Voted one of the “The World’s Top 10 Sexiest Spas,” CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is a spa with a pedigree. What better place to restore your Qi?
Feeling sluggish? Maybe it’s your Qi
According to ancient Chinese tradition, ch’i or Qi, is an energy flow, a universal life force that dictates a person’s wellbeing and vitality. If the Qi gets blocked, illness can be the result.
What blocks Qi?
Surprisingly, even too much happiness can stop up your energy flow. In fact, any over-stimulation of the emotions can have an affect, from anxiety and anger to excitement. Other causes include poor nutrition, lack of exercise, injury or the environment, and of course, there is that modern-day culprit, jet lag.
Shangri-La to the rescue
CHI, The Spa, takes its energy flow seriously. Treatments and holistic practices such as body massage, exercise, stretching, hydrotherapy, relaxation and meditation are used to renew the body, and form the core of the CHI spa philosophy.
Qi flowing treatments
There are many options at CHI that will help you unblock Qi, from an acupressure-based CHI Balance to a tension-easing CHI Hot Stone Massage. Others to try are a Yin Yang Harmonizing Massage or an Aroma Wellness Massage, which incorporates elements of Swedish, Shiatsu and Reflexology along with Oriental essential oils.
Connect with the best of Thailand with a Jasmine Rice Body Glow that uses ground organic black jasmine rice and Thai herbs to exfoliate and polish the skin. Or opt for a traditional Thai massage.
Add some elegance
It doesn’t hurt that CHI, The Spa has a sumptuous decor of rich reds and warm wood, or that treatments are in oversized spa suites, guaranteed to soothe even the most jet-lagged souls. As an added bonus, the Shangri-La, one of Bangkok’s most glamourous hotels, has an exotic location on the Chao Phraya River where you can lie out in a deck chair and listen to the sounds of the mysterious East.
For the ultimate in indulgence book a hotel room on the Horizon Club Room and enjoy the benefits of the Horizon Club Lounge, which includes breakfast, evening cocktails and snacks. Just don’t get too happy – all that emotion might block your Qi.
More about Shangri-La
Read a fun account of my stay at the Shangri-La on Carol’s luxury travel blog WanderingCarol.com. For more spa reviews by Carol Perehudoff visit SpastoLove.com.
Shangri-La Bangkok is located at 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand T: (66 2) 236 7777.