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As is the case with the majority of top holiday destinations in Asia, Hong Kong has a varied selection of spas and health and wellness treatments to choose from. At high-end hotels such as the W and the Four Seasons guests can give their bodies and souls a virtual renaissance with body scrubs, curative massages, saunas, facials, manicures and pedicures.
Some hotel spas offer specialist treatments of which the lava shell body option is delightful. This requires the therapist to apply hot tiger-clam shells to the patient’s body. Despite the fact the treatments are geared towards the needs of hotel guests, non-residents are more than welcome.
There are a few independent spas not affiliated to hotels. Iyara Day Spa is one of these and has a number of locations on Hong Kong Island which primarily deal with professionals working in financial or other business institutions in Central, Admiralty, Wanchai and Causeway Bay.
People looking for detox programmes in Hong Kong will find the Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI) a good choice. The Rolls Royce of its schedules is a 10-day session designed to deal with everything from muscle aches and pains and lethargy to excess weight.
IMI also offers sessions in mindfulness practice, yoga and tai-chi which are led by instructors well-versed in their particular fields. China and tai-chi exercises are inextricably linked in the minds of most foreigners. They envisage Chinese people in parks and plazas doing the routines in perfect unison. This vision is actually a reality in Hong Kong parks such as those in Kowloon and Victoria.
Some of the sessions in the parks are open to non-residents. Tai-chi practice sessions on the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui run several days a week at sunrise and are also open to visitor participation. The Chen Style Tai Chi Institute in Sheung Wan offers specialised tai-chi courses with the option of tuition in English.