As an avid music fan, I was intrigued by the Muusa treatment, which promises a customised soundtrack in time with the therapist's strokes. The therapy was pioneered in Italy and is limited to a few spas; Hong Kong day spa Sense of Touch debuts this treatment in Asia.

Friday, 8 June, 2012, 12:00am

Peer support helps troubled youth

Twenty years ago, a young woman struggling with drug and alcohol addiction was desperate to find a way to resolve her problems. She found that by speaking to her peers she was able to overcome her issues, and as a result she developed a peer support and self-help model to assist others.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

He's not chicken when it comes to getting plucked

Nowadays it is perfectly acceptable for a man to have had a spa treatment or two, but a few individuals stubbornly cling to the notion that if Jack Bauer didn't need a manicure to save the world, then neither do they.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Trial therapy: Youthful Glow facial

What is it?

The Danne Signature Youthful Glow Paramedical Facial at the Jasmine Room, a boudoir-style spa.

What was it like?

10 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Helping people boost their confidence

Marion Windau, a senior therapist at the Chuan Spa at Langham Place, Mong Kok

17 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Trial therapy: Love Handler

What did the treatment involve?

The Love Handler treatment targets cellulite and stubborn fat. The therapist rubbed her hands with lavender to release a relaxing aroma before rubbing detoxifying oil onto my stomach. That was followed by a vacuum-assisted massage to activate lymphatic drainage and help the seaweed mask that came next penetrate the skin.

21 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Trial therapy: Dermalogica customised facial

What is it?

A 75-minute Indulge facial using Dermalogica products, aimed at improving skin condition and which promises a visible result. It was recommended by the therapist after I filled out a form listing some of my worry spots: loss of elasticity, dehydration and some rosacea.

What did it involve?

22 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Trial therapy: Nude

What treatments did you have?

A leg and bikini wax, and a 90-minute facial.

What was the atmosphere like?

Despite styling itself as a 'beautique of waxing', Nude is a no-nonsense sort of place. The bright and fresh reception area has small modern therapy rooms leading off it.

How was the treatment?

21 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Trial therapy: Executive fresh-up

What is it?

A 45-minute aroma facial and a 45-minute acupressure massage to quickly invigorate your skin, mind and body.

What's the atmosphere like?

The treatment room is neat and tranquil, but more spartan than you might expect from a five-star hotel.

What was it like?

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Spa's subdued opulence puts guests in the mood to relax

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong conjures up images of old-style tradition, elegance and luxury, and the newly opened spa remains faithful to the hotel's reputation.

22 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The plateau scrub

What is it?

A 90-minute body scrub of raw sugar, sea salt and green tea leaves. The ingredients aim to exfoliate the skin, leaving it moisturised and soft. First, the therapist scrubs your body with the mixture for 45 minutes, then you're given a steam treatment and shower for 15 minutes. For the final 30 minutes, the therapist gives you a full-body massage.

5 Aug 2005 - 12:00am