In autumn 2017, Fivelements, Hong Kong launched their Wellness Talks as a fresh programme dedicated to holistic wellbeing education and practical sharing for Hong Kong’s health and wellness enthusiasts. The first trio of regular monthly events to come were focused on plant-powered nutrition with exciting culinary demos shared by Fivelements’ Executive Chef Arnaud.
Wellness is a synonym of well-being which is hardly achievable without right sources of physical and mental energy. International holistic coach and nutrition expert, Teressa Siu, led the first three wellness talks on food matters in Fivelements’ urban retreat in Sai Kung.
By Anne Cousin
It is easy to get caught up in the details of our lives, even suffering and losing sleep when we perceive that we have no solution to the problems we face. We can too easily forget about joyfulness of living, that aliveness itself has an essentially joyful quality.
I often guide and advise clients into slowing down, deeply sensing and feeling into their body aliveness. This is a form of Somatic meditation. Somatic means that we relate to the body. There are many ways to do this, as each person has their own unique inner resources and intelligence.
For example, every pleasurable activity can be turned into a doorstep toward gratitude, by taking a moment to notice how it feels, acknowledging its ripples in ones sense of wellness, nourishment. As we experience this the body relaxes, the brain begins secreting new hormones of wellbeing, in a what we could call a virtuous cycle. We cultivate presence, mindfulness or body-fullness.
This simple practice to shift perspective, even 5 minutes a day as a start, has a profound effect on our brain chemistry and body. Our brain has a natural tendency to register and focus on potential threats. In a given moment, we experience feeling weak or being in fear or discomfort. Yet this is only one-side of the picture— we can expand our awareness to include other perceptions. There is always a possibility to shift perspective and to feel better.
This November, the Sai Kung Pink Ladies Lunch & Pop-up Event raised $62,000 for the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. The event was held at St. Barts, Clearwater Bay, on Thursday, 2 November, and included a raffle and an auction.
The Sai Kung Pink Ladies is a local fundraising community dedicated to supporting the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. The Sai Kung Pink Ladies organise local events for the ladies of Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong. https://www.facebook.com/skpinkladies/
We are delighted to inform you that Fivelements has been shortlisted in the following categories for the 2017 AsiaSpa Awards:
- Eco-Spa of the Year – Fivelements, Bali, Indonesia
- Spa Treatment of the Year – Fivelements Signature Sakti Ritual, Fivelements, Bali, Indonesia
- Spa Cuisine of the Year – Sakti Dining Room, Fivelements, Bali, Indonesia
- Eco-Hotel/Resort of the Year – Fivelements, Bali, Indonesia
- Spa of the Year (Southeast Asia & the Pacific) - Fivelements, Bali, Indonesia
- New Spa of the Year – Fivelements, Hong Kong, China
The 13th Annual AsiaSpa Awards will be held at Kerry Hotel Hong Kong on Thursday, November 16, 2017 (7:00pm-10:00pm).
Thank you to our community for your ongoing support - together we can!
By Michael Hallock — Fivelements Wellness Curator
Sometimes people consider meditation and sport as mutually exclusive. Their thinking is that some people are the type to meditate and others are the type to play sports. After all, we usually think of meditation as sitting still with closed eyes, while sports is all about action. While there can sometimes be a divide between those two worlds, there is more and more overlap as professional athletes bridge that gap and develop peak performance through meditation and mindfulness.
What they find out is that meditation improves their focus. The meditative concept of being “in the present moment” translates directly into being more present to the game, less distracted by thoughts, emotions. Exactly what is needed to play well is what meditation teaches us — be present, be attentive, “keep your eye on the ball” as they say.
After you practice for some time, you’ll notice that meditation helps “emotional regulation” too. That is, we learn not to “sweat the small stuff”. Which means that we are less deflected by a loss of a point or a referee or judge’s decision. We learn to maintain our determination without wasting time and energy by beating ourselves up or throwing a John McEnroe style tantrum. We develop a kind of relentless perseverance, and we get back in the game.
Congratulations to all the Fivelements Family and Community on reaching this important stage and this great achievement!
By 13th October, consumers and professionals working within the spa and wellness travel and tourism industry are asked to vote for who they think is the very best of the best.
At Fivelements we are plugged into living with a conscious mindfulness. In a world that seems to be run by stress, we understand why it is so important to have an antidote that brings physical, mental and emotional calm. Here we present the next of our series of staff recommendations for how to ensure that balance, happiness and health, rather than stress, take over our lives.
Stefanie Jencquel, Wellness Consultant
“Nature, meditation, massage and cuddling are all on my short list for dealing with stress. When life is threatening to become stressful, retreat to the elements of life that really matter – nature, nourishment, peace and love.”
At Fivelements we are dedicated to living with mindfulness and living in harmony. But how to keep yourself physical, mental and emotional calm in this world? Here we present the fifth of our series of staff recommendations for how to ensure that balance, happiness and health, rather than stress, take over our lives.
Helena Izhoykina, marketing manager
“My dearest Papa taught me that, ‘All material is ash, and our soul is eternal’. I accept this philosophy fully and so it is easy for me not to care about many of the material things that usually cause stress. I avoid feeling stressed whenever possible and don’t let circumstances ruin my life balance.”
At Fivelements we are plugged into living with a conscious mindfulness. In a world that seems to be run by stress, we understand why it is so important to have an antidote that brings physical, mental and emotional calm.
Here we present the fourth of our series of team members recommendations for how to ensure that balance, happiness and health, rather than stress, take over our lives.
Joao Ricardo Alves, Head Chef
Our team is delighted to announce that Fivelements has been nominated in the SPA sector for Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards of the year 2017.
Seven Stars Awards’ aim is to identify the best out of outstanding hospitality and lifestyle services or products all over the world. Being nominated in the SPA sector is a big responsibility as to the public voting system and strong competitors. Only the most prestigious nominees would be awarded as the world-top luxurious properties.