15 years is a long time in Hong Kong — particularly in the world of wellness and sustainability.
To mark the 15th anniversary of HK heartbeat I am proud to introduce the pioneers of natural Hong Kong.
HK heartbeat started as a weekly email newsletter with a calendar of upcoming events and listing of local professionals, businesses and organizations offering natural products, services and programs in Hong Kong.
On Monday 22 October 2001, I announced my new initiative to connect the local HK natural lifestyle community.
Fifteen years later, the community has grown to more than 8,000 members with a growing awareness about the impact our daily choices have on our personal health and the health of our environment.
Here are the members who have been with us from the beginning … naturally.
Meet the pioneers of natural Hong Kong
action > families services
Christina Noble Children’s Foundation – Providing education, health care, social opportunities and vocational training to disadvantaged children that many of us take for granted
animal welfare > veterinary services
The Ark Veterinary Hospital – Dr Kylie Griffin, Veterinarian; Full services from examinations, vaccinations and surgical procedures to grooming, supplies and accessories
Valley Veterinary Centre – Dr Lloyd Kenda, Veterinarian; Providing full medical, diagnostic and surgical facilities; house calls available
business to business > consulting
Connections Unlimited – Kinzie, Holistic Busines Consultant; Founder and publisher of heartbeat offering business support including social networks, community building, media training, communications, promotions, advertising and event support
Anne Copeland – Sustainability Advisor; Environmental and social risk management and due diligence, sustainability strategy development, management and reporting and stakeholder engagement and training
business to business > organizations
ASrIA – Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia – Non profit, membership association promoting corporate responsibility and sustainable investment practice
business to business > training
Chris Lonsdale & Associates Ltd – Professional business training programs
children & families > activities
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation – Charity providing non-competitive arts experiences for young people aged 5 to 25, encouraging self-expression and building self-esteem
Waldorf School Foundation – Educational renewal: child consultancy, extra-curricula courses, parenting, personal enhancement, art of Eurythmy, teacher training, forming a new school
children & families > schools
Wembley Kindergarten – English speaking international kindergarten with children’s yoga incorporated into the curriculum for a nurturing, well-integrated caring environment.
communities > conservation
Living Lamma – Established to address the degradation of natural beauty and village character; concrete, metal fences, construction waste dumping on agricultural land
creative expression > activities
Roz Keep – Artist; Sketch Treks in nature with full day of drawing, tuition and lunch for anyone who likes or would like to drawsketchpaint along with quiet time
Drum Jam – Kumi Masunaga, Professional Drummer; Drum jam team building and corporate events, school programs, birthday parties, live performance, African drum classes, free community activities
creative expression > centres
Hong Kong Arts Centre – Arts and culture incubator offering a wide range of programs; cinema, theatres, galleries, classrooms, studios and restaurants
dining > vegetarian
Bookworm Café – Organic vegetarian and vegan cafe with second hand books and Wi-Fi internet
Green Living Education Foundation – Serving Chinese vegetarian dishes using local produce and hosting community events with Simon Chau
MANA! Fast Slow Food – Serving healthy, organic, vegetarian, vegan and raw fast food in an eco-friendly and responsible manner; gluten-free flatbreads, raw desserts
exercise > dance
Oasis Dance Centre – Mey Jen Tillyer, Dance Teacher; Qualified instruction; Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Hawaiian, Gypsy, Flamenco, Indian, Tribal Fusion; hen nights, kids’ parties, performances, corporate events, costumes
exercise > pilates
Beth Narain – Personal Trainer; Combining Pilates and Callanetics for definition and body shaping; pre-natal and post-natal training available
One Pilates Studio Ltd – Integrated fitness & exercise therapy with individual or group sessions
groups > associations & societies
Hong Kong Vegan Association – Regular meetings and sharing information on veganism/vegetarianism and local restaurants.
