We love a Melbourne hot-spot that makes our lives easier, and when it comes to keeping fit, healthy and happy, Harmonia Health does exactly that. The South Melbourne hub is home to just about everything you need to keep your body and mind functioning in tip-top condition: Yoga, meditation, Qigong and Reiki healing (read on to find out what they actually do…), massage therapy, acupuncture, and healthy groceries and bodycare, all under one roof for the very first time.
For those who are keen to stretch their way to health, there are a variety of styles of yoga available, taught in Harmonia Health’s intimate studio. You won’t find hundreds of students crammed into a gym hall here, and you certainly won’t get away with lazy poses. Instead, get ready for classes that tend to your personal yoga needs and push you to strengthen your muscles, thanks to the expert instructors and their attentiveness.
In addition to the regular fitness classes, which are available for junior yogis too (yup, you can enrol the kids in a specially designed class for wannabe yogis, then take yourself for a massage upstairs!), the Harmonia Health team has scoured Melbourne for the very best acupuncture practitioners, massage therapists and mindfulness experts to create a holistic approach to health. Two quiet, secluded acupuncture treatment rooms lie behind the venue’s relaxing courtyard, with a full suite of massage and mindfulness spaces on the upper level, ensuring that every ache can be mended and meditation need met.
But back to the Qigong and Reiki healing. You might have heard of Reiki—it’s a traditional Japanese form of energy healing that has roots in Buddhism—and, if you’ve been lucky enough to try a session, you’ll know just how impacting it can be, especially if you’re in a negative rut. As for Qigong, it’s pronounced ‘chi-gung’, and has roots in traditional Chinese healing and wellness. Always wanted to try it? Harmonia Health’s in-house specialist, Juan Deleon, has been changing lives around Australia for over a decade, so now’s your chance!
Of course, no health kick would be complete without a diet that cuts out the bad stuff and focuses on the good. Harmonia Health’s fully-stocked health food store comes complete with wellness essentials, plus all the friendly advice you’ll need, whether you’re starting from scratch or refining what you put in and on your body. There’s take-home organic meals, recycled home essentials and bodycare products, wholefoods and grains, and even a few sweet treats (we see you, Pana Chocolate) on offer, all for a little less cashola than you might think. Because nobody wants eating healthily to mean breaking the bank.
If you think you’re too busy to stay fit, healthy and happy, we can guarantee that Harmonia Health will have you thinking otherwise. Lock in a trip to this South Melbourne gem and get ready for that wellness kick your body and mind needs.
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