tea is brewing, the flavor ranges from earthy and mild to a tangy, vinegary taste. While the sour flavor may not be everyone’s cup of tea (so to speak), there’s no denying this beverage’s many health benefits. Where to get it: Just Green, www.justgreen.com.hk
Pak Choi Thought this was just a side veggie to your char siu rice? Think again: It’s actually a superfood packed with fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, beta-carotene and calcium. Pak choi can be boiled, steamed or sautéed. To make it tasty, try cooking it in a stir-fry with garlic and ginger. Where to get it: Pak choi can be found at any grocery store or wet market.
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Nutritionists Adventist Health An arm of the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, this nutrition and dietetic service is all about providing personalized support for specific concerns related to eating and nutrition. Though the company has a long list of services, a few of the most sought-after ones include nutritional assessments, preventive nutrition support and therapeutic diets counseling. 7/F, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, 40 Stubbs Rd., Happy Valley, 3651-8742, www.hkah.org.hk
Seventeen Nutrition Seventeen Nutrition consultants cater to clients looking to manage their weight, improve their diet or address the nutritional demands of a chronic illness. After an initial consultation, a registered dietitian will suggest an eating and exercise program custom-fit to your body type that will help you meet your health and fitness needs. The company also conducts health talks, health risks screening and training courses. Shop 1510, 9 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2345-8807, www.my17.com
Tetra Nutritional Consultation Center If you’re looking to slim down and boost your energy levels, you can follow one of Tetra’s individually designed diets to improve your health and eating habits. Tetra’s registered dietitians hold full status internationally recognized qualifications.No kitchen skills? The company will teach you how to prepare healthy meals through cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes. Room 903C, Champion Building, 301-309 Nathan Rd., Jordan, 2264-8633, www.dietitian.com.hk
Eat Right Eat Right’s founder, resident fitness instructor and nutrition expert, Martin Lorentsson, has put together a healthy “Food Plan” for busy Hong Kongers, so they have fresh, nutritionally balanced and portion-controlled meals instead of reaching for fast food. It’s not limited to lunch, either: go for “The Full Monty” plan, which includes three meals and two snacks a day for six days. 2553-4588, www.eatright.com.hk
Holistic Nutrition Consultants Founded back in 2000, Holistic Nutrition is a long-time provider of services that focus on the big picture: not just your physical health, but also your psychological wellbeing. It all starts with a consultation, where a dietitian or nutritionist will assess your health and eating habits. In addition to holistic services, the center also provides practical nutrition courses for mothers—both before and after birth, as nutritional needs vary throughout the stages of pregnancy and motherhood. Room 1102-3, Yu Ching Bank, 107-111 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 3105-8040, www.hnchk.com
MSL Nutritional Centre Founded in 1986, MSL Nutritional Centre is there to help anyone who wants to maintain a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. The company’s Weight Reduction Plan consists of three elements, namely dietetic consultation and its own “Slim Delight” meal boxes and services, such as personal training, nutrition seminars and cooking classes. Various locations, including Room 1605, China Insurance Group Building, 141 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2526-0888, www.mslhk.com/en 42 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
prepares the body to absorb the next bottle more effectively.
Leading Hong Kong juice companies Punch Detox, HK Juice and Nood Food have deconstructed their favorite “power drinks.”
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What’s in it? Tomato, cucumber, coriander, garlic, sea salt, cider vinegar, olive oil, cayenne pepper Why’s it so good? Tomato helps promote a healthy heart and strong bones, cucumber flushes away the toxins from foods, and cayenne pepper regulates blood pressure and gets rid of bad cholesterol. Need to know: Punch Detox cleanses come in three levels with six bottles of juice per day. All ingredients are from certified organic farms worldwide.
What’s in it? Raw carrot, apple, sweet potato, flaxseed oil, maca powder Why’s it so good? Sweet potato is a powerful “beauty food,” which contributes to a healthy glow, complexion and hair. This formula contains maca, which is traditionally used for boosting energy levels and the libido. At the same time, flaxseed oil provides a great source of essential fatty acids—add in some apple and you’ve got a slightly sweet taste that goes down easy. Need to know: Aside from juice cleanses, Nood Food juice bars also provide delicious post-workout snacks for busy, healthconscious urbanites.