home > residences
The Helena May – Promoting the welfare of women and girls in Hong Kong with member activities, board, lodging and club amenities in since 1916
home & office > clean water
AcquaVibe – Water filtration system using natural pressure without electricity; eliminating impurities in the body, adding trace minerals and balancing pH
Mind Body (Asia) Limited – Water treatment system, water dispensers and purification system for household and commercial use including reverse osmosis systems
intuitive arts > centres
Lightworkers Center – Personal development centre hosting international teachers offering workshops
Luminus Link – Caroline Surwati, Healing services centre
Reflections – Bookshop & Resource Center – Spiritual and inspirational books, CDs, angel items; spiritual motivational seminars and workshops; spiritual guidance, readings, energy healing
SoHolistic Centre – Mind, body and spirit healing centre
Wholeness Healing & Training Centre – Krize & Wyman-Dana Chow, Energy Coaches; Energy center for crystal healing, Usui/ Karuna reiki, Family Constellation, hypnosis, NLP, psychic reading, crystal energy feng shui
intuitive arts > services > healing
Rosina Maria Arquati – TCM Practitioner; Bereavement counsellor, animal communication workshops, psychic readings, healing, Usui Karuna Reiki master, Sekhem master, house blessings clearings and crystals
Frederick Stander – Holistic Hypnotherapist & Wellness counsellor; Self-discovery and healing in your personal and professional life
Yvonne Stander – Intuitive Healer; Spirit Releasement Therapy – multi-dimensional cellular healing
intuitive arts > services > readings
Sravaniya DiPecoraro – Astrological consultant, Medium, Yogi; Using western psychological astrology, tarot, numerology and I Ching; since 1992; YA500 yoga teacher conducting philosophy courses and certification
Peter Fan – Healing with a combination of modalities learned over 20 years; addressing physical and emotional diseases, relationships, finance, career and others
Jenny Kakulu Kam – Applied Kinesiologist, Tarot Reader & Life Empowerment Navigator; Psycho/health kinesiology therapy, horoscope analysis, tarot readings, DNA recoding, pendulum response therapy, light-body alignment & eternal healing light activation
Kathryn Ma – Psychic Reader; Focusing on the present and the future in all realms of your life in fluent English and Cantonese
Chris Taylor – Clairvoyant, Healer & Spiritual Teacher; One on one sessions in person, by phone or email, group sessions, workshops, classes and seminars
mindfulness > centres
The Art of Living Foundation Hong Kong – Educational service non-profit organization founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to provide the Art of Living Course
Kadampa Meditation Centre Hong Kong – Non-profit organization with meditation and Buddhism practical studies programs for all levels of interest and experience
mindfulness > movement meditation
Osho Information Center Hong Kong – Shreya, Meditation activities and groups; books and meditative music/discourse CDs by Osho
personal support > centres
ReSource The counselling Centre – Multicultural and multilingual centre serving the community over 35 years offering confidential and professional counselling with affordable sliding scale fee
personal support > coaches
Angela Spaxman – Career & Leadership Coach; Career change and leadership development coaching and assessment with managers, professionals and business people looking for more success and fulfillment
personal support > counsellors
Deborah Chan – Teacher counsellor; Discovering and exploring unconscious behavior, psychological patterns, and dreams; voice dialogue facilitator in the psychology of selves; Reiki master.
Catriona Rogers – counsellor and Coach; Personal counselling, coaching, change facilitation on issues relating to self, relationships and workplace
personal support > hypnotherapy
Dr Melanie Bryan – Psychologist, Hypnotherapist, Coach; Hypnosis and/or therapy for smoking, weight, fears, relationship conflicts, anxiety, infidelity, anger, insomnia, relocation/career dilemmas
resources > local resources
Civic Exchange – An independent, non-profit, public policy think tank
resources > publications
Blacksmith Books – Pete Spurrier, China-related non-fiction biography, business, culture, current affairs, food, photography and travel books. Founder, Pete Spurrier is the author of the Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong series.
