Foot Massage Girls In China: Their Life In Photographs

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Foot Massage Girls in China’s Cities: Washing Feet for Those Luckier

Foot massage is bodily labor, practicing the same movement over and over again makes this girl tired. The students train the strength in their fingers and arms every morning.

Before being able to work, students must be able to correctly identify the pressure points in the feet.

Foot massage school: the students are undergoing ‘entrance training’. The procedure is to knock first, identify yourself, ask if you could enter, and the wait for the customers’ answer by the door. For these rural children, strength isn’t a problem, but etiquette is a big difficulty.

Talking about their plans after receiving their wages, smiles lit up on the two girls’ faces. After they receive the National Professional Masseur Certification, they would receive a monthly salary of 2000 to 3000 RMB.

In a classroom, a girl is holding an old poster. This is the main channel through which students connect with ‘urban’, ‘fashion’, and ‘trendy’.

Class leader Li Tingting is collecting the photos of students going to Tianjin [to work]. Paperwork must be taken care of before they may begin to work.

The night before they leave the school, students can’t fall asleep. Understandingly, the school adjusted the lights out time from the normal 10pm to 11pm.

On the morning express train to Beijing on June 8th, most of the students are lively, but one is in deep thought.

At the exit of Beijing West Station, Han Jiajia and other students blend into the crowd. This is the first time that they’ve left home to work in Tianjin, near the capital.

Comments from NetEase


Forced by circumstances…


It’s just a way of making a living, nothing shocking.


Life is difficult, but one must persevere!


Haha, this is the fucking difference between people. This is the reality in China. In fact, foot massage girls are like prostitutes. Since they’re seen as prostitutes anyway, it’s better to just do it. Then money comes fast, and you live better. These days, being poor is worse than being a whore.


[Foot massage] isn’t sexual.


Don’t agree with this kind of luxury. It’s like demeaning a class of people.


People have needs, therefore the service industry would emerge. There’s nothing high-class or low-class about earning money through work. They’re hundreds of times better than those who steal, swindle, rob, and hurt other people. We can’t use this old mentality to view society’s labor distribution, elevate ourselves and disparage others.


Professionals only get 2000-3000, that’s still not enough in a big city like Beijing.


There’s a school for this kind of thing? I must be really uninformed.


I went to get a foot massage once, two masseuses were discussing buying houses. Know that the average price for the city I’m at is more than 10,000 RMB [per square meter].


Looks like you don’t know what effects pressure points on the feet have on health. If you did, perhaps you wouldn’t say all this garbage. This is training for legitimate skills. If it were just a service, why would the requirements be so stringent? We are biased toward this [industry] in China, so it’s hard to find people to work in this field, so they can only find workers in this group [girls from rural areas]. Look at what you said, not long ago I saw foreigners study foot massage on TV with great results. This is traditional Chinese medicine, but look at the attitude in China…


It doesn’t matter if they’re legitimate or not. People have already reached their own conclusions. Thinking that the professionals only make 2000-3000, I feel that I’m fucking lucky.


Very few foot massage places are legit.

Not a foot massage place. chinaSMACK personals.


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