Why should you treat yourself to a massage during your stay in Shanghai?
Massage is an ancient practice, used for thousands of years, in all areas of the world. By kneading and manipulating the skin, muscles and tissue of the human body, you are able to increase body function, relaxation and well-being, as well as promote healing and general health.
The pulling, tugging and pressure exerted on the body during massage increases bloodflow, and the use of oils and aromas encourage skin health and moisturisation/hydration. This all leads to an overall increase in physical and mental health, which can improve all areas of personal and professional life.
Located in southeast China, Shanghai offers a wide array of traditional chinese massage techniques, as well as many newer modern and western influenced massages. This leaves you with a bewildering array of options to choose from. Below we will name and explain some of the techniques we feel are most beneficial and enjoyable.
1 - Thai Massage: This involves the use of oils and aroma during the massage, as well as extensive postioning during the course of the massage. This is a rather intens massage technique, and not recommended for those uncomfortable with skin contact with the masseuse. It is however very relaxing, and the following day you will feel amazingly loose and limber.
2 - Traditional Chinese Massage: This massage is more focused on the manipulation of muscles at acupressure points, and is usually used for medicinal purposes as apposed to relaxation. Use this massage if you really are feeling a little under the weather and want to increase your health and immune system. It will not feel particularily good, but truly does improve your health.
3 - Hot Cupping Massage: This involves the use of small glass cups, which are heated and placed on the body, creating a strong suction effect, which draws a layer of blood into the skin layer where ever the cups are placed. This is meant to remove impurities from the blood and increase the production of new blood. You will feel strong pressure, and the red marks will be visible on your skin for around two weeks, but the health benefits are purportedly great. I would not recommend this for the faint of heart or massage newbies, but if you are brave enough, by all means, give it a go.
4 - Heated Foot Massage: This is a favorite amoungst Shanghai's female shoppers, who like to have their feet pampered after a long day of shopping, yet do not have the time or need for a full body massage. After having your feet soaked in hot water, your feet will be extensively massaged and oiled, leaving you extremely relaxed and refreshed.
These are just a few of the massage types available, but they are the most prevalent and those you are most likely to encounter when you enter a massage parlour. So if you find yourself in Shanghai and in need of a nice relaxing massage, don't hesitate. Any of the massage techniques listed above are guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day with a newfound sence of energy.