Everyone loves a relaxing spa day, and what better place to enjoy such a day than Queen Spa in Luohu, Shenzhen. The name itself is completely appropriate, although perhaps it should be called ‘The Queen of Spas’ instead.
The reputation of Queen Spa precedes it, and I had high expectations which were not only met but exceeded. The best ways of getting there are either by taxi or by metro. By taxi it costs about RMB30 from central Futian and takes around 15 minutes to get there, depending on traffic of course. Alternatively you can get the metro to XiangXiCun station on line 9, leave by exit C, walk straight to the corner, turn left and Queen Spa will be on your left. There are also free shuttle buses to and from Luohu and Huanggang borders, every 15 or 25 minutes respectively. The Luohu shuttle buses run from 7am to 11pm near the taxi rank on the first floor by door 6. At Huanggang the shuttle buses run 24 hours to match the border hours; once you’ve arrived through the border cross the footbridge, turn right and head down towards the buses to find the shuttle.
As you walk through the entrance, you will be greeted by security guards who will point you towards the sweeping staircase down to the reception area. A chorus of ‘欢迎光临!’ ‘Huān yíng guāng lín!’ (Welcome!) rings out as you descend the stairs and a member of staff will escort you to a seat.
If you’re a foreigner you will need to show your passport, or at least a photo of it. This is not common practice in Shenzhen spas; however, at Queen Spa they have been told by the government to request ID from all visitors. Once they’ve taken note of your passport details the staff will give you a wristband with a number on it. This will be your locker number as well as your ticket to all the treats Queen Spa has to offer.
You will then be asked to enter the changing rooms – women’s changing rooms are on the left as you come down the entrance stairs, men’s are on the right. An attendant will check your wristband number and escort you to your locker where you will be given a towel and shower slippers, and asked if you would like a shower. In this section of the spa are showers, toilets, a jacuzzi pool, sauna, steam room and several treatments such as aroma oil bubble baths, back rubs and body scrubs. Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, toothbrushes, combs, cotton buds and various other amenities are provided for your use, so you don’t need to bring anything with you. Chinese guests will usually walk around the changing area in just a towel or naked, but if you prefer to wear a swim suit to use the jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, that’s absolutely fine.
An extra layer of security with the lockers is that they have to be opened with a pass held by one of the attendants as well as your wristband. There are always many attendants around, so you will never have to wait more than a few seconds for your locker to be opened.
Once you’ve finished your treatments and use of the facilities in this section, you will then be given pyjamas to wear for the rest of your visit. These are really comfortable and they actually have sizes to fit Westerners. You can also have a robe to wear over your pyjamas if you wish, and you keep your shower shoes for the duration of your visit. Feel free to bring your phone, book or e-reader with you; everything else can be left in your locker. You are, of course, welcome to return to your locker whenever you wish; however, once you’re comfortable in the lounge area you probably won’t want to move.
The attendants will escort you out the other side of the changing area to a lift which will take you to the third floor. This is the main lounge area where you will spend most of your time whilst at Queen Spa. It is a vast room with rows of comfortable reclining chairs, each of which has its own TV with on-demand movies and TV shows. In the centre is a counter with a huge variety of soft drinks which you can help yourself to. There are also pastries and ice cream available for a small fee. Anything you wish to purchase will be added to your tab, which you will then pay for when you leave. In addition to free soft drinks, beyond the seating area is a fruit ‘shop’ where all the fruit is free.
On my visit I decided to go for a full body massage before making myself comfortable in the lounge area. A 90 minute aromatherapy massage is RMB269++; the minimum suggested tip on the receipt is 80rmb which makes the total including service charge and tip around RMB350. There are many other treatments available, such as different types of massage and salt scrubs, as well as a whole list of services when you’re relaxing in the lounge area watching movies. Another great service that Queen Spa offers for foreigners is that they have English-speaking staff available who wear a badge saying ‘English’. When I approached the desk for booking my massage, an English-speaking member of staff came over straight away to assist me. He also checked on me once I was in the massage room to make sure I knew what to do about adding the tip and signing the receipt at the end of the massage, and to see if I would like some water to drink.
