My name is: Elaine Ng Huntzinger.
I’m known for being: Facial acupuncturist and TCM practitioner.
I live in: Paris, France.
My newest wellness obsession is: Lymphatic Drainage Massage (Renata-style). I love how it makes you feel afterwards, and the stomach massage is a revelation.
In my city, my favorite place for exercise is: My apartment (I have a full Pilates studio) or Studio M for Garuda Pilates. I am a certified Pilates instructor, but I no longer teach. Luckily, I have all my equipment still. But I have recently discovered Garuda Pilates and taking classes with Marie Elena at Studio M is a great way to push myself.
The best spot for body or facial treatments is: MTLP massage from Laura or a rolfing session from Jessica Blean. Laura works on the mind and body. It is like a therapy session and then she releases all the emotional gunk in your body. Jessica is probably one of the best rolfers I have ever encountered. She is a fascia ninja. I have scoliosis and bars in my back, so she keeps everything in working order!
When I’m there, I always grab: Loads of seasonal, local veggies at Terroirs d'Avenir, since they work with local farmers and always follow the seasons. At The Hood, I order the chicken rice because the chicken comes from Terroirs d'Avenir! The cook is from Singapore and her food is very authentic. Plus, I like the fact she is using high quality ingredients.
When I want to get quiet, think and/or meditate, I head to: Place des Vosges.
What I do there is: Get something from Carette and then I sit in the park and look at the trees.
What makes it special and unique is: It is a closed park surrounded by beautiful buildings and there is very little traffic. It has the most amazing trees and you can feel the historical significance. Old palaces always have a good vibe.
My favorite podcaster or writer is: Lindsey Tramuta. She is not only a food expert, but also a champion for the new generation of feminists in France. Her book The New Parisienne is inspiring and her podcast, The New Paris Podcast, is outstanding. Plus, she is a lovely person.
My favorite local bookstore is: Comme un Roman on rue Bretagne.
The best thing about it is: It’s in my neighborhood, it’s independent and it carries a great selection of classics, art and fashion titles. You always get inspired by something in their super fun windows, as well.
When I need to get away, I take a trip to in: Fontainebleau.
The reason why I love it is: I get to hang out in the forest and boulder. Climbing is always a good way to clear your head and focus. Being in this gorgeous forest climbing with my family helps me put things in perspective.
LIVE THE PROCESS:
The Live The Process piece I’m coveting right now is: The Tuxedo Legging in black.
I’d wear it to: Work, Pilates and for climbing.
Image via Nicole Lily Rose.