Every time I walked past an establishment offering foot massage in the streets around Chungking Mansions, my doubts about the quality of the massage on offer stopped me from venturing in. The main reason for the doubts is that the massage shops are located somewhere on the upper floors of those buildings with a staff or two on the street below trying to hustle the customers in. One does not know what to expect. The prices are not cheap either. The lowest I have seen was 99 HKD for a 30-minute foot massage. But my curiosity continued until I came across a Foot Spa that had its entrance on the ground floor on Nathan Road close to Chungking Mansions. I was on the other side of the road from Chungking Mansions going towards the right side. After about a minute's walk, I saw "Tai Pan Reflexology Beauty & Foot Spa". I remembered having seen their signboard in front of another building in the same area. That meant, they had more than one outlets. That was, in a way, re-assuring. If Tai Pan was doing business from more than one outlets, they could not be so bad. They were also more expensive than most other massage joints around them. The advertised price for a 25-minute foot massage was 119 HKD. The entrance from Nathan Road led into a basement. Half way into the staircase, a recorded welcome message started that was probably triggered by a hidden infra red sensor. Not very subtle. The basement was not very well lit. There was a front office though, where I saw the menu and settled for a 50-minute foot massage costing 228 HKD that would include some time on a foot bath while sitting on an electric massage chair. Keep reading for my experience there ...
|Tai Pan Foot Reflexology Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong|
The foot bath and the electric massage was in a separate room before the massage area. This pre-session lasted about 5 minutes after which a masseuse led me into an even darker hall which had several almost-flat recliners lined-up. My recliner felt nice and I was able to make myself comfortable. Only, my comfort did not last. The length of the recliner was too short and the masseuse told me to shift out of my comfort zone. I am just 5'-10" which is a normal height for a grown up person. So there was Tai Pan's first problem. It was good only for short people. Anything taller than 5 feet and you cannot have a comfortable foot massage here. The curved bed with your neck in the wrong position will give more pain than the foot massage will relieve. They had given me a hot sand-flled towel to keep under my neck but it was not giving me any comfort on that too-short recliner.
|Tai Pan Foot Reflexology Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong|
|Tai Pan Foot Spa Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong|
The massage started and I discovered their second problem almost immediately. The masseuse was not trained. She was just pressing my feet in a totally haphazard way. After about 20 minutes I told her to move to my calves. If I had not told here that, she would certainly have spent the entire time just haphazardly pressing my feet. I started waiting for the massage to get over. What a waste of 228 Hong Kong Dollars. While leaving, I asked them if I could take a picture in there. They allowed me just one picture of the dark corridor. I picked up one of their brochures and left. For those interested, Tai Pan offers other types of massage like Body Massage (Finger Pressing / Aromatic Oil) which costs 268 HKD for 50 minutes. An Aromatic Sand / Aromatic Rock Treatment for 90 minutes will set you back by 588 HKD. Other treatments on offer include Manicure, Pedicure, Ear Cleaning, etc. I doubt if anything will be worth the price. Opening hours are from 11.00am to 2.00am. I got addresses and phone numbers of two of their outlets:
Tai Pan Massage Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong Location Map
|Tai Pan Foot Massage Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong Location Map|
|Tai Pan Foot Reflexology Nathan Road Hong Kong|
1. Basement, 83, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Phone: 2301 1990 / 2301 3820
2. South Portion of Basement, Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Phone: 2722 0237 / 2722 0125
|Posted by Narinder Singh|