After an hour and a half of massage I was fully relaxed and ready for some food. Queen Spa also caters for this with a full restaurant in the centre of the lounge floor. Once again, the English-speaking staff member came over to check I had an English menu, help me choose what to eat and to take my order. As I don’t eat meat and I prefer food that isn’t very spicy, he was very helpful in finding something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, my first choice wasn’t available so he came back and arranged a different meal for me that was adapted from menu items. I ended up eating udon noodles with vegetables and seafood in a tasty sauce – simple yet delicious.
Finally I found myself a reclining chair and made myself comfortable. There was quite a selection of movies and TV shows available to choose from, some of which were very recent releases. From your chair you can order drinks, fruit, food and a variety of treatments, all while charging your phone and watching what you like snuggled up in your pyjamas and a blanket. Bliss!
The entrance fee for Queen Spa is RMB108 for 24 hours; however, if you spend over RMB189 on treatments during your visit – which is easily done! – the entrance fee is waived. All prices are detailed in treatment menus and on clear posters which usually have English as well as Chinese. One thing to be aware of is that all fees are subject to 13% service charge, which is not included in the menu price. This is one of the few places in Shenzhen where tips are expected – suggested amounts for tips are written on the receipt which you have to sign for each service. Even with the added tax and tips, prices are still reasonable for the service you get. You even have the choice of paying in RMB or HKD, and can pay by cash, card or WeChat.
I spent a lovely relaxing day at Queen Spa. The total cost was RMB631 for an aromatherapy full body massage, foot scraping, ear cleaning, dinner, soft drinks and a movie, and I was at the spa for around six and a half hours. You definitely get your monies worth here and I would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting or living in Shenzhen. It’s a fantastic experience!
On April 22nd, Shenzhen HarMoniCare Women &Children’s Hospital, the first international hospital with JCI in Shenzhen, cooperates with more than 50 insurance companies, together with ICBC-AXA LIFE and HiredChina.com held the International Insurance Seminar for expats in China. Michael from ICBC-AXA LIFE shared the direct billing services and international insurance options for expats in Shenzhen.Dr. Mark from HarMoniCare stated the common pediatric diseases in Summer and ways to prevent.
Many thanks to Indian Spice for the free snacks, Samy from India and Zoe from AIA were lucky enough to win the check-up vouchers for women and children valued at 1786RMB and 1380RMB respectively.
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On March 11st，The Lamaze International World Open Tour Shenzhen Station was successfully concluded in Intercontinental OCT. It is the first time that Dr. Jeannette. T. Crenshaw, the former president of Lamaze International come to Shenzhen to share the healthy birth practices with more than 250 families through the courtesy of Shenzhen HarMoniCare Women & Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, HarMoniCare was accredited as the first training base for Lamaze International in Shenzhen, which will greatly further improve the technique of natural birth in south China.
3月11日，国际拉玛泽世界巡回公开课·深圳站在华侨城洲际大酒店圣玛利亚宴会厅顺利落幕。在深圳和美妇儿科医院的隆重邀请下, 国际拉玛泽理事会前主席、美国哺乳协会现任会长珍妮特•克伦肖(Jeannette. T. Crenshaw)女士首度为鹏城孕妈们带来一场世界级的快乐分娩之旅，现场超过有250组家庭参加。同时，深圳首家国际拉玛泽分娩技术认证培训基地正式落户和美，将进一步提升华南地区自然分娩的技术。
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In a big city like Shenzhen, it is noticeable that many fads come and go rather like in the food, shared bike or even hotel industry. Some trends stay for good, whilst the next best thing is slowly replacing others. One trend, however, that seems to be developing very well in Shenzhen is the fitness trend. With a growing awareness of staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle in such a work driven city like Shenzhen, sometimes the biggest frustration can be the lack of time to really focus on a dedicated daily routine.
For professionals, staying fit is definitely something that’s needed but not always a possibility due to time constraints. Furthermore, if your really trying to exercise and see fast results – it takes even more dedication than usual to get the figure you’re trying to achieve which many don’t have the time to give. This is because normal exercise will typically burn fat that the body can easily access, not necessarily fat that you want to focus on removing. For this reason, many people will diet and/or exercise and find that the weight they are losing is coming off other areas of their body such as their arms but not the areas that count such as their stomach or hips. I know for me personally, this was an issue I had quite a bit when I was trying to lose weight myself. I didn’t have a lot of time to focus on exercise but the time I did put into exercise didn’t seem to do much for the areas I was wanting to target.
