The Sense of Touch chain has made its first step into the medi-spa market, targeting women looking for something a little more results driven. This includes everything from Ultherapy facial lifting technology and chemical peels to Botox and Restylane.
Not ready to go under the needle, I opt for the Vaser Shape body shaping treatment, which sounds less intimidating. The spa describes it as being "as comfortable and relaxing … as a hot stone massage".
The spa is in an office building in Central that looks more business than pleasure, and upon arriving I have lots of disclaimer forms to fill in, including details such as an emergency contact phone number. This is standard procedure but it does make you imagine the worst-case scenario.
There are four treatment suites, two medical treatment rooms, and a consultation room, where I meet medical director, Dr Wally Chen Teck Meng.
Chen says the treatment is not suitable for those looking to lose a lot of weight, but ideal to remove love handles and other stubborn fat deposits. He even offers to assess me and circle my "areas of concern",
Once in the treatment room, my therapist puts me on some fascinating weighing scales which tell me my body water content and body fat percentage. She patiently talks me through each step of the treatment, and somehow manages to make all the measuring, weighing and photo taking - for their reference only, to measure progress - not feel half as humiliating as it sounds.
Then I lie down and she gently activates my lymph nodes with a manual massage and a suction function on the machine. The first phase of ultrasound therapy, as promised, feels relaxing, and warming as the machine glides over my skin. Chen says that while other treatments simply displace fat to other parts of the body, the Vaser Shape "melts" the fat and toxins away and helps the body flush it out.
The next part, using low frequency ultrasound energy, feels more intense, and causes a tingling feeling that borders on unpleasant. This doesn't last, however, and the treatment ends with a vacuum massage to get the fat moving to the lymphatic system.
It takes at least five to six sessions to see real results, and while my skin feels hot afterwards, it's hard to detect any obvious change. The therapist explains it will take a few days for the results to show, as the body has to metabolise the broken down fat.
One Vaser Shape treatment takes about one hour, with a trial offer price of HK$2,888/per session. Sense of Touch Medi-Spa is located at suite 206-207, 2/F Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central. sotmedi.com