We all know how hard it is to surrender our beloved laptops and tablets, or stop compulsively checking our smartphones every two minutes. Sense of Touch is offering to lend a hand to help digital addicts get offline and unplugged with its new Digital Detox Programme.
Available at its Repulse Bay and Tseung Kwan O branches, the two-hour programme is split between a yoga session and a therapeutic detox massage with the aim to align body and mind. To extend the experience, a one-day juice cleanse package by Genie Concept and a sample set of Christophe Robin's haircare products are included.
I try out the programme at the Repulse Bay branch where a yoga session is held in the garden. Despite not having much luck with the weather — it's a very windy day — the one-hour practice is rejuvenating. It starts with some breathing exercises, before we move on to various poses that the instructor says helps stimulate and cleanse our lymphatic and digestive systems. It's fast-paced to encourage blood circulation and increase the metabolism.
The relaxing massage at one of the Moroccan-style treatment suites serves a similar purpose. With the help of a custom-blended essential oil of juniper, I'm told the rhythmic water- and lymph-draining pressure applied to the body helps get rid of accumulated toxins . I was asked to go in the morning with an empty stomach, and was looking forward to starting the day with the first of six cold pressed juices before the yoga started. But we only got our colourful juices - which are supposed to be drunk every two hours - when we left. Although it meant we had to drink them a bit faster, the tasty juices compensated for the tiny glitch.
The programme provides a momentary break from tech, but don't expect a long-term fix: that will have to come from within.
Until June, scheduled sessions (HK$1,680/ two hours) of The Digital Detox Programme are available at:
- Sense of Touch: G211, 1/F The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, tel: 2592 9668;
- 3/F Crowne Plaza, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, tel: 3983 0406