All about the Chi

We know TCM is big in Singapore, but did you know it is increasingly being used in spas around the world? Style: reports on five in the region

Good Chi
Good Chi
31 Aug 2015

Good Chi

Wellness travel has surged past adventure, culinary, nature and other types of travel, and is now the fastest growth sector of the entire global travel industry.

Driven primarily by the baby-boomer generation of people who want to live longer and feel healthier physically, emotionally and mentally, there’s never been a better time to explore complimentary healthcare systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This centuries-old healing system that consists of everything from nutrition and herbal medicine, to treatments and exercise such as Tai Chi, and is gaining ever more popularity.

While not all of it is categorised as proven health treatments yet (possibly due to lack of funding for research), its history of trial and error over thousands of years gives this system a great deal of weight. Chinese medicine is traditionally used for treating physical conditions such as chronic pain, migraines and digestive disorders, however it is increasingly recommended for stress, burn-out, insomnia and jet lag.

What’s inspiring is that the world’s best resort and spa brands are moving beyond pampering and into real wellness with modes of treatment. While a plethora of destinations offer a few TCM “hits” like acupuncture and cupping, an emerging trend is more serious TCM-focused retreats designed to improve one’s lifestyle overall and promote healthier aging. Facial acupuncture, for example, is one of the hottest beauty trends in London right now (both the Bulgari Spa and COMO by The Metropolitan in London offer it) and many believe this to be a healthier alternative to Botox.  

Closer to home, we explore wellness destinations offering TCM retreats and programmes.

INDONESIA: COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
INDONESIA: COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
31 Aug 2015

INDONESIA: COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

Resident TCM practitioner David Melladew oversees three- to seven-night Oriental Medicine programmes. The focus? Says Melladew: “Most commonly I see people dealing with bad backs, arthritis, headaches, pain of any sort, digestive and respiratory issues, sleep disorders, as well as emotional issues like anxiety, stress, and depression.” Treatments include acupuncture, massage, qigong and nutritional advice.

www.comohotels.com/comoshambhalaestate
 

Maldives: Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru
Maldives: Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru
31 Aug 2015

Maldives: Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru

This resort in the Maldives has a resident acupuncturist and trained yoga teacher, Paula Choi, who mixes up the best of TCM with other modalities to give guests a “higher” experience of wellness. Her customised treatments blend the best from acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha along with yogic stretches, tai chi and qigong. These add to the benefits of meditation and breathing in treating many things including insomnia.

Indonesia: Amanjiwo, Borobodur
Indonesia: Amanjiwo, Borobodur
31 Aug 2015

Indonesia: Amanjiwo, Borobodur

Amanresorts has embraced the benefits of TCM — its year-round Masters in Resident programme often features TCM practitioners. Later this year at the Amanjiwo resort in Indonesia, Francesc Miralles will facilitate a series of programmes. A Chinese Medicine practitioner with over 20 years’ experience, he specialises in painless acupuncture, holistic acupressure, facial lifting, anti-jetlag therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, tai chi and qigong.

China: Six Senses Qing Cheng
China: Six Senses Qing Cheng
31 Aug 2015

China: Six Senses Qing Cheng

Opening this August is the Six Senses brand’s first resort and spa in China. Located at Qing Cheng mountain, the wellness offerings at this Taoist-themed resort includes gua sha, reflexology and cupping, and its signature Daoyin Tao Massage is based on ancient Taoist and Chinese acupressure techniques. The resort itself is inspired by ancient Chinese villages and walking to the spa takes you along quaint walkways and little bridges.

www.sixsenses.com/resorts/qing-cheng-mountain/destination

Mauritius: Lux Resort
Mauritius: Lux Resort
31 Aug 2015

Mauritius: Lux Resort

At the Lux spas in Mauritius and Maldives, brave guests unwind with the new zhengliao therapy that is the result of a collaboration with the 100-year-old Chinese Clinic Daoji from Chengdu, China. Its therapists have been specifically trained to deliver the zhengliao, that consists of Chinese meridian acupressure massage, cupping and Chinese herbal medicine — customised to every guest to help with issues including stress, sleep and weight-loss.

www.luxresorts.com
 

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