Review: Lovely Hands Massage — Pittsburgh, PA
Lovely Hands Massage is an average Chinese Massage parlor in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Not far from Magic Hands in Mount Lebanon, the place is definitely no-frills. It’s located right next to a big pharmacy / retail shop on a main road that is very well traveled. If you have a sister-in-law who works down in the neighborhood, you might want to be careful popping in. For me it was no problem.
The exterior is unassuming. It seems to be yet another house converted into a storefront. Apparently people used to like to live inches from main roads in Pittsburgh. Once that trend understandably died out, many of the buildings were then turned into insurance agents, dentist offices and massage parlors like this place and Wellness Center Massage.
The aging building looks a lot better inside than it does out. They did a good job setting this place up. It’s clean and quiet. Privacy is not an issue either in the lobby or the rooms.
The prices are right around normal, though maybe a bit high for the area. A 60 minute massage costs 60 dollars. Some other Chinese places in Pittsburgh offer an hour for less than 40 to the house.
The massage is average. It’s nothing worse than you’d get from one of the trying-too-hard-to-be-mainstream mini-mall “legitimate massage” chain shams. The bonus is that here you at least have a chance for extras.
I say a chance for good reason. I’ve been here twice. Once I got the kind of action I was looking for with a little forwardness. The next time I didn’t get anything despite my best efforts. It seems to be totally up to the individual masseuse to decide. It may even be that the ownership has an official policy against it but some women are always willing to take the chance in the privacy of the room is the mood and especially money is right.
When I did get the kind of hands on stress relief I desire the first time, it only came after I nudged the target area out in the open, then politely pointed to it. It was swollen and obviously in need of treatment. My masseuse focused on the area and helped me get rid of all the built up fluids that were causing the swelling. It was more mechanical and massage based than sensual. But it got the job done. My hands were not allowed to roam at all. I tipped a standard 30 bucks and was walked out with a smile.
My next visit didn’t go as well. A mediocre massage was ended with a “time’s up” before I even had time to try anything. One thing is for sure. Whenever action is available here, it is never automatic. You have to make your intentions obvious to even have a chance. Be sure not to be an aggressive asshole though. That benefits no one. A few reviews I’ve read say nothing was available. Sometimes that’s just the way it is. When it goes that way, accept it and move on.
The staff here seems limited to two women. Both are mainland Chinese ladies in their early 30’s. If you weren’t familiar with Chinese women, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were younger than that. They are decent looking, with average bodies. Not models by any means, but also not bad looking.
I wouldn’t say they were overtly friendly, but they definitely weren’t unkind either. Just doing their job, making a living like everyone else is trying to do. I’m sure they get a bit tired working every day from 10 am until 9 pm. I’d undoubtedly have a terrible attitude if I had to go through that. Kudos to them for maintaining a pleasant attitude each day.
With so many options in the area I’d normally be hard pressed to visit Lovely Hands again. In this case though I might just go again if I was in the area to see what kind of ending I got. A recent ad I came across says they now have 3 staff members and a table shower (not mentioned as an option during my visit). That’s even more incentive. Curiosity, you know?
As an easy accessible Chinese massage shop with hit or miss service, I give Lovely hands 2.5 stars.
Lovely Hands Massage, 522 Brookline Blvd., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15226. (412) 552-8551