It Hurt So Good – Thai Massage

It Hurt So Good – Thai Massage

After 17 hours of  flying time to arrive in Bangkok, Thailand today, I couldn’t wait to have one of those amazing Thai massages.  It hurt so good, I felt I had to share this incredible treat with you.  Thailand is called the land of the Buddha. But another thing that Thailand is quite famous for is, Thai Massage. Thai Massage has a profound healing affect on the body, due to the many levels of the body that this massage technique is able to access.

Our tour guide informed us that there is no hip or knee replacement surgery in Thailand due to great affect Thai massage has on the body. She mentioned that Thai massage is also the reason why senior citizens of Thailand have no problem squatting to use their traditional, hole in the ground kind of toilet. BTW, squatting is the natural position to relieve one’s bowels. It is a toddler’s tendency to assume the squat position before they are taught to sit on a potty. Indigenous people around the planet, squat to relieve themselves. Squatting prevents straining, undue pressure on the legs and thereby prevents hemorrhoids.

Thai massage addresses meridians also known as channels along the body. When having Thai massage some of the points along the channels are extremely tender when pressed by the therapist, due to blockages. It