A few weeks ago I visited the chi yu wellness centre to try out one of their holistic treatments. This was the second time I had the pleasure of an evening at chi yu. If you haven’t read my initial review you can refresh your memory here.
As I have always been interested in alternative therapies I was really keen to try something different to your regular massage or facial and so chose the chi yu Integrated Therapy – a tailored integrated therapy to suit individuals’ needs. After your requirements are assessed the therapist devises a unique treatment that can include anything from aromatherapy, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, acupressure and meridian massage or reflexology and many more.
On arrival I filled out a simple form and met with my therapist Mami. I explained my main concerns, which were my back and neck. I have a number of back conditions including scoliosis, which I blame on being too tall lol, so sitting at a computer all day in the office and then on my sofa in the evenings is not ideal. I also explained that I get headaches quite frequently, which are probably stress or tension related as I always make sure to stay well hydrated throughout the day.
Mami designed my therapy to concentrate on my back and neck pain with a combination of acupuncture, massage (including acupressure and meridian massage) and aromatherapy. She also massaged key points on my face and scalp to help relieve any tension and taught me what points to concentrate on when I could feel a headache coming on.
Despite being of small stature Mami’s hands hold an incredible strength and power. During the massage she concentrated on particularly tight areas on my back and neck, which usually make me wince and bite my lip, using all my concentration not to run away. However, this time there was almost no pain and I could feel the tension and sore areas melting away as she meticulously worked through all the muscles. Honestly it was incredible. Although she was concentrating on my back I think pretty much every area of my body was cared for – legs, arms, feet, hands and even the stomach.
The acupuncture portion was completely painless and of the approximately 25 needles used I only really felt one of them, which penetrated a particularly tight area. The needles are incredibly thin and flexible and the anticipation of them going in was much worse than the feeling of when they did. I am not ashamed to admit that I have no pain tolerance and even I found it absolutely pain free!
Walking out after my session I was amazed by how relaxed, yet full of energy I felt. Normally I get a similar rush after an intense 90 minutes of bikram yoga, but this treatment left me feeling even better. My back and neck were no longer in pain and felt loose, I could stand up straighter and walk taller. It was amazing! All the tension had melted away and the next day I was still feeling a spring in my step.
Honestly I can say that the chi yu Integrated Therapy was the best massage I have ever had and I highly recommend it to anyone. I will definitely be visiting again in the future!
For more information on Chi Yu and a list of all treatments available you can visit their website here.