OCT 2016

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Page 58 of 100 [ 56 ] • DAYSPA • october 2016 spa hopping My therapist sat me on a wooden bench strewn with silk pillows patterned with butterfl ies. She poured warm water into a large wooden foot bath and sprinkled fl owers on top. I dipped my weary peds inside and she rubbed my soles and ankles with a fragrant coconut scrub. Next, I lay on the cloud-like massage bed, ready for the three-layer treatment—an earthy green tea scrub, a bamboo and aloe vera body mask, and a green tea oil massage. As the dreamy melodies of a Chinese fl ute fl oated through the room, I willed myself to stay awake— I wanted to enjoy every moment of this voyage into old China. But as my therapist pressed deep into my scalp—acupressure for my head—I succumbed and slipped into slumber. When the massage ended, I rose from the bed to fi nd a giant bath, frothy with foam, layered with orchid petals and lit from within. I sank in, poured myself a cup of hot ginger tea, closed my eyes and savored this rare moment. Although visitors to Beijing certainly search out the Four Seasons Spa for a retreat into old China like I had, local denizens often come for the customized pampering. As is expected in a world-class destination spa, therapists assess each guest's skincare and wellness needs and suggest treatments. Beyond that, the spa experts have the fl exibility to customize diff erent products and techniques, as well as recommend TCM therapies from in-house expert Dr. Lan Jirui. I, for one, clearly benefi ted from this personalized approach to luxury. As I sank deeper into the tub and gazed out at the beauty of my treatment room, I could already feel my Forbidden City sunburn and my Great Wall of China vertigo receding into the memory fi les and out of my new reality—it's the spa as ancient palace, and in this evocative space some 60 feet above the mean streets of 21st-century Beijing, I felt every bit the modern- day empress. u Did You Know? A Tea is the most consumed beverage on the planet, with more than 3,000 varieties grown throughout the world. A In traditional Chinese marriage ceremonies, the bride and groom kneel in front of their respective parents and offer them tea to express gratitude. A An increasing number of wellness facilities, from day spas to destination spas, are incorporating pre- and post-treatment tea rituals into their menus. SEE US AT THE FACE AND BODY EXPO ATLANTA, GA OCT. 16-17, COBB GALLERIA CTR. BOOTH #805

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