resources > websites
Graham Player – Cancer Coach; Retired practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in Acupuncture, since 1979; reference and talks
services > services > feng shui
Chau’s Chinese Geomancy – Master Joseph Chau Kam Shing, Feng Shui Master; Feng shui consultation, tuition & seminars in English & Cantonese
Raymond Ho – Feng Shui Master; Gurdjieff, Enneagram, Ouspenski, Sacred Geometry and sacred knowledge
Raymond Lo – Feng Shui Consultant; Destiny Analysis, I Ching Oracle forecasts, tuition and seminars in English and Cantonese
Kenneth Luk – Feng Shui Master; Feng shui, nutrition, workshops.classes, integrated healthcare, crystals & jewelry, crystal healings
shopping > aromatherapy supplies
Essential Energy Aromatherapy – Agent for Essential Energy Aromatherapy wild and organic oils, Martina Gebhardt Organic Skincare from Germany and Back to Nature Aromatherapy
Asia-Pacific Aromatherapy – Therapeutic grade essential oils, carrier oils, creams, gels and accessories; professional training courses and workshops; holistic treatments by qualified therapists
Earth Girl Creations – Shireen Calucin, Holistic Aromatherapist / Botanical Perfumer; Custom blended skincare, natural botanical perfumes & pet remedies; individually blended for people & pets, workshops; professional aromatherapy diploma courses
shopping > books & music
bookazine – A comprehensive collection of popular local and international natural lifestyle books and magazines
shopping > clothing & accessories > jewelry & crystals
Baer Jewels – Natural crystals and gemstones set in gold, platinum and silver; energetic cleaning of stones and jewelry, commissions
shopping > health care products
Plantologie – Natural health care centre carrying organic & bio-dynamic products; therapeutic treatments including classical homeopathy & Traditional Chinese Medicine
shopping > health foods
Health Essential – Organic, natural, chemical-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free health and whole foods for diabetics, vegans and vegetarians; fair trade foods, organic wines
Welspring – Wellness center and shop; natural, organic, gluten free, fair trade, vegetarian and raw foods, supplements, personal care and household items
shopping > personal care & cosmetics
Herbal Bliss – Ophelia Chan, Lecturer Author; Internationally-certified organic local skincare brand supporting small distillers, herbal and aroma-therapeutic companies
shopping > specialty shops
Kinzie – Designer; Original handmade designs created to express beauty, share love and conserve natural resources
time out > renewal retreats
Health Oasis Resort – Health programs, fasting and colon cleansing, liver, asthma, smoking; vegetarian macrobiotic food; yoga, massage, herbal steam, Reiki; beachfront fan/aircon bungalows
wellness care > centres
Central Healing – Natural pain relief through manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation; osteopathy, pilates, yoga, massage therapy
City Osteopathy – Treatment of chronic pain, sports related, repetitive strain injuries, pregnancy related health conditions and children’s issues; Craniosacral therapy, Pilates
Optimum Health Centre – Natural health centre offering homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and colon hydrotherapy
Integrated Medicine Institute – Carole Bradshaw, Integrated medicine, natural and herbal dispensary; naturopathy, homeopathy, TCM, osteopathy, chiropractic, family medicine, medical testing, psychotherapy, counselling and holistic therapy
Dr Susan Jamieson Integrative Medical Practice – Medical practice combining modern medicine with traditional treatments and therapies; workshops and talks
Tian Yan Nei Gong Centre – Classes and private sessions teaching Nei Gong (an internal Qi Gong) to integrate body and mind; free trial class.
wellness care > chiropractic care
The Chiropractic Centre – Dr Barry Decker, Chiropractor; Low force wellness based family chiropractic services
wellness care > eastern therapies
Gianna Buonocore – Registered TCM Practitioner – Acupuncture; Clinics at Integrated Medicine Institute and Matilda Medical Centre; teaching at Asia-Pacific Aromatherapy
Mike Fung – Shaman & Healer; Qigong energy healing specializing in serious illnesses including cancers, stroke, arthritis and more; training for health and fitness
Mineralysis – Clair Beardson, TCM Practitioner; Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to identify mineral imbalances and toxic elements; TCM and nutritional advice based on the results
Health-Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy – Troy Sing, Chinese Medicine Practitioner; Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbal therapy, moxibustion, acupressure, gua sha and cupping) for internal medicine, reproductive health and sports recoveryTraditional Chinese Medicine – acupuncture, herbal therapy, moxibustion, acupressure, g
Dr Cecilia The – Chinese Medicine Practitioner; Cecilia obtained her medical degree at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Tian Yan Nei Gong Centre – Classes and private sessions teaching Nei Gong (an internal Qi Gong) to integrate body and mind; free trial class.
wellness care > energy healing
Jenny Lethbridge – Healing Therapist; Helping clients achieve emotional balance and release limiting emotional patterns using treatments including past life regression; regular Hong Kong visits
Healing Fire – Chantal Phillips, Reiki Master Teacher; Private and group tuition in all levels of Reiki and Karuna Reiki since 1997; healing sessions; tarot readings; space clearing
Christel Wilk – Nei Gong Teacher & Healer; Classes and private sessions teaching Nei Gong (an internal Qi Gong) to integrate body and mind; free trial class.
