We had a short nap to prepare for our big evening ahead and then headed back down to the riverfront, known as The Bund, to see the towers, boats and buildings all lit up. It was gorgeous and fun to hang around down there. Everyone was so excited… it seemed like it’s probably a “cool” place to be (like Kensington or 17th Ave is for us). Great fun!
A group of us needed to eat dinner, by then it was 8pm. As amazing as all the food has been, we’ve eaten rice everyday, sometimes twice a day, for two weeks now so we were craving a bit of “Western” food. There’s a Pizza Hut just down the street from our hotel so we shared some fabulous pizza… stuffed crust and everything! We were all scratching our heads a bit though… all the servers were dressed in Arabian clothing… they must have some special on right now or something. It truly looked like we were in Dubai and not Shanghai.
For the entire trip, everyone else in the group has been raving around the foot and back massages they’ve gotten. The told us they’re so long (more than an hour), relaxing and cheap. Since it’s our last night, we decided to join the group and check it out so we could add it to the list of things we did on our trip.
Before I go any further, I should set the background and say again, that I’m not a pampered girl. I’ve never received a back massage at a spa, and I have the most insanely ticklish feet. The massage building was beautiful. Soft music in the background. Lights dimed. The smell of something flowery in the air. Water fountains and floating lilies. Candles… ohh, perhaps that what smelled… and not something flowery. Anyway, it looked fabulous and I was so excited.
The ladies started by massaging our temples and scalp. It was so relaxing and if they’d only done that, I’d have been a very happy camper. They then massaged our arms and legs… it occurred to me then, that I was not getting a back massage but instead, was going to end up having a full body massage. We rolled over onto our front and they massaged and worked pressure points on our back. There were times when it was relaxing, and other times when it seriously hurt. However, I’m sure that wouldn’t be the case if I had it done regularly.
As she was doing her massage, I realized that my ticklishness isn’t limited to just my feet. As she was doing my legs, I had to bite my lip to stop myself from laughing outloud. I opened my eyes and the masseuse beside me was laughing… so I guess I didn’t hide it very well. They served us green tea and by the end I was feeling really good. I think it would be better next time since I’d know what to expect.
Feeling brave and knowing that it was our last night in China, we decided to go full out and do as the Chinese do. We decided to have our backs cupped. Having done some reading about this at home, it said that the process helps to draw toxins and stress out of the body. A man brought a basket of glass cups into our room and then lit a stick on fire… it looked like a flaming marshmallow. He then put the fire wand inside a glass, removed it and quickly stuck the glass cup to my back. It didn’t hurt, but was tight and felt like someone was pinching my skin and pulling on it.
When he was done I thought he’d pop them off, however, that would reduce the humor of my story. Instead, he covered me with a blanket and left the room. I sat there with them on my back for 10 minutes! Seriously.
He came back and I was happy that he was going to remove them so I was no longer “Bubble Girl.” However, apparently that was just a tease. He inspected the glasses, said something to me in Mandarin, and then left again. The next time he returned, he started to remove them by releasing air into the glasses. They de-suctioned themselves and he popped them off. My back now looks like a dart board and should look really fabulous in the morning. It’s hard to tell if I feel toxin or stress free, but I do have welts on my back and another interesting story to tell! We had planned on going to the Karaoke Bar across the street, however we couldn’t find anyone else who wanted to join… so I guess singing karaoke in Asia will have to wait until the next adventure!