Qin The Spa Applies Traditional Chinese Medicine

Qin The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Puxi uses traditional techniques to pro-actively promote health and well-being.

Feb 6, 2011
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Qin The Spa offers a contemporary urban sanctuary in the middle of bustling Shanghai.
Qin The Spa offers a contemporary urban sanctuary in the middle of bustling Shanghai.
Photography Andrew Rowat
The rich interiors of each of the nine treatment rooms are plush and inviting.
The rich interiors of each of the nine treatment rooms are plush and inviting.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Foot refelxology is just one of the over 37 treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.
Foot refelxology is just one of the over 37 treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.
Photography Andrew Rowat
Developed in Indonesia, Qin The Spa products are specially designed and available for purchase.
Developed in Indonesia, Qin The Spa products are specially designed and available for purchase.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
With an Imperial Dragon massage, blue stones are swept over your body to calm and soothe your soul.
With an Imperial Dragon massage, blue stones are swept over your body to calm and soothe your soul.
Photography Andrew Rowat

Situated firmly at the juncture of art and science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been a vehicle for good health, wellness and well-being in China for centuries. Now, at Qin The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, guests can experience the revitalising effects of holistic, results-driven TCM in many of its proven forms.

Working closely with doctors from the Body & Soul Medical Clinics in Shanghai, Qin-certified therapists deliver treatments that incorporate Eastern techniques, like acupressure and herbal therapy, along with soothing bodywork and massage using chemical-free natural products. For example, guests troubled by cold symptoms can opt for the Soothing the Heavens treatment, which incorporates steam and herbal essences to clear sinuses and acupressure to stimulate the immune system and soothe aches and pains.

Guests seeking in-depth medical advice can consult with English-speaking TCM doctors for a symptom-specific treatment. In a typical consultation, the doctor will feel the pulse, look at the colour of the tongue, eyes and skin, and ask questions pertaining to health and constitution. He or she will then prescribe a course of treatments that may include acupuncture, cupping and/or herbal medicine.

Overcoming the Disruption of Travel

“Our guests travel frequently across time zones and different climate conditions,” says Kim Burton Clay, director of the Spa. “This disrupts their body’s natural balance in so many ways. Our TCM Spa Wellness packages are designed with specific issues in mind, such as insomnia, water retention, lack of energy and troubles with digestion,” she explains.

One frequent guest, whose constant business travel wreaks havoc on her sleep patterns, found relief after experiencing the Sweet Dreams wellness treatment, which includes acupuncture therapy. “I always have trouble sleeping,” she says. “After Sweet Dreams I slept so well I needed not one but two wake-up calls.”

Long-Term Benefits of TCM

As proactive wellness habits are at the heart of TCM, the doctor and therapists bring an education factor to the guest experience, helping them understand how changes they make while travelling, and at home, can have a positive effect on their health in the long term.

“Our philosophy is to intertwine oriental wisdom with a therapeutic approach,” says Burton Clay. “TCM takes our concern and commitment to our guests’ well-being to a whole new level.”

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