Shop 6B, 6 Yip Fat St., Wong Chuk Hang, www.punchdetox.com
The HK Juice Co.’s Wakey Wakey What’s in it? Tangerine, apple, pear, lemon, ginger, turmeric Why’s it so good? Wakey Wakey is very light and energizing, with a delicious mixture of citrus fruit. It’s a very fresh and uplifting way to start the day, and the cold-pressed technique enables all the nutritional values to be broken down into smaller particles for better absorption, which in turn is meant to improve your digestive system and bowel movements. Need to know: A new company in Hong Kong, The HK Juice Co. provides five bottles per day for each juice cleanse and uses only certified organic ingredients. Bonus tip: Drinks lots of water in between each juice. This flushes out residue and
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Traditional Chinese Medicine Albert Place Practice This clinic was first opened in London in the late 1980s by Clair Beardson. For the past 30 years, it has provided high-quality acupuncture treatments, which aim to help with both chronic illnesses and more common health complaints. The clinic also holds regular health workshops and provides food allergy tests. Shop 1103, Luk Yu Building, 24-26 Stanley St., Central, 2234-9932, www.appractice.com
Bauhinia Chinese Medical Clinic Bauhinia Chinese Medical Clinic is a modern clinic offering a range of therapies that include body slimming, acupuncture and bone setting. The company offers treatments to ease bodily pains and lessen fatigue, as well as provides acupuncture treatments for those battling illnesses such as obesity. 4/F, Cammer Commercial Building, 30-32 Cameron Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2316-7615
Harmonic Health Pharmaceutical Harmonic Health has a solid reputation thanks to its medical treatments and stock of 100 percent natural health supplements. The company uses acupuncture for many results, including cosmetic: apparently, when done properly, acupuncture can clear away melanin to enhance the skin’s beauty and slim the body by quickening the metabolism. Various locations, including G/F, 452 Lockhart Rd., Causeway Bay, 2877-9541, www.hhp.com.hk
Health-Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy Health-Wise is one of the leading Chinese medical clinics in Hong Kong. The therapies include acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal therapies, cupping and Gua Sha. If it’s acupuncture you’re after, expect to pay $620 for 45 minutes, or $1,000 for an hour. Suite 1304, One Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2526-7908, www.chinesemed.hk
Nethersole Chinese Medicine Services Centre At Nethersole Chinese Medicine Services Centre you’ll find a tui-na outreach diet regimen, acupuncture and specialist services. It’s particularly good for the elderly, as they get 20 percent discounts on all the services. But it’s not just for the older generations: the
center holds regular seminars that are appropriate for all ages. Various locations including G/F, Block J, Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, 11 Chuen On Rd., Tai Po, 2663-0004, www.ucn.org.hk
Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous One of the world’s most recognized and effective addiction programs, Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping those suffering from substance abuse across the globe since 1935. The aim is to help alcoholics through group meetings, peer support and guidance from mentors in a 12-step program. There are more than 40 meetings a week in Hong Kong and there is also a 24-hour helpline (9073-6922) for emergencies. Various locations including St. Joseph’s Church, 37 Garden Rd., Central, 6252-7949, www.aa-hk.org
KELY Support Group This non-governmental Hong Kong organization was set up to help young people with a wide range of concerns, including alcohol, drugs and emotional issues. It offers a positive service for young people to help themselves through their problems. It also provides peer support through contact with other young people at weekly support groups and outreach programs. 2/F, East Wing, 12 Borrett Rd., Mid-Levels, 2521-6890, www.kely.org
Narcotics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous functions in much the same way as Alcoholics Anonymous, using peer support as a primary motivator. The group conducts regular meetings, on Thursday and Sunday in various locations. Various locations including ISLT Centre, 22/F, Weswick Commercial Building, 147-149 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, 6580-2532, www.hk-na.org
Resource Counselling A registered charitable organization, Resource Counselling offers multi-lingual professional counselling service for all ages. You can discuss a wide range of issues with the company’s counsellors, including work, relationships, sexuality and parenting. The counselling sessions usually last an hour, but can be longer as needed. 23/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen St. East, Central, 2523-8979, www.resourcecounselling.org
The Nesbitt Centre The Nesbitt Centre provides an Englishspeaking educational program for adults with learning disabilities. There are six educational modules, including life skills, independent living, vocational education, structured workplace learning, recreation and leisure. LG/F, Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, 2 High St., Sai Ying Pun, 2813-4550, www.nesbittcentre.org.hk
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Women-only fitness community Bikini Fit offers 12-week workout programs in parks all over the city. Trainer Chrissy Denton takes on the tricky topic of working out after giving birth with this 30-minute circuit tailored to new moms.
Instructions: • Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, with 15 seconds rest in between. • Aim for a rest period of 2 minutes between each set. • Repeat the set 4 times.
How To: Begin in a standing position, with your spine long, core engaged and feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Send your hips back and lower yourself into a controlled squat—like you are sitting in an imaginary chair. The ideal depth is hips below the knee. Press your heels into the floor and stand up. You can do this without weights to start.
