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Before I end my Hainan trip with the final post, I would like to share an exceptional exclusive experience. While I was spending 3 of my working years in China, I’ve been to quite a number of foot reflexology centers from luxurious spas to some cheesy parlors. The charges range from RMB 20 – 70 for a 90 minutes session. Some even includes desserts and drinks bundle into the package. (RM 1.00 = RMB 1.86, today’s forex)

During the 2nd day of our trip, a few of us decided to go for foot reflexology session since it was kind of mandatory to have a massage session despite it is either a full body or just a simple foot massage especially when you are in China (because it is cheap and good).

Our relative back in China referred us to one of the foot reflexology center which was not too far away from the hotel. With a selection of RMB28/40mins, RMB38/60mins and RMB48/90mins, we didn’t really understand what are the differences between those packages and just proceed with the longest time scale choices we have.

While soaking our foot into the hot water, we were given back, head and hand massage before the masseurs dried up our legs and concentrated on where a foot reflexologist supposed to focus on. So, the relaxing and slight pain from the pressing massage went on like normal until one of the therapists went out and get a bucket full of yellowish water into the room. We were wondering and found out it actually contained a lot of mince ginger in it.

Crumbled Ginger and My Legs

The ginger was squeezed off its water and placed it gently onto the knee cap till the foot. It was then covered up with towel. You may feel the warmth burning sensation on both your legs. Very nice soothing feeling indeed. After both legs were fully covered up, the therapist ejected some liquid from a small bottle on the towel and lit it up with a lighter. Burning it was our leg oh my god. It was scary though, seeing your legs with flame on them. It was really an eye-opening to me and pretty soon the scary part turned into excitement and curiosity. We also requested for a second flaming attempt. Soon, we could feel the heat from the burning that heat up the ginger creating ginger heating effect on our legs. The ginger was then removed and no longer damp. Interesting stuff.

The room and the alcohol injection

Burning flame, awesome isn’t it?

Taken with flash on, if you look carefully still manage to see the flame on

After relaxing for a while in the room, we decided to walk back to the hotel instead of taking the ‘TutTut’ (motorbike with modified 2 seating at the back). It was a winter cooling night with the weather temperature around 13 Celsius, our legs just didn’t feel the chill but rather warmth.

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  1. suzie

    Does the parlour provides full body flaming ginger massage theraphy – i wonder :)

    March 9, 2009 at 5:42 am
  2. Myhorng

    Yes they do, on shoulder and back.

    March 9, 2009 at 5:46 am
  3. KY

    flame on shoulder would be pretty dangerous if you’re not already botak

    March 9, 2009 at 5:56 am
  4. -eiling-

    OMG they are really burning your leg! So after that can have roasted pork leg lah?!!

    March 10, 2009 at 1:27 am
  5. Lisalicious

    wah, first time see this kinda mssage lor…

    ahaha looks scary!

    March 10, 2009 at 3:45 am
  6. Myhorng

    KY, they will cover up your head with towel lar. and you will not be sitting while doing that.

    eiling, ginger pork leg! however, my leg hair survive from the flame. fuh~

    lisa, me too me too. my uncle was the 1st kena the flame, he actually shouted, “why u burn my leg”

    March 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm
  7. eMmy LiM

    cool leh!!! but ginger, OMG, NO WAY!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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