THE BEST WELLNESS EXPERIENCES IN SINGAPORE
Updated: Apr 23, 2020
It can be hard to navigate the world of wellness, so we've scoured the city for the best of the best in wellness, from energy healers to yoga teachers and places to stock up on organic fare. This curated list is built on years of trying and testing around Singapore. We are constantly on the lookout for truly authentic people, places and products that help you live a happy, healthy life in the little red dot. Read on for our recommended experiences to maximise your wellbeing.
THE BEST CHINESE DOCTOR
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Dr. Mark Chern
After several years of searching for a TCM doctor that we could relate to – and who coud relate to me, we got in touch with Dr. Chern. Mark Chern practices Chinese Medicine in Singapore and has a background in Women’s Health. Unlike some of the old fuddy-duddy TCM’s, Mark is really aware of the pressures and constraints of modern living, and customises his treatment plans to fit realistically into your lifestyle. What I love about Mark is that he genuinely cares about his patients overall well-being and is thoughtful in his approach. If something isn’t working, he won’t hesitate to think about alternatives, or research and recommend other modalities or practitioners for your treatment. He uses uses Chinese medicine and acupuncture in tandem with diagnostics from blood or imaging results to treat fertility and reproductive conditions, but also provides support for thyroid, skin and other autoimmune conditions, often in various levels of collaboration with Western Medicine or nutrition/naturopathy.
THE BEST MEDITATION & REIKI TEACHER
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Dani Van Velde
Dani’s extraordinary presence, warmness and wisdom is a gift to those seeking solace within their own minds. From the minute we met her – we knew she was the real deal! Australian born, Dani’s teaching is experiential, she draws from the techniques and wisdom of numerous world traditions, current research and her own experience to enable her students to reap the benefits of meditation. She offers an array of options; from private coaching to themed classes and monthly by donation group meditation sessions. You will learn breath work (Pranayama), traditional meditations and visualisation techniques for complete beginners learning mindfulness, as well as more advanced practices in chakra activating meditations. There is something for everyone. Deeply knowledgeable, Dani is a member of the Meditation Association of Australia and the International Meditation Teachers Association. She hosts monthly by donation new moon ceremonial evenings which are run in collaboration with other holistic practitioners who share their craft – whether it be yogic breathwork, past life regression therapy or anything else – it’s always a magical night.
THE BEST ENERGY HEALER
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Per Van Spall
Known for his ‘magic hands’, Pers intuitive healing work combines physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. He is a certified Master in the Art of Qi Gong Healing. Through working on the energetic field of your body, he removes blockages and stimulates the flow of to remove energy blockages, whilst his compassionate body and mind guidance through coaching help you return to inner peace and move in forward trajectory towards your desires. A natural healer and all around amazing human, we’ve known Per for years and whole heartedly recommend his life-changing sessions for anyone seeking balance and wellbeing. He travels the world, so get in touch directly to book your session.
THE BEST OSTEOPATH
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Charlotte Robin at Body With Soul
While Charlotte treats many conditions, we went to hear for my chronic neck pain. Over the years, we’ve seen many, many physios and osteos around the world – some better than others. During my first session with her at the Body with Soul clinic in Rochester Park, she took her time assessing not only the source of the pain, but also the body in its entirety. Laying on her treatment table while listening to the birds chirping in the garden as she expertly administered an ultra relaxing cranio-sacral treatment, was incredibly relaxing. The efficacy of her adjustments was real – we felt much better and for longer than I have with other practitioners. Funny and real, she’s pragmatic in her approach and aims to complete her patients’ therapy over a number of sessions so that they are not bound to see her indefinitely. Originally French, she has worked in a Central London clinic for over 15 years, and concurrently taught visceral osteopathy to third year students at her alma mater, the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.
THE BEST TIBETAN HEALING
Tibetan bLA Energy Healing at Basic Essence
The bLA (pronounced as La) energy is the pure energy of the five elements that constitute our human body. It gives us strength, vigor, stability, and harmonic development of the body. The bLA or protective energy circulates in our body according to the moon cycle. Through trauma or shock, we can lose this protective energy. Some symptoms include feeling of sadness, tiredness, anxiety, confusion, mental nervouseness and particularly, sudden and repeated awakenings, during sleep. We came here during a particularly traumatic emotional upset, and this soft touch therapy with sound healing on bLA points helped calm the nervous system, rebalance the excessive anxious energy and relaxed us.
THE BEST SOUND BATH
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Gong Meditation at Ascend Yoga Therapy
Tucked away in a gorgeous little Tiong Bahru shophouse is a temple to zen that focuses on chakra balancing through essential oils and sound healing. Su’s gong meditations are held regularly throughout the week, and encompass two blissful hours of lying on a yoga mat with comfy blankets as the mighty gongs and singing bowls bathe you in powerful sound waves that modify your brain wave frequencies. This leads you into alpha and theta brainwave frequencies, taking you into a deep state of relaxation.
THE BEST HOT YOGA STUDIO
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Hot Flow at Hom Yoga with Blair Hughes
We are obsessed with the therapeutic benefits of infrared saunas, and when you marry this type of radiant heat with yoga, you’ve got the perfect recipe for safe detoxification. Infrared heat is a form of energy that allows you to heat your body more effectively and penetrate more deeply than other types of heat. What makes infrared heating feel so different than traditional forced air systems is the way the heat is distributed. Infrared light waves consist of invisible radiant energy, penetrating deep into the cellular level. It’s similar to the feeling you get while lying on the beach and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, whilst forced air can make your yoga sesh feel stuffy and dried out. Hom Yoga is one of the few studios in Singapore that uses infrared heat in it’s hot classes, and the Hot Flow and Hot Hatha with Blair Hughes marries yoga asana with philosophy and the principles of yoga. We also love his hands on adjustments.
THE BEST HEALTHY GROCERIES
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Officially our happy place in Singapore, the original location in Valley Point our mecca and temple to #realfood. If you’re sick of wandering around other supermarkets filled with junk food and sad looking vegetables, the beautifully curated selection of top-notch produce (much of it organic) is the place for you. Officially home to Singapore’s best avocados, the first store to offer healthy stuff like milk kefir, coconut yoghurt, vegan dips and other healthy and delicious goodies, your wallet may wince a little upon check-out, but your tummy will thank you. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and there is now an adorable café next door where you can indulge in well-made dishes using raw materials from the grocers. So. Much. Deliciousness.
THE BEST JUICE BAR
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Ega Juice Clinic
Finally, a juicery that isn’t just jumping on the cold-pressed bandwagon with sugary fruit-laden insulin spikers. Based on the principles of Ayurvedic eating according to your dosha where food acts as medicine, the juices and juice cleansing programs incorporate traditional Indian healing herbs, spices and vegetables like amla, moringa and turmeric. All the green juices are delicious, try Green 2 with spinach, kale, parsley, celery, coriander, lemon juice, turmeric, green apple, green grapes, basil, mooringa, ginger, amla. You can also purchase Ayurvedic herbal supplements and high quality desi ghee. With three locations now, you can find Ega Juice Clinic in Bukit Timah, Orchard Road and the CBD.