Fortunately, a company has arrived in the Shenzhen that’s answering these issues by offering gym equipment that focuses on specific problematic areas while offering a light workout that doesn’t take an exaggerated amount of dedication. This company is HYPOXI and their Spa is located at the Grand Hyatt in Luohu. HYPOXI’s exercise equipment focuses on targeting stubborn fat deposits, reducing cellulite, tightening/toning the skin and improved complexion.
When talking about stubborn fat deposits, fat burns more readily in areas where there is good circulation. This is why many people find it difficult to eliminate cellulite and fat in certain areas. A good test is to touch your skin around the legs, buttocks, hips, and stomach after a 30-minute exercise. The areas that are still hot have good circulation while the cold areas have very bad circulation. The cooler the surface of the skin – the less circulation it has. This is what makes the HYPOXI machines so effective. By using a unique technology known as the “HYPOXI-Method,” they are able to create a fat burning exercise that uses vacuum and compression therapy to maximize fat and cellulite loss in the right areas.
The vacuum therapy used in HYPOXI stimulates targeted areas of the body through a unique combination of alternating pressure therapy and moderate fat burning activity. This saves you a lot of time and energy that would otherwise be spent on non-effective methods to lose fat and firm the skin. For example, one thirty-minute workout using the HYPOXI bike is equal to three workouts on a regular bike and targets the right areas. Because of this, the gyms and spas that supply the HYPOXI-Method offer an effective exercise as opposed to a hard workout and will give you faster results.
At the Grand Hyatt in Luohu, guests have the option to enjoy effective workouts using the HYPOXI-Method. My colleague and I were lucky enough to give this method a try on our last visit and fell in love with using this technology in our workout. The first machine used was the HYPOXI Trainer S120. This machine focuses on the lower body by providing a light workout of biking to help activate blood flow in your lower body area. During this exercise, the lower half of your body is enclosed in a tight vacuum alternating pressure chamber.
This pressurizes the right areas while you are working out and helps to stimulate circulation in the problem areas. I could definitely feel the difference during the workout as my lower body became extremely hot. Also, I noticed the pressure around my stomach and waist would alternate and give those areas quite a workout while I was biking. After a session was over, I noticed the lower part of my body had sweated a lot more than the upper part and could feel like I just did a rigorous workout – even though that was definitely not the case.
Later on, I went to the gym wearing the HYPOXI Vacunaut. This suit targets pressure around the stomach and waist giving the result of a flat stomach without the use of sit-ups. It only takes a simple workout such as walking or jogging and really enhances the experience by providing alternating high and low pressure to the stomach; thus, giving more than just a cardio exercise. Trying this out, I could definitely feel the pressure and knew that it was doing its job well. After only half a session, I was definitely feeling the heat as the pressure suit applied pressure to my waist and stomach area. This made a workout that usually would be simple for me quite difficult and it showed in the amount of sweat that my body was producing while just doing a light jog. If you are looking at losing fat in the stomach or hip region, you definitely need to give this technology a try.
My college Wendy gave the HYPOXI Dermology a try and loved the therapeutic feeling it gave. In order to remain elastic and smooth your skin also needs to be exercised. This technology does just that by using integrated chambers within a pressure suit (HD-Pressure Suit) to apply high and low pressure to the skin around problem areas. There are many bubble-like indentions in this suit that seem to massage you while the low and high pressure circulates. This gently stretches and compresses the skin tissue in a similar way that muscles are trained. Wendy loved the feeling and found it to be very relaxing. It’s comforting to know that you can reduce cellulite and enhance your complexion in just a relaxing twenty-minute session.
Shenzhen is lucky to have an HYPOXI Spa located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Luohu. Here an extensively trained HYPOXI coach who all has a wealth of knowledge in fields such as sports training and nutrition will closely supervise you. With HYPOXI, only two to three short sessions per week are more than enough to have fast visible results. Currently, at the Grand Hyatt there is a special opening price with 30% off the regular rate of HYPOXI Spa treatments.
For more information be sure to check out their website at WWW.HYPOXI-CHINA.COM
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