Traditionally a part of Panchakarma – an ancient Ayurvedic detoxifying ritual – this traditional Indian treatment uses warm compresses, filled with coconut and rice, along with specific massage techniques to release toxins and ease muscle tension. Traditionally a very therapeutic practice, CHI, The Spa has added an additional layer of pampering by heating the compresses in coconut oil, which helps soothe the skin and promote a youthful glow.
The Ayurvedic Podikkizhi Massage is inspired by The Spa at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi, and starts at C$250 per person.
Royal Duality Massage (Philippines)
Experience ultimate luxury with four healing hands. In this Philippines-inspired treatment, two practitioners move in mesmerizing synchrony across the body for pure relaxation and energy balance. Traditionally a treatment reserved for royalty, each guest receives double the attention over the course of 90-minutes. At times, the duo of practitioners move in synchrony, and others they move in opposing movements, like yin and yang, creating a blissful balance. The ultimate indulgence, the Royal Duality Massage will leave guests feeling like a King or Queen.
The Royal Duality Massage is influenced by CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, and starts at C$350 per person.
Thai Massage (Thailand)
Rooted in yoga techniques, this massage from Thailand is performed in loose-fitting clothing on a traditional Thai floor mat. In this setting, the practitioner uses body weight, gentle rocking, palm pressure, and assisted stretching to release muscle tension. Thai Massage is a great introductory treatment for guests who may be self-conscious or hesitant to the touch. Each guest remains clothed for the duration of the massage, allowing the practitioner to comfortably guide the body in a variety of stretches and poses. Thai Massage helps to keep athletes limber, desk-workers moving, and encourages regular spa-goers to experiment with their sense of adventure.
The Thai Massage hails from CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Bangkok, and starts at C$225 per person.
Wushu Massages (China)
First introduced to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver in 2012, Wushu Massages are inspired by Chinese martial arts stretching and restorative body care methods. CHI, The Spa learned these traditional techniques by travelling to China’s remote Wudang Mountain to study with a Wushu Master, and learn the practice of qi gong, Chinese remedies and techniques that combine physical postures and breathing techniques.
Each of the Wushu Massages at CHI, The Spa are preceded by guided stretching, breathing exercises, and movements to open the body’s meridians, the key to long-term vitality. The Wushu Stress Relief Massage utilizes calming Tai Chi massage to ease stressed nerves, followed by muscle warming to release back and shoulder tension. The Wushu Toxin Release includes warm bamboo rolling to release toxins, followed by a medium-pressure purifying oil massage.
The Wushu Stress Relief Massage and Wushu Stress Relief Massage, are each 90 minutes in duration, and start at C$225 per person.
“Our treatments at CHI, The Spa are based on time-honoured wellness philosophies shared by many Asian cultures,” said Michelle Punj, manager of CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. “When we saw what our sister spas were offering across Asia, we found an opportunity to honour our spa’s philosophy, while adding an exotic element to our treatment menu in Vancouver. We want to encourage our guests to celebrate their sense of adventure, and explore these hallmark massages that are available to them, just a few minutes from home.”