Relax in the City: Where to get a Massage in Shanghai

Relax in the City: Where to get a Massage in Shanghai
By Cynthia Lopez ,

Need to de-stress from life in the city? Shanghai has hundreds of choices where you can get a massage. We’ve found you a handful of expensive places that are luxurious and peaceful and some inexpensive alternatives that offer a clean environment and good massage in Shanghai. Many of these spots have different membership programs. If you’re serious about becoming a regular customer at a place then a membership plan might be a good way of saving some money in the long run.

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Expensive, but worth it!

1) Banyan Tree SpaView In Map
Our first luxury spa on the list is Banyan Tree Spa. This swanky place has quite a variety of different services. They offer Chinese massages with oil, body wraps, body scrubs, facials and plenty of beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures, hair treatments and waxing. All services (except hand, foot, hair and waxing treatments) include a “30-minute Calm Time of Refreshments and Relaxation.” This 30-minute session consists of a footbath upon arrival and a complimentary herbal tea and healthy dessert after your massage.

Where: Bund Centre, Westin Hotel, 3rd floor, 88 Henan Zhong Lu, near Yan'an Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6335 1888 ext. 7271/7272
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-24:00
Price range: < 400 RMB
Getting there: Take subway line 2 to East Nanjing Road station

2) Yuan Spa Hyatt on the BundView In Map
Next on our list we have Yuan Spa Hyatt on the Bund. The atmosphere in this place is very peaceful and tranquil. This retreat offers an array of massages; including one that is paired with traditional Chinese herbs. Or if you want to rid your body of some bad toxins then try the Balinese massage, it’s been rumored that Balinese-style massages can jump-start one’s metabolism. Other services available are facials and skin treatments. There’s also a salon, which offers manicures, pedicures and hair removal treatments.

Where: Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai, 199 Huangpu Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai
地址:上海市虹口区黄浦路199号, 外滩茂悦大酒店1楼
Tel: 021 6393 1234
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-23:00
Price range: < 600 RMB
Getting there: Take subway line 10 to Tiantong Road station

3) Skin City 5.5 Spa
Last on the upmarket spa and massage list is Skin City 5.5 Spa. There are two branches, one in Pudong and one in Puxi. They have an extensive selection of services such as massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. If you’re looking for a place to get a great microdermabrasion treatment then look no further, this place has been known for having great microdermabrasion treatments. Check out their website for more details.

Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00
Price range: < 500 RMB

Jing’an LocationView In Map
Where: 476 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu, Jing'an District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6340 1235  
Getting there: Take subway line 2 to Nanjing Rd (南京路) station

Pudong LocationView In Map
Where: Shop L120, Kerry Parkside, 1378 Huamu Lu, Pudong District, Shanghai
地址: 上海市浦东新区花木路1378号浦东嘉里城L120店
Tel: 021 6190 8181
Getting there: Take subway line 7 to Huamu Lu (花木路) station

In need of a little treat: mid-range massages

1) DragonflyView In Map
Dragonfly is by far one of the most popular massage retreats amongst foreigners; a peaceful and soothing oasis. Dragonfly has a number of locations throughout Shanghai as well as having retreats in some of China’s other cities. Their massage selection includes Chinese massages, Thai massages, and head and shoulder massages. After the massage, you can sit back and enjoy a free herbal tea. They also offer skin treatments, and nail and beauty services. For a complete listing of all locations and times, check out their website.

Where: 2F, 218 Xinle Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
地址: 上海市徐汇区新乐路218号2楼
Tel: 021 5403 6133
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00-24:00
Price range: 188-400 RMB/hour
Getting there: Take subway line 1 or 7 to Changshu Lu (常熟路) station

2) Zen MassageView In Map
Another relaxing spot is Zen Massage. Take some time to relax here with a traditional Chinese massage or their signature Zen massage. They also have quite a selection of oils to compliment your massage, jasmine, lavender and rose to name a few. Don’t forget to try out their “Peeling Beauty” treatment; which will rub away all that rough skin leaving you silky smooth.

Where: Building 1, 210 Wuyuan Lu, Xuhui District, Shanghai
地址: 上海市徐汇区五原路210弄1号(近乌鲁木齐路)
Tel: 021 3368 1227
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-01:00
Price range: 100-600 RMB/hour
Getting there: Take subway line 1 or 7 to Changshu Lu (常熟路) station

3) Oriental Taipan Massage SpaView In Map
Lastly for this section, we have the Oriental Taipan Massage Spa. This spa has several locations throughout Beijing and one in Shanghai. And it’s not your typical spa; you can eat and drink here during your massage session. If you want the light dishes and drinks it will cost you an extra 10 RMB. Other services offered include nail, hair and skin treatments.

Where: 39 Donghu Lu, Xuhui District, Shanghai
地址: 上海市徐汇区东湖路39号, 近新乐路
Tel: 021 6415 8880
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00-00:00
Price range: 100-400 RMB/hour
Getting there: Take subway line 1 or 7 to Changshu Lu (常熟路) station

Inexpensive massages for week to week aches

1) Yilin Blind MassageView In Map
If you’re in China then trying a blind massage should be on your bucket list. Check out Yilin Blind Massage for a traditional Chinese full body massage! There is one minus though, the atmosphere may not be as therapeutic as one would hope. And the noise level might be a little louder than you’d expect. Nevertheless, the massage itself is wonderful and cheap. Besides alleviating some muscle tension, “blind massages” are definitely an interesting experience, definitely worth a try!

Location: No. 1, Lane 110 Nandan Donglu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市浦东新区南丹东路100弄1号, 近天钥桥路
Tel: 2164643786
Opening hours: 10:00-01:00
Price range: 60-80 RMB
Getting there: Take subway line 1, 9 or 11 to Xujiahui Lu (徐家汇路) station

2) Gifted Blindman Massage Centre
If you’re looking for a good quality, inexpensive massage head over to the Gifted Blindman Massage Centre. This is another massage place where all the masseuses are blind. Massages here are around 90 RMB for a one-hour full body massage. The environment is clean and the staff members are professional. Both locations are a bit hard to find, so make sure to jot down their number!

Opening hours: 09:30-01:00
Price range: 60-80 RMB

Puxi locationView In Map
Where: Room 378 (3F), 643 Hankou Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai
地址: 上海市黄浦区汉口路643号百米香榭大厦3 楼,近浙江中路
Tel: 021 6351 9687
Getting there: Take subway line 1 or 2 to People’s Square (人民广场)station

Pudong locationView In Map
Where: 640 Zhangyang Lu, Pudong, Shanghai
Getting there: Take subway line 2, 4, 6 or 9 to Century Avenue (世纪大道) station

3) Yu MassageView In Map
Yu Massage is great value and it’s interior is as nice as some of the more mid-range priced retreats. Enjoy a traditional Chinese massage with some complimentary tea for only 100 RMB/hour. The cozy retreat has a serene ambiance and a peaceful garden, perfect for relaxing outdoors. Since this place is a bit small, make sure to reserve ahead of time. They also offer more expensive massages that include four kinds of Thai oils.

Where: 366 Wuyuan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市徐汇区五原路366号
Tel: 021 5403 9931
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-02:00
Price range: 100-200 RMB
Getting there: Take subway line 10 to Shanghai Libray (上海图书馆)station

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