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These Ancient Asian Healing Techniques Are Making A Major Comeback

These Ancient Asian Healing Techniques Are Making A Major Comeback

Photo: Renzo Navarro

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is a plush oasis in the middle of busy, crowded Central. The sense of serenity is more pronounced as we step into the Oriental Spa, which is spread over two floors. Though we were visiting as hotel guests, it’s interesting to note that the spa is also popular with well-heeled locals.

The search for balance is a thread that runs through much traditional Chinese medicine, and the Oriental Spa’s signature treatment, Oriental Qi, explores that principle. The spa also offers Chinese foot reflexology and a menu of Chinese modality treatment programs, available if prescribed by the Chinese doctor—including acupuncture, bone setting, cupping and moxibustion.

Developed in consultation with traditional Chinese medicine specialists and master aromatherapists, the concept of the Oriental Qi experience is refreshingly straight-forward: an answer to their guests’ appetite for simple, effective, authentic treatments in a luxurious setting. 

Guests start with a detailed questionnaire based on wu xing, the five Chinese elements—metal, wood, fire, water and earth. This is followed by a therapist consultation to decode lifestyle habits and the guest’s current state of wellbeing. After that, the two-hour experience and oils are customised to help restore balance, or qi—the vital energy that runs through the body. Using traditional Chinese techniques, the Oriental Qi spa experience stimulates acupressure points along the meridian channels to achieve balance.