City breaks are my favourite types of holiday. There is so much to do and see (and eat), and often things are super close to each other, or at least just a ride away on some form of public transport. My trip to Kuala Lumpur was the epitome of a city break, with a high concentration of places to visit in a relatively small area, but also with places a little further out to escape metropolis, such as Thean Hou Temple and Batu Caves. But with lots of things to do comes a lot of walking, and a lot of walking means tired, achy legs and feet. It was because of this that one night we paid a visit to one of the massage parlours in Bukit Bintang, just around the corner from Jalan Alor, a busy food street, for a foot massage, and also the next night for a full-body massage.
It was my first time ever having a massage (well, massages). I didn’t know what to expect, but it definitely wasn’t as dignity-stripping as I worried it would be! Having a foot and leg massage was a gentle introduction to the pleasant but peculiar sensation of someone rubbing their hands on your body. It was a little painful, but I had just climbed all 272 steps at Batu Caves the day before, so there was some definite tightness in my calves to be relieved. My masseuse understood that it was my first time so he took it quite gently, not adding too much pressure for fear of bruising me. This was the same for the nice older lady who gave me my full body massage the following day. Certain parts were uncomfortable, but as someone who has been hunched over computers for the last eight years this was not unexpected.
I expected to feel more exposed than I did while having the full body massage, but there were thick curtains pulled around the bed and the lighting was low with calming music playing in the background, so it was a nice, comfortable atmosphere. It was a little too cold in the room, a common occurrence in shops, restaurants and other places in Kuala Lumpur – because it is so hot and muggy, it’s often overcompensated for in too-strong air-con. But my masseuse was good and experienced, and she looked after me well.
We went to the same massage parlour on both nights because they offered us a good deal and we had a good experience on the first night (they gave use blankets, bottled water and satsumas). My boyfriend told me to step back while he did the haggling, and he came out with a sizeable discount on our foot massages, and a reasonable price on our full-body ones. Don’t be afraid to ask for a cheaper price than the one they are advertising, even if the listed price is a good one…they are used to haggling, expect it almost, so give it a go and see if you can get yourself some money off!
I think we paid something around £12 for a 1 hour full-body massage, an unthinkable price in the UK! We went for it on our last night in Kuala Lumpur as a way to relax after a busy five days, and I felt all lovely and soft and loose afterwards. I definitely recommend going for a massage in Kuala Lumpur, especially if you’ve been walking around a lot! It’s nice and cheap, and there are a lot of places to choose from.
MASTER POST: Kuala Lumpur | Travel Series
Thean Hou Temple | Tokong Thean Hou 乐圣岭天后宫
Batu Caves | பத்து மலை 黑風洞
Afternoon Tea at Atmosphere 360, Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Alor Food Street in Bukit Bintang
Everything I Ate in Kuala Lumpur (Well, Almost)