Plank Why? This is a simple and effective core stabilization exercise targeting the abdominals and lower back that can be done anywhere. This exercise is especially important before getting into more advanced abdominal training. How To: Start face down on your stomach with your elbows and toes on the ground. Engage the abdominal muscles and lift your hips up taking your knees off the ground. Hold your stomach tight, keeping the back flat and hips down, hold still for 45 seconds.
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Dumbbell alternating lunges How To: Start in a standing position, take a step forward and drop the back knee to the ground, keeping the back straight and chest up. Hold for 1 second and then push back on the front foot. Both knees should be at 90 degrees on the lunge. Repeat on other side. This can be done without weights as a beginner’s alternative.
Bent-over dumbbell rowS Why? This exercise helps to strengthen your back and spine, helping you with your posture. Additionally, it works your upper back, shoulders and arms. How To: Standing with a dumbbell in each hand and palms facing in to your body, bend your knees slightly and bend at the hips so your chest is over your knees. As you bend, keep your back straight until it is almost
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parallel to the floor like a tabletop. This will be your start position. Lift the dumbbells such that your elbows are close to the body. Lift the dumbbells up to where your hip crease is. As you do that, squeeze your back and hold, before slowly lowering the weight back to your starting position and repeating. Be watchful not to round your back.
DumbBell Piston Press Why? This is a great exercise to strengthen the shoulder area while maintaining good posture and core stability. How To: With feet in shoulder-width position, start with the dumbbells just above shoulders (palms facing inwards). Lift the dumbbell into the air one at a time, locking the elbows out at the top and then back down to shoulder height. Repeat on other side.
Steady as She Goes Denton recommends that new moms be extra careful before starting a new fitness regime. Be sure to follow her guidelines before diving in. • It is important to check with your GP or obstetrician prior to commencing any physical activity as a precaution and to enable a healthy recovery. • Given the nature of a natural versus C-section birth, there are different recommended time frames before starting. • It’s also important to consider post-natal issues such as abdominal separation, which would limit you from performing exercises such as crunches until you have clearance from your medical practitioner.
Get to Work! Not a new mom? No problem. Epic MMA & Fitness trainer Darrel Erxleben says that the fastest way to look better is to work your posterior chain: aka your back, butt and hamstrings. “You have to target your biggest muscle groups with squats, deadlifts and lunges.” Here’s how to spend those precious 30 minutes at the gym. 3. Walking Lunge - 40 reps each leg
1. Deadlift - 10 reps
2. Glute Bridge Raise - 20 reps
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5. rest 2 Minutes 6. repeat 4 times
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Activate Your Life There's always a good reason to get active. And for every reason, there are about 50 excuses that keep us from getting up off our butts. By Alice Wu
Maybe your motivation is better health, to fit into that favorite pair of jeans you've kept since college, or just because your friends are all slimming down. Whatever the reason, you first have to make the commitment to get in shape: and then do it. Here's how I made it happen. I was tired of a lot of things. I was tired all day, but most of all, I was tired of feeling tired. And then it happened: I decided that enough was enough. I've let pain—bad back from multiple car accidents, busted up ankle from old cheerleading injuries from high school, years of bad posture from sitting at a desk— completely dictate my life. Since my early 20s, I've woken up to back pain: I had to roll out of bed in excruciating pain because that was the only way to get out of bed. Pain dictated my life and my mood. I had to take control. So I made my decision. Here’s my journey: I was working on a project that required me to live out of a hotel room, so I started going to the gym. The first 10 minutes are the hardest to get through, but if you tough it out, you're halfway there. I vowed to deny myself a morning coffee until I'd done the elliptical for 45 minutes. It might sound silly, but it worked. Over time, the pounds started to come off. But by then, I wasn't just eyeing the scale. I was beginning to understand my body, and for the first time, it spoke louder than pain to me. For the first time in a long time, I craved healthy food. There were immediate health benefits, but little did I know that it would be the beginning of a journey to self-empowerment, awareness and discovery. As I became more attuned to my body, I felt more aware and empowered. That translated
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to dropping more than pounds. Each negative thought, each excuse, became the next challenge to overcome. I felt whole—was in sync. It took me seven months to shave off 50 pounds, and to finally be at a weight where I was physically comfortable enough to start running. I put on my running shoes and just ran. I had to first ignore that fact that I hated running when I was young, but it paid off. Running introduced me to a whole new world. It was invigorating. It awakened me to things I've never paid attention to before. I began to notice all the shades of green along my route—the different flowers in bloom, the sound of waves, the mere rocks. Running gives me clarity, peace, inspiration and a connection to everything around me. I have reached a point where being active is a part of me now—I’m incorporating different workouts, sports and practices into my exercise routine, and they have been my constant source of joy. For my back pain, I do Pilates and various core-strengthening training. There's some weight training in my routine, and I've found so much joy in dance-based workouts, something I loved to do as a child. There's also hiking, Muay Thai and badminton. The options are endless. Well-being is something everyone can achieve: and there are very few things that are as gratifying as knowing that when you're done, you are a better, tougher version of yourself.
