A cartoon cat with its claw in a power socket is the first image that springs to mind when I hear the word electrotherapy. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is the second. Not thoughts usually associated with facials, but it's not every day I have electric currents applied to my skin in an effort to banish signs of ageing, which are all too quickly making my face their home. Willing to try anything to placate vanity, I head for my first Galvaderm facial - previously unavailable in Hong Kong - at a new therapy salon, the Lavender Room. Feeling a little like Wile E Coyote about to embark on another disastrous scheme to trap the Road Runner, but minus the confidence, I make my way to the treatment room. I soon discover this is no Acme operation but a sanctuary, tucked into the funky hipp.fish hair salon in Central. Its purple hues and soft decor not only give the room its name, but help soothe away the stress of Central. Owner and therapist Suzanne Harwood quickly puts my fears to rest. Yes, an electric current is applied, she explains, but it is of such a low voltage that there is nothing to fear. The electrotherapy deep cleanses and hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling tauter and smoother, she adds. Checking out her amazing complexion I muster some courage and decide to give this new skin-care technology a go. The lights are dimmed and, as Harwood cleanses my face gently, I become so relaxed I almost fall asleep and miss the action. A layer of gel is applied to my face and two small metallic rollers, which Harwood holds in each hand, swing into action. This is the much-feared electrotherapy. I brace myself in anticipation but barely feel a thing. As the rollers stroke my skin, it slowly starts to tingle. It's a quiet and gentle process - no raising of hair or high-voltage shocks. A clear plastic appliance is then used to oxygenate the skin and improve circulation. This is also subtle and quite pleasant. The whole process is repeated, but by this stage I am paying no attention. An amazing neck and shoulder massage sends me off to sleep and when I wake up a gel mask is being applied. Back to the land of nod. We finish with toner, moisturiser and a wonderful face massage. Throughout the treatment, the room is redolent of fresh fragrances from the range of Susan Molyneux essential oils and plant extracts Harwood uses. These natural products, popular in Britain, have previously been unavailable here and feel great. As does my skin, which really is glowing. I'm convinced I look younger and, judging by later compliments, there is certainly a noticeable difference in my appearance. With all my faculties intact and looking nothing like an electrified cat, I book in for another round. Value for money: Even Wile E Coyote would pay $650 for 75 minutes of bliss. What's the score? 9 out of 10. Reservations: The Lavender Room at hipp.fish, 1/F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central. Tel: 2815 3638. Opening hours: 10am to 8pm (by appointment), Tuesday to Saturday.