You’ve tried meditation, pledged a week of your life to hot yoga (only to emerge angrier – true story) and even scheduled regular massage appointments – and yet the chase to lock down your Zen has proven elusive.
Before you think there’s something wrong with you, try these alternative therapies instead – and if that doesn’t work maybe do some sage smudging for a good measure.
1. Gong Meditation
Photo: House of Ascend
Best For: A weekly tune in & up
Scoff all you want but paying someone to hit a gong and bathe you in all that theta goodness can do loads to steady the nerves. If you haven’t given this a go just yet, think of it as elevated meditation designed to relieve tension and quiet the mind.
Sessions start with pranayama (breathing exercises) before the gong meditation portion kicks in (yes, you do have to meditate) and while reactions vary from emerging relaxed to being visibly more emotional, the common denominator seems to be a deeper sleep experienced for the following 48 hours. Best experienced first hand, regular sessions are held weekly.
$37 at House of Ascend, 79 Chay Yan St, Level 1-18, Singapore 160079; visit www.houseofascend.com
2. Sound and Floatation Therapy
Photo: Palm Avenue Float Club
Best For: Individuals who aren’t claustrophobic
Tune out the naysayers, when it comes to locating your Zen and go with whatever floats your boat – and seeing how popular this experience has been on AirBnb, there’s quite a few takers.
Going further than the standard 60-minute bliss-inducing float, a sound meditation segment is added in post float using ambient and instrumental music composed by sound curator Jean Tay.
Original pieces composed from her own 3-D field recordings, they’ve been designed to trigger the vibrations experienced by one’s own body by test oscillators in the music software, be it through binaural beats or the rhythm sounds of crickets and rainfall. If done right, it’ll facilitate a deeper dive into one’s consciousness which then kickstarts the meditative experience. Longer term, the aim is to break up stress patterns for a heightened state of relaxation.
$145 per person at Palm Avenue Float Club, 66 Kampong Bugis, #05-01, Singapore 338987, tel: 9151 6004; visit www.palmavefloatclub.com
3. Chi Nei Tsang
Best for: The emotionally repressed
Modern life = modern day stresses, and if you hold in a lot of emotions, your stomach may be on the receiving end of unnecessary tension and negative emotions that need release. This Taoist healing modality does exactly that through careful, targeted massage movements blending Chinese and Thai massage.
A trained therapist will manipulate and maneuver the abdomen to detoxify and strengthen internal organs to improve digestion and boost the immune system, ultimately restoring balance to the entire body. While it sounds a bit far fetched, the results don’t lie — you’ll emerge feeling a lot lighter emotionally and you may feel the same physically as well once you’re in the comfort of your own bathroom.
$185 for the first session at Therapeutics Aroma, 583 Orchard Road #03-01 Forum The Shopping Mall, tel: 67377039; visit www.therapeuticsaroma.com