Prestige Hong Kong - - AGENDA -

While the adult colour­ing-book trend fi­nally seems to have died down, the prob­lem still re­mains: what other op­tions do busy city peo­ple have to de-stress and find zen? A spa ses­sion is al­ways wel­come, but not just your stan­dard kind. “In to­day’s fast-paced and tech­nol­o­gy­charged so­ci­ety, the new norm is al­ways to be con­nected. This con­stant dis­trac­tion in­ter­rupts fo­cus, con­cen­tra­tion and so­cial set­tings, where we need to have a health­ier bal­ance in our daily lives,” ex­plains Karen Alek­sich, spa di­rec­tor at the Man­darin Spa at the Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Hong Kong.

And while three-hour spa jour­neys are great for the body, what we re­ally need is an es­cape for the mind. En­ter Man­darin Spa’s Dig­i­tal Well­ness Es­cape, which starts with a foot steam us­ing an­cient shun­gite stones, thought to ab­sorb neg­a­tive en­ergy, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. Dur­ing this, guests have ac­cess to all sorts of tac­tile fun, whether it’s play­ing with toys such as Play-Doh or Slinkys or Ru­bik’s Cubes (though ar­guably, that last one might get you more stressed than be­fore), or mix­ing or­ganic face-mask in­gre­di­ents to be used later on in the treat­ment: there are oat­meal-yo­gurt, hy­drat­ing choco­late or detox­i­fy­ing mocha op­tions. The mas­sage that fol­lows con­cen­trates on eyes, head, neck, shoul­ders and back – in other words, all the parts most af­fected by ex­ces­sive use of desk­top or mo­bile de­vices.

Don’t worry if you did want a crack at that colour­ing book. Be­fore or af­ter the treat­ment, guests can do some jour­nal­ing or colour­ing in the re­lax­ation lounge. “Our Dig­i­tal Well­ness Es­cape was de­signed to re­move you from these dig­i­tal con­fines and to al­low for cre­ativ­ity and re­lax­ation in a more au­ton­o­mous, or­ganic form. Small ac­tiv­i­ties, such as blend­ing the mask, colour­ing, play­ing with puz­zles or sculpt­ing with Play-Doh, bring us re­lax­ation on a dif­fer­ent level. Com­bin­ing these ac­tiv­i­ties with a holis­tic hands-on mas­sage can help re­con­nect our mind, body and spirit. We need to find this bal­ance, as in­di­vid­u­als, as fam­i­lies and as com­mu­ni­ties,” Alek­sich says.

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