By Amerley Ollennu
Chi Yu Wellness Centre, a little spa in Marylebone, is gaining a big reputation for its treatments incorporating both Eastern and Western therapies to great effect. Their newest treatment takes its inspiration from Chinese astrology with 2012 being the year of the Water Dragon, a year according to Director Mami Tsang that is â€˜destined for many to have powerful therapeutic waves of change and wisdom, combined with a deeper level of collective understandingâ€™. Simply put, for some this year will bring about a purging and cleansing effect, where bad habits are finally addressed, and for others the strong water energies may encourage communication and a stronger sense of empathy and understanding. However, if our Feng Shui is unbalanced or excessive, the water element that dominates this year can release suppressed emotions in unexpected outbursts â€“ and this, as Iâ€™m sure you would agree simply wonâ€™t do.
The answer lies in the centreâ€™s Oriental Aromatherapy Treatment, which harnesses the power of organic essential oils to alleviate physical and emotional tension through massage and inhalation. Oriental Aromatherapy begins with a consultation based on the principles of Eastern medicine â€“ by observing the tongue and taking your pulse therapists can identify any energy imbalances which may affect your state of mind and physical health. Therapists also ask clients to identify what their health concerns are, which again include both physical as well as emotional ailments.
During my treatment my swollen tongue and weak pulse indicated that I had an energy deficiency in my spleen and kidney. The redness on the edge of my tongue and visible veins on the back of it showed stagnation in the energy flow caused by an imbalance in the liver energy. For us in the West problems with our kidney or liver are more often than not associated with too many glasses of wine on the weekend, but since I donâ€™t drink this diagnosis was somewhat confusing. Apparently the reason for these symptoms is my weak water element (water consumption is key) and earth element, as well as a stagnation of Qi flow (thatâ€™s energy flow to you and I).
To the non practitioner this all sounds a little complicated, as if a course in eastern medicine is needed to understand all the terminologies. But not to worry as although some of the information went over my head, what stayed with me was the feeling I got after having the treatment. I felt completely relaxed and re-energised for days after, and I challenge anyone to tell me they didnâ€™t feel the same as a result of this spectacular treatment.
You will find that as this is tailored to each clientâ€™s needs, specific organic essential oils and carrier oils are selected based on each individualâ€™s Oriental diagnosis. Each oil havs a therapeutic effect, working to boost the energy flow to support the organs that need rebalancing. My massage oils included juniper berry and sandalwood to strengthen kidney function, geranium to cleanse my spleen, and bergamot to support and disperse energy flow in my liver. The massage techniques were like no other I had ever experienced and felt amazing! Firm finger pressure was applied to specific acupressure points (in the same way as they do in acupuncture treatments), and my whole body was massaged along my meridians (the pathways through which energy flows). After an hour expect to float home, be sure to pick up some essential oils and classic Japanese incense in store before leaving to keep this de-stressing treatment going at home.
The Oriental Aromatherapy treatment starts from Â£45 available at chi yu Wellness Centre, 36 George Street, London, W1U 7DR +44 20 7486 0304
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