Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chinese foot massage

It's a phenomenon like I've never seen before. It's the chinese foot massage and it's everywhere! All over are Massage "parlors" which at first I assumed were the sketchy kind, you know like the ones we have in San Francisco that offer "massage" among many other things for men. Of course I'm sure there are some of those here as well, but for the most part massage is typically a foot massage, and I LOVE IT!

I've been going to a place that caters to expats (english speaking staff makes my life so much easier) and has multiple locations around Shanghai, it's called Dragonfly ( We even ended up with a membership, so for my friends that end up visiting, we will most certainly stop for a massage.

The massage is one hour, and starts with being lead into a quiet, dimly lit room with your typical soothing spa music. You're seated in a soft reclining chair and handed a cup of hot tea. Then your masseuse comes in and wraps a shoulder warmer around your neck and begins to give you a neck and shoulder massage, then she moves to your arms and give you a wonderful hand and lower arm massage. All the while your feet are soaking in a warm tub of water. At last she begins the Chinese foot massage which uses ancient Chinese reflexology with massage and will make you so relaxed that you'll fall asleep in no time! It's a wonderful treatment for the over-stimulated Shanghai streets that you face everyday.


lilsis said...

I am sooo in!

Jennifer said...

When my parents were in Taiwan last year, their hosts took them to get a foot massage. They made my Dad get a "hard" one because he's a "tough man." He had bruises on his feet from it!!