CHI, The Spa, Sydney


I recently had the opportunity to visit CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel for the Chakra Healing Massage. CHI, The Spa has a reputation as Sydney’s ultimate inner city relaxation spa of choice, and it did not disappoint.

The spa itself draws its inspiration from ancient Asian healing and wellness philosophies, which resonated with me, as I prefer to experience a deep mind body connection when treating my body to any down time. The Chakra Healing Massage is described as a “unique and meditative ritual, which brings the body’s seven main chakras into alignment through fluid combinations of massage, healing crystals and guided meditation.” I am in no way experienced with crystals or aligning my chakras, but I like the idea of leaving a massage treatment feeling balanced and perhaps more ‘spiritual’ than when I entered.


I was advised to undress and put on a robe, then sit down and ring a bell when I was ready for my therapist, Cinta, to come into the room. Cinta sat down with me and asked if I had experienced any recent losses or traumatic events, as this kind of treatment can bring out strong emotions. Guests have been known to burst into tears during their massage if particular chakras are unbalanced or blocked. I was shown a selection of crystals and oils, and asked to take a few deep breaths, then choose the ones I felt drawn to (I chose a rose quartz crystal and an oil mix of lavender, mint and eucalyptus). Your choices help the therapist to identify the physical and emotional areas which need to be repaired.

Chakras are energy centres within the human body located at major hubs of the nervous system. Blocked energy can lead to illness, so it is vital to allow the energy to flow freely in order to keep us vibrant and healthy. The treatment aims to rebalance the chakra points in the body, increasing physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

After this I was asked to de-robe and the massage began. It is recommended that you are completely nude for this treatment as it allows the energy to flow more freely, however disposable underwear is provided if it makes you more comfortable.


The crystals and oils are used throughout the massage and the entire process was very relaxing.

There were no tears, however, I felt quite emotional during the experience. It was similar to when you try to meditate and random thoughts keep popping up in your head, except different emotions kept popping up like waves throughout my body.

I was anxious, happy, sad, confused… It was a strange experience. As the treatment came to its end, emotions slowed down and I felt very content and connected to myself.

Before the treatment I had been stressed. I’ve had a lot on my plate, and I noticed that it had been a while since I’d felt this calm. Cinta explained that earlier I had chosen the heart chakra and the throat chakra. I was given an interpretation of what may be causing imbalances from her evaluation of my body’s energy. I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone who is feeling unbalanced or in need of a deeply relaxing experience.

The Chakra Healing Massage is $220 and goes for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Bookings at the spa include access to the hotel’s gym, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and sun terrace.

For more information about CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel visit their website.



Written by Sophie Howe.