Top Tips Reward yourself: For me, silly tricks like “No coffee until I’ve put in 45 minutes” worked as motivators. No shortcuts: You have to exert energy. It’s training for your body, mind and soul. Balance your diet: Good nutrition is just as important as a strong workout. Don’t starve yourself and do your best to eat healthy and have fun with it. Know your numbers: Numbers are points of reference to track progress. Don’t be afraid to keep tabs on how your body is changing—once you see the difference, it can be a huge motivator. Make time: Wake up 29 minutes earlier. Put on your sneakers. Walk out the door. Better yet, do some squats. Right now. It’s time to stop making excuses and make time for yourself.
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et’s Get Physical” was a mantra for a generation of fitness fanatics back in the 1980s and it still rings true today. Celebrity fitness icons like Madonna and Jennifer Aniston may not be in the first flush of youth, but they still look fantastic. And what’s more, they know better than most how to look after their bodies. When people think of pop sensation Madonna, usually two things come to mind: music and muscles. The famously fit star, recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time, makes daily exercise and healthy living a priority. So it’s no coincidence that the Queen of Pop belies her age. Amazingly she is 56. California girl Aniston turned 46 in February, but she’s fitter, leaner and in better condition mentally and physically than at any time in her life. The “Friends” TV star turned movie actress stays healthy, happy and in shape with a regular routine that involves yoga, cardiovascular workouts and a balanced diet of whole lean proteins, whole foods and low starchy fruits. But you don’t need to look to Hollywood to get on the path to fitness perfection. South Korean fitness phenomenon Jung Da-yeon is a popular figure here in Hong Kong and a true inspiration to anyone looking to age gracefully. It’s hard to believe that Jung is 48 and a mother of two. She sports an impressive set of abs and toned firm legs. It’s easy to see why she is often mistaken for someone 20 years younger! Jung, known as “momjjang ajumma” which translates as “mom with a striking figure,” shot to fame more than a decade ago by shedding 20 kilograms in three months after developing a fitness and diet regime that has been imitated by countless thousands of Asian women. While Western women tend to want to be more curvy and muscular, the fitness guru’s routines are more tailored to Asian women, who prefer to be slim and fit without building too much muscle mass. One of the core beliefs of Jung’s innovative fitness philosophy is that it’s never too late to get into shape. With that thought in mind, stop for a moment and ask yourself: is today the day I should change my lifestyle and change my life?
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Top Of The List Barre 2 Barre Founded by Karen Lim and Mylène Mackay in 2012, Barre 2 Barre is the first certified BarreAmped studio in Hong Kong and Asia, dedicated to “sharing the long-term health benefits of a barre-inspired lifestyle.” What’s BarreAmped? It’s an intensive, body shaping experience designed to improve strength and flexibility, tone muscles, encourage a better posture and increase metabolism. The method is influenced by classical and modern dance (although it is not a dance class) and utilizes a ballet barre to achieve optimal positioning. Insights from Pilates and orthopedic stretching also balance the method’s unique approach. BarreAmped group classes are available from mixed levels to the most advanced class called “Fire”. Other classes include a Bootcamp and Tabata Bootcamp cardio-focused version of BarreAmped, a Barre+Yoga fusion class, and a more gentle Back Rehab Pilates Mat Class. Class sizes are kept small, so clients get individual attention at each session. All group classes are 50-minutes except for the 45-minute express sessions. 4/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Building, 37 Cochrane St., Central, www.barre2barre.com
Adam Weirick Yoga Come and join Adam Weirick for yoga classes in the heart of Central/ Lan Kwai Fong. His classes have been receiving a lot of attention recently and are held in a private Central-based studio, which is conveniently located a one-minute walk from the MTR. Adam offers classes for all types—from Yoga For Beginners to Alignment-Based Vinyasa—and guides his students to find a deeper sense of awareness, balance, strength and flexibility. One of the best in the business, Adam has a natural ability to make newcomers feel at ease and help more experiencedyogis take their practice to the next level. In addition to yoga classes, Adam also organizes a social collective after class where he and his students regularly go for dinner to socialize and make new friends. Classes from $100-150. Book early as classes fill up quickly. Contact him directly for more information: Whatsapp, 9330-3548; Facebook, Adam Weirick; Instagram, Island_Yoga852.
