Courtesy of The Spa at the Sunrise Kempiski Image by: Courtesy of The Spa at the Sunrise Kempiski
After a few days in Shanghai and Beijing, my asthma-prone lungs were beginning to feel more than a little “blocked,” so I told him to apply his deepest pressure and get started. As he kneaded and pounded my thighs, images of Parmesan-crusted flattened chicken came to mind. (I had unknowingly eaten goose tongue the day before, so I was feeling a little nostalgic for familiar fare.)
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Midway through the treatment – which included the therapist drilling his knuckles mercilessly into the arches of my feet and delivering a few swift karate-like chops to my back – I noticed that my nose had started to drip onto the floor. The room was dimly lit, so at first I thought the dark splotches were blood. My first thought was “Am I having an aneurysm?” I asked for a tissue, wiped my nose and was relieved to see that the tissue wasn’t crimson. An hour later, I returned to my room feeling pleasantly pummelled and ready for bed. By morning, a latent cold had been “unblocked,” but this experience was worth every sniffle. More than just a five-star setting, luxury is about having moments where you’re outside your comfort zone.
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