Spa Lady Windys Talk on Spa Trend

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    Asia Is Ready For


    Spa Lady Windy Yang

    Taipei, Taiwan

    1. SPA in Chinese

    2. Post SARS Century --- Asia is Ready For Wellness SPA

    3. Asian Women, the Leading Spa Ladies in the World

    4. „Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‟

    Taiwan SPA Touch Your Heart

    VCD PRESENTATION (3 minutes)

    “Hello Taiwan –Spa Lady‟s Taiwan Hot Springs SPA Tour”

    5. Spa Lady‟s Onsen Love Stories

    6. Taiwan ONSEN/SPA History (in brief)

    Saturday, June 28, 2003

    Windy Yang Windy, Lih-Fang YANG, also known as Spa Lady

    Travel writerGourmet writer

    Speaker as Hot Springs SPA Culture Promoter

    Member, SKAL Club (Travel)

    Member, Chaine des Rotisseurs (Gourmet)

    1. SPA in Chinese

    SPA nowadays has more than a dozen categories such as Club Spa, City Spa,

    Day Spa, Hotel Spa, Cruise Ship Spa, Destination Spa, Holistic Spa, Medical

    Spa, Mineral Springs Spa, Resort Spa, Sports/Adventure Spa, Structured Spa

    and Home Spa.

    The International SPA AssociationISPAdefines the SPA experience as "your time to relax, reflect, revitalize, and rejoice."

    ‗SPA‘ has quite an interesting meaning when pronounced in Chinese. SPA

    sounds like ‗to die‘ in Mandarin, surprisingly reflecting the Western description of

    SPA as a nice therapeutic place, and ‗a room to die for (dying for the comfort and


    SPA also sounds like the number ‗18‘Eighteenin Mandarin. A very popular old Chinese song is entitled ―18 (SPA) Girl Is A Flower(十八姑娘一朵花)‖. It

    embodies our SPA concept - ‗Go SPA, keep you always SPA (18)‘!

    2. Post SARS Century --- Asia is Ready For Wellness SPA

    Since last March, the SARS epidemic has severely affected several countries in

    Asia and beyond: China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and Taiwan and

    extending to the Chinese society in Canada. It seems that the ―東亞病夫‖(Asian

    Patients) are still feeble, not strong enough to fight against the virus.

From a western doctor‘s point of view, Chinese take too much medicine for

    curing the disease. Well, DISEASE, the term itself means ―dis-ease‖, Chinese

    work too diligently and do not spend enough time to relax or refresh our bodies.

    Simply put, we don‘t know how to ease the stress and pressure and just continue

    our daily routines. We instead overtax our lives. The over-consumption of pills,

    powders, and ―professionals‖ has thus become a great problem in Chinese society. Chinese will go to the doctor, the hospital or even non-doctor at home, or

    someone charismatic seeking quick alleviation of our daily aches and pains.

    Over-dosing can easily weaken our immune system; too much medication

    interferes with the body‘s natural self-healing function.

Singapore and Hong Kong‘s Wellness Spa Industry stands profits a lot after the

    SARS storm has blown over as more and more people realize the importance

    and necessity of a good quality of life and a healthy body. You can almost hear

    the rush…as people go first to the fitness center and sports complex to shape

    their bodies, and then to the spa saloons and resort spa on holidays to continue

    the process and to massage their mental and spiritual selves as well. The SPA

    Wellness Industry has flourished in Asian markets in the past few years, as has

    the CAM Therapy which are used in addition to traditional western medicine is

    now pretty ―in‘ in Asian Wellness SPA Industry. Each CAM (Complementary and

    Alternative Medicine) therapy has its own distinct theory and practice, and many

    practitioners combine elements of more than one CAM in their treatments. In the

    United States, estimates indicate that there are about 90 commonly used CAM

    therapies. Some examples of CAM therapies are: Aromatherapy, Hydrotherapy,

    Hot & Cold Therapy, Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupressure Therapy,

    Color Therapy, Body Mind Therapy, Breathing Therapy, Homeopathy, Dr. Bach

    (Flower) Remedy, Herbalism, Moor Therapy, Naturopathy, Nutritional Therapy,

    Indigenous Therapy and Chiropractic Therapies. Back to nature‘s way of remedy

    is becoming more and more popular in Asia, especially in Singapore and Taiwan.