On Board Apparel On Board Apparel specializes in high-quality clothing and equipment for watersports including sailing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), paddling, kiteboarding and more. They carry performance wetsuits, personal flotation devices and waterproof clothing to protect you and your family from the elements in Hong Kong. One such waterproof top is the Zhik ZSkin® Hybrid Top. Great for warmer weather, the tops are built with the lightest, stretchiest and thinnest neoprene material available, which cuts wind chill and maintains insulation without overheating. Thanks to its ultra-thin construction and ZSkin® layer, you can experience unique temperature regulation and a superior water-shedding ability. The top is made of 0.3mm super thin neoprene and is available in women’s and men’s sizes for $1,488. Visit the online shop at www.onboardapparel.asia; Asia Pacific Adventure in Wong Chuk Hang or Whatzsup in Sai Kung.
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Mimo Brazil Whether you are in the yoga studio, the gym, or on the street, Mimo Brazil Fitwear is on a mission to make you look great! Mimo is an e-tailer of stylish, technical Brazilian active wear perfect for the street, yoga studio, or the gym. The comprehensive range of cycling, running, tennis and yoga wear offers technical sportswear labels, designed with performance in mind, which also embraces the passionate Brazilian spirit, adding a splash of glamour to the fitwear market. Brazilians are obsessed with looking their best and their active wear reflects this. Mimo stocks buzzy brands including Caju Brasil, KSL, Rola Moça and Top Fitness, offering world class innovation and fabrics that hide cellulite, dry quickly and feel fantastic to the touch. Carefully handpicked, each exciting product is made with the finest, cutting-edge technical fabric available, to ensure your body will never look better. With products made specifically for a grueling workout, which are also stylish enough for everyday use, Mimo Brazil wants you looking and feeling your best at all times. www.mimobrazil.com.
City Golf Want to perfect that swing or finally hit the handicap of your dreams? Improve your golf game with the latest simulation technology at City Golf. Located in the heart of Central, City Golf is not only conveniently located for busy office workers, but it’s also outfitted with some of the latest tools and technology that will have you swinging winners in no time. The driving range here uses a brand-new Full Swing Golf simulator and an Ion Camera, so that you have the best experience possible. By practicing indoors with a simulator, you can squeeze a session in over your lunch break and beat the unbearable Hong Kong humidity before you take it back outside to show off your new swing. And after practice? Relax in the comfort of the City Golf lounge, where you can also partake in yoga classes. Soft drinks, gloves and clubs are provided—so all you need to do is show up. And if you’re keen to throw a party with your golf buddies, ask about the event options. Sessions from $320. Suite A,1/F, Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham St., Central, 9651-8288, www.citygolfhk.com.
CityFit Located conveniently in the heart of Central, CityFit is geared towards busy urbanites. The state-of-the-art functional training fitness studio helps clients maximize their time with professional training methods and innovative techniques. Take the Polar Heart Rate Monitoring Technology, for example, which personalizes your workout and provides scientific feedback to maximize results, monitor progress and provide motivation. And there’s plenty of room to spread out, too: CityFit is not only one of the largest studios in Central, but it’s also home to a 20-meter-long running path that’s perfect for those who can’t handle the crowds, or humidity, outdoors. If you’re looking for a personal touch, ask about the private training sessions—every coach at CityFit has at least 15 years of experience in the fitness and sports industry, with specialists in golf, football, running and more. Need a little team spirit? The small group training classes provide a great environment for social butterflies. Try the CityBurn HIIT class, the CrossFit-style CityPerform or the MaMa class for moms and babies. 15/F, Malahon Centre, 10-12 Stanley St., Central, 2880-9238, cityfit.com.hk.
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GYMS Action Waterfall Located at Olympian City One, Action Waterfall is a stone’s throw from Olympic MTR station. Besides a variety of indoor activities including kick boxing, indoor cycling, aerobics, dance and hot yoga, there is also a golf driving range. Personal trainers are young and energetic and will design specific and efficient programs to fit your goals. 2/F, Olympian City One, 11 Hoi Fai Rd., Tai Kok Tsui, 2271-4001, www.waterfall.com.hk
California Fitness Established in 1996, California Fitness now has branches across Hong Kong. In addition to the full suite of fitness equipment, from running machines to weights, it also offers multi-level classes including body combat, power step, boxercise, dance, Pilates, tai chi, yoga and meditation. Personal training available. 16/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2522-5229, www.californiafitness.com
Fitness First Fitness First offers more than 300 group exercise classes a week across its seven city locations. Special facilities include a comfortable members’ lounge. For a fitness class that incorporates dance, choose from around 35-40 lessons per week. Try out the dance and aerobic fusion classes, using the sounds of hip hop, funk and Latin music together with the latest chart-topping hits. Looking to break more of a sweat? FF also provides a large range of spinning classes. Call to register for a three-day trial. 5/F, World Commerce Centre, Harbour City, 11 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3106-3111, www.fitnessfirst.com.hk
Hong Kong Government Municipal Gyms Find an LCSD gym nearest to you by downloading an LCS 777 application from the government’s leisure services website. You will find adequate, if basic, fitness facilities in 29 government buildings across Hong Kong and Kowloon (and a further 41 in the New Territories). Managed by the LCSD, these gyms cost $17 per session, or $180 per month for unlimited use. You will have to jump through a few health and safety hoops in order to get certified, however. www.lcsd.gov.hk 52 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
Pure Fitness California Tower
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Located in the newly built California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong, Pure Fitness, occupying 25,000 square feet over six floors, offers the world’s first 270° Immersive fitness studio—a 35-minute cycling experience with a virtual reality theater-quality environment. There is also a rotating climbing wall, boxing training station, a wide range of gymnastics equipment, weightlifting barbells and bumper plates, and TRX training equipment.
