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You Don’t Get Massaged By a Blind Paralympic Everyday…

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But you could! When I was researching the best spas in Kuala Lumpur, I came across a Trip Advisor post about the community of blind massage therapists who offer really good treatments at terribly cheap rates. I had never heard of  blind massage centers and thought this sounded amazing!

It’s not only a great way to support deserving folks, but as one of the commentors pointed out, their lack of vision has heightened their other senses and they’re probably extremely skilled at interpreting the muscles of your body.

So one afternoon we headed over to Shu-jin Therapy Zone which was among the highest ranked. We did not call ahead but hoped showing up late afternoon they might have availability. It’s located in a small strip of stores about 2 blocks east of the KL Sentral train station.

shujin therapy zone entrance kuala lumpur

The interior was very plain, but appeared clean and it looked like renovations might be in the works.

 

shujin therapy zone treatment room kuala lumpur

As luck would have it, no one was there. The door was unlocked, so we waited in the inside foyer for about 15 minutes to see if anyone could come back, but no one did.shujin therapy zone reception kuala lumpur

We weren’t willing to give up on this experience yet, so we took a left onto the “Red Light District” road to the shop our food tour guide had pointed out — Urut Traditional PB which employs paralympic atheletes, which sounded pretty cool!

Urut Traditional PB hallway sign

Urut Traditional PB location

We walked in, indicated we had no preference between a male or female therapist and were pointed down a long narrow corridor to room “B”.

Urut Traditional PB Hallway

Urut Traditional PB treatment room B

Urut Traditional PB treatment room

The furnishings were very simple but clean. Within a minute or two our therapists came in and started. I had asked for very firm pressure, and wow.

It was very firm! And very skilled — some of the best technique I’ve observed. He clearly knew what he was doing as he separated out each muscle in my back (at least that’s what it felt like). The only downside to the treatment was later that evening we started blossoming with bruises everywhere that didn’t really fade til the end of our trip.

But it was an incredible experience, and a really good deal. Only 50 MYR (<$20) for 60 minutes of Deep Tissue Massage. If you like good massage, don’t bruise easily,  and don’t mind plain surroundings this is definitely a neat experience.

More posts from the trip:

Checking In and Air France Lounge at IAD
Korean Airlines First Class IAD-ICN
Hyatt Regency Incheon: Great Service, Hard Beds
Accidentally Seeing Seoul Like a Native
Tight Quarters at the Park Hyatt Seoul
Worth a Hike — Bukchon Hanok Village
Checking In for a Flight from Downtown Seoul 
Korean Airlines First Class Lounge Incheon Airport
Korean Airlines First Class Seoul to Kuala Lumpur
Great Value at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

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