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  1. FYI…

    October 15, 2009 by admin

    Today’s FYI is about my favorite subject, Chinese Traditional Massage (CTM).  I’ve had several since I’ve been here as it’s very inexpensive.  The Chinese consider it an important part of staying and/or getting healthy and there are massage places everywhere.  I go to a very nice place close to my home where a 45 minute CTM is $14.  The massage person is usually a very petite, shy girl with a pair of hands that could crush a goat should the need arise (I’m thinking It probably does here).  The massages here are AMAZING, whatever kind you get.  CTM is my favorite though because it really does work out whatever issues/blockages are going on.  However, imagine that you’re having your spinal cord separated from the rest of your body, but you just keep going and praying her knee won’t end up in your eardrum and soon enough you’ll be feeling great!  I believe she actually moved my liver from one side to the other (but since there are usually two glasses of wine being filtered in there at any given time, I didn’t feel anything).

    Anypleasurepainhoo, here’s a little background on the Chinese Traditional Massage or Tuina. Tuina dates back more than 2,000 years.  Back then it was called Anwu, ‘An’ meaning Press and ‘Wu’ meaning Rub.  In 1949, the Chinese government officially recognised the medical benefits of massage and termed it Tuina, ‘Tui’ meaning Push, ‘Na’ meaning Grasp.  (I wonder if it was just too long to call it ‘Jab hard in the back with your elbow’).  Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Chiropractic manipulations and many other forms of massage are derived from the practices of Tuina.  Hospitals here all have massage therapy as part of their treatments for all types of physical ailments, but also including many illnesses.


    I threw that in for a little fun.  There are also “other” kinds of massage here…


  2. FYI

    September 24, 2009 by admin


    October 1st marks the beginning of National Day holiday for the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  The PRC was founded on October 1, 1949 where there was a huge ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

    It’s a really big holiday for the Chinese.  Many people will be going home to see family and many will be coming to Shanghai for a holiday.  Shanghai is decorating it’s major streets and will have a parade and several days of fireworks around town.   Many expats leave town…but not Ken and I.  We want to be out there partying hard with the other 13 or so million people in Shanghai.

    There’s a landmark close to our house which always has many tourists but I’ve only recently discovered what it was.  It located in what is called a Shikumen house* .  The landmark is the spot where Mao Tse-Tung and his 12 delegates convened the first meeting of China’s Communist Party on July 23, 1921.  They’ve now turned it into a museum, First Communist Congress Museum, and inside there are wax figures of Mao and his delegates depicted in a similar way to the last supper.  I know, it’s like Madame Tussaud’s on opium (The wax figure thing has always creeped me out).  Here’s a pic of the museum.


    *Shikumen Houses are black brick style buildings with arches over the entrances.  They were built in the early 1900’s by local chinese developers with a mix of Western and Chinese architecture.  They typically had small gardens built on the inside, away from the noise of the streets.  Many used to house several families at a time with the landlord living in another section.  Some were built very shabbily and many didn’t have toilets with running water .  Today, you will still find several families living in them.  Some of the nicer one’s have been restored but many more have been torn down or will be soon.