Australia’s Largest Day Spa Opens in Melbourne

20th Sep 2004

Opening in November/December 2004 is The Qi Spa - Australia’s newest and largest
luxury day spa - located within Melbourne’s restored landmark GPO building, in the
heart of the city.
The Qi Spa is complete sensory heaven, designed for men, women and couples to escape
the pressures of everyday life without leaving the city. Comprising 25 opulent
Treatment Suites, including beautiful bathing area with Spas, Turkish inspired Steam
Rooms and Rasuls, Men’s Traditional Shave Area, Manicure and Pedicure Space, The Qi
boasts unrivalled five-star quality and an exotic blend of world famous Elemis
spa-therapies from Bali, Tibet, Polynesia, Japan, Morocco and Thailand.

According to Chinese wisdom, Qi is the vital energy or life force which flows
through the meridians and is used to protect, transform and warm the body. The
interior stimulates the senses with a rich blend of cultures, colours and textures,
and pushes the boundaries of conventional spa design to create a beautifully serene
environment in contrast with the frenetic pace of the city outside.

Spa Treatment Suites

Purify, sooth and awaken your spirit with a diverse blend of Elemis spa-therapies
combining Thai Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Chinese Tui-Na, Indian Ayurvedic,
Japanese Shiatsu, Reflexology, Reiki, Middle Eastern, Swedish Massage and Balinese
Massage. Elemis’ signature Dry Sensory Float is a unique European innovation using a
special sensory dry float bed designed to enhance the experience of body wraps by
sinking to cocoon the body in a warm (dry) bed of water, providing a unique feeling
of weightlessness and relaxation. Using this technology, the Elemis Exotic
Frangipani Body Nourish Float and Exotic Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual Float are
expected to become firm favourites among The Qi Spa clientele. Other popular Elemis
therapies offered include the Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow - a celebrity
favourite for promoting super smooth skin, Aroma Stone Therapy - unique massage
using warm round basalt stones, and the blissful Absolute Spa Ritual - a customised
face and body treatment incorporating Deep Tissue Massage and a choice of Advanced
Performance or Advanced Anti-Ageing facial. Express Treatment Suites also cater for
treatments lasting from 30 minutes to 1 hour, presenting The Qi Spa as the perfect
escape for city workers on lunchbreak.

Turkish Rasuls and Hamam

The Qi Spa boasts exotic Rasuls, a type of Turkish steam room, for Women and
Couples. Completely and intricately tiled, these unique steam and aromatherapy
infused mud Rasuls vary from warm to hot to humid temperatures. Inside are tiled
thrones and vessels of mud to be applied to the body. A tropical rain shower rinses
off this therapeutic mud at the end of treatment, leaving skin, the body and chakras
completely cleansed. The Men’s Hamam is also based on a Turkish Steam Room, with a
tiled and heated marble slab inside to lie on. Steam infused with pure essential oil
circulates throughout as clients relax on the heated marble slabs, reaping the
therapeutic benefits of the steam.

The Water Experience and Spa Bath Area

The Qi Spa pays homage to the therapeutic nature of water, with its extensive
hydrotherapy facilities and treatments. The Water Experience area is divided into
male and female sections, each boasting 2 to 3 tempered spa pools designed to
accommodate up to 6 people. A selection of multi function showers provide varied
water pressures to enhance the Water Experience. Cascading waterfalls surround the
temperate pools, screened from view by an immense sheet of water falling from a
height of three storeys, offering clients the opportunity to revel in the vitality
of the water in complete privacy.


Manicure and Pedicure Space

The Manicure and Pedicure space offers complete comfort for clients to recline in 4
luxurious pedicure thrones as feet are lavished thoroughly with care and attention.
Hands and nails are carefully tended to at workstations nearby, offering an
impressive selection of luxurious hand care treatments and manicures. From the
deluxe pedicure to the express manicure, the Manicure and Pedicure Space at The Qi
Spa offers clients the ultimate in expert pampering and caring for hands and feet.

Men’s Grooming and Traditional Shave Station

In recent times, the task of shaving has been reduced to the tedium of a daily
misery for many men. The Qi Spa is proud to revive the lost art of the shave,
offering a unique Traditional Shave area for men to be indulged in this act of daily
self improvement and wellbeing. Luxurious leather seats comfortably cradle the body
as the face is treated to a traditional and tactile grooming experience - the time
honored and highly indulgent wet shave. 

The Elemis spas in London and Miami boast an impressive list of celebrity clients,
including Sophie Dahl who regularly treats herself to the Elemis’ Wellbeing Massage,
Jemma Kidd who loves the Tahitian Bloom and Aromapure Facial, and Liberty Ross, fan
of the indulgent Exotic Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual Wrap. David Beckham famously
indulges in Elemis’ Aching Muscle Super Soak and Musclease range, while wife
Victoria swears by Elemis’ Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser, Absolute Eye Serum and
Japanese Camellia Oil. Gwyneth Paltrow also reportedly owes her
just-stepped-out-of-the-spa movie star sparkle to Elemis’ Arabian Jewel Ritual,
involving a luxurious mud treatment in the exotic Rasul, followed by a frangipani
and coconut nourishing body wrap. Other reported celebrity devotees include Kate
Moss, Sadie Frost, Leah Wood, Emma Bunton, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Natalia

Similarly, The Qi Spa is anticipated to attract the discerning attentions of media
and celebrity, offering Melbourne patrons the ultimate in 5 star Elemis spa


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