By Chantawan Mueanngern
LOOKING for a way to break bad habits, reduce stress, overcome fears or perhaps take a peek into your past life? Hypnotherapy might just be your answer. Unlike Hollywood’s idea of hypnosis, mind control and black magic does not play a role at Shanti Hypnosis, a private practice nestled away in a charming residential building behind Sukhumvit’s Benjasiri Park. Using only her voice, Karishma Mirpuri practises hypnotherapy based on the idea that illnesses and negative thoughts originate in the mind, and that tapping into the subconscious will bring about psychological and behavioral changes. Under hypnotism, you fall into a state of deep relaxation yet you can still think and hear.
39-39/11 Sukhumvit Soi 24 Soi Methinivet NS Park 2nd Floor Bangkok (a 5-minute walk from BTS Phrom Phong; exit back gate of Benjasiri Park). Services available by appointment only. Book online at www.shantihypnosis.com
DRIVEN by a passion to help others with her extensive knowledge in alternative and complementary medicine, Mamouchka Simon opened the Blue Eden Holistic Room in 2008 to offer various healing services. One of the highlights is Colour Therapy (B1,500 an hour), which uses colourful blankets and crystals to balance your seven chakras, or ‘wheels,’ through which vital energy flows. Each chakra is believed to resonate with its own specific colour, and the 60 minute treatment involves placing coloured blankets and crystals on these points to promote emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Mamouchka also offers other alternative healing services, including Reiki, cranio-sacral therapy, Faster Emotionally Focused Transformation (EFT) and cupping.
Royal Kensington Mansion 18th floor (top floor) unit 1802, Ekkamai Soi 10 (first building on the right after Health Land). Book for appointment: 084 484 9410
TAKING a holistic approach to health treatment, TRIA Wellness offers an impressive array of services to suit the needs of spa lovers or those in need of deep relaxation. Located at Piyavate Hospital, the centre boasts plenty of space and has a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Drawing upon the traditional Indian Ayurvedic healing system, the Marma (vital) Point Massage (B2,600/75-minute session) is one of the many treatments offered. The treatment involves the use of warm oils to massage the marma points – where lymph nodes are located – to rejuvenate skin, drain toxins, relieve stress and improve sleep.
Soi Muban Rim Khlong, Suan Luang (a 10-minute taxi ride from MRT Petchburi) Open daily 7am-7pm Tel: 02 660 2620. www.triawellness.com
Onsen Sky Spa
TAKE a break from the city’s chaos and wash away your troubles at Onsen Sky Spa, a seven-storey relaxation haven tucked away in the heart of Silom Road. Combining a spa, salon, and restaurant and bar in one complex, Onsen Sky is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to unwind and rejuvenate. Its onsen services, or Japanese hot baths, offer a variety of therapeutic benefits, including rehabilitation of the mind and body, improvement of blood circulation, metabolism stimulation, and skin refreshment. The heat, water pressure and minerals work together to relieve stress and improve sleep as well. While immersing yourself in the onsen, simply sit back, relax and soak up the many health and beauty benefits. Men and women bathe on separate floors, and disposable undies are also available upon request. After soaking up, you can choose to hit the sauna rooms or head up to the rooftop and cool down with a glass of beer. A classic sauna and onsen session is priced at B400 and a package including onsen, massage and a beer/fruit shake begins at B1,000.
491/43-44 Silom Plaza, Silom Rd. (a 5-minute walk from BTS Chong Nonsi; Silom Plaza G Fl.) Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2am; Sat-Sun 11am-2am Tel: 02 233 6666 www.facebook.com/OnsenSky.Spa/timeline
OFFERING a fast track to Theta (that meditative state somewhere between being awake and asleep, where anything and everything seems possible) TSFC involves floating on your own in a naturally sterile Epsom salt water solution in a pitch black, soundproofed pod or room. The buoyant solution is four times saltier than The Dead Sea (and full of skin-nourishing magnesium too) and kept at body temperature, so the results are akin to floating in an anti-gravity environment. You can even fall asleep without worrying that your head will dip beneath the surface. While the first five minutes in a pod or room can be slightly unnerving (after-all, it’s not every day that you get to experience a space-like environment), as soon as you relax into the experience the results can be heavenly. With your mind free to mull things over without distraction, your brain pumps out endorphins and dopamine, and with no apparent downward or upward pressure on your body, all muscles are free from tension.
