Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, you may have noticed the influx of new recovery protocols in Hong Kong. When taking a couple of days of rest doesn’t cut it anymore, check out our picks of the best places for sports recovery, from ice bath, floatation therapy to mobility training, to sooth your post-workout aches and pain.
Spinal Mobilisation Therapy and Warm Bamboo Massage at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Discover the healing properties of bamboo massage, enhanced by Spinal Mobilisation Therapy by guest practitioner Wynne Lee at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Ideal for back pain, a bamboo massage makes use of warm bamboo sticks of different lengths and diameter to target specific muscles, allowing deeper tissue penetration. When performed by experienced physiotherapist Wynee Lee, the benefits of a bamboo massage complement manual therapy to improve mobility in areas of the spine that are restricted.
The full body treatment began with an aromatic oil massage to get the skin ready for the bamboo. Wynne first assessed my joints and muscles where restricted mobility was present. Then, she started with longer, thicker heated bamboo sticks to work on larger muscles such as the hamstrings and upper back, stretching and elongating them to release tension and pain. For built-up knots and pressure points, she used thinner, shorter canes to address affected areas in small rolling motions, promoting blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and a deep sense of relaxation.
More than just a sports massage, the Spinal Mobilisation Therapy and Warm Bamboo Massage is a hands-on, holistic approach to enhance sports performance. Performed in the idyllic setting of The Mandarin Spa, guests looking for the ultimate in relaxation should book the Jasmine spa suite, which features a detoxifying Ganbanyoku bed perfect for post-massage indulgence.
5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4888, mandarinoriental.com
Floax Floatation Therapy Spa
If it’s good enough for professional athletes, it’s good enough for us. An effective performance pool loved by top boxers, NBA players, footballers, rugby players and ballerinas alike, floatation therapy is effective in speeding up the recovery process, easing muscle soreness and improving focus. More than just a floatation therapy studio, Floax is a wellness space with three private flotation rooms designed to deliver the utmost comfort. Each floatation pod is filled with half a tonne of Epsom salt rich in vital electrolytes such as magnesium, which gets absorbed into the bones to promote joint health.
Designed for sleep-deprived Hongkongers, Floax offers an intimate wellness experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re looking to de-stress, boost performance or meditate, Floax’s flotation therapy promises an uninterrupted rest that your body and mind truly deserve. Each of the private flotation rooms features a flotation pod, a shower and Floax’s own brand of bathroom amenities.
Filled with water at 35°C (close to body temperature), the floatation pod is an advanced system with an automated filtration system and UV antibacterial light. With buoyancy from high concentrations of Epsom salt, the body floats weightlessly without any pressure on the joints, ligaments and tendons, creating an environment that facilities a deep meditative state—the theta state. The experience is completely private and personal, providing the perfect “me time” that comes with scientifically proven benefits.
1/F, Wing Hing Mansion, No.16 Granville Circuit, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2321 9624/+852 9546 5353, floax.com.hk
Looking for a long-term recovery protocol? Calibrate Studios in Central specialises in prehab and rehab training, working to strengthen and bulletproof your body to minimise the risk of (re)injury. With a team of professional coaches who specialise in mobility, rehabilitation and athlete development, Calibrate Studios offers weekly Flexibility and Mobility classes that not only teach you how to maximise your stretches, but also incorporate Functional Range Systems as foundation for your mobility training.
12/F, Unit A Ho Lee Commercial Building 38-44 D’Aguilar Street Central, Hong Kong, +852 6080 0665, calibrate-studios.com
With two locations in Central and Causeway Bay, WeStretch provides one-on-one assisted stretching and sports massage for fitness enthusiasts and desk dwellers alike. The sports massage, available in 15, 30 and 60 minutes, is extremely effective in relieving muscle pain (yes, we’ve tried it multiple times). Each of the ambassadors (read: therapists) is highly skilled and professional; they can immediately identify the source of muscle tension, targeting sports-related areas of pain with a deep tissue massage and passive stretching. Whether you’re experiencing back pain due to postural imbalance or neck stiffness from working long hours, make your way to WeStretch—your body will thank you for it.
13/F, Wong Chung Ming Commercial House, 16 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2328 7000; Unit A, 3/F, Redana Centre, 25 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3106 0670, we-stretch.com
The newest addition to Hong Kong’s fitness scene, The Gym is a boutique training studio located in the heart of Soho, Central. Besides offering personal training, workshops and group classes, the space also features a Recovery Room with a CET CryoSpa and infrared sauna. Step up your recovery game with an ice bath therapy, which is proven to increase energy, aid recovery by reducing inflammation and boost the immune system. When used in conjunction with an infrared sauna to detox heavy metals, radiation and environmental toxins, it forms a recovery protocol that allows the body to reset after intense training.
Garley Building, Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9459 7556, thegymhk.com
With a vision to educate Life Care through Health Care, Momentum is all about empowering individuals to take charge of their own health. Formed by a team of experienced health professionals, Momentum offers an integrated healthcare experience that includes one-on-one consultation with a physiotherapist, online programmes and Momentum Move classes.
The RecoverCare service is specifically designed for those with an active lifestyle, optimising performance through a personalised recovery plan including stretch therapy, acupuncture and cupping, Kinstretch (functional mobility and strength training), restorative massage as well as one-on-one Feel Good Flow and hammock-based spinal decompression sessions.
8F 68-70 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9339 3202, lifeinmomentum.com
Hong Kong Sports Clinic (HKSC)
Formed by a team of highly trained health professionals, HKSC offers an array of sports healthcare services including physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, rehabilitation, performance and massage therapy. When it comes to the sport you’re passionate about, HKSC understands the importance of regular assessments for optimal performance and injury prevention. For tennis players and runners, the Performance service also pays attention to your nutrition, which is often overlooked in a recovery protocol.
4/F, 10 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3709 2846, hongkongsportsclinic.com