One of the amazing things about living in Hong Kong is that this city is in no shortage of boss babes that inspire us. We chat to Coco Chan, founder of Voltage PR & Wellness Warriors to discuss how she manages to balance a hectic Hong Kong diary without burning out (teach me your ways!) as well as how getting into aromatherapy has changed her life!
How did you initially become interested in aromatherapy?
I was diagnosed with chronic anxiety a few years back and was seeking help. Doctors said that my case was serious and I would have to be prescribed Valium (a medication that calms the brain and nerves) which could potentially leave me foggy over time. I’m in the PR industry so I knew that wasn’t what I wanted. I searched high and low for quick alternative methods and a friend introduced me to essential oils. At that point, I was willing to try anything – so I dove in head first. To my surprise, the oils helped me within minutes and I haven’t looked back since.
How did aromatherapy change your lifestyle?
It’s changed my life drastically – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I’m happy to say that aromatherapy opened new doors for me to explore another part of life which I can’t imagine living without!
What advice would you give to newbies of essential oils and aromatherapy?
My advice would be to know the products you’re putting onto your skin. After all, your skin is one of your biggest organs – it absorbs all the good and the bad stuff. Many brands claim to be all natural or organic but did you know that if a product only possesses 1% of natural and/or organic ingredients they can already label themselves that? So make sure you learn how to read product ingredient labels before purchasing. Be a smart consumer!
As well as running a successful PR company, you’ve recently just set up Wellness Warriors. What made you want to branch out and how do you juggle them both?
I grew up in Hong Kong and have been back for the 14 years. I’ve noticed that mental health issues in the city have grown exponentially during this time. Mental health awareness has always been a subject I hold close to heart which is how Wellness Warriors can to life. It’s a movement and platform created for the Hong Kong people. We connect a variety of holistic practitioners to create a mash up of events around town for those who are ready to open their minds to alternative healing. We have big plans for Wellness Warriors and hope to raise mental health awareness in the city so individuals get the professional consul they deserve.
Wellness & mindfulness are obviously a big part of your life, but what do these words they mean to you?
I’m not going to give you a whole page on this topic as I can but personally, wellness & mindfulness to me means to live a balanced life. I’m not an extremist so making sure that I keep everything in check and balanced is all I’m looking for. 🙂
Hong Kong is a pretty manic place, how do you manage to relieve stress in this crazy city?
It can get quite cray in this city but I like to keep myself grounded by doing daily affirmations, meditation and breath work. I also try to slot in a longer “me-time session” once a week to say thank you to myself 🙂
You’re quite well known as someone that loves to check out all the hottest spots in town, what are your go-to spas for beauty and relaxation?
Melomist Spa – I recommend their Signature Jade Stone Lymph Drainage Massage
Flawless Spa – I recommend the Pollution Lift Facial (great for high HK pollution days)
The Right Spot – Any aromatherapy oil massages (they use brands that are pure and natural!)
Last Friday we were invited to be a part of Sassy Social’s out at sea with @myachtsasia ! We were blessed with a beautiful sunny afternoon! Grateful to have shared a mindful day of meditation and essential oils. Thank you @sassyhongkong & @sassymamahk 💕🙌🏼✨
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Do you have any spots for relaxation in Hong Kong?
When I’m feeling a bit stressed and if I’m in the city I like to walk over to Sun Yat Sen park or the park in Kennedy Town to get a breather. I sit there overlooking the ocean, focus on my breath and sit in gratitude. This really centers me and allows me to recharge quickly so I can get back to a place of peace.
When I have more than an hour then I like going up to the waterfalls to connect with mother nature.
There are a lot of cynics in the world, what would you say to those who say aromatherapy is “hippy nonsense”?
Let the haters hate.
Ironically, I used to be one of those cynics. I say, what do you have to lose? Give it a try. If it works for you, GREAT! If it doesn’t, don’t sweat it. Move onto something that does work for you!
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One of the amazing things about living in Hong Kong is that this city is in no shortage of boss babes that inspire us. We chat to Coco Chan, founder of Voltage PR & Wellness Warriors to discuss how she manages to balance a hectic Hong Kong diary without burning out (teach me your ways!)…