January 11, 2019:
When looking for Tim Ho Wan the other day, we passed by a lot of ground level foot massage places. We prefer ground level massage places rather than ones where you have to go upstairs to a second floor or higher because you never know what goes on in unseen places (or so I’m told). We wanted to get a reflexology session to ease our sore feet and legs after walking nonstop each day so far on this trip.
Upon opening the door, two ladies in a living room type of space was in the middle of servicing an elderly woman. There were several big armchairs and a TV showing a Chinese show. It seemed like a trustworthy and safe environment.
We asked for two 45-minute reflexology sessions ($130 HKD each), upon which we were asked if we could wait 15 minutes for them to finish up the customer they had first so that we could be serviced together. We were totally fine with this. We relaxed in the big armchairs, pursued their free wifi, and had some warm water.
When it was our turn, we first received a shoulder massage while our feet soaked in a basin of hot water. After 5 minutes of shoulder massage, the masseuse worked on each of my feet and then my calves and thighs. The masseuse who serviced me was very strong, and it seemed like she had done this many times. There was definitely pain in the spots that she went over, which is a good sign. However, it seemed like she didn’t really pinpoint specific areas of the “body” on the feet and just did the same overall motions. The masseuse servicing my mom seemed even more experienced and skilled, however; pressing the right spots which successfully eased the tension that my mom had.
Both of the masseuses were timely and gave us the full 45 minutes. My mom started before me though, so she did get a few more minutes. In fact, her masseuse was so good that she decided to do an extra 45 minutes therapy to further loosen the knots in her legs. Her masseuse tackled the right areas and said that a full body massage was what my mom needed to completely ease the tension. However, a further 45 minutes on the legs and thighs was still helpful. Her masseuse was referred to as “68”.
We’re planning to come back to try their full body massage. When I passed by their other rooms to use the restroom (which was very new and clean by the way), I saw one of the masseuses stepping on someone’s back XD. They know how to so those types of massages here too, it seems. I’ve never seen it before in real life.
We saw so many other customers finish their sessions coming out from the other rooms. They have a lot of masseuses on site. They had an 82-year-old who came weekly for 4-hour massages for the past 15 to 20 years. She didn’t look her age at all and in fact only looked around 60 years old. They have a lot of returning customers, which speaks volumes about their quality of service. How lucky we were to serendipitously stumble upon this gem!
($130 HKD for a 45-minute massage was so cheap! It’s only about $22 CAD.)
January 14, 2019:
I returned back to Cheerful Foot Spa Massage to try their full body massage. We called ahead of time to let them know we wanted to book two full body massages for two people for 140 minutes each (their 70-minute medical massages were $240 each). We asked if number “68” was available, and we were told they would arrange it for us.
We arrived at 11:30 a.m., and the room was set up for us for two. We ended up doing 90 minutes each for $300 HKD each.
This was the most thorough tui na full body massage I’ve ever had. The masseuse (“18”) was very experienced. I had parts of my body poked and prodded that have never been massaged like that before.
According to what I’ve read online and heard about, a good thorough massage has effects equivalent to actual physical exercise. It’s simply the muscles being worked from the outside and why you feel sore the day afterwards just like a real workout.
I’m planning to come again for one more session before I leave. 😀
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