Jade stone treatment

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 August, 2007, 12:00am

What is it?

An elaborate full-body massage to help relieve stiff muscles and release toxins. Based on the ancient Chinese practice of gua sha, it alternates hot and cold jade stones. Symbolising health, wisdom and prosperity, jade is said to contain vital elements essential to the body. When heated, the stones supposedly produce negative ions that strengthen the immune system, boosting vitality and endurance.

What was the atmosphere like?

Two of the otherwise subdued treatment rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel spa have been brightened up with Shanghai Tang throws, slippers, robes and candles.

What was it like?

The therapist washes your feet in lukewarm water with fresh Oolong tea, then shows you the smooth jade stones that will be used. The hot stones are put under a towel, which you lie down on. Pebbles are placed between your toes and you hold two larger ones. The therapist then rubs stones coated with lime blossom massage balm over your body, using long strokes to iron all the kinks out.

Any extras?

Rain showers, a vitality pool and a sauna before the treatment help you to relax. There's also a chill-out lounge with healthy refreshments.

What were the results?

One of the best, most thorough body massages I've ever had. I like medium to firm pressure and the therapist used this throughout - never too soft or hard.

How much and where is it?

HK$1,888 for 90 minutes. Spa, 6/F Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance St. Inquiries: 3196 8900.