Finding time to look after yourself can be tough. We’re all trying to cram as much into our hectic weeks as possible, so when we found somewhere that could help us achieve *all* of our health and wellness goals in one place, instead of a yoga class in one suburb and our favourite healthy eats in another, we were jumping (or should that be bending?!) for joy.
Wondering where this mecca for yoga, meditation, massage AND healthy groceries is? Meet Harmonia Health, the latest wellness centre to pop up on Melbourne’s southside, only a couple of blocks from South Melbourne Market.
The new two-story health hub is all about delivering everything you need for a balanced body—and mind—in one space. But what does that actually mean? Well, you can book in for a yoga class right after having a restorative Qigong massage (what’s Qigong? More on that later…), then restock on organic groceries before picking up some mindfulness tips to mull over on the way home. Because why should you have to spend time travelling from shop, to studio, to gym, to tick off all your body’s needs?
If yoga is your fitness fix, Harmonia Health’s beautiful light-filled studio is a must-visit. Holding small, intimate classes that ensure that each and every student receives personal tuition, the tutors are focussed on impactful yoga in a range of styles. There’ll be no lying on the mat like a jellyfish, hoping the instructor doesn’t see you. Harmonia’s team are all about getting real results, meaning you learn something new in every class. Oh, and there’s a class for kids too, letting you escape for a massage upstairs while they practice their tree poses.
I know what you’re thinking: What the hell even *is* Qigong, and why haven’t I heard of it before? If you’ve been feeling weighed down by niggles in your joints, and need to give your body a little more time and attention, then a Qigong massage is the ideal blissful solution. Derived from a traditional Chinese medicine practice, which concentrates on opening up energy channels within the body, a focussed Qigong (pronounced ‘chi-gung’) massage can really reinvigorate you.
Harmonia Health’s in-house expert, Juan Deleon is one of Australia’s top wellness professionals when it comes Qigong, and has practiced it for over 20 years at some of the best centres in the country. The technique helps with everything from joint pain to mental agility (ie. managing to leave the house without forgetting your phone, keys, umbrella…), and the centre’s incredibly relaxing massage treatment space only adds to the experience. It left us feeling balanced and energised from the moment we walked in… The only question is, when can we book in for our next life-changing treatment?!
The Epic Foodie Finds
First up, the team at Harmonia Health really know what they are talking about, without dishing out the patronising chat that you sometimes encounter when wanting to give your routine a health kick. Yes, I know I shouldn’t have eaten that cheeseburger, and I definitely should not have ditched the evening yoga class for a night on the couch with a box of jam-filled doughnuts, but I am human, after all.
Eating healthily can feel like a chore, especially when it comes to tracking down top-quality ingredients and snacks that taste good as well as do you good. The Harmonia team have curated a selection of the very best products, from nut spreads to raw treats, vegan yoghurt to healthy veggie pies, making it easy for you to stock up on your favourite things, and discover new ones. We were also pleasantly surprised by how far our $20 went on our last visit. Goodbye, over-priced nuts and seeds… Hello, healthy new diet!
If you explore Harmonia Health’s idyllic corner venue, you will eventually come to two secluded acupuncture studios, tucked away at the back of the centre. For those that haven’t yet taken the plunge when it comes to needles, acupuncture is, hands down, one of the best treatments for relieving stress, muscle pain, and generally leaving you feeling a hundred times more relaxed than before your session. At Harmonia, you have the added bonus of treating yourself to some Pana Chocolate and a juice after your session, to reward yourself for your bravery, right?
We could go on for days about everything else you’ll find at this southside wellness saviour, but you’ll just have to check out the naturopathy, meditation, Reiki and other wellness tips for yourself.
In a world where we’re pretty much always time pressured, Harmonia Health have whipped up the ultimate solution to pressing the reset button, keeping fit and healthy, and ensuring you feel your best. Melbourne, we hope you love this hidden health gem as much as we do.
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