In oriental beliefs, areas on the feet correspond to areas of the body, and that by manipulating these one can improve one’s health. Foot massage is therefore viewed as an alternative medicine that helps rejuvenate the mind, drain the lymphatic system, and even cure certain health issues. Taking advantage of this traditional oriental method of healthcare, Van Xuan Foot Massage, open in Hanoi since 2001, has expanded its services in order to satisfy more and more guests during these stressful modern times. Its massage services are now offered in three different locations in the capital.
Guests having a foot massages at Van Xuan will go through five steps. First, they have their feet soaked in warm fragrant Chinese herbs for a natural herbal remedy massage and also for removing dead skin cells. This 15-minute step is said to be a ‘must’ for a better massage effect later. The head, shoulder, neck and arm massage are also taken care of at this time, in the second step. The gentle massage supports blood circulation and helps to absorb the Chinese herbs faster.
The third step is a foot massage and acupuncture, which help increase energy in the body through the deep and strong stimulation of certain spots and essential muscles. The massage specialist then does a back and neck massage and acupuncture in the fourth step. And in the last step, guests’ feet are once again warmed with hot medicinal water then dried with a warm cotton cloth. After taking a 70-, 90- or 120-minute massage package, guests will have smooth feet as well as wonderfully restful moments.
Apart from foot massages, Van Xuan also offers body massages. Prices start from VND140,000 ($7) for a 70-minute foot massage and around $15 for a 90-minute body massage. Take-away aromatic oils and medicinal herbs for foot massages at home are also available.
Opening hours are 10am to 11.30pm daily.
Van Xuan Foot Massage
41 Hang Bun St., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi
Tel: (04) 2216 8838
18 Ly Quoc Su St., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
Tel: (04) 2218 8833
125 Trieu Viet Vuong St., Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi
Tel: (04) 6278 0767