V Integrated Wellness at The Andaman, Langkawi

What is it?

Sunday, 11 December, 2011, 12:00am

Creature comforts

Bouncing a yellow ball, Kei runs around to catch the attention of Fat Fat the pug. The bubbly 17-year-old giggles at the way the dog moves and it's hard to picture him as a disgruntled youth who stayed at home all day and shut himself off from the world a year ago.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Therapists stay in tune with clients' needs and interests

Music therapist Ivory Chan Yuen-man, who specialises in treating children with special needs, believes that music has healing powers.

'Music therapy is interactive. I try to get clients to be involved in music games or play an instrument in order to stimulate them and bring therapeutic results,' Chan says.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Animal therapy is good medicine for helping young and old heal

Warm and unconditional love is a wonderful thing, but sadly missing in the lives of millions. By simply extending a healing paw, hoof or claw - companion animals can reach out to the lonely, infirm and vulnerable and help them heal.

This type of help is called animal therapy, or pet therapy.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Travel like a rock star but be prepared to pay US$100,000

Most people dream of travelling like a rock star, but those who want to have to fork out a US$100,000 member's deposit to Asia Jet, which has a 10-seat Gulfstream G200 aircraft ready to go.

The G200 features leather sofas and an inflight menu to die for from the Peninsula hotel, of course, and there are no queues for boarding or worries about losing your luggage.

14 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Rise in women-only holiday packages

A growing number of international resorts and travel companies are offering women-only travel itineraries. The tours, designed for two or more women or family members, usually include activities such as spa treatments, shopping excursions, and cultural or craft-centre visits.

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Wanted: 12 hot hunks with a sense of humour and fun to go under the hammer

Liz Murrihy of the Women's Forum is on the prowl for men again. The social and business networking group is set to organise another of its popular bachelor auctions for spring and Murrihy is lining up hot hunks. However, she's not looking for self-promoting guys to apply directly. Instead, she prefers the chosen few to be referrals from other women.

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Agenda - Spas

Four Seasons Resort

Provence, France

6 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

On the path to a spa-tacular career

Requirements: As a spa therapist, you have to have very hands-on contact with people, so you have to be comfortable with that and with people in general.

It's not just a job for women as many people think. Men can be spa therapists too.

30 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

In a class of its own


3 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Making sure client's vision shapes the final product

As client service manager at Eight Custom Media, Ellis Tsang ensures that writers, editors, designers and web producers convey the final message and are on the same page

23 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

The feel-good factory

Director of a luxury spa enjoys helping people turn from 'an ugly duckling into a swan'

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Top tips: Saving face

Caudalie trainer Nathalie Ohana gives her tips for looking in top condition.

'There's a tradition in France called a grape cure, which involves eating only grapes for 10 days with unlimited water and tea. If you do it once a year it's said to lighten your skin ... [and] help cleanse you. It is hard to eat only grapes though.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Smart therapy

A new form of therapy which combines art and technology helps mentally or physically abused children overcome their fears and lead a normal life again.

Traditionally, psychological therapy involves different artistic mediums, such as drawings. But the Smart Ambience Therapy (SAT) is different.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Four phases of SAT

Phase 1: Assessment and rapport-building

Let the children warm up and be more active. Encourage them to build up their confidence in the art therapists and SAT.

Activity: Ribbon Dancing

Phase 2: Addressing issues around abuse

Let the therapists know about the children's problems or abuse.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am