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Along with elegant tea, ink brush painting, paper cutting, martial arts and Chinese medicine, massages are also an important aspect of traditional Chinese culture. Chinese massage stems from the Chinese medical massage and is one of the cornerstones of modern Chinese culture. From the gaudy and neon lit to the slick and esoterically, postmodern-styled, massage parlours are ubiquitous citywide. Beijing really is the world of massage with a broad variety of massage parlours where all budgets and needs are catered for. Whether you are looking for a regular, good value foot massage for medicinal purposes, or you want to splash out and go the whole hog in the luxury of one of the western style spas, we have some ideas for you.

Blind massage
The Blind Massage Center near the centrally located Chaoyang Park West gate is a great place for the aforementioned cheap but health conscious massage (60-minute foot and body massages for 68 and 80 RMB, respectively). Immediately as you enter the light of the unfashionable but clean and welcoming foyer of the establishment, a sensation of calm descends upon you. The staff exudes a manner of professionalism and the masseurs are experienced blind masseurs.  

The human brain is an incredible thing; where one function is weakened or lost, another will often become stronger. This is evident after experiencing a medical massage from a blind person. Blind masseurs have an uncanny ability to recognize and dispel muscular tension and they can even, from touch alone, identify small details such as the fact that you haven’t recently exercised.

For those living in the west of the city the Massage Hospital is a good alternative for a medical style massage that won’t break the bank. The hospital is not by any means a place to go for a gentle relaxing massage for easing the nerves after a hard day’s work, but more a place to visit for those with chronic back pains. The hospital also performs more medical based chiropractic services such as x-ray and MRI.

Massage Hospital View In Map
Add: 7 Baochan Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing
地址:北京市西城区宝产胡同7号
Tel: 010 6616 8880
Opening hours: 7: 30 - 22:30 daily

Blind Massage Center丛氏盲人按摩服务中心 View In Map
Add: 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Beijing (100 south of Chaoyang West Gate)
地址: 北京朝阳区农展南路1号朝阳公园西门向南100米
Tel: 010 6594 0979
Opening hours: 9: 30 – 0: 30

Mid Priced Massage
Sometimes unwinding with a massage by a qualified masseur, in a slightly more up-market setting, is just what the relaxation doctor ordered. There are all kinds of places around town that cater to exactly this situation, with good competent masseurs and a touch of luxury that create a nice experience, without you having to dig everything, including the lint, out of your pockets.    

Located near the Jianguomen station and the Zizhuqiao station in Haidian is Liangzi massage. This massage center, with a glossy façade and over the top “west meets Asian” style, is a great value option for those looking for a mid priced massage. The center offers touchy, feely treats such as head massage at 68 RMB which lasts for a soothing, but not too lengthy 40 minutes. Those wanting to be really pampered can try the Chinese Well-being massage at the substantial but not too expensive, 218 RMB.      

Pleasantly outfitted Comfortable Spa in Wanda Plaza in the CBD is another mid-priced option, providing relaxation seekers with high quality surroundings and all the massage staples, including TCM massage at 100 RMB per hour and oil massage at 200 RMB per hour.

Comfortable Spa and Massage CenterView In Map
Add: Rm 508, Bldg 1, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区朝阳区建国路93号1号楼508室
Tel: 010 5820 6144, 137 1805 5733
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

Liangzi 良子健身 View In Map
Add: Jinzhiqiao Dasha, 1A Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区建外大街甲1号金之桥大厦
Tel: 010 6507 9285
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00-02:00

Zizhuyuan Park 紫竹院 View In Map
Add: 1/F, Bldg A, Qingzhu Hotel, 1 Chedaogou, Haidian District
地址: 北京市海淀区车道沟1号青竹宾馆A座1层
Tel: 010 6871 6903
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00-02:00

International Massage Centers and Luxury Spas
Sometimes in life there are times that call for luxury and no matter what the reason or occasion for treating yourself, there are places in Beijing for exactly this kind of occasion.

A slogan of the Oriental Taipan Spa and Massage is “luxury is not expensive, it’s priceless…” and this gives you a clue as to their philosophy with regards to pampering. They take the business quite seriously. They offer a 90 minute foot massage for 168 RMB, which includes free snacks. Although is not by any means the most expensive massage in town the sky really is the limit when it comes to indulgence in this spa. Another much lauded service offered by Oriental Taipan is its Hot Stone Aromatherapy Foot Massage designed to encourage natural healing and promote good circulation through the use of volcanic stones (268 RMB/80 min).

When it comes to luxury and comfort of massage in Beijing, few names resonate as much as Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat. Offering authentic gentle Thai style massage at 288 RMB for 90 minutes, the massage therapists are actually Thai and have plenty of experience. This is definitely first port of call for those that find the invigorating Chinese-style a little too rough. No time to jet off to Thailand for a break? Bodhi is your quick fix oasis.

Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat 菩提会所 View In Map
Add: Sanlitun, 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区工体北路17号
Tel: 010 6417 9595
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-00:30

Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa 东方大班保健休闲会所View In Map
Add: Lido, 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区芳园西路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层
Tel: 010 6437 6299
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-00:30
Website: http://www.taipan.com.cn

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