Gym facilities at the Y include single-and multi-station strength and resistance machines, as well as fully equipped cardiovascular conditioning rooms with upright and recumbent bikes, treadmills, rowing machines and elliptical trainers. Other facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.
18/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar St., Central, 8129-2000, www.pure-fitness.com
South China Athletic Association Forget membership waiting lists; the SCAA offers on-the-spot memberships for just $120 per year, or $60 per year for under 18. Note that additional (albeit minimal) fees exist for its many facilities, such as bowling, billiards and table tennis. It also has an indoor pool, fitness center, karate dojo, dance rooms and outdoor facilities, such as a grass pitch and tennis courts. At off-peak hours, you can go bowling for just $24 per hour. 88 Caroline Hill Rd., Causeway Bay, 2577-5806, www.scaa.org.hk
41 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2268-7055, www.ymcahk.org.hkw
Yoga Studios Anahata Yoga Anahata Yoga offers private yoga classes tailored to your needs. Specialty yoga programs such as de-stress, back care, slimming, pre-natal and post-natal are all available and help strengthen targeted areas. Anahata Yoga also carries various yogi musthave items such as mats, neti-pots and some essential reading materials. 18/F, One Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2905-1822, www.anahatayoga.com.hk
The Great Outdoors Your kids don’t have to spend the summer stuck in front of the TV. Here are a few great options for outdoor activities that are great for the whole family.
Palm Beach Get your feet wet and learn a thrilling seaside sport as a family at Palm Beach’s watersport mecca. The one-stop-shop offers small- to large- (perfect for birthday parties) group tours for sports such as stand-up paddling, kayaking, or even a Lantau hiking tour. Want to make a weekend out of it? Glamp it up at The Palm Beach Teepee Village, located just at the vicinity. Cheung Fu St., Lantau Island, 2980-4822, www.palmbeach.com.hk
Blue Sky Sports Club From basic swim lessons to surfing programs, the Blue Sky Sports Club offers numerous classes for all ages—all with a low student-to-teacher ratio and professional certificates at the end. The outfit also offers group tours and one-off lessons: Stand-up paddling is a particularly good way to spend time with the family and get exposed to some nature too. A two-hour beginner lesson starts at $500, while a six-hour day tour, including a meal, costs $3,800 for four people at most. There are also three- to five-day summer camps, as well as themed trips and corporate retreats available. 60 Sun On St., Sai Kung, 2792-4938, www.bluesky-sc.com
Go Nature HK Not only will climbing get you physically fit, but it’s also a challenge for the mind. If you’ve got a little monkey on your hands, perhaps rock climbing might be a handy and fun-filled outlet for them—and a great to kick off a lifelong hobby. Go Nature HK offers Parent-Child climbing classes ($1,750 for four lessons) where two to four families learn together from a qualified climbing coach. Once you’ve become a climbing pro, embark on a rocky adventure with the kids in tow at some of GoNature’s regular climbing fun days, which take place either on Fei Ngo Shan or at Shek O. 3563-7156, www.gonaturehk.com
Yoga Bam Bam A cool and hidden yoga studio in Sheung Wan, Yoga Bam Bam is an equitable yet chic studio. Different kinds of yoga including flow yoga, Flyoga and integral yoga. Small class sizes ensure individual attention from the teacher and a personalized and caring service. 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, 5511-8141, yogabambam.com
Yoga Central Iyengar Yoga Center
Ananda Yoga This warm and friendly studio offers plenty of classes for students with differing needs. There’s yoga for those with stiff backs and tight hamstrings, meditation, deep stretching, hatha yoga, power yoga, wall yoga, detox yoga and yoga with rope and fabric. 33-34/F, 69 Jervois St., Sheung Wan, 3563-9371, www.anandayoga.hk
