Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chinese Healing Massage, yes, it's legitimate

First it was sushi, taking over San Diego, then rolling to Albuquerque. Next, Frozen Yogurt, pull the handle and add your toppings, a pandemic of dead bacteria and sugar disguised as a healthy dessert. And now, Chinese Massage, for $25 an hour.

I first heard of Chinese Massage when my friend Alegra visited from San Diego, saying, "Everywhere I go, I get Chinese Massage, San Diego, Seattle, Houston, and it's very consistent, fully-clothed, in a public room, stretching style massage."

When I lived in San Diego, we all thought Asian massage meant "a happy ending", and as a member of the fairer sex, I didn't see how that'd apply to me. But where Alegra's concerned, I'm game for anything. We found several Asian massage centers in town, and luckily happened upon Chinese Healing Massage, on San Mateo and Osuna. The massage was neither clothed nor public. And, the massage therapists are not licensed. You undress to your bottom undergarments, and sit on a footrest with your feet in hot water, with a towel in front for modesty. A small Asian person rubs your back, with hands and elbows. He or she then dries your feet, and you lie facedown on a massage chair (complete with hole and face shield, and she scoots the footrest so that it is now essentially a massage table, with a groove for your hand to gracefully drape over. She massages you, with hands, elbows, and on top of a towel, with knees. You get some head reflexology and stretches too.

I've had three Chinese massages, and they were all relaxing, but the last one I had was the best massage I've ever had ever, totally top notch, with a very intuitive therapist named Helen. So try it, Chinese Healing Massage, with two locations to serve Albuquerque, on San Mateo by Osuna (505) 884-0830, and on San Mateo by Candelaria (505) 884-1155. Don't be put off by the blackened windows (there is a sign stating the therapeutic and platonic nature of the massage). The interior of the location by Candelaria is spa standard, clean, with soft coloring and Asian style spa music. Refresh yourself with tea or water while you wait.
With all the traffic they receive, call to make an appointment before going. I tip $8-$12 depending on the effort placed. Both male and female therapists are available.


Anonymous said...

I have been there once before for two reasons. The first was because a friend of mine had gone and she highly recommended them. I had and still go to a lady for five years, but she was unavailable for two months so I decided to give in and try this place. I loved it! I just made another appointment today.

Anonymous said...

I have been there too, and it is a good legitimate massage parlor. Helen is very good. Another good one I have found is Chinese Soothing Massage on Juan Tabo and Montgomery. This place is also legitimate, good for women or men, and the their prices which include tax are about the same. I always tip a little higher though. I have learned that a tip less than $10.00 is considered a bit of an insult.