Stepping on Happiness | “脚”踏实地的快乐

[来源:策策连载] 2021-08-02 15:10:38


After a satisfying day of enjoying Changsha food and bar, you may wonder: is that all?


Local Changsha people will tell you: “let’s go for a foot bath! Only when you enjoy foot massage can you say you have fully enjoyed yourself.”


As famous as the bathhouse in northeastern China, foot bath and massage are indispensable entertainments for Changsha people. Known as “the city of foot bath”, Changsha has over 15,000 recorded foot bath centers, which is more than the sum of bath centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing.


The earliest connection between Changsha people and foot bath can be traced back to the Western Han Dynasty, when our Xinzhui “ai jie” lived. A silk manuscript unearthed from the Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tombs recorded a “guiding map” of foot massage and the flfl ow of Qi more than 2,000 years ago.


In fact, foot bath can be more than foot-washing. It’s also a kind of health-care method. Hunan is moist all the year round and the extra dampness and heat cannot be drained out. Therefore, long ago, people facilitated the blood circulation and strengthened their bodies by foot bath, which is a down-to-earth wisdom of ancient Changsha people.


Nowadays, after finishing a long day of fast-paced work, having a hot foot bath is a unique way that Changsha people call it a day. Seeing Changsha people living such an exquisite life that they even care so much about their feet, and are easy to have a sense of pureand simple contentment, how can you not say that they are a group of people so passionately “serious” about enjoying themselves? That’s one of the reasons why Changsha is one of the cities which have the highest level of happiness-measuring in China.