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