Okay, I don’t want to skip this happening before the spa treatment.
Since our CHI schedule will be 6pm then, we thought of spending the next three hours lounging at the outdoor swimming pool. We were slightly prepared to swim except for Dane who stayed dry and became our part time photographer. Thanks Dane 🙂 !
The swimming pool is exclusive for registered guest and mind you they are very strict to swimming attire.
You should wear the appropriate, no cottons or else you will end up with undergarments only. Hehehe…
It was the perfect timing to relish because there were few guests and the place is calming, all set in lush tropical gardens 🙂 .
At last, our most-awaited appointment at CHI, The Spa.
We were shortly led to the reception area where we were asked to fill out forms. It was a brief consultation perse because it will determine your five element sign and ensure the treatments best suited to your needs. The receptionist will be assisting you if you also have health issues, medical treatment or pregnant in planning your spa program.
Discover your personal Element Sign online HERE.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being.
Shangri-La Hotel, Edsa brings to Manila CHI, The Spa, a private sanctuary of calm, personal space and timelessness in a “spa within a spa” concept. Nestled in the hotel’s Garden Wing, this luxury spa features a variety of single, double and specialty treatment suites, outdoor bathing, relaxation lounges, a library and a yoga studio with classes. CHI offers treatments based on Chinese and native Philippines healing concepts, including the traditional Hilot massage.
In traditional Chinese philosophy, “chi” or “Qi” is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For people to maintain good health, it is believed that “chi” must flow freely within the body and, when blocked, “dis-ease” and illness follow. Movement is therefore a key element in releasing blockages. Body massage, exercise, stretching, hydrotherapy, and movement of the mind through relaxation and meditation combine to assist the body’s natural renewal and form the basis of the CHI spa philosophy.
Afterwards, we were ushered by our spa therapist (Charlotte) at the change room+shower room. Well, it pretty impresses me that Mrs. F and I have the room for us only. I tell you it’s bigger in actual. There is a toilet room, steam room and shower room inside. Our therapist left us for the next 20 minutes so we can prepare ourselves but before that, she guided us on the How to Spa.
Meeting your needs
Upon your arrival at CHI, a brief consultation will be conducted to determine your five element sign and ensure that you have the treatments best suited to your needs. Please advise the Spa Receptionist if you are pregnant or have any health issues or concerns or if you have recently received any medical treatment.
Our Receptionists are familiar with all treatments and would be delighted to assist you in planning your spa program if you are staying in the hotel for more than one day.
Ring it anytime should you need a therapist to assist you while at the changing room.
Preparing for your treatment
For ladies, no preparation is necessary. For men, we recommend shaving prior to having a facial for maximum comfort and benefit to the skin. Other treatments require no preparation.
What to wear
You may wish to bring a swimsuit while enjoying the Couple’s Suite Room facilities. For the rest of the treatment rooms, there is no need to bring or wear any special clothing, as Spa Wear is provided in your treatment rooms. Facial gowns are provided for facials, Thai top and Thai pajamas for Yoga, spa sarong for body scrubs and wraps and disposable underwear for the rest of the treatments.
It’s because Mrs. F and I didn’t bring any swimsuit we had no choice but to take the steam bath half naked and alternately had our shower before the treatment started. And we put on the Thai pajamas during the spa.
Your privacy will be protected at all times. Your Spa Therapist will leave you to change in private and throughout the treatment you will be draped with towels, covering all parts of the body not being treated. Ladies will be given the option of including the bust area in all body treatments. We have all private rooms that are secluded for either female or male guests who wish to use their changing rooms and steam shower rooms.
Advance booking prior to intended treatment time is recommended. Please call or visit the spa should you wish to discuss your treatment and to complete the Element Questionnaire which is an integral part of your treatment.
To make the most of your spa experience, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment for you to enjoy any of our facilities that are part of your CHI Treatment Experience. Should you wish to extend the use of these facilities that are part of your treatment, please refer to the pricelist on our Menu of Services or the Spa Receptionists will gladly discuss with you.
I suggest you arrive early so you can maximize your time and fully enjoy the steam bath, I so love this! I felt it cleanses my skin and made me a pound lighter because of the extreme sweating I had the whole time.
In the event that you are running late for your appointment, we will endeavor to conduct your full treatment. However, please note that the treatment may need to be adjusted to your original completion time.
To preserve the harmony within the spa, kindly turn off your mobile phones and leave it in the locker or closet provided if possible. Please do not smoke within the premises. A variety of hot teas are available, and therefore, alcohol and outside food and drinks are not allowed inside.
I like it that the water is lukewarm and lemony; it gives one a fresher feel especially after the steam bath.
To maintain a peaceful environment, children under 16 years of age are not permitted in the spa.
In consideration of other spa guests, your treatment requires that facilities be reserved. We require a minimum of 12 hours notice if you are unable to keep your appointments. CHI staff will call to reconfirm your booking. Should there be no confirmation done by the guest, the scheduled slot will be forfeited. Please call our staff, who will be happy to reschedule your appointment.
Although we do our best to anticipate your needs, we appreciate that a spa is a very individual experience. Please let your Spa Therapists know if there is any way that she can improve your treatment or comfort- for example, heavier or lighter massage pressure, an extra towel, sound or lighting levels, etc. We appreciate your feedback and encourage you to kindly fill in a Guest Questionnaire following your treatment.
At the treatment room, this is what Mrs. F and I enjoyed for the next hour.
A gentle yet penetrating palm pressure massage focusing on the earth element (building chi), wood element (moving chi) and fire element (clarity and peace of mind). Techniques include acupressure, energizing massage for yang stimulation and relaxing massage for yin calm. Pure oriental element oils are used to harmonize chi flow.
It was so soothing, I cannot say more except that the spa treatment was overwhelming. I had a lighter feel, more so a stress-free sensation after. If only the cost of this wellness massage wouldn’t break a leg and an arm, I would indulge on it more often 🙂 .
Make sure to treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea after. I just love its spiciness and invigorating taste. It has a hint of sugarcane juice, well, that was my best guess or maybe it was just really my tastefulness.
Mrs. F and I had an excellent massage and I even got a little recommendation on how to take care of my swelling shoulders, which my therapist suspects nervous tension (?). Oh my! The price of being a corporate slave 😦 .
We wanted to laze further however, we don’t want to be behind our dinner arrangement. After a quick fix, we left CHI and went our way to savor the sweet life.
Our faithfully Italian dinner at Paparazzi 🙂 .
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-la
4&5 Floor, Garden Wing
(63 2) 633 8888 or (63 2) 634 7303
Hours: 10am – 10pm