    Before coming to Malaysia, I visited my most favorite City Spa in Taipei, the

    Danger Figure Spa, which uses all the natural elements in attending any single

    Spa-hunter in the most natural way. I found the therapists are very well trained

    and they spend more time talking to you in order to study your body situation so

that they can offer the tailor-made therapies for each individual guest. Also I

    heard that their Day Spa business has increased 20 per cent all because of

    SARS. SPA had already become a popular marketing ‗term‘ and ‗institution‘

    across Asia. Hair Spa, Foot Spa, Face Spa, Mood Spa, Mind Spa, Food Spa, and

    so on… SPA, no longer just refers to a beauty and health center, SPA is also

    stands for ‗beauty, calmness, tranquility, and wellness‘. Coupled with anything

    ‗SPA‘ seems to be popular and fashionable.

‘Amazing Thailand‘ has a great reputation as a ‗Spa Paradise‘, we were just told

    by Sarah who represents the top spa Chiva Som in Thailand. And Malaysia, ‗the

    Truly Asia‘, has one of the world most famous Pangkor Laut Resort where

    Pavarotti has stayed and sung on the Island a few times. I just came back from

    their Spa Village, and I strongly recommend to every one of you that you go there

    as well so you can imagine how nice it is to be ‗SPA‘ (18) again! Remember the

    Chinese for SPA? You will feel young and you will feel great, a true paradise.

Japan, the so-called Onsen(hot spring) Kingdom, is a country famous for its

    people‘s tremendously clean bathing habits and customs. I‘ve known the

    Japanese Onsen for the past 23 years and I‘ve come to love the Japanese way

    of taking bath naturally. In Japan, there are over 120million people going to

    Onsen for their bath. SPA‘s seldom get good attention in Japan because the

    Japanese like to take baths in the big bathrooms where they can meet friends,

    and enjoy the expansive space. But this year, in Tokyo, Mori Kanko Trust just

    opened the ―Indonesian Royal Spa‖, and this coming July, the Northeastern

    District‘s most famous Ski Resort Zao cooperating with Tamansari Royal Spa, is

    going to have the best hotel resort SPA in Japan. So even the traditional Japan

    Onsen Industry is facing the fact that combining SPA and creating the ‗Healing

    Onsen SPA‘ will be the main trend in this Century.

There are approximately 200 spa centers scattered across Indonesia, the

    second largest number of spas in any one country after the US. The best-known

    Indonesian spa treatment is traditional massage or aromatherapy. Indonesian

    massage usually uses traditional herbal cosmetics ‗JAMU‘, for example, the

    Lurlur is so well known especially to young Japanese and Taiwanese girls.

    3. Asian Women, the Leading Spa Ladies in the World

    Asian women have changed a lot in the past century, especially the so-called

    ‗House Cooking Wives‘, are now paying more attention to themselves besides

    their love ones because they have started to realize how important it is to keep

    themselves pretty, healthy, and maintain a high quality life.

Showing the body naked was barely accepted except when taking a bath, and for

    Asians, taking a bath is very personal matter. For Chinese, even the husband

    and wife don‘t take bath together. Well, some Japanese like ‗mixed bath‘. I

    personally like Japanese KONYOKU (mixed bath), as I‘m a modern Asian!

