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Chinese foot massage
Chinese foot massage

Chinese foot reflexology: cure-all or hoax? (VIDEO)


Foot reflexology based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet, with the premise that such work can have a physical change on the body. It is believed that a foot massage can not only maintain and promote health but also cure a variety of ailments. In this video, I get a foot massage to see if I experience any noticeable medical benefits.

Foot reflexology, or foot massage, has long been part of Chinese tradition and culture. While the medical benefits of getting a Chinese foot massage are a topic of debate, that doesn’t seem to affect the  foot massage market in China. According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in Shanghai alone there are nearly 2000 foot massage facilities and the total number of foot massage workers in Shanghai is estimated to be close to 30,000.

Traditional Chinese foot massages start off with a foot bath and proceed to an intense massage of the feet, ankles, and legs. At times it’s soothing. Other times it’s ticklish. Sometimes it’s actually quite painful. But as the dexterous hands of a foot masseuse plow over my soles, I want to believe my body is experiencing some intense detoxification, or something like that.

I’m glad you could join me today as I learned a little bit about Chinese foot reflexology and tried it out for myself. I highly recommend that anyone who visits China should seek out a foot massage parlor and try it out for themselves. Although I’m not totally convinced of the body-healing benefits, I’m certain that having my feet rubbed was an excellent way to spend one hour. Plus, it’s quite cheap!

Price: 40 yuan /1 hour (~$6.25)

Author: Kevin Cook

I want to inspire you to pursue your own dream of traveling and/or living overseas!


  1. Kevin … I thought u’d been captured by the beautiful Chinese Shanghai women it’s been so long since we’ve heard from you.

  2. How much longer are you in China for? Just came across your videos!

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