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Alternative Therapy In Hong Kong: Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Art Therapy And More

Alternative therapy in Hong Kong
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Expand your health resources with a different approach.

Becoming a parent sometimes throws us through a loop, especially when it comes to thoughts on health and wellness. Our offspring make us reassess life choices and put health at the forefront of our minds. Parenting makes us more conscious not only of what (or how many) medicines we might take but it also put a spotlight on unhealthy habits. Instead of reaching for the painkillers the next time you have a headache or a nicotine patch to help you stop smoking, why not consider trying an alternative therapy instead?

Lucky for us, Hong Kong is packed full of great alternative therapy resources. To help narrow down the options, take a look through this rundown of complementary therapies that can be used by all the family.

Editor’s note: Alternative therapy is in no way meant to replace conventional Western medicine or traditional scientific techniques. It can, however, be highly effective when used alongside conventional medicine, and as a preventative approach to certain ailments. You must always consult your doctor if you are unsure and to make sure that alternative techniques will not impact or hinder regular medicine or prescriptions.

Read more: 7 Health And Wellness Goals For The Family In 2021

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Alternitive therapies in hong kong, Shakti Healing Centre

Shakti Healing Circle

Understanding that therapy is as unique as the person seeking it, Shakti always considers the best approach to fit your individual needs. Taking a holistic approach to wellbeing, its practitioners have been in Hong Kong for many years and many are parents themselves (so understand the pressures that come with having kids!). Having worked in their respective fields for decades, they’ve also gained great reputations to boot, keeping your optimal wellness, emotional and spiritual growth front and centre.

Celebrating 14 years this March since first opening its doors, Shakti offers numerous alternative therapies and is an award-winning Reiki centre. A form of energy healing, the Reiki practitioners work on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels to balance all the chakras of the body. Other therapies include psychotherapy (or “talk” therapy)shamanism (communication with the spirit to heal)homeopathy, hypnotherapy, Feng Shui, relationship or career coaching and more. You can also book individual meditation classes to help create a regular meditation practice in your own time. There are workshops and events, plus you can train as a Reiki healer yourself (Reiki level 1 and 2 and Reiki Master level 3) under the expert guidance of its teachers. Find your inner peace, Mama.

Shakti Healing Circle, 1206 to 1207 Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2521 5099[email protected]www.shaktihealingcircle.com

Alternative Therapies Available In Hong Kong

Acupuncture

While some might run for the hills at the thoughts of having needles gently pushed all over your skin, many swear by this ancient technique. Acupuncture is a core therapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It works by inserting super-thin needles through the skin at various points on the body to help alleviate physical pain and psychological ailments.

The principle is to facilitate free-flowing energy and balance your Qi (life force) by removing any blockages in the main pathways (meridians) of which it flows.

What can it help: There’s a wide range of ailments that can be helped. For adults, it can be anything from migraines to back pain, insomnia to allergies and more. There is even a whole area dedicated to conception, pregnancy (including the dreaded morning sickness) and post-birth recovery.

In babies and children, it may help with colic, skin problems, bedwetting, strep throat, the common cold and more. There’s also research from The School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University to suggest that acupuncture can also help autistic children with speech and social interactions.

Who can do it: Acupuncture can be used by every member of the family, including babies and children (smaller, less intrusive needles are used in pediatric acupuncture).

Where in Hong Kong

While there are many great centres across the city, the below suggestions are to get you started:

Public hospitals offering acupuncture (including Hong Kong Baptist University training and research clinics)

Balance Health

Dr Susan Jamieson Integrative Medical Practice

Gleneagles TCM Clinic

HKU

Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI)

Oriental Health (including pediatric acupuncture) 

OT&P (Sharon Wan or Selina Cheung)

Art Therapy

A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say, so unlock your deepest thoughts through this creative technique. Used by mental health professionals, art therapy will engage your body, mind and spirit through art and provide a new platform to express thoughts and inner feelings. Using kinaesthetic, sensory and symbolic techniques, this is a great practice for children who may not have the words to articulate themselves or adults who struggle to open up verbally.

What can it help: Art therapy can help with cognitive and sensory-motor functions, boost self-esteem, strengthen emotional resilience, improve social skills, resolve conflict and distress. It can also help with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and more.

Who can do it: Fun (and healing) for all the family. You can do individual sessions or book as a family or group as well.

Where in Hong Kong

Art Therapy Hong Kong

Wild at Art Studio

See also, The Hong Kong Association Of Art Therapists and Expressive Arts Therapy Association of Hong Kong

Read more: Mental Health And Stress: How Your Mind Affects Your Overall Wellbeing

alternative therapy in Hong Kong, gong bath

Gong Bath

No, you don’t have to strip off in a bath full of metal bowls! Rather, you are bathed in the sound waves from this hypnotic instrument. Gong baths are an ancient form of music meditation (see below for more about music meditation) that is thought to date back thousands of years. The theory is that the noise and vibrations lower the frequency of the brainwaves causing your mind to slow down. Thus, helping you to focus as a form of meditation to clear the mind and become more in tune with your own energy.

You’ll lay on the floor with your eyes closed while the practitioner hits the gong. It sometimes starts with the gong at the front of the room, followed by the practitioner holding the gong (or other instruments) over your head and other areas of your body to allow the vibrations to take effect. Sessions are usually held in groups (before COVID-19, of course). Tibetan singing bowls are also used, along with other instruments.

What can it help: Relaxation, meditation and clearing the mind. It can help to reduce stress, removes emotional blockages and may even stimulate an altered state of consciousness.