In ancient times, Asian women used to stay at home all day, you could hardly see

    them outside. If you did, they might hide their face behind a ‗mask‘ before SARS

    brought this new ‗mask fashion‘ to Asia. For Pernanakan, Malaysian Chinese, the

    ladies stayed on the second floor and peeped through special pigeonhole to see

    what‘s going on downstairs. Thanks to the liberation and western education that

    Asian women have started to think and fight for our own ‗free skies‘. Asian

    women now are independent, self-supporting, confident, industrious and also

    curious. So the ‗ROOM‘ which utilizes water as the basic ingredient and source

of energy, offering rejuvenation of both body and soul has become the retreat for

    the Asian career women, housewives or even young couples. Gentlemen‘s SPA

    is also quite well taken cared of in Asia. Because Asian cultures are strongly

    recognized as ‗Male Chauvinistic‘, Asian men used to get special attendants

    while taking a bath for pleasure. Nowadays, due to the market demand, the

    Wellness SPA Industry caters more for ladies than for gentlemen. The pampering,

    rejuvenating, nurturing, caring, and calming way of Wellness SPA has caught the

    keen attention of both men and women around the world and in extreme growing

    numbers in Asia.

The Wellness SPA Industry, with the knowledge and technology of helping

    people to maintain a balance of body, soul and mind, is becoming the most

    shining STAR INDUSTRY in this century. Behind the curtain of these superb

    Wellness facilities, a lot of important Asian ladies are taking the lead. Women like

    Ibu Martha Tilaar, Ibu Mooryati Sudibyo of Indonesia. They are renowned Asian

    Spa Ladies. Most Asian women now agree that beauty is not just a matter of

    outer looks but also of inner beauty. So, even the concept of ‗BEAUTY‘ has

    changed. A lot of internationally famous brand of cosmetic items may help

    women‘s skin look smoother or younger, but there has been a growing trend

    recently of turning to traditional treatments that use less chemical materials. The

     same theory like CAM.

    4. „Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‟, Taiwan SPA Touch Your Heart

    One can never figure out how great and deep SPA is rooted in Taiwan. Name any

    kind of SPA therapy, La Stone, Thalasso, Ayurveda, Reflexology, or even the

    CAM, you will find them there conducted in a very professional way. Taiwanese

    SPA combines our abundant hot spring waters along with unique ‗MIT‘made in

    Taiwan hot springSPA therapy. Taiwan‘s SPA industry has grown by more

    than you can imagine. Like Ang Lee‘s Oscar-winning movie ‗Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘, Taiwan SPA experts with special ‗Kong-Fu‘ are hidden in almost

    every corner on this beautiful island called ‗Formosa‘. More than that, as

    convenient as 7-Eleven, you can always get yourself pampered around the clock

    because some Taiwan SPA are open 24 hours. World class Day SPA, Hotel SPA,

    Resort SPA, even more, ladies are pretty ‗in‘ with their ‗Home Spa‘. Taiwan SPA

    industry is new yet significantly ‗crucial‘ in the SPA world—a gateway to China, a runner-up to any SPA paradise.

    As a journalist specializing on ‗BATHING‘, I will take a little bit of time to tell you

    about the Onsen Boom in my own country -- Taiwan.

“PAO-TANG” is now the most popular relaxation activity in Taiwan.

    ‖PAO-TANG‖(泡湯)is a Chinese way of expressing ―Get into Onsen(bath)‖.

    Taiwan has more than 130 natural hot springs. Many Japanese were surprised to

    learn that Taiwan has excellent hot spring facilities. Yes, thanks to everything that

    Japanese Onsen taught us, Taiwan has adopted the concept of Japanese Onsen

    and combined with Western SPA set-ups creating a great ‗hardware‘ of Onsen/SPA facilities. From Northern Wu Lai, Chiao- Hsi hot spring towns to the

    Eastern Taitung to Southern Pintung, from Kurhaus-like SPA pools to rock

    ‗Rotenburo‘ (Japan style open-aired bath), and now the most ‗in‘ style is the

    so-called ‗family bathroom‘ where Onsen lovers can bathe in the most natural way with family members or friends and enjoy privacy. The most deluxe family

    bath can cost about 100 US dollars for bathing just an hour, afterwards,

    pampering oneself in either traditional or creative SPA therapy. The role that

    bathing plays within a culture reveals the culture's attitude towards human

    relaxation. It is a measure of how far individual well-being is regarded as an

    indispensable part of community life.

