Monday, June 23, 2008

Siew's first Foot Massage

Last week, my dear friend Siew treated me to a pedicure and manicure one afternoon and as one good deed deserves another, I told her that I would take her for her first foot massage. Yes, Siew, who has been living in Xiamen for the past two years has never had a foot massage. One of the best things here in China, and the women has never experienced such pleasure, though if you ask my husband he will give you a totally different opinion.

Part of the issue was due to Mark, recounting his story of his painful experience of getting a foot massage. After I explained, that it wasn't as bad as Mark made it out to be, she agreed.

So today was the day to have her massage. Ben, her eldest came along for the ride as well. I tried to talk him into getting one, but, being 7 years of age, didn't want anything to do with it.Ben preferring to read than getting a foot massage.

We had lunch and then headed to one of my favorite places. Here, they place a bucket of hot herbal water in front of you, where you place your feet and sit on an ottoman. They first massage your back, arms, and head. After 30 minutes of the upper body, you sit back in the big reclining chairs, remove your feet from the bucket, where they will begin the foot massage. They massage every part of your foot, from your toes, to your heel, inside as well as outside of your foot. The massage also extends to your legs as well. After 30 or 40 minutes, they bring hot stones wrapped in a towel and massage your calves and feet. It's quite lovely, and Siew enjoyed it very much and for the price of 50 RMB or about 7USD, it's one of the best deals in China.

Siew is still smiling, so it can't be that bad, Mark.

In fact, Siew loved it so much, when she returns from Malaysia in August, we vowed that this will become a biweekly treat.

Now, if I can only get Mark to enjoy it as much!

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