City Weekend - - Life & Style - Mina Yan

We love some se­ri­ously de­served down time, and a trip to Hum­ming­bird is just that. Whether it’s for a lit­tle self-in­dul­gence or for some much needed ma­nis and pedis, Hum­ming­bird and their rea­son­able prices re­main pretty high on our list of fa­vorites.

We re­cently paid a lit­tle visit to their Cen­tral Park lo­ca­tion while try­ing to find a de­cent re­prieve from the Bei­jing heat. Walk­ing in hot and sweaty, we were greeted by a group of friendly staff who, be­fore ask­ing any­thing about treat­ments, came over with a nice glass of ice wa­ter. The thought­ful­ness was much, much ap­pre­ci­ated.

While some treat­ments are de­signed with medic­i­nal ben­e­fits in mind, there’s noth­ing wrong with opt­ing for some­thing that’s just meant for one thing: re­lax­ation. Hum­ming­bird’s Aro­mather­apy Mas­sage (¥338 for 60 min­utes or ¥498 for 90 min­utes) of­fers you just the kind of re­lax­ation you need. Start off by choos­ing the es­sen­tial oil scent of your choice and then drift off into a bliss­ful nap. If you don’t want a full-body oil mas­sage, there’s a few other op­tions to help you re­lax, with a wide va­ri­ety of Chi­nese mas­sages. For a quick re­lax­ation ses­sion, we rec­om­mend their foot mas­sage (¥188 for 60 min­utes and ¥278 for 90 min­utes). Let your ther­a­pist work out those kinks in your soles, and not only will your tired feet feel re­ju­ve­nated, your whole body and state of mind will get a nice lit­tle va­ca­tion as well.

While there are many places that of­fer mas­sages, there’s one thing that we won’t go any­where else for but here for; wax­ing. Hav­ing had some notso-great wax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the city that left us feel­ing re­pulsed and an­noyed, we were happy to dis­cover that Hum­ming­bird of­fers per­fect ser­vice when it comes to hair hair re­moval. Most im­por­tant is san­i­ta­tion. When it comes to wax­ing, es­pe­cially Brazil­ians (¥368) the worst thing to dis­cover is that your waxer dou­ble dips their stick. Gross! The skilled wax­ers of Hum­ming­bird are able to keep the pain to a min­i­mum and let you leave fee­ing fresh and new.

The next time you’re look­ing for some “me” time with­out burn­ing a hole in your wal­let, take a lit­tle side trip to Hum­ming­bird.

Take some time out of the day just for your­self

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