The Peninsula Spa by ESPA & Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Yangcheng Lake

By Carl Lorimer

What: Bamboo Harmoniser (110 Minutes)

Where: No. 32 The Bund, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. Tel: 2327 2888 x 1868. Web:

Why: Truly bamboo’s greatest use

How Much: RMB 1,400 + 15%

For several millennia bamboo has helped build and feed China. At The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, the ever-functional plant now assists in relaxation as well with their exclusive Bamboo Harmoniser treatment, one of the premier spa’s most popular options. Like all offerings, it begins with a short consultation and tea ceremony before you’re whisked off to the changing area. After entering your well-appointed private room, the journey begins with a calming ginger foot buff. Body brushing, exfoliation and a quick rinse follow to prepare you for harmonisation.

Using ESPA oils in conjunction with three different lengths of bamboo, the masseuse targets sore muscles and achy joints with an effective combination of gliding, rolling, and deep strokes to stimulate the body’s flow of chi and purge stress. Regrettably the incredible experience must eventually come to an end, but take solace in the fact that time in the hotel’s excellent sauna, steam room and refreshing lifestyle shower still await.

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