Baby, can I spin your chakras?

MarkLean 13 January 2010 2 comments

In past decades, Southeast Asia has often been a magnet for hippies in search of something they couldn’t find back home. Peace of mind. Fulfilment. Happiness. The list goes on. A recent, but not entirely unsurprising trend is emerging in Kuala Lumpur.

Seeing the Light(works): a new age arrives in KL

Seeing the Light(works): a new age arrives in KL

At Lightworks, a bright two-storey converted shop house at the centre of the city, an array of therapies and healing modalities are offered by a rotating selection of healers who come from around the world.

Among them is an English man offering I-Ching consultations, a bearded pony tailed American by the name of John who guides clients on their third eye activation as well as a former BBC producer who now specialises in Goddess divinations using specially created essential oils. Such therapies don’t come cheap, ranging in price from RM150 – RM350 (approximately US$44 – $103). Reiki as well as martial arts and yoga classes are offered as are regular workshops offering opportunities for self-healing and empowerment.

Yes, the new age has dawned on Kuala Lumpur in quite a big way. Business at Lightworks is booming. In a striking reversal of roles, these former travellers and seekers from the West, wizened and transformed in the past decade or two, have found an eager clientele in many of the city’s stressed out residents – people who are on the lookout for something beyond merely hanging out at shopping malls on weekends. Or, could it be that Eastern mysticism becomes even more compelling when wrapped in a double-layer of exoticism?

Jalan Mesui where Lightworks is situated is an intriguing locale in itself. Next door, there is a jazz bar called No Black Tie, while on the opposite side of the road is an Italian eatery, Delucca, which on some nights, also features a band. A five-minute walk up the road is Changkat Bukit Bintang, a great mix of bars and restaurants, where one might presumably head to for happy hour drinks after a bliss-filled yoga class.

19, Jalan Mesui,
Off Jalan Nagasari,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2143 2966


Mark’s career in journalism began when he was a magazine intern during a summer break from law school. His first assignment was memorable: the voice recorder didn’t work during the interview with an international DJ. Much scribbling ensued, and thankfully, because DJs are famously known for not saying much, the feature turned out well. From writing about music, Mark expanded his focus to design, fashion, food and travel. In recent years, he has explored the highs and lows of Asia – both luxury and no-star hotels; super restaurants and stall cuisine – and has found the possibilities to be almost limitless. And rather inspiring. A key lesson learned: true luxury is all about being able to make choices in life as well in travels. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Mark would still interview the occasional international DJ if given the chance. But he’d make sure a spare voice recorder was readily available.

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  1. Monsicha Hoonsuwan Monsicha Hoonsuwan Says:

    What an interesting reversal of roles. The place seems so peaceful and home-like. I wish I had time to go on a retreat and participate in some self-healing courses. Living in the city put so much strain on you life. No doubt these Kuala Lumpur residents want to have some time off to take care of their mind and soul.

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