Inspire Yoga If you can’t find a yoga class to fit your schedule, Inspire Yoga provides one-on-one individual yoga tutorials which can come to your home or office with a wide range of services—think therapeutic yoga for people with injuries, prenatal and kids’ yoga, meditation and Pilates. Unit 1803, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 9167-3376, www.inspire-yoga.com
Management Yoga Centre offers a decent range of classes, from beginner to advanced, as well as classes for children or older women. There are also private classes for those with specific health concerns, such as neck or back pain. Room 1101, Kimberly House, 35 Kimberly Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2191-9651, www.yoga.org.hk
Myoga This modern yoga facility has classes in Pilates, yoga and meditation. If you’d like a little variety in your workout, there are also group exercise classes such as aerobic dance, weight training and spinning. G/F, One Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Rd., Mong Kok, 2390-7788, www.myogaonline.com
This boutique studio focuses on teaching Iyengar yoga in small, intimate classes. No membership is required, but there are lots of flexible packages available so you’re sure to find something to suit your schedule. Shop 2C, Welley Building, 97 Wellington St., Central, 2982-4308, www.yogacentral.com
Martial Arts Epic MMA The training place du jour for all things mixed martial arts (MMA), this 15,000-square-foot gym located squarely in Central handpicks the best-of-the-best instructors and provides a wide selection of intense training programs, including Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Capoeira, CrossFit, Muay Thai, and even aerial yoga. Want your kids to kick butt too? Epic also offers up a “Little Ninjas” program catering to children aged 5-13. 1/F, Aon China Building, 29 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2525-2833, www.epicmma.com
International Yoga This institute caters to both Chinese and English speakers, and specializes in bhakti yoga, a more spiritual discipline. You can also find pre-natal classes, as well as restorative yoga and private training. 6/F, Ocean View Court, 27 Chatham Rd. South, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369-6696, www.realyoga.net
Iyengar Yoga Center Focusing on a form of yoga developed by BKS Iyengar, the aptly named Iyengar Yoga Center offers four different levels of Iyengar classes. The yoga practice helps with postural alignment, body awareness and working within your limits. 19/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2541-0401, www.iyengaryogahongkong.com
Life Management Yoga Centre If you want to go back to basics, check out this great non-profit yoga studio. The Life 54 HEALTH, BEAUTY & Fitness GUIDE 2015
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Escapade Sports This popular store stocks previously unavailable or hard-to-find gear including Australian rugby balls, cricket and hockey equipment. It is also well known for its wide range of triathlon clothing and accessories, from serious brands such as 2XU, Wahu and Enduro. If you want to dip your toes into the barefoot running movement, it stocks Vibram Fivefinger shoes. 1/F, Yee Hing Building, 19 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2891-1855, www.escapade.com.hk
Gigasports Gigasports has stores across Hong Kong selling shoes, clothing and equipment to sporty types. Brands include badminton supplies from Yonex and Mizuno running shoes. It also stocks gear and accessories from Oakley, Rockport, Columbia and Kappa. Outlets citywide, including Shop 124, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-9088, www.gigasports.com.hk
Krav Maga Hong Kong Founded in 2008 by Yugoslavia-born martial artist Zorica King, Krav Maga Hong Kong focuses on this Israeli-originated style that’s not technically considered a martial art, as there are no real rules. It’s about cut-throat self-defense tactics—anything goes when it’s life or death—that employ strength, endurance, speed and agility.
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This popular sports store is designed for dedicated runners with a comprehensive range of clothing and shoes, appropriate for track and field, cross country and trails. Brands include top names in the business such as Asics, Mizuno and Salomon. The shop also stocks great accessories, such as heart-rate monitors and wrist weights.
