After seeing the yearlong transformation of my skin and hair, due to my holistic skincare routine, I have officially become obsessed. Now I want to incorporate everything holistic into my way of life. This fascination has drifted over to my wanting an authentic holistic and alternative medicine experience. Specifically, as it regards, acupuncture, cupping, Pilates, and massage therapy because as I enter my 30s, I have weekly aches in my joints and a constant crick in my neck. So imagine the level of gratitude I felt, when during a weekday brunch, my blogger babe Hallie, The Soul of Seoul, recommended that I try a holistic massage at the Create Wellness Center.
Create Wellness is a holistic center, located in Hannam-dong. The center is comprised of friendly professional health care practitioners from the U.S., Sweden, the U.K., Canada, and South Korea. With a focus on healing and treating the whole person, Create Wellness offers a comprehensive list of holistic services, which include chiropractic, osteopathic, naturopathy, massage therapy, Pilates, and rehabilitative exercises.
Upon arrival, I was cheerfully greeted by the staff and shown to a colorful cozy waiting room, where I completed a sheet detailing my medical history (I made sure to notate my neck and back aches). Once that was finished, I was invited to choose from the list of massage services: Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue, Shiatsu, reflexology, and sports massage.
A couple months ago, I had a lively 2-hour traditional Thai massage that wasn’t very calming, so I decided to treat myself to a relaxing 60-minute deep tissue massage with oil. My massage therapist for the day was James, and as this was my first session with a male therapist, I did feel nervous in the beginning. However, James was beyond professional. He wasn’t talkative and was very clinical as he worked near my sensitive areas.
After choosing my session, James showed me to my room and before stepping out, he instructed me to change into the provided clothing. Once, I was settled, James slipped back in and turned on a classical music playlist and began the process of easing the tension in my muscles.
How do you describe heaven? Well for me, it includes soft lights, classical music, and the steady manipulation of muscles. The massage therapist did that and more. James’ personal technique includes combining deep tissue with hot stones (and oil). I learned later, that the heated stones are also used to balance the energy centers in the body and I found it very calming.
I was very appreciative that, the massage therapist was perceptive to the limits of my flexibility and pressure points. I have to admit, I was a bit bummed when the session ended but I was glad to walk out feeling less stressed and without the crick, which has been haranguing me!
After my session, I was given a cup of tea and was able to chat with some of the staff and wellness specialist, Dr. Sunjae Lee (Doctor of Naturopath) about other services offered at Create Wellness. Needless, to say, I learned more about holistic medicine and I’m stoked to continue my education and experience of this alternative field. I really enjoyed my deep tissue massage therapy session and highly recommend the Create Wellness center to expats, military spouses, and travelers alike. I will definitely be back because holistic medicine has officially become a part of my lifestyle.
H I G H L I G H T S
► Bonus Points
▻ Foreigner/English friendly.
▻ Staff went beyond in customer service with providing information. Not only to customers but other interested clientele and myself. Super friendly and welcoming is always a positive in my book!
▻ This is extremely nitpicky, but although I love classical music. I don’t like the mix of nature sounds mixed in. In fact, the birds chirping knocked me out of my zen and I found that annoying. Yes, I’m that girl who hates the sound of birds in the morning.
▻ Insta-worthy – again super nitpicky, but in a world inundated with flatlays and beauty shots, I struggled to take a photo for Instagram. To really show satisfaction of my experience, I need a slice of that curated Insta-vibe. Granted, this is not indicative of the quality of services of Create Wellness and honestly, it should be mentioned that the doctors/therapist/staff are so focused on providing great work; they aren’t too concerned with my insta-feed. Nevertheless, that is just a quick nit-pick.
Location // 1st floor, Hannam Building, 737-37 Hannam 2-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
▻ Itaewon Subway Station, exit 2. Walk straight for 2-3 blocks, Create Wellness will be on your left in the Hannam Building.
▻ Call for an appointment 010-749-4849
FTC: I received a complimentary massage from Create Wellness in exchange for writing a post about my experience; however, all opinions are my own. The deep-tissue massage retails for $78 (78,000 KRW).