The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Launches Digital Detox Initiative

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong launched a Digital Detox initiative that can help business travellers find new ways to manage their stress that can come with a constantly connected digital lifestyle.

The Digital Detox initiative encourages guests to surrender their phones on arrival at the spa, thus removing any online distractions. In the spa relaxation rooms, guests can access a full range of mindfulness activities such as journaling, meditation or simply relaxing and enjoying the silence.

A one-and-a-half hour Digital Detox Retreat experience focuses on grounding both body and mind through the power of human touch, and is designed to provide a calming and peaceful respite from the outside world and the stress of repetitive movements.

At The Oriental Spa in The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, the treatment includes a detoxing Foot Ritual, followed by a massage that concentrates on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet. The welcoming foot bath, with the use of a shungite that contains fullerenes, a powerful anti-oxidant to absorb negative energy and fight free radicals, is effective in detoxing.

“Technology has brought us many great advances,” says Jeremy McCarthy, group director of Spa and Wellness. “But the expectations for instant communication and the increasing pace of change in the world can have a negative impact on our wellbeing.”

Mandarin Oriental has worked with the renowned Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization committed to clinical practice, on the creation of a range of tips and guidelines that can help establish personal boundaries on the use of technology, clear mental chatter and establish a healthy, digitally balanced lifestyle.

“The spa is one of the few places left in modern society where it is acceptable and even encouraged to disconnect from technology,” says Jeremy McCarthy. “The Spas at Mandarin Oriental provide a perfect haven for people to escape from technology, even if only briefly, to rest their minds and reconnect with themselves.”

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