PEOPLE staying and living in urban areas often suffer from stress and fatigue due to tight schedules and workplace demands such as business meetings, negotiations and presentations, not to mention paper work. At the end of the day both body and soul are drained, depleted and low on energy.
Conditions in a big city like Jakarta with a dense population also contribute to stress and physical and mental fatigue such as air and noise pollution, extreme temperatures, exposure to sunlight and air conditioning, unsanitary environment, and so forth.
The late Henrik L. Blum, a prominent professor of health planning and policy from the University of California, Berkeley, revealed that the environment had the greatest contribution to the health of a person, followed by habits, healthcare services, and heredity factors in that order. In the history of humankind, however, solutions usually present themselves in the face of any challenge or unfavorable conditions.
Those living in big cities have many ways to get rid of stress as well as physical and mental fatigue. Take for example the rising trend in cycling, in which more and more people are becoming cycling enthusiasts The Car-free Day program set by the city administration in the capital’s main streets has also encouraged people to exercise and enjoy their leisure time with friends and family.
In modern times, more and more men and women are also becoming aware of the importance of fitness and beauty. Many of them go to fitness centers, salons, spas and body clinics for relief of stress and to attain wellness.
Services and Facilities
Body treatments have become an integral part of the lifestyle of people living in big cities. In addition to beauty, such treatments help maintain health and fitness.
Presently, many fitness centers or gyms offer facilities that pamper visitors. For example, there are aerobics studios, spinning studios, Pilates studios, equipment for cardio exercise, sauna and steam facilities. Experienced instructors, both Indonesians and foreigners, are also available for assistance and consultation. Full exercise programs ranging from aerobics, ballet, salsa, tai chi and body combat to capoeira and yoga are also offered. After spending time exercising, customers can unwind in the café or lounge available at the venues.
Healthcare services, meanwhile, have also been growing in the last decade. One of the services is the mushrooming beauty clinics that provide specialized services for skin and aesthetic facial treatments. Place like this have become an integral part of the lifestyle in big cities. Services offered at the clinics are also varied, offered by doctors and beauticians, equipped with modern equipment using the latest advanced technology.
The services offered by beauty clinics are currently offered in packages, such as body slimming and toning, dark spot removal on the face and skin rejuvenation, nose jobs and eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, mesotherapy (a minimally invasive procedure to eliminate cellulite, promote weight loss, provide anti-aging benefits or eliminate localized fat deposits), acupuncture, other cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, facial treatments and anti-aging programs.
There is also a bleaching program with instant results. Such clinics also claim to use materials formulated by their own expert licensed physicians and clinical specialists. Clinics hire consultants who specialize in nutrition and skin care, therapists, stylists, make-up artists and other experienced beauty experts, which add to the promotional value of the establishments.
There are also beauty clinics offering specialized services for diagnosing, treating and curing vein diseases, like The Vein Clinic. The Vein Clinic boasts comprehensive treatment for almost all vein problems including varicose veins, in which the veins have become enlarged and tortuous and look like spider webs, and the condition where veins visibly appear on the hands and face.
The clinic specializes in the latest advancements in vein disease treatment using laser methods. The Vein Clinic is headed by a vascular surgeon Dr. John Tan who has more than 14 years experience in handling and treating venous problems. Dr. Tan is one of the pioneers in using the Endovena Laser (EVLT) in varicose veins cases in Singapore. He is also well known in Indonesia and is often invited to various international meetings to share his expertise and experience.
Beauty salons and spas are now no longer the sole domain of women, as more and more men are using such facilities for looking and feeling good. Nowadays, men are also more aware about their physical appearance and health.
Services offered by spas are abundant, ranging from traditional massage with aromatherapy, ankle and foot massage, shoulder and head massage, scrub, hair and scalp care, foot massage and reflexology, nail care (manicure/padicure) and face treatments. Many people believe spas are able to refresh and rejuvenate, freeing the body and mind from fatigue and tension. In addition to using mineral water as a main ingredient, spa treatments use essential oils, herbs and flowers.
In line with the development in technology, there are now supporting facilities introduced like whirlpool, jacuzzi, hydro massage tubs and other hydrotherapy treatments. Fitness centers, beauty salons, spas and wellness clinics are growing steadily to meet the rising demand. Moreover, Jakartans want to enjoy and celebrate their lives by maintaining fitness of body and soul. (Danu Kuntoaji)
The Jakarta Post, February 28, 2011