Thrifty Indulgences: A guide to affordable massages in Hong Kong
So you’ve been shopping for two hours straight, and your feet are killing you. Or maybe you’ve had a poor night’s sleep, and your neck and shoulders are stiff as a board.
Don’t worry – one of the greatest things about Hong Kong is the abundance of massage parlors around. The best part? You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy an indulgent treatment. There are many tasteful small-scale spas that offer quality massages and facials at very reasonable prices.
Whether you’re looking to squeeze in a quick session during lunch hour or an afternoon-long gossip slash pamper get-together with the girls, here’s a rundown of our favorite spa spots in the city.
If you want to get a foot massage…
12/F, Grand Right Centre, 10 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Offering traditional Chinese massages and medical treatments, this massage parlor is clean and cheap without compromising effectiveness. The masseuses are all professionally trained, and knows a thing or two about releasing stress and alleviating pain.
If you enjoy Thai massages…
2/F, No.105 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
A bit on the small side, the exotically decorated Thai Natural Spa exudes the same relaxing atmosphere you’ll find in spas in Thailand. The staff is well-versed in the different types of Thai massages, meaning you can enjoy an authentic experience right in the heart of Hong Kong.
If you are interested in acupuncture…
A natural health clinic offering a wide variety of services, ranging from acupuncture and cupping to physical therapies such as shiatsu and physiotherapy, Balance Asia is the ideal place for the uninitiated to try acupuncture. The patient and knowledgeable practitioners will tailor treatments to your individual health needs, helping you reach inner and outer balance in just a few sessions.
If you are feeling a bit more indulgent…
An award-winning spa with six branches around Hong Kong, Sense of Touch is a favorite among both local tai-tais and the expat community. Expect a soothing ambience and friendly staff who are eager to fulfill your needs. Had a bad week and want to reward yourself? Try one of their signature treatments, which includes a bath, a body scrub and a massage, guaranteed to make you feel completely reborn.
If you are in the Southern District…
An affordable neighborhood massage parlor a few steps away from Ovolo Aberdeen, go for a detoxing foot bath and reflexology massage at Zu Ya Xuan – which will cost you just a little over $200 for an hour. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try their cupping services, guaranteed to leave you feeling loosened but looking bruised all over.
If you want to try something new…
Enjoy a massage from visually impaired masseurs and masseuses at the S.K. Yee Health Massage and Treatment Centre, which aims to provide employment opportunities for people with visual disabilities. All staff members possess qualifications from accredited training bodies, offering quality services that parallel those at commercial establishments. Unwind and relax while supporting a charitable cause!
Karen Chan is a local English copywriter who churns out social posts and taglines for a living. Inspired by her fellow copywriter, she has discovered the joy of working out, and is currently on a quest to live as healthily as her sweet tooth allows. In her spare time, she also loves trying new cafés and restaurants around the city.