Foot Massage Girls in China’s Cities: Washing Feet for Those Luckier

Foot massage is bodily labor, practicing the same movement over and over again makes this girl tired. The students train the strength in their fingers and arms every morning.

Before being able to work, students must be able to correctly identify the pressure points in the feet.

Foot massage school: the students are undergoing ‘entrance training’. The procedure is to knock first, identify yourself, ask if you could enter, and the wait for the customers’ answer by the door. For these rural children, strength isn’t a problem, but etiquette is a big difficulty.

Talking about their plans after receiving their wages, smiles lit up on the two girls’ faces. After they receive the National Professional Masseur Certification, they would receive a monthly salary of 2000 to 3000 RMB.

In a classroom, a girl is holding an old poster. This is the main channel through which students connect with ‘urban’, ‘fashion’, and ‘trendy’.

Class leader Li Tingting is collecting the photos of students going to Tianjin [to work]. Paperwork must be taken care of before they may begin to work.

The night before they leave the school, students can’t fall asleep. Understandingly, the school adjusted the lights out time from the normal 10pm to 11pm.

On the morning express train to Beijing on June 8th, most of the students are lively, but one is in deep thought.

At the exit of Beijing West Station, Han Jiajia and other students blend into the crowd. This is the first time that they’ve left home to work in Tianjin, near the capital.

Korean Bath House - Jimjilbang

When you hear the word ’sauna,’ you usually imagine steam or dry saunas where males and females are separated and enjoy hot air naked on the chair. However, if you go to Korea, you would find a unique type of sauna called jimjilbang.

Not only will you find males, females and children wear uniformed T-shirts and short pants in the common area, but you will see them lying down on the floor sweating. As a family and resting space, jimjilbang is a popular weekend entertainment for Korean families to relax.

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Four Hand Massage

Four-handed massage is a massage by two masseuse at the same time, sometime they mirroring each others' movements on each side of your body, sometimes one will massage your lower body, and the other will massage your upper body and going back and forth.

four hand massageWhen done well, four-handed massage feels like you are completely enveloped in sensation and can be quite a wonderful experience. To synchronize, one therapist takes the lead and the other follows, but it should feel like they're doing the same thing simultaneously. It helps if they have a similar style and "touch" and have worked together before.

Four-handed massage comes out of the Ayurvedic tradition, where it is called abhyanga.

Four-handed massage is trendy and has been added to spa menus at many resort spas. (Some even have eight-handed massage.)

Student Massage

Many student massage clinics in Toronto are open to the public by appointment only. Usually one hour of remedial and preventative massage treatments are provided by intern students under the direction of a licensed therapist.

Depends on the school and what they are trainning at the time, we have variaty of massage to choose from: Swedish, Thai, shiatsu, lomi lomi, aromatherapy, reflexology, pregnancy massage, breast massage, ,scar tissue, hotstone, ms clinic, sports clinic, etc.

If you looking to maintain relaxation, manage your stress or pain, and don't want to pay a fortune to licensed therapist, student massage is the way to go!

Below are some student clinics | map

Hotlomi Spa | 416-258-8881
10 Jopling Ave S., Etobicoke

ICT Kikkawa College | 416-762-4857 ext 249
The Crossways Mall, G-04, 2340 Dundas St. W., Toronto

Elmcrest's Student Clinic | 416-256-5350
1200 Lawrence Ave. W., North York

Sutherland-Chan | 416-924-1107 ext 10
330 Dupont Street, Suite 400, Toronto

Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy | 416-736-4576
1124 Finch Ave. W., Unit 1, Toronto

If you are a massage school who will offer student massage to the public please contact us to put your list here!

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage

Lomilomi massage is an ancient art from the Hawaiian healing specialists. They were taught their art over 20 years and received their last instructions from their master on his death bed. There are hundreds of styles of Lomilomi, the main ones being the style of Big Island which was passed on by Aunty Margaret Machado, and Maui style from Uncle Kalua Kaiahua. On the island of Kaua'i, Kahu Abraham passed on what is today called Kahuna Bodywork. It is not clear if other current practices - temple style, lomi lomi nui and others - are from Native Hawaiian practitioners or are modern adaptations.

Thai massage

Known in Thailand as นวดแผนโบราณ, which correctly translates only as ancient massage or traditional massage, this form of massage is also known as Thai ancient massage, traditional Thai massage, Thai yoga massage, yoga massage, Thai classical massage, Thai bodywork, passive yoga or assisted yoga. It is usually soothing because of its emphasis on stretching and loosening the body. Its roots go back far into history, originating in India based on the Ayurveda, and then becoming popular in ancient Siam, now known as Thailand.

Originating in India and drawing from Ayurveda, it has inevitably incorporated modalities like yoga. The receiver is put into many yoga like positions during the course of the massage. In the northeren style there are a lot of stretching movements unlike the southern style where pressure is emphasised. It was believed that the massage art was brought over to Thailand by Shivago Komarpaj (Jivaka Kumarabhacca), a contemporary of Lord Buddha over 2500 years ago.

The massage recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothes and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. (It can be done solo or in a group of a dozen or so patients in the same large room). The massage practitioner leans on the recipient's body using hands and forearms to apply firm rhythmic pressure to almost every part of the recipient's body. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body-somewhat analogous to Chinese Meridians and Indian nadis. In some gestures, legs and feet of the giver are used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other gestures, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action. Oil is not used in traditional Thai Massage. A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may incluce pulling fingers, toes, ears etc., cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, arching the recipient's back in a rolling action etc. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage.

Note: The traditional therapeutic practice of Thai massage should not be confused with the sexual service of the same name that is available in some hotels and brothels. Sometimes the traditiona therapeutic Thai Massage, or ancient massage, is referred to as "old lady massage," while the sexual practice, which has nothing to do with therapeutic traditional massage is called "young lady massage."