Who can do it: Sessions are available for children right through to adults. While it seems that it might be ok while pregnant, it’s always best to check with the practitioner to make sure the technique is suitable.

Where in Hong Kong

Enhale Meditation Studio

Red-Doors

Reboot by The Clarke Clinic

Hypnotherapy

Using words, sometimes accompanied by music or other sounds, hypnotherapy creates a deeper (and heightened) state of consciousness. Once in this relaxed state, the therapist helps by offering gentle positive suggestions to replace old, and more destructive thought patterns.

Research carried out by the Stamford University School Of Medicine found that hypnotherapy alters areas of the brain and can aid “the brain’s ability to heal medical and psychiatric conditions.” As a mama who’s frequently used this therapy over the years, I can attest to its positive benefits.

What can it help: From behavioural issues, stress and anxiety, phobias, stopping smoking, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), help during childbirth (look below for hypnobirthing specialists) and even stage fright! There are numerous reasons for which it can be used.

Who can do it: Commonly used for adults, teen and some older children, one clinical psychologist believes that children as young as 5 can benefit from it.

Where in Hong Kong

All About You Centre

Calm Birth

Central And Stanley Wellness

Shakti Healing Circle

RenewedEdge Hypnosis

Read more: HypnoBirthing: Everything You Need To Know About This Method of Delivery

Mindfulness And Meditation

Similar to hypnotherapy, meditation has been shown to alter the neural pathways in the brain to help create more positive and focused experiences. Meditation has been practised for thousands of years, with Buddhist monks being experts in the field! It helps to clear and quieten the mind with improved focus as a result.

Rather than emptying the mind, mindfulness helps to focus more thoughtfully on singular actions or feelings. From brushing your teeth to having a cup of tea, this practice helps you to learn how to be more present, live in the moment, and appreciate the world around you.

What can help: Both help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve creativity, enhance performance, aides self-awareness, increases attention spans. Meditation can also improve sleep, helps blood pressure, may help improve memory and more.

Who can do it: Everyone! As a previous ESL Montessori Kindergarten Teacher, I used some techniques to start the day during our morning assembly. It really helped to calm over-excited little ones and help them to focus on the day ahead!

Where in Hong Kong

See Sassy Mama’s Guide To Meditation And Mindfulness In Hong Kong for a list of options.

alternative therapy in Hong Kong, play therapy

Play Therapy

While there is plenty of therapists out there for adults to choose from, what about one that is specifically designed to help children? Enter, play therapy. Child-centred play therapy provides a safe environment for little ones to express fears, anxiety and negative emotions in a language that’s best suited to their communication.

By exploring repressed emotions through the art of play, the therapist can help with trauma (divorce, grief, illness and more), anger management, and numerous other issues.

What can it help: It helps to build children’s self-esteem, improve self-control, resolve internal conflict and stabilise emotions.

Who can do it: Sessions are generally aimed at children between the ages of 3 to 10 (and in some cases into tween and teen years).

Where in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs Road

Integrate HK

Lifespan Counselling

Little Tree

Wellness Programme (via the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society)

Reiki

Originating in Japan, Reiki ( “rei”, universal, and “ki”, life energy in Japanese) is an alternative therapy based on energy healing. Using energy transferred from the palms of the hands, Reiki healers focus on seven chakras (energy points/gates) on the patient’s body to help with the flow of energy.

Some practices also use crystals to help balance the energy of the patient and also the healing space. Some Reiki techniques (such as Siam Reiki) are also thought to go deeper into a more spiritual level.

What can it help: It is thought to help chronic pain, anxiety, depression, as well as a complimentary therapy in the treatment of cancer and heart disease among other benefits. It’s also believed to be a preventative therapy for certain issues.

Who can do it: Adults most commonly have Reiki treatments but it can also have positive effects on children as well. Make sure to check with the practitioners when booking.

Where in Hong Kong

Alive Wellness

Balance Health

Corie Chu Healing

Shakti Healing Circle

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a huge all-encompassing alternative therapy with many branches and a very long history. The main principle behind TCM is by treating the body as a whole and so takes into consideration the whole body when diagnosing and treating an illness. TCM believes that prevention is the best cure.

TCM diagnosis is as intensive as the prescription and involves looking, listening, smelling (yep), questions and palpitation (checking the pulse). Therapies include acupuncture, moxibustion (the burning of burning dried mugwort on certain points on the body), tui na massage, cupping and/or scraping, Chinese herbs and more.

What can it help: Digestive health, anxiety, IBS, infertility, arthritis, insomnia, depression, chronic pain, there’s not much that it doesn’t hope to treat!

Who can do it: All members of the family, though you should always check with the practitioner first.

Where in Hong Kong

Public Health Chinese Medicine Clinics

Balance Health

Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI)

Oriental Health

The Body Group

The Chinese Medicine Clinics and Pharmacy at HKU SPACE

See also GovHK’s information on TCM.

Alternative therapy, aromatherapy

Other Alternative Therapies To Consider:

Aromatherapy

Ayurvedic medicine

Bowen technique

Crystal healing

Homeopathy

Music therapy

Reflexology

Yoga

Read more: What Kind Of Yoga In Hong Kong Is Right For You?

Our "Featured" banner indicates a paid partnership. Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Shakti Healing Circle, image 2 courtesy of Red-Doors Studio, image 3 courtesy of cottonbro via Pexels, image 4 courtesy of Elly Fairytale via Pexels.

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