While it’s customary to arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to a spa appointment to settle into relaxation mode, at the stunning Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago, you may want to allow yourself up to an hour before and after your service to take full advantage of the stunning setting and its built-in relaxation rituals.

After stepping through the traditional moon gate into the serene, Asian-themed reception area (dark wood and lacquer, traditional Chinese music, aesthetic references to nature),, you are offered a cup of hot herbal tea while completing a query that will help estheticians guide you through your spa journey, all of which pay homage to traditional Chinese medicine. The tranquil trek begins with the Chuan Bathing Ritual, a signature element of all seven Chuan Spas worldwide that involves a series of wet rooms in each pristine, white locker room designed to guide the body through relaxation, stimulation and rejuvenation. The first is a moderately heated aromatic Herbal Sauna, followed by an intense heat Salt Stone Sauna, lined with Himalayan salt stone to assist in reducing stress and respiratory ailments. Next, pop into one of the aromatherapy Experience Showers (eucalyptus or jasmine) to rinse. Then, finish in the Oriental Steam Room, which is infused with soothing chamomile.

Services range from spa favorites (wraps, scrubs and facials) and salon detailing (nails and hair) to traditional Chinese medicine treatments (cupping, acupuncture and gua sha). The otherworldly pampering resumes after treatments via sensory relaxation pods, unique to the Chicago spa. Guests get horizontal on loungers outfitted with hoods that emit lights, sound and gentle vibrations on sequence, for approximately 20 minutes.

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