Paws for relaxation

lifestyle January 14, 2018 09:30

By The Nation

The Year of Dog is said to be one of action, requiring planning and energy in order to succeed. To celebrate Chinese New Year, which begins on February 16, Mandarin Oriental has launched the Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience to ground and relax guests while rebalancing energy for both body and mind.

Available year-round at many of its spas globally, the treatment has been designed to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and ease pain and muscle tension.

Guests are welcomed with hot or cold towels infused with mandarin orange or tangerine oil, both of which symbolise good tidings. They are then invited to enjoy a welcome drink of Chinese red dates, honey and goji berries, which help to destress and encourage sleep. Traditional sweet treats popular during Chinese New Year festivities will be available to enjoy in the spa’s relaxation area, including sweetened tangerine, coconut and ginger from the customary “Tray of Togetherness”. 

The one hour, 20-minute treatment is inspired by the elongating, grounding yoga pose of the downward facing dog, and is designed to bring about a feeling of contentment, restoration and happiness. Guests will be encouraged to connect with their core and feel grounded.

The treatment utilizes bespoke Flourish Oil, which contains a blend of lemongrass, cardamom and coriander to deliver an elongating, full body treatment, together with hot, healing stones, and a soothing abdominal massage –all designed to soften and release tension and revive the mind.

Finally, guests are offered a sweet plum tea, and on leaving the spa will receive a traditional Chinese lai see lucky red packet, which includes a further spa treat for 2018. 

The Year of the Earth Dog Experience is available at many Mandarin Oriental spas worldwide including in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Sanya, Singapore, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo in Asia. In Europe, it is available at Barcelona, Marrakech, Milan, Paris, Prague and in the US at Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami and Washington until the end of the Earth Dog year on  February 4, 2019. Book online at each respective hotel at