After a tremendous amount of walking around Shanghai one Saturday on a weekend mini break our feet were throbbing and in need of some attention. We didn't plan to visit Fairyland Health and Beauty on Nanjing Pedestrian Street, it seemed to find us. I think it had a magnetic charm that lulled us up the stairs into completely unknown territory. There was a short period of uncertainty until I was sure it was a respectable establishment because its just awful when it's not, don't you just hate it when that happens?
In the blink of an eye we were made comfortable in a darkened room with relaxing music and our feet were soaked in fragrant water while the masseurs paid our shoulders much need attention. A special bonus of a shoulder rub just to make up the time while the feet are cleansed and softened up ready for the foot massage.
HARD SKIN REMOVAL
The massage was excellent and I would have no reservations in recommending Fairyland if you are ever in need of stress relief and are in Shanghai at the same time. But actually the best bit was the hard skin removal service. For an extra 48 RMB a specially skilled man was summoned into the room yielding a blade. Or was it a scalpel or was it an incredibly sharp chisel? As I say it was a darkened room so it was hard to tell. But the hard skin removal master was well equipped to work on feet in a darkened room. He was wearing a head torch. I guess he had a been boy scout when he was younger so was always prepared. He set to work with the chisel and with the lightest touch he managed to shave off what looked like snow flakes from my feet. The towel was soon covered and I caught the masseurs looking sideways at each other at the surprising amount of dead skin building up as he dutifully shaved my feet.
The service was excellent, shoulder, feet and shaving of said feet. We floated out. Wow!
The man in the head torch made Fairyland an extra special experience and I want him to come and live in our house.