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Chinese Qigong Tui-Na Center

131 E. 56th St., New York, NY 10022 40.760388 -73.969889
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-308-6187 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Spa
  • Services: Massage: Basic, Massage: Specialized, Reflexology

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Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.

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  • Late-Night


This venue is closed.

In 2005, Chinese bodywork specialist Aaron Chu opened this 600-square-foot, four-bed center for tui-na and reflexology a few blocks from Bloomingdale’s on the Upper East Side. As in Chinatown parlors some 50 blocks south, Chu’s team of four doesn’t understand much English—but they do possess a deep knowledge of the meridian theory that underlies tui-na, China’s ancient system of preventative medicine that translates as “push-poke” in Mandarin. Because it can also treat preexisting conditions, clients—passersby who’ve spotted the signature footprint sign outside—climb the narrow stairs to inform therapists (often via mime) of neck pain, chronic stress, or carpal-tunnel cramping. Copies of The Economist (and a lucky cat) keep the suit-clad clientele company if there’s a wait, which typically only occurs during the two-hour post-workday window. Customers are ushered down a short lace-lined corridor to a clean cot, where acupressure treatments begin. The movements aren’t always gentle, but prices beat most nearby options.