I’m pretty sure that during my last massage at the Shangri La Hotel in Vancouver, I was beaten with a bamboo stick and I liked it.
Per usual, I had heard very little information about the Wushu Toxin Release massage before receiving the treatment. It’s so new that aside from the staff, I was among the first to try it. So I was unsure why they asked me to put on a pair of white ninja pajamas, but was then told that this type of massage is martial arts-inspired. I was surprised again when I was asked to hold a bamboo stick and position myself in several different ninja stretches. But at least I can add this to the list of childhood dreams realized. Aside from working at Burger King—At age four I told my mother I wanted to work there so I could wear the crowns.You can imagine how proud she is today—my goal in life as a toddler was to become the fifth Ninja Turtle. If I only knew all along it’d be that easy. Seriously, pass the nunchucks.
After perfecting my ninja skills and feeling super stretched, I laid down on the heated massage table and that bamboo stick came back out. She began massaging me by rolling the bamboo over my muscles, which at times could be slightly uncomfortable, but in the best way possible. This was combined with a firm pressure applied afterwards by hand. Trust me, your muscles actually require work like this so they don’t get too tight. It’s why those foam rollers have become so popular.
Since this all sounds a bit unorthodox, you may rest easy knowing that the development of this treatment started with travel to the remote Wudang Mountain to study—with a Wushu Master, no less—the practice of qi gong, traditional Chinese medicine and techniques.
By the time the massage ends, you’re in the most relaxed state possible. I was then offered the most delicious cup of ginger tea (my favorite) that I’ve ever tasted. And there are snacks. MAN, I love guilt-free spa snacks. Holla at those dried fruits and nuts.
If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver, you really have to stop at Chi, the spa at Shangri La. Call 604-689-1120 to book an appointment.
Full disclosure: Shangri La Hotel footed the bill for my trip.
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