Review: Digital Detox Programme at Sense of Touch
With seemingly everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to friends and colleagues jumping on the juice-cleanse bandwagon, it’s been hard to ignore the buzz about detoxing. Who wouldn’t like to “reset the system” and perhaps lose a few pounds in the process?
Local day spa chain Sense of Touch is offering that – and a lot more – with its new Digital Detox Programme. With an aim to “balance and detoxify mind, body and soul”, the programme includes a one-hour outdoor yoga session, one-hour detox massage, one-day juice cleanse and a hair-treatment set to take home.
Guests are advised to phase out coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, meat and dairy the day before the programme as a kind of pre-cleanse. They should then follow the juice cleanse (and avoid all solid foods) for one full day.
While I did my best to avoid the bad stuff, I must admit I nibbled on a muffin before arriving at the Repulse Bay spa for my 11am yoga session. After a cup of ginger and lemon tea, four of us were introduced to our instructor Cathy – who did a good job of explaining the benefits of various yoga poses and styles. The class consisted of several variations of twists and forward bends, which were rather relaxing despite the sounds of construction work taking place near the Moroccan-style patio.
After yoga, we retreated to separate treatment rooms for our oil massages. My only complaint was that I wanted it to last longer. But alas, it was time to return the real world and I rushed back to the office with a cooler stocked with six Genie Concept juices and a pouch with Christophe Robin’s scalp scrub and hair mask.
That’s where the bumps in my detox journey started (staring at a computer screen is not exactly “disconnecting with technology”, and I probably shouldn’t have made those dinner plans), but this is a great programme for those who can commit to a full day of pampering and relaxing at home.
Not only is it a good idea to give your body and mind a break, the Digital Detox is also decent break for your wallet at only HK$1,680 (considering a massage and juice cleanse alone would cost the same). Sense of Touch will offer the programme on select days in April, May and June at their Repulse Bay and Tseung Kwan O locations; as well as for group bookings. So clear your schedule, clean out the refrigerator and finally see what all the detox fuss is about.
Digital Detox Programme: HK$1,680 at Sense of Touch Repulse Bay (G211, 1/F, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, 2592 9668) and Sense of Touch Tseung Kwan O (Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, 3/F, 3 Tong Tak Street, 3983 0406), www.senseoftouch.com.hk