Spring clean your body with our top 5 detoxes. Oh, the guilt that comes with late-night boozing, junk food and holiday bingeing. On top of that, a lack of exercise for some of us (you know those stubborn love handles don’t just appear out of nowhere). All of this takes a toll on our bodies. So it’s no wonder we may feel lethargic, lifeless and lousy at times. What you need then, is a detox.
A detox basically cleanses your body of nasty toxins, boosting your metabolism, immune system and energy levels. Jumpstart a healthier lifestyle with our roundup of detox options, ranging from juice detox to colonics. These should have you shedding some pounds and looking and feeling your best yet!
Here’s our guide to the top 5 detoxes in Hong Kong:
Juice Detox from The Genie Concept
What: The juice cleanse is available in packages between 1-6 days, with 3 different levels catering to newbies or devotees. You can either select from set menus or create your very own custom cleanse programme. Your breakfast, lunch and dinner will be replaced by 6 fresh-pressed juices, raw smoothies and soup and raw nut milk – delivered right to your doorstep.
Benefits: Ingredients are raw, which means it’s chock-full of nutrients, minerals and vitamins in their purest state, which your body can digest easily. You’d get clearer skin, feel more energetic and lose weight.
Prices: HK$600 for a 1-day cleanse to HK$3,200 for a 6-day cleanse.
Location: Shop B, G/F, Universal Building, 5-13 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2803 0369
Urban Detox Superfood Programmes at i-Detox
What: The 9 or 15-day urban detox programmes are done in groups, private or one-on-one. You’d be given a health accessment along with detox products, superfoods, healthy snacks and supplements and a manual to explain how it all works. Holistic nutrition and wellness coach Anita Cheung can help you fully embrace the new lifestyle with an “emotional detox” programme.
Benefits: You pick up healthier eating habits that include superfoods (vegan, probiotics, hemp seeds etc.) rich in phyto-chemicals, omega fatty acids and antioxidants. This leads to a stronger immune and digestive system.
Prices: HK$3980 for a 15-day private detox; HK$2900 for the group programme. Enjoy 50% off first session of “emotional detox”, HK$1380.
Location: Suite 12A, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 3904 1072
Acupuncture at Alive Healthcare and Physiology Centre
What: The centre is run by physiotherapist, Alice Yuen, who has 10 years’ of experience practicing acupuncture. She tackles the root cause of ailments and employs a holistic approach that combines acupuncture with treatments like physiotherapy or craniosacral therapy (a gentle technique releasing deep tension in the body).
Benefits: Acupuncture unclogs blockages and restores the flow of qi (or energy), thereby promoting natural healing. It treats a range of conditions, including insomnia, weight loss, chronic pain and allergies.
Prices: HK$1,100/session; packages range from HK$5,000 for 5 sessions to $9,000 for 10 sessions.
Location: Room 2002, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2541 8600
Colonics at Hydrohealth Colon Hydrotherapy Center
What: Colon hydrotherapy or colonics involves a thorough cleansing of the colon. A certified and experienced colon hydro-therapist controls the temperature as well as flow of purified water that’s used to gently flush out trapped or accumulated wastes in the large intestine. At the end of the 40-min session, you’d be orally given friendly bifidus bacteria or acidophilus to maintain a balance of healthy elements in the body.
Benefits: Colonics removes the build-up of toxins, regulates bowel movement and relieves constipation and bloatedness.
Prices: HK$450/first trial or HK$500/VIP room; after which HK$550/session or HK$650/VIP room.
Location: 9/F, South China Building, 1-3 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2530 9999
Lymphatic Drainage Massage at Ten Feet Tall
What: This chic foot reflexology and massage centre is owned by Gilbert Yeung of popular nightspot Dragon-I. The massage room puts you in a relaxing atmosphere where you enjoy a 45-min session of lymphatic drainage, which is essentially a slow, gentle wave-like massage to simulate the body’s lymphatic system.
Benefits: The massage unblocks nymph nodes and helps to drain away excess fluid from swollen areas. This reduces puffiness caused by water retention. It also improves skin by eliminating internal toxins and wastes.
Prices: $638/45 min; $1278/90 min; $1700/120 min.
Location: 21/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2971 1010