Hong Kong Spa Chicago
Every so often you stumble upon an unexpected hidden gem while traveling for business. On a recent trip to Chicago I was invited to experience the Chuan Spa at the luxurious Langham Hotel.
I’m the first one to appreciate anything global when it comes to a spa experience given my globe-trotting obsession to write my book Passport To Beauty. But I had no idea the beautiful and exotic journey I was about to embark right here in Chicago.
Based on Chinese Beauty Secrets and Wellness Rituals the Chuan Spa immediately transports you on a luxurious journey through modern day design mixed with old world rituals that address your beauty from the inside out. Although the Langham Hotels are a British Brand, one might wonder why their signature spa’s have a strong Chinese story. Dr. Lo, the Executive Chairman of the Langham Hospitality Group, started his career as a cardiologist and internal medicine doctor in Hong Kong. It was through his strong desire to create a destination of wellness that makes these spas unique.
On my visit, I had a really nice chat with Spa Director, William Wesley Myers. Based on his own personal and professional experiences, he wanted to take Dr. Lo’s vision one step further in cultivating a very special and unique experience for their clients.
With a combination of curation and tradition, what set this property apart from most spa’s I’ve toured is this emphasis on wellness. Not just beauty and pampering.
Dr. Sharon Viernes is the spa’s Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Unique to the Chicago location, the spa prides itself on delivering the authentic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) throughout all its services and products. Dr. Viernes’ East meets West-inspired spa treatments were designed to restore any imbalances and allow flow to create harmony in your well-being. She and William have worked to develop an extensive Traditional Chinese Medicine menu ranging from Gua Sha, Moxibustion to Acupuncture blending them with massage techniques at the most luxurious level.
I chose to try their Chuan Harmony Massage which is designed to stimulate your meridian harmony, and utilize various relaxation massage techniques help to induce a deep sense of calm. Exactly what I needed. The massage itself is a true mind, body and soul experience.
Starting with an elemental questionnaire, the room is then prepared for you and followed with a spritz of an oil infused elixir over your body with the element your therapist recommends based on your questionnaire (mine was Earth). From there, the beginning of the massage starts with a long “Gong” chant with your therapist to open your energy channels. Once the treatment starts, the full body oil massage mixed with strong acupressure helps to stimulate a sense of well-being and relaxation. After I finished the treatment, staying true to the elemental choice of Earth, I was given an Earth Tea to further relax me and then asked if I would like to continue my journey in the Dream Room.
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