    VCD PRESENTATION (3 minutes)

     “Hello Taiwan –Spa Lady‟s Taiwan Onsen/SPA Tour”

     View VCD On-line at

    5. Spa Lady‟s Onsen Love Stories

    I first visited an Onsen in Hokkaido, Japan twenty years ago and knew right there

    and then that I wanted to travel and discover more of these magical spas. As a

    non-Japanese speaker, traveling to remote countryside destinations without a

    guide wasn‘t easy, so I undertook the difficult task of learning Japanese and now I find myself fully equipped to embark on my annual quest to find a new Onsen

    lover! The rest of the year is spent paying calls to some old haunts to refresh my

    relationship with them or venturing into Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Indonesia

    and Korea to discover Onsen foreign cousins. In spring 1999, firmly determined

    to understand the ins and outs of a successful Onsen resort, I traveled to

    Tsukioka Onsen and Senami Onsen in Niigata and Kusatsu Onsen and Ikaho

    Onsen in Gunma Prefecture to learn the secrets (tricks) of this traditional trade. I

    left behind my pen and ink to join the staff and experience a new life of living in

    dormitories, serving, bowing and kneeling to customers, in the age-old tradition

    of Onsen Ryokan. I learned that quiet and attentive service in a relaxed

    environment creates the onsen experience and I realized that this is attained by

    the silent dedication of the staff enduring hardship to create this magic.

     (View Spa Lady Onsen Love Stories at

    6. Taiwan ONSEN/SPA History (in brief)

    1894German merchant Ouly discovered Taiwan hot spring in Pei-tou

    1896Japanese Osaka merchant Gengo Hirata established the first Onsen Ryokan in

    Taiwan called ‗Ten-Gu-Ang‘.

    1979Government lift the outbound travel ban for Taiwanese, a great numbers traveled

    to visit and enjoy Japan Onsen resorts and also the SPA in Europe.

    1989Taiwan very first Spa ‗Danger Figure‘ originally based in Canada, established by Taiwanese, is the largest professional Spa operator serving the Chinese market.

    1992Taiwan‘s first five star hot spring spa resort ‗Royal Chihpeng Spa Hotel‘ opened

    and created a boom and need for higher level spa accommodation and facilities

    1998Taiwan implemented ‗two days rest a week‘ system, which brought a great boom

    to the Taiwan‘s Onsen industry; Taipei super deluxe Onsen Spa Hotel ‗Spring Hotel‘ stopened in May; Taiwan Hot Spring Spa Museum opened on 31 of October, under the auspices of the Taipei City Government.

    1999Taiwan started ‗Onsen Tourism Year‘, Pao Tang really boomed; During Sprng in

    April, Spa Lady went to Japan for her two months study and real performance as

    nakai-san and Okami in Japanese top ranking Ryokan

    2001Taiwan first SPA tourism train ‗Onsen Princess‘ transports Onsen/SPA seekers

    from Taipei to Chihpeng Onsen in the Eastern Taiwan.

    2002February, Taiwan most advanced SPA ‗Orient SPA‘ flagship opened in Peitou,

    prompting more and more international level SPAs to open, many of which are now

    based in Taiwan‘s five star hotels.

    2003 In April, the first international Spa ‗Angsana Resort and Spa‘ under the ‗Banyan

    Tree‘ umbrella opened in Tiger City Shopping Center in Taichung, center city of Taiwan.

    2003 In April, First international Spa ‗Angsana Resort and Spa‘ under the ‗Banyan

    Tree‘ umbrella opened in Tiger City Shopping Center in Taichung, located on the central

    west coast of Taiwan. thst2003 ISPA Asia-Pacific Summit to be held from August 29 to 31 at TICC (Taipei International Convention Center) in Taipei, Taiwan. (Spa Lady Windy is one of the speakers.) th2003 The 17 International Travel Expo Hong Kong (ITE HK 2003) will be held on

    September 25 28 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. The theme of the

    travel seminar is ‗SPA‘. (Taiwanese Spa Lady will be the keynote speaker at SPA seminar.)

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