I’m a runner, I’m always counting my steps and I’m always on my feet ( even when I’m working on my computer ). I like to stand and stay as active as possible, but I never took into consideration the toll that takes on my body.


Something else that I really struggle with is stretching ( call me lazy ), and because of that, I do notice that my feet, calfs and thighs ache at night.

So, here I am on vacation in Aspen, Colorado with a group of friends & I was obviously going to take advantage of a spa treatment or two, right?

One of my friends recommended this little spa around the corner from our hotel called, A-1 Oriental Foot Massage. He forgot to mention the name of the “spa” because I was under the impression that we were going to have a full body massage.


Regardless, I wanted to experience something new. I’ve tried various types of massages, but have always avoided massages revolving around my feet, and that includes pedicures because I am EXTREMELY ticklish.

…but I was all in and ready to give this a shot.


My first impression of this massage parlor would be described in one word. My favorite word. Zen. It was a small, quaint place that was very clean & soothing.


Now, although I went in for a foot massage, they also had the option to do a “combo” massage, which is 30 minutes foot massage and 30 minutes back massage. I chose the combo. BUT, I went back a second time for the full hour foot massage.

Moving on…

This foot massage was beyond my expectations. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but they were very thorough, incorporated reflexology, the masseuse had a great sense of humor, “no pain no gain,” and I left feeling relaxed and as if I was walking on air.

To be honest, it was a bit painful, but remember, I needed it! I don’t stretch and I am a runner. One thing that I loved about this foot massage ( aside from the fact that it was calming ), was their circulation practice that I have read a lot about in the past.

Paida is a form of Chinese self-healing and is known for improving circulation in your body by slapping exterior parts of your body.

It’s not as violent as it may sound. It actually has a lot of benefits!

  • Relieves Stiffness

  • Relives Aches & Pains

  • Strengthens Bones & Joints

  • Can Detoxify Your Body

  • Relaxation

I also noticed that they focused on different pressure points and areas of the food strategically, so I decided to do some research on foot massages after this experience.



In addition to Paida, I learned that foot massages have many healing perks! I am just sharing the perks that I personally noticed.

  1. Improved Blood Circulation ( as mentioned above )

  2. Stress Relief

  3. Anxiety Relief

  4. Injury Prevention ( I’m a runner )

  5. Increased Energy

  6. Treats Migraines & Headaches

  7. Improved Sleep

WOW! Those alone were just the benefits that helped me, and part of the reason that I went back a second time.

I also truly enjoyed the warm and welcoming environment of A-1 Oriental Foot Massage.


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I believe a good 30 minute foot massage twice/month is all that you need to get started. Now, that is just my personal opinion. BUT, if you are a runner like me, or super active once/week wouldn’t hurt. The other thing that I loved about the foot massage was that it was economically priced. Approximately $70 for an hour and $40 for 30 minutes. This was quality.

If you are ever visiting Aspen, Colorado, I would highly suggest visiting them, but if you aren’t in the area and feel that a foot massage might benefit you, then check it out! I very much enjoyed it.

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