Saturday, August 1, 2009

Living it up in Beijing

You know you're living the expat life in China when your four-year-old kid gets a reflexology massage with you.

The other day I went to get an accupressure massage from Bodhi, one of the good massage places in town. And the masseuse told me that many foreigners who live here bring their children to have massages with them.

She added the youngest child she's given a reflexology or foot massage to was a four-year-old.

"The child didn't think it hurt?" I asked incredulously.

"Oh well I only massage them lightly," she replied.

"And the child sits there for the whole time (80 minutes)?"

"Yes -- the kid enjoyed it as much as the parents."

Probably seeing that his parents enjoyed it, he made sure he liked the experience too; or his parents didn't know what to do with him while they had a massage so they brought him along.

The only thing was that the masseurs had to give the child a smaller chair to sit in, otherwise his feet didn't reach the edge of the big lounge one.

Talk about a pampered lifestyle. What's going to happen after the family leaves China and goes back home and the kid wonders why they don't have massages anymore?

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