Hong Kong’s Top Wellness Practitioners: Anna Flores
With quarantine restrictions and orders going up and down almost seasonally, and classes in meditation or sound bowl healing becoming favorite pastimes, the wellness industry has really hit its stride. We get advice from nine key people and hear about misconceptions and barriers. Today we speak with Anna Flores.
Conscious Mentor: Anna Flores
The founder of The hunt, a wellness and beauty center with a unique concept of “fast life with slow beauty”, Anna Flores is from the Philippines; her love of beauty and well-being is deeply rooted in family traditions and watches her mother ritualize beauty. After working in the industry for more than two decades, Flores launched her site last year to offer creative and targeted therapies for sleep, stress management and anti-aging.
What does wellness mean to you?
For me, wellness means thriving and building a healthy quality of life in my mindset, my daily tasks, and the people I surround myself with. Choosing to stay positive and grateful for this beautiful life and creating space to practice healthy habits in my diet and fitness to cultivate a healthy mindset.
What are some common misconceptions people have about what you do?
I like working in a space that brings serenity. A common misconception is that clients expect immediate and long-lasting results after just one treatment. Skin care products, treatments, beautifying machines and equipment are technologically advanced these days, but it takes time and dedication to achieve lasting results. A comparable example is exercise and diet – when you devote energy and effort to regular exercise and pay attention to your food intake, you will look healthier, leaner and more dynamic. When this regime stops, everything will collapse. The same mechanisms work for beautification and well-being.
What was your biggest obstacle when you started?
Promote the brand and the company; so people know you exist. A friend once told me: we are blessed to have Filipino family and friends – someone will always pray for you. I’m definitely counting my blessings, because when I opened the doors to The Chaless, the friends who promised to support me did – and beyond!
What advice would you give to stressed Hong Kongers?
Stress occurs when you are unable to control the situation or the person. It’s human nature to react, but science has proven that returning to a relaxed state of mind will help us create better solutions. The human connection is also essential. Come for a relaxing treatment – being touched by another person in a beneficial way, such as during a massage or facial, promotes natural hormones, such as endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin.
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