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9 Spa Treatments from China

[caption id="attachment_4888" align="aligncenter" width="346"]Lobby sign coaxes us to try hotel beauty salon in China.
Lobby sign coaxes us to try hotel beauty salon
After two weeks in China working on the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Collections of plus size special occasion dresses, I don't look too fashionable let alone glamorous . The weather here has turned steamy and humid turning my brown wavy locks in a frizzy mess. A sign in the lobby makes a little pampering in the hotel beauty parlor sound convenient and oh-so relaxing. Did I mention the irresistible prices? A shampoo, including a neck and shoulder massage, costs a mere $5.00 and a facial just $13.50. (No tipping allowed!)
[caption id="attachment_4891" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Who flunked spelling in English class?
Who flunked spelling in English class.
  My confidence drops as we pass under the sign that reads "Beauy Salon" in English. Guess someone flunked spelling in English class.But it's encouraging to know that despite the misspelling the salon stays open until 11:30 P.M. (Wish salons in the USA stayed open later into the evening) So relieved the salon's menu of services is written in English and Chinese. But in any language these 9 Spa Treatments from China are unfamiliar and strange:
  1. Moxibustion (reminds me of chemistry class)
  2. Fire treatment (hot oil?)
  3. Pull tank (sounds like torture)
  4. Wash your face (facial?)
  5. The Healthy Chest (maybe a herbal tea drink?)
  6. Strengthen the spleen (no thank you!)
  7. Kidney maintenance (I'll stick with bottled water)
  8. Ovarian maintenance (better check with my ob-gyn before doing that!)
  9. Herbal Massage (that doesn't sound bad at all!)
[caption id="attachment_4889" align="aligncenter" width="432"]We pass on the ovarian and kidney maintenance and stick with the basic shampoo and blow dry.
We pass on the ovarian and kidney maintenance and stick with the basic shampoo and blow dry.
Rather than risk being uncomfortable - or worse yet - harmed, I opt for a safe but soothing shampoo with a product that smells like what I can only guess is ginger. The shampoo girl spends fifteen minutes massaging not only my scalp but also my neck and shoulders. I'm almost asleep when she is over all too soon. She brings me steaming red tea, a nice final touch! Now if we can only get the salon to add a mani and pedi to their menu of services that would be pure heaven! (We may just have to wait until we get back to the USA.)