wellness care > homeopaths & naturopaths
Dr Josiah Auyeung – Naturopath & Osteopath; Naturopathic & osteopathic treatments, nutritional programs, sports injuries, fitness programs
Graeme Bradshaw – Homeopath, Naturopath; Hosting mindfulness workshops
Dr Alexander Yuan – Naturopath; Treating acute and chronic diseases with homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and colonics
Naturopathic & Homeopathic Clinic – Jeanne Ma, Naturopath, Homeopath (Aust); Diagnostic Iridology, hair analysis, vitamin & minerals, herbal medicine, organic dried herbs, homeopathic remedies, allergies, detoxification, weight loss
Dr Jay Pandya – Homeopathic Physician; Personalized treatments combining western medicine and homeopathic training, safe for pregnancy and babies to cure disease and chronic pain
Jennifer Walker – Naturopath; Naturopath and counsellor specializing in a variety of issues for teens and adults
wellness care > hospitals
Matilda International Hospital – General Hospital offering international standards in care; maternity, medicals, diagnostics, heartscans, surgical/medical care, physiotherapy, outpatients, paediatrics, classes.
wellness care > kinesiology
Anisa Abdoolcarim – Kinesiologist; Find out the root cause of your diseases, addictions, fears, nutritional imbalances, emotional issues using MRT.
Brain Body Centre – Amy Choi & Conrad Ho, Certified Brain Gym Instructors; Corporate training, public workshops, personal coaching, books and games on learning and wellness.
wellness care > services > bodywork
Donna Gee – Physiotherapist; Registered Physiotherapist and Postural Rehabilitation Specialist and Skenar practitioner
Shelagh Ho – Reflexologist; Identify, treat and restore balance and function to the body by working corresponding reflex points on the feet.
Caroline Rhodes – Physiotherapist; Manual therapy for the resolution of pain and dysfunction, strengthening the immune system, increasing flexibility and improving overall health.
Kay Ross – Bodyworker & Healer; Hands-on bodywork for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health
Timothy Tse – Thai & Polarity Therapist; Polarity therapy, hand, ear & foot reflexology, bio-sonic sound therapy, chair massage, thai massage, deep tissue massage
wellness care > services > colonics
Mind Body Colon Cleansing Centre – Christina Tam, Colon-HydroTherapy Instructor; Detox and regain energy in a comfortable, relaxing environment in the hands of experienced I-ACT certified therapist. Prevention is better than cure.
wellness care > services > dentists
Costello Brothers Dentistry – Holistic approach to dental services
wellness care > services > holistic medical doctors
Dr Susan Jamieson – General Practice / Family Medicine / Lightdoctor; Scottish-trained general practitioner with a holistic approach to medicine including energy integration and the powers of intention and presence
wellness care > services > integrative therapies
The BodyTalk Clinic – Mala Daswani, Certified Parama BodyTalk Practitioner; Holistic therapy based on quantum physics and kinesiology to resynchronize the body’s systems so they can operate as nature intended.
AyurYoga International – Vinod Sharma, Ayurvedic Consultant; Ayurveda, naturopathy, reflexology, Reiki energy systems, pulse reading, treating clients with medical conditions and physical ailments
Donna Keech Sun – Masgutova Method Instructor; Knowledge and tools to use natural, genetic motor resources for successful neuro-sensory-motor development and joyful learning for children and adults.
Buteyko Breathing Asia – Jac Vidgen, Senior Buteyko Practitioner; Learn a series of breathing exercises and understand how breathing relates to your sleeping, eating, exercise, lifestyle and postural habits
wellness care > services > nutrition
Albert Place Practice – Nutritional consultations integrating nutritional knowledge from East and West to improve and enhance your health; hair tissue mineral analysis available
wellness care > services > osteopaths
Chung Sze Chan – Osteopath; Holistic manual therapy and rehabilitation treatment plans for acute injuries and chronic pain
Inès De Beer – Osteopath DO, Sacral Cranial Osteopath; Manual therapy using techniques to increase the musculo-skeletal mobility of the body; treating problems including as low back pain, headaches and neck pain
Jonine Nash – Osteopath; Osteopathy, body work, yoga, pilates services
Elaine Ward – Registered Osteopath; Using craniosacral therapy and cranial osteopathy with along with structural techniques restore the body to a state of optimal balance
workshops & courses > personal growth seminars
Dr Unico Chan – Enneagram Practitioner; Public workshops – Enneagram Personality Types, LAB Profile, Interactive Theater
yoga > studios
The Iyengar Yoga Centre of Hong Kong – Iyengar classes taught by certified instructors according to student level: beginners, general, intermediate and pregnancy
Yoga Central – Iyengar-based yoga caters for students from all walks of life ages from 8 and above
yoga > teachers
Jan Moor – Yoga Instructor; Hatha yoga for physical and mental well-being
Sudevi Sundari – Yoga Instructor & Spiritual Coach; Classes and private instructions for all levels from beginners to teacher training