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1/F, 169 Gloucester Rd., Wan Chai, 2893-7990, www.10k.com.hk
The champion trainers at Warrior Muay Thai cover everything from beginner boxing to advanced group sparring. “Many Muay Thai fighters have the same type of body: strong and defined backs, legs and abs,” explains co-owner Billy Tam. “This is due to the highly explosive and powerful training.” 3/F, Block C, Sea View Estate, 8 Watson Rd., North Point, 2512-2262, www.warriormuaythai.com.hk
Adidas Megastore Sporting megabrand Adidas is available just about anywhere, but its multi-story megastore in TST deserves a visit. Whether you’re looking for football studs, yoga wear, marathon gear or specialist clothing, this big store stocks it all. You can even order custom-made shoes and have your name embroidered on them, if that’s what floats your boat. 17 Hankow Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730-0157, www.adidas.com.hk
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Stylish and hardwearing yoga-inspired athletic apparel for dancing, yoga and running. Lululemon’s signature fabric copes well with excessive sweat and has anti-microbial properties; some ranges are reversible. The brand is also about community interaction, and hosts lots of yoga and running events at stores all over the city. 42 Yun Ping Rd., Causeway Bay, 2632-7887, www.lululemon.com.hk
Omberry If you don’t want to sacrifice style as you sweat, check out homegrown yoga brand Omberry. Taking inspiration from retro cuts and prints, these pretty but practical pieces will take you from your morning sun salutations to brunch with ease. Stocked at outlets citywide, including Kapok, 3 Sun St., Wan Chai, 2520-0114, www.omberry.com
Pure Apparel Pure Yoga’s outlets around town have a big retail space for yoga clothes and equipment, and the brand has recently launched its own line of yoga gear. Stretchy, comfortable, durable and high quality, these basics come in bright colors and modern cuts. Outlets citywide, including 2/F, Asia Standard Tower, 59-65 Queen’s Rd. Central, 8178-0000, www.be-pure.com
Sports World Selling clothes and equipment for everything from endurance sports to football, tennis and swimming from brands such as Wahu, Mizuno and Zogs. Dancers will love Energetiks while yoga and Pilates fans should check out Carrot Banana Peach. Various branches, including 5/F, Wong Chung Ming Commercial Building, 14-16 Wyndham St., Central, 2525-8810, www.sportsworld.hk
Personal Trainers 360 Fitness 360 Fitness offers physiotherapy as well as personal training in a fully equipped gym. There are no more than three pairs of clients and trainers at any given time to ensure privacy and personal space. 5/F, Wing Yee Commercial Building, 5 Wing Kut St., Central, 3488-8248, www.360fitness.com.hk
Big Mike Big Mike is certified by the Asian Academy for Sports and Fitness Professionals as
well as the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Operating from Kennedy Town, Big Mike provides weight training, weight loss and physique enhancement.
get you into that itsy bitsy bikini in no time. She offers individual one-on-one sessions, group classes and nutritional advice.
4/F, Sunny Sky Center, 5 Ladder St., Mid-Levels, 6397-8284, www.anhao-wellness.com
Chris is a firm believer in proper posture and correct technique, and says he can help his clients realize their full potential and achieve fitness goals.
Tali Weiss founded the company in an effort to improve fitness levels and body balance without the fuss of gym equipment, so you can exercise in the comfort of your home. Personal trainers offer everything from yoga, Pilates and boxing to a more general and moderate workout regime.
Debbie Tong Debbie is a freelance personal trainer who offers tailor-made programs for $800 and up per hour, in English, Cantonese or Putonghua. You can choose to train in your home or at her place. Now there is no excuse not to get in shape!
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Donâ€™t strain yourself Love exercising but want to avoid potential wear and tear? Physiotherapist Juliet Darnton offers tips about common injuries.
ACL Tear What is it? The anterior cruciate ligament is an important internal stabilizer of the knee joint, preventing hyperextension. It is injured when its biomechanical limits are overstretched, which can occur during contact sports such as basketball, football or rugby. Will I always need surgery? If the knee is unstable, surgery is recommended to prevent joint degeneration. However it can be treated conservatively by strengthening your hamstrings, quads and calf muscles in the gym.
Lateral Ankle Sprain What is it? This is an injury of the ligaments located on the outer side of the ankle joint, which leads to pain and swelling in the area. Any abnormal movement or stress at the joint may cause overstretching or even tearing of the ligaments, referred to as a sprain.
How common is the injury? Ankle sprains account for about 10 to 15 percent of all sports-related injuries. Volleyball, basketball and soccer players are most at risk. How do I treat it? Treatment consists of RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Seeking good treatment to promote healing will help prevent sustaining a further sprain in the future. A simple circling of the foot is a good exercise to start with when walking is painful, but as you heal, practicing balancing on the injured leg will help prevent a further injury.
Shin Splint What is it? While the exact cause is unknown, shin splints can be attributed to the overloading of the lower leg due to the biomechanical pronation of the foot, which results in an increase in stress exerted on the tibia. A sudden increase in intensity or frequency of sport fatigues muscles too quickly to properly absorb shock, forcing the tibia to take the strain, and causing bruising to the membrane over the shin bone.
running uphill, downhill, on uneven terrain or on hard surfaces. Improper footwear, including worn-out shoes, can also contribute to shin splints. Regular stretching, correct footwear and gradually adjusting to a new sport will prevent shin splints. Prevention is always better than a cure! What are the treatments? Treatments for shin splints are not always successful because the exact cause is still unknown. But rest, ice, physiotherapy and getting correct orthotics in your sport shoes will alleviate symptoms. Juliet Darnton is a physiotherapist at Byrne and Hickman Physiotherapy Clinic, Shop G206, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., 2812-7231, www.byrnehickman.com
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