Cover From ice chambers, infrared saunas, to IV treatments, we list out the best post-workout recovery treatments in Hong Kong (Photo: Courtesy of Floax)

Say goodbye to sore muscles—these sports recovery treatments will help you feel better in no time

If you’ve been hitting the gym harder than usual to make up for the month when gyms were closed, book yourself a sports recovery treatment to give your muscles a break. Sports recovery not only helps sore muscles recover and regenerate faster, but it’ll also improve your performance in the long run. 

From IV therapy, sensory deprivation tanks to laser therapy, we list out the best sports recovery treatments in Hong Kong for you to visit on your next rest day.

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IV Therapy at The Upper House

IV drips aren’t only reserved for the hospital anymore. Health junkies around the world have been obsessed with this wellness trend the last few years, welcoming the slight discomfort of a needle for the sake of optimal health. With promises to boost your immune system, improve skin appearance, combat jet-lag and even rehydrate your body to promote faster muscle recovery, IV therapy will become your new best friend—as long as you brave the needle. 

The hardest part of this therapy treatment? The beginning. Much like a normal IV drip, a nurse or a healthcare professional will first insert a needle into a vein to connect the small IV tube into your bloodstream. After that, all you’ll have to do is sit back and relax and let the cocktail of vitamins seep into your system. 

To choose the right IV therapy treatment for you, consult with the medical professional at the centre to learn about the different vitamins they have on offer. Each treatment session lasts about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how fast your body absorbs the vitamins. 

If you’re looking for a luxe treatment, try out The Upper House’s Wellness IV therapy treatment as part of their in-room wellness offers, or head over to RevivMe or LifeHub in Central for a midday pick-me-up. Coffee who?

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Cryo Ice Bath at The Gym

The Gym’s cryo ice bath utilises cryotherapy to trigger the body’s healing process and repair muscles. The second you step inside the ice bath, your body will quickly work to protect itself from the cold, causing vasoconstriction which helps to repair muscle tears and injuries.

The benefits of cryotherapy lasts beyond the treatment duration—expect to feel extra rejuvenated throughout the day thanks to the shortened recovery time and reduced inflammation. 

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Sensory Deprivation Therapy at Floax

Switch off your brain for an hour and let yourself become one with the water at Floax’s sensory deprivation tanks. While floating on water with your senses turned off may sound dangerous, each tank is filled with 550kg of Epsom saltwater solution, making it nearly impossible for you to drown. 

The experience is said to help you heal faster, achieve better sleep, decrease stress and anxiety as well as help you feel a sense of calm. Epsom salt is also known to relax sore muscles and loosen stiff joints, making it the perfect muscle recovery treatment. 

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Infrared Sauna at The Mandarin Spa

Unlike traditional saunas where heat is used to warm the air, infrared saunas heat the body from within to encourage the detoxification of heavy metals, radiation and environmental toxins. 

Using infrared lamps to create heat within the body rather than the air, infrared saunas are able to penetrate 3-4cm into the body’s fat tissue and neuromuscular system, allowing users to sweat more despite operating at a lower temperature compared to traditional saunas. 

Studies have shown that infrared saunas could help decrease muscle soreness caused by strength-training sessions as well as aid those with chronic fatigue syndrome. If you’re new to saunas, users can begin with a 15-30 minute session and gradually go up to a 25-45 minute session once you become more acclimated to the heat. 

Available at a few locations in Hong Kong including LifeHub, The Gym and The Skin Gym and The Mandarin Spa, head over to the latter two for a head-to-toe spa experience or opt for Life Hub and the Gym for a no-fuss recovery session. 

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Bioresonance Therapy at Lifehub

Based on quantum physics, bioresonance therapy uses your electromagnetic waves to promote the body’s self-regulating and self-healing abilities. LifeHub recommends this treatment for those who are suffering from overtrained athlete syndrome, chronic stress and anxiety, back and arthritic pain, asthma and gastrointestinal complaints. 

Suited for individuals looking for a non-invasive treatment, hand-held electrodes connected to the bioresonance machine will read the energy wavelengths coming from your body to diagnose your disharmonized frequencies. The machine will then neutralise and treat these frequencies to promote the body’s self-healing abilities. 

While there hasn’t been a lot of research done on bioresonance, one study found it to help overtrained athletes by lowering their heart rate and blood pressure to normal and regulating the sympathetic nervous system. 

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Assisted Stretching and Sports Massage at WeStretch

No, we’re not talking about the five minute stretches and post-workout foam rolling that you do at the gym. WeStretch offers assisted stretching sessions that promise to help increase your range of motion, increase your physical and athletic skills, as well as relieve any muscle stiffness and soreness. 

Athletes who need a more intensive alternative can try their sports massage therapy—unlike a regular deep tissue massage, WeStretch’s therapists are highly knowledgeable in sports and exercise recovery, helping you achieve maximum performance while avoiding fatigue and injury. 

Assisted stretching sessions range from 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 50 minutes, while sports massage sessions go from 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 60 minutes. 

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Cupping at Rosewood

Ever seen angry red circular marks on people’s back? Most likely caused by cupping, a traditional Chinese medicine practice where a cup is applied on the skin to promote blood circulation in the area. Cupping is said to encourage the body to form new tissues and blood vessels as well as relieve muscle tension and pain. 

While cupping is traditionally heated with fire to create a suction effect on the skin, modern cupping tools have eliminated the need for fire altogether, replacing them with suction guns to suck out air. 

Rosewood’s cupping therapy sessions are an hour long and promise to treat any imbalance of energy while relieving body aches and tightness.

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This article is part of Tatler’s first-ever Wellness Week––a week-long programme of events and articles hosted by Tatler Hong Kong and Lululemon, designed to inspire you to take a pause and celebrate yourself. From July 19-23, Hong Kong’s leading wellness experts will take over The Upper House to host a series of events––from an energetic run club and morning meditation to fireside chats uncovering taboo topics and workshops to help you unearth the magic of manifestation. Visit the Wellness Week content collection for practical guides, inspiration and advice on a new way to be well. 

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