Foot reflexology and body massage; Beijing, China

After dinner on Guijie, I walked the rest of Guijie that I had not yet seen, on the south side of the street, traveling east to west, until I reached Beixinqiao metro station. I headed south at Beixinqiao until I reahed Zhangzizhong metro station and Zhangzizhong Lu (Zhangzizhong Road), then headed east toward Dongsishitiao until I reached my favorite foot and body massage place in Beijing. After a nice meal, and nearly two weeks of non-stop walking, I figured it was about time I relaxed with some foot reflexology, which I knew would cost less than $10/hour.

I ended up choosing a two-hour treatment for 128 RMB: one hour of body massage, followed by one hour of foot reflexology. I fell asleep during the foot reflexology session, and woke up to a strange, almost painful, sensation on my feet. I looked down just in time to see my therapist light the flame for the cupping of my right foot, the vacuum cup already firmly attached to the bottom of my left foot. Cupping is a Chinese technique to rid the body of toxins, or something like that. I had heard of cupping for the back, and lower neck, but never before on the feet.

The massage center looks a bit shady, and for the uninitiated might be difficult to find, but it’s worth the effort: It is professional, the service friendly, and the accommodations more comfortable than you might expect given the overall context. Just enter the building, walk down the first flight of stairs, turn left through the door, and head straight, ignoring what appeared to be a loading dock on the left and an underground supermarket on the right.

My favorite massage place in Beijing; it’s near Dongsishitiao, shortly west or east of the metro station, on the north side of the street, in what feels a bit like a Chinese strip mall.

Head down the stairs.

Turn right at the bend.

Turn left at the egg crates.