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Beyond the business, Singapore soothes
November 2006 1414

SINGAPORE brings a variety of images to mind: a modern metropolis of big business, great shopping, super food.

Indeed, it is the archetypical 21st century city, a multi-lingual and multi-cultural melting pot of ideas, lifestyles and cultures that is switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Everything here seems to run like its amazing economic progress - breathtakingly fast.
But take a closer look at this island state, past it’s fast-paced façade and its utopian conveniences, beyond it’s bright city lights and dazzling nightlife, and you’ll find a more restful Singapore – one that is as soothing as the waves lapping her shores. You wouldn’t know it, but Singapore is home to a burgeoning health and wellness industry, one that is as vibrant, catering to the preventive, aesthetic and curative needs of an individual. In this small island state, you’ll be surprised at the variety of spa experiences on offer.

Specialists and Wellness Centres
These centres provide patrons with healthcare services including health screening and specialist clinical services such as cosmetic treatments and surgery, obstetrics and gynecology as well as implants and dental aesthetics, complemented by services and hospitality that is reminiscent of a spa.
Currently the big thing in spas in the United States, Specialists and Wellness centres take the traditional spa concept of indulgent pampering one step further, by delivering enhanced results through medical treatments.
Check out the MedSpa (www.medspa.com.sg), Pacific Healthcare Specialist and Wellness Center (www.pachealthholdings.com), The DRx Clinic (www.drxclinic.com), and True Spa and True ‘Est (www.truespa.com.sg and www.trueest.com.sg).

Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) combines the use of herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, massage and therapeutic exercise. The concept of TCM holism emphasizes on the entire body and view the entire body as the core of a person's health and illness. Drawing upon more than three thousand years of Chinese medical history, TCM is an alternative to Western medicine to treat medical conditions such as muscle aches, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, incontinence, menstrual pains, arthritis and stress related disorders.
Slowly gaining in popularity, TCM enthusiasts like the fact that it is drug-free and treatment non-surgical. Among TCM's growing list of accolades is the World Health Organisation's endorsement of acupuncture as a clinically accepted treatment of certain medical conditions.
Since the mid-1990s, the Singapore government has established strict controls on the TCM industry to promote professionalism and quality treatment. Today, TCM practitioners in Singapore are regulated based on strict standards set by the Ministry of Health. TCM providers include Eu Yan Sang (www.euyansang.com) and Ma Kuang (www.makuang.com.sg).

Unique Spas
Call them unique or call them eclectic, but a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. These spas offer unique spa experiences ranging from the truly luxurious to the deliciously indulgent. Unique treatments include anti-aging chocolate treatments, gold dust treatment, Ayurvedic healing, Eucalyptus treatments and ancient Chinese and Asian traditional therapeutic treatments. If you're looking for that something special in a spa experience, you can find these delightful treatments at the Estheva Spa (www.estheva.com), The Retreat (www.theretreat.com.sg), The Mayuri Spa (www.mayurispa.com), The Eucalyptus Day Spa (www.eucalyptus.com.sg) and The Red Peach Spa respectively.
They say that music sooths the savage soul. To those of you less savage but rather more fatigued, the call of Singapore Health and Wellness centres must surely be music to your ears, whatever the soundtrack your life plays to. So uniquely soothing it’s beyond words.
More information is available at www.visitsingapore.com
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