A Collection of Weird Massage Stories
Whenever I travel somewhere in Asia I always try out a local massage for better or for worse. Sometimes it was definitely for the worse, and here are some of my more bizarre experiences.
Bangkok massage trauma:
I went to the tourist district on Kao San Road in Bangkok and went to a typical Thai massage shop. Many floor mats were lined up in a big room with many sessions going on simultaneously 오피쓰 . I ended up with a male therapist. The first thing he did was turn on a fan that blew cold air on me in a room that was already air conditioned to arctic temperatures. When I told him that the fan made me cold, he insisted that he needed it since he felt hot.
A few minutes after he started my massage he got up and started to prepare a pot of tea. When he was done he came back to me and continued the massage without any explanation. A few minutes later another client was done with his session. Apparently my therapist was the main cashier since he got up and collected the money from him. Again he returned without offering any explanation and kept working on me.
At this point I felt like getting up and walking out. But I decided to stay just to see how far this could go. And incredibly enough the fellow kept stopping my massage every time someone needed to pay for their session. His main job was cashier and he also did massages as an afterthought it seemed. I felt like I was a piece of meat being pushed around mindlessly, I was freezing, and I even had to pay for the abuse.
Luang Prabang, Laos – What Kind of Oil is that?
I went to a massage shop in Luang Prabang to get an oil massage. There was nothing wrong with the session, but when I took a shower afterward to wash the oil off my body, I realized that the oil did not come off. After three rounds of soap and water, I decided they must have used petroleum mixed with super glue, because I still felt greasy and sticky. Soap and water had no chance against this incredible massage oil. It managed to prolong my experience way past the one hour session that I paid for.
Burma ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ Massage
I was traveling in Burma and one evening I was excited when I saw a sign for a massage shop. I signed up for a session and was directed to a wall with a curtain. When they pulled the curtain aside, I saw a cut-out in the wall. It was a rectangular hole in the wall with the dimensions of a coffin, just higher. A super thin mat rested on regularly spaced pieces of wood. The effect was that the mat was sagging in all the spaces between the wooden slats and the slats dug themselves into my back.
A little old man showed up and I was wondering how he could give me a massage in a space that was just big enough to accommodate my own body. Somehow he managed to climb over me and squeeze himself in a squatting position between my legs. He pulled the curtain shut and did some pressing and squeezing on some parts of my body that he could reach from his contorted position. I would have gotten up and walked out, but I wanted to experience it just for the weirdness of it. After the session my body felt worse than before, but I had another memorable travel experience.
You can find quite a variety of shiatsu massage chairs available. These unique massage chairs perform a variety of massage techniques and other therapies to provide shiatsu like massage. Shiatsu takes its origins in Japan which uses a combination of acupressure and other various movements to stimulate and invigorate the body. Many massage chairs incorporate these effective massage movements to provide relieving shiatsu massage.
The techniques of shiatsu have been practiced for centuries. Many of these massage techniques have been blended and fused through time. Massage has been used from the beginning of time to relieve aches and pains.
Many of us may not realize that we may use of massage therapy without even knowing it. Say for instance, you bump your head; your first reaction is to rub it. Why do you rub it? It helps to relieve the pain and loosen the now tightening muscles.
You can just imagine the variety of massage techniques and motions that have been used throughout time. Many of these developed as simple home remedies. Through time they evolved into a system of massage therapy.
Shiatsu traces its roots back to ancient Chinese medicine. It is an offshoot of acupuncture. However, in the case of shiatsu they use acupressure to stimulate different points in the body. Many different massage movements have been picked up and integrated into modern-day shiatsu.
Shiatsu massage chairs provide a number of different massage movements. One of the more important movements is kneading. Kneading is a side to side motion that pinches or squeezes. This is very effective for loosening up tight muscles.
One massage movement that is unique to massage chairs is the rolling motion. The rollers move up and down your spine. By using a small with between the rollers, this helps to adjust the vertebrae slightly. By flexing the soft tissue it helps to make it more flexible.
Shiatsu is also known for its deeper penetration. There are a variety of techniques that can be used to penetrate and soothe tight muscles. Shiatsu massage chairs use different a movements and technology to achieve this deeper penetration.
One very effective technique for loosening tight muscles is of vibration. Some shiatsu massage recliners use vibration motors in the rollers. This enables the vibration to be placed directly on the muscle via the roller. This is excellent for soothing through the muscle to the bone. This can be very relieving.