OCT 2016

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Page 56 of 100 spa hopping [ 54 ] • DAYSPA • october 2016 To make that a reality, Forrest researched Chinese natural healing techniques, drawing upon thousands of years of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) wisdom. She also found inspiration in the richness of the country's history and folklore. For example, when she heard of a beloved folktale about two Chinese lovers meeting in the middle of the night, she spun an elaborate couple's spa treatment from it: Midnight Magic. This experience begins when a town car picks up the pair from their home or hotel and whisks them to the Four Seasons late at night. The clients change into heavy silk robes and relax during a private tea ceremony in the spa courtyard. At midnight, the duo takes a solo dip in the hotel's pool, surrounded by candles and fl owers, and is then led to a private pool cabana where they receive an Aroma Infused Massage and Midnight Glow Facial in tandem. The 150-minute treatment ($1,530) includes champagne and decadent treats, plus time to lounge afterward. "It's a way for people who have gotten caught up in the complications of life to harmonize their spirits again," says Forrest, who adds that one couple, on the brink of separation, splurged on an evening of Midnight Magic and ended up deciding to work things out. "The woman told me later, 'It really mattered that he made such an eff ort for me,'" recalls the spa director. For Forrest this was affi rmation that tapping into China's evocative folklore and inviting guests to imagine themselves in such romantic, age-old narratives can be as restorative as the physical treatment itself. For my own visit, I chose another signature pamper: The Power of Tea, a two-hour ritual featuring a green tea scrub and a green tea oil massage. First, my therapist led me through the hushed spa and into the VIP suite, where massage beds dressed in white silk bordered with wine-colored silk awaited. Soft light glowed through rice paper screens. a n

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