88/1 24th Avenue Mall, First Floor, A4/A5/A6, Soi Sukhumvit 24 Tel: 083 775 2020 www.thetastatefloat.com
LOCATED in Paradise Park, AKA Wellness offers a unique approach to relaxation in the form of a Salt Cave (a room made with Himalayan salt). The treatment involves sitting in the room and letting the salt work its magic – which includes releasing negative ions that neutralize positive ions from electronic devices (all mobile devices must be turned off, so the waves don’t interrupt your meditative state), and improving respiration problems caused by asthma or allergies. Other services include massages and facial treatments with essential oils, which can alleviate many sores and itches. Time in the Salt Cave is priced at B600 per session (one hour).
G Fl., Paradise Park, Srinakarin Rd. Open Mon-Sun 10am-9.30pm Tel: 082 222 4090-92 www.makescents.co.th
TESTING for 39 different health conditions in less than a minute, Dr Kamal’s Bio-Magnetic Holistic Health Centre provides a unique, fast and non-invasive way to discover what ails you. Harnessing the power of magnets, the Quantum Magnetic Resonance Analyser Test (QMRA) reads the electromagnetic waves emitted from your cells while you hold the Quantum sensor (basically a metal stick) for a mere 59 seconds. Dr Kamal then interprets the results and explains how you can improve your mental and physical health. Bio-magnetic therapy, the centre’s core treatment approach, utilises magnetic fields to treat muscle pains, headaches, chronic diseases, and stress. Other treatments include acupressure, ultrasonic ozone bath, and infrared sauna therapy. The QMRA test is available for B3,000, and other courses start at B12,000.
226/5 Soi 22, Sukhumvit Rd, Klong Toey, (a 15-minute walk from BTS Phrom Phong). Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm; Sat 9.30am-2.30pm Tel: 08 6903 2543 www.drkamalholistic.com
Acupuncture at Yoskarn Clinic
LOCATED a short walk from BTS Chidlom, Yoskarn Clinic not only offers top quality aesthetic and dental services but also alternative healing services, including our pick: Chinese Acupuncture. Developed over 5,000 years ago, acupuncture is now validated by the World Health Organisation as an effective method of naturally healing over 200 diseases. The treatment involves stimulating your vital energy, or ‘chi,’ by inserting fine needles approximately 3cm deep into acupuncture points, also known as meridian points. By allowing chi to flow properly through these points, acupuncture works to restore balance to your body. The results of the treatment are immediate for acute diseases, but chronic diseases may require several sessions. Acupuncture can be used to treat nerve paralysis, vertigo, muscle and joint pains and even acne! A 30-minute session of acupuncture begins at B5,000.
53-55 Rachadamri Soi 2 Rd, Lumpinee, Pathumwan. Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm and Sat-Sun 11am-4pm.
YOU can reboot your system and eradicate toxins by replacing your meals for three-days (or longer, if you’re a juice cleansing pro) with fresh, raw cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. Sure, a juice cleanse isn’t easy, and you have to be disciplined, but the benefits of a regular cleanse – including a stronger immune system, improved digestion, improved concentration, clear skin, and an increased awareness of the effect processed foods have on your body – help pave the way to a healthier lifestyle. Listed here are just a few of the companies offering nutritious juices for delivery in Bangkok.
• Lifestyle Juice Cleanse (Tel: 02 002 4614, www.lifestylejuicecleanse.com). Cleanses range from B1,500 to B12,700.
• Vibrant Juice Cleanse (Tel: 084 3532 897, www.vibrantjuice.com). Cleanses range from B1,170 to B25,500.
• Me Juice (Tel: 081 4966 663 www.mejuicepress.com). Cleanses range from B1,200 to B7,200.
• Clearer Cleanse (Tel: 091 801 3013 www.clearercleanse.com). Cleanses start at B1,200.
• Raw and Honest (www.rawandhonest.com). Cleanses range from B2,300 to B6,900.