Dragonfly Parlours Address: 193 Jiazhou Rd, Jing’an District, Shanghai, China 200042
Dragonfly is a successful chain of therapeutic parlours throughout Shanghai and greater China that offers a wide range of massage and beauty treatments. Just landed in the city and need to shake off the negative energy from the plane ride? Dragonfly offers a “Happy Landing” package, which includes a one hour traditional Chinese full body massage as well as a half an hour “Oriental” foot massage and special half hour foot therapy to relieve swelling.
The Sanctuary Address: 171 Jianguo Middle Rd, DaPuQiao, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200020 Phone:+86 21 3356 2257
Dewy, well-heeled housewives swear by The Sanctuary’s fabulous facials administered with dermatological precision. But I also love this spa for its detoxifying and de-stressing massages ($75). The Taikang Terrace location is amid treetops and has a calming interior with natural wood and ambient lighting.
Gubei Blind Massage Address: 119号 Ronghua E Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200336 Phone:+86 21 5272 0122
Officially sanctioned by China Disabled Persons’ Federation since 2006, Blind Massage parlours are a government-supported business that gives masseuse work to the blind. At this sparse joint, the kind staff specializes in traditional Chinese foot rubs and massages (RMB78). Warning: this is not your sensual oil massage. Rubdowns – administered over your clothes – are a bit rough, but bang you right back into place.
Green Massage Address: Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai PRC 200120 Phone:+86 21 6877 8188
This upmarket spa chain has parlours all around Shanghai. I like to save this one for special occasions. After I wrap big projects, I’ll treat myself to a hot stone treatment ($95), which is hands-down my favorite massage in Shanghai. While Green Massage is on the pricier side, it’s worth every yuan.
Zen Massage Address: 210 Wuyuan Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China 200000
Zen Massage is in a romantic, candle-lit lane house in the heart of the French Concession on Wuyuan Road. Zen’s calming ambience and massages—from aromatic oil massages to traditional Chinese massages—are already a bargain, but paying discounted prices during happy hour (weekdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) makes the experience extra blissful.