27 April, 2021
Alternative Therapy In Hong Kong
Alternative Therapy In Hong Kong
Health & Wellness

Your Guide To Alternative Therapy In Hong Kong: Reiki, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy & More

27 April, 2021
Alternative Therapy In Hong Kong

Expand your health resources with a different approach.

There is a whole world of alternative therapies available in Hong Kong, from Traditional Chinese Medicine to Reiki, Art Therapy and more. If you’re used to popping into the clinic to see your GP whenever you’re feeling under the weather, you might have some reservations when it comes to taking a different approach to looking after your health. However, these alternative options can be highly effective when used alongside conventional medicine or as a preventative approach to certain ailments. To help narrow down the options, we’ve rounded up a few health resources and complementary alternative therapies that may be worth trying.

Editor’s note: Alternative therapy is in no way meant to replace conventional Western medicine or traditional scientific techniques. You must always consult your doctor if you are unsure and to make sure that the alternative techniques will not impact or hinder your regular medicine or prescriptions.

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Alternative Therapies: Shakti Healing Circle

Shakti Healing Circle

This award-winning wellness centre is best known for its energy healing classes, shamanic workshops and psychotherapy sessions which promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self healing. For 14 years, Shakti Healing Circle has been helping individuals awaken their “shakti”, or power to transform themselves inside out. Its Reiki classes have been more popular now than ever, with more people looking for ways to manage their stress and improve their immunity. What’s more, the centre also offers meditation classes for ultimate relaxation.

Shakti Healing Circle, 1206 Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2521 5099, info@shaktihealingcircle.com, www.shaktihealingcircle.com

Alternative Therapy In Hong Kong

Acupuncture

Alternative Therapies: Acupuncture

While some of us might be less than keen to have needles pushed into our skin, many swear by this ancient technique. Acupuncture is a core therapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It works by inserting very thin needles through the skin at different 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) in which it flows.

What can it help: There’s a wide range of ailments that can be helped, from migraines to back pain, insomnia, allergies and more.

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

The Chinese Medicine Clinics and Pharmacy at HKU SPACE

Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI)

Oriental Health

OT&P (Sharon Wan or Selina Cheung)

Art Therapy

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, 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 your thoughts and inner feelings. Using kinaesthetic, sensory and symbolic techniques, this is a great practice for anyone who struggles 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, as well as resolve conflict and distress. It can also help with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and more.

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

Gong Bath

Alternative Therapy: Gong Bath

No, you don’t have to strip down and bathe in a giant metal bowl! Rather, you will be bathed in the sound waves from this hypnotic instrument. Gong baths are an ancient form of 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 will lay on the floor with your eyes closed while the practitioner gently 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. 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.

Where in Hong Kong:

Enhale Meditation Studio

Fiveelements Habitat

IKIGAI

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.”

What can it help: From behavioural issues, stress and anxiety, phobias, quitting smoking, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even stage fright! There are numerous other purposes for which it can be used.

Where in Hong Kong:

All About You Centre

Central And Stanley Wellness

RenewedEdge Hypnosis

Shakti Healing Circle

Mindfulness & Meditation

Alternative Therapy: 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, help improve memory and more.

Where in Hong Kong:

See our guide to meditation centres in Hong Kong for a list of options.

Read more: 5 Simple Meditation Practices To Try At Home

Reiki

Originating in Japan, Reiki ( “rei”, meaning “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 health issues.

Where in Hong Kong:

Alive Wellness

Balance Health

Corie Chu Healing

Shakti Healing Circle

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Alternative Therapy: Cupping Therapy

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, so it really takes into consideration the body as a whole 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, in fact, there’s not much that it doesn’t hope to treat!

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.

Other Alternative Therapies To Consider:

Aromatherapy
Ayurvedic medicine
Bowen technique
Bowl Therapy
Crystal healing
Homeopathy
Music therapy
Reflexology
Yoga

Read more: The Best Yoga Studios And Classes In Hong Kong

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Featured image courtesy of Fiveelements Habitat, image 1 courtesy of Shakti Healing Circle, image 2 courtesy of Alma Thai via Pexels, image 3 courtesy of Content Pixie via Unsplash, image 4 courtesy of PeopleImages via Getty, image 5 courtesy of janiecbros via Getty.

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