I have been on a bit of a mission to try out different spas and salons to get my pretty back this summer. Staying calm and looking fresh is my new mission, as I bike through Beijing. The city has plenty of great spots to get pampered. We all need some help looking and feeling our best, and I have tried out some treatments and will be sharing my experiences. Watch this space for more mommy beauty news from the frontlines.
Reflexology Foot Massage at Regency Tai Pan
I was a bit nervous going to this spa, as I never been before and I don’t speak Chinese, so it could have ended up in a bit of a mess. But rest assured this spa has a menu in both Chinese and English. I wandered in after a grueling workout and had two hours to kill before I had to be home, so naturally I wanted to discover something new. When you enter the spa it’s kind of dark, but this adds to the relaxing mood I soon soaked up. I picked the reflexology foot massage, which would last 80 minutes.
I was led into a private room with two very relaxing armchairs. They had a menu in English and Chinese with some food items and drinks. These are complimentary so if you need a bit of a snack there is plenty to choose from. I got a cold honey and lemon water, and some rice and pork. There is a TV in the room and soothing music is played. You can change the temperature and lighting of the room so you can be ultimately relaxed.
The masseur came with a bucket of warm water to clean and soak my feet; while they were soaking he did a mini-massage on my back. He then started on my feet and, oh my! those were the best 80 minutes I’d spent in a long time. The pressure was great, and he was very kind and asked how it was. I just closed my eyes and relaxed for a long hour. This was the kind of experience I thought I would have from day one arriving in China; it just took almost one year to find the courage and go for it.
This spa is very clean and the rooms are great for a relaxing time with a friend, as I did the same week again. The prices are great, even including special deals on weekdays before 5 pm, with a 20 percent discount on some spa treatments. For a little extra you can add a knee mask or a pedicure that will leave your feet softer than a baby’s bottom. I spent in total RMB 150 for a foot reflexology massage and knee mask, with drinks and food.
Address: B1 floor, Oakwood Residences Building, No.55 Dongsanhuan North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing