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Traditional Massage

China has a long history of massage for health benefits. Traditionally, blind men were trained as masseurs, giving them needed employment. While "blind man" massage parlors are still popular, there are many new spas opening up offering traditional Chinese body massage as well as oil massage, Japanese shiatsu, foot massage and cupping.

Taipan Foot Massage
Try Taipan for a nice afternoon combining a great massage with free treats and a movie.

Anantara Spa at Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski Review
Review of the Anantara Spa at Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski, easily reached during a day trip from Beijing.

Cupping - Traditional Chinese Massage Techniques and Treatments
Understand the traditional Chinese Cupping, or bahuoguan, treatment, where the practitioner creates a vacuum in small jars placed on the skin extracting the body’s toxins and relieving it of common ailments such as a cold or flu.

Gua Sha - Traditional Chinese Massage Techniques and Treatments
Understand the traditional Chinese Gua Sha treatment, where the practitioner scrapes the back with ox horn extracting the body’s toxins and relieving it of common ailments such as a cold or flu.

Review of the I-Spa at the Intercontinental Hotel, Shanghai
Review of treatments at the ISpa, Intercontinental Hotel, Shanghai

Dragonfly Spa at Xinle Road, Shanghai
Dragonfly spas offer a wonderful retreat from urban chaos. With 10 locations offering traditional Chinese massage, as well as other Asian specialties, it's hard to pass up.

Methods and functions of Tuina (Traditional Chinese Massage)
Tuina is traditional Chinese massage used to promote health and build immunities. Article by Simon Gall Ba on the Complimentary Healthcare Information Service - UK website.

Study traditional massage in China
ChinaStudies.com website promotes courses in Tuina (traditional Chinese massage) as well as other subjects.

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