U-Relax Foot Massage
Thousand Oaks Location:
3699 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 777-1668
I was cruising around Westlake Village, which has become one of my favorite stomping grounds, and I saw a really unique place. It said Chinese foot massage on the outside. My feet had been bugging me a little and I thought, “Why not for the purposes of RoadFish? Let’s go get a Chinese foot massage!” It turns out, however, that even though it says Chinese foot massage and the sign in front says Chinese foot massage when you go inside it is designed much more like a regular massage place but not any regular massage place you have ever been to.
They don’t use regular massage tables instead they had a big open area, which I like because it makes it efficient and keeps the costs down, where there are multiple people in view while you are getting worked on. You stay fully clothed. You lie down on this modular padded piece with a piece of face paper for sanitation. The whole pace is dimly lit. A guy gets to work on you; he doesn’t speak any English (at least in my case that is what happened). He began very aggressively and deeply working on my back and neck.
I signed up for the 30-minute massage, which I believe was only $20. Which is an awfully good deal because the cost works out to $40 an hour. Usually a massage in California comes out to be a $1 minute or more and this was less than a $1 a minute.
If you don’t like really deep painful massage I would not recommend it. He was sensitive to whether the pressure was okay or not. The only thing I could communicate with was pointing with a thumbs up or down. Anything other communication was futile & confusing.
All in all it was a decent experience and you get your money’s worth. Due to the communication difficulties I don’t think I was able to relax nearly as much as I would have at another massage place like the Thai place I went to recently, but on the other hand if you are in the neighborhood and you need someone to work on you quickly, deeply, and cost effectively this is a good place to go.
The other plus was that they had a variety of length of time for the massage. I believe you could do 20 min, 30 min; they may have even had a 10 min option. It was very cost effective so it didn’t bother me, but when I went to pay leave my tip on the credit card, I was told there was a minimum $5 tip which I thought was a bit odd.