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For the best of ancient Asian relaxation techniques, there are few places like Chuan Body and Soul. With a flagship location perched on the 41st floor of the Langham Palace Hotel in Hong Kong, the establishment really does take its clients to a place high above the daily grind – making it an easy choice for a Luxist nomination for best men's spa.
Founded in 2005, Chuan emphasizes the connection between Jing (life force), Qi (vital energy) and Shen (mind and spirit). The spa also carries on the teachings of traditional Chinese medicine, emphasizing the five Wu Xing elements whose harmony makes up the core of one's spiritual and physical health. Each session begins with a questionnaire aimed at determining which of the five elements are out of balance within an individual.
Once inside Chuan's sanctuary, choose from a wide range of relaxation options. There's the 1.5-hour Body Elements treatment, which starts with a harmony massage and ends with a facial hydration treatment. For something a little longer, try the Serenity Shen, which begins with a stone therapy massage and continues with a cool marine algae facial mask treatment and finally finishes with an indulgent foot treatment.
If you can't make it all the way to Hong Kong, never fear. Chuan boasts locations in Auckland, Melbourne, Koh Samui, Shanghai and Boston, with more locations planned for Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou, Phuket, Pune, London and Los Angeles. Unlike many of its compatriots in the Best Men's Spa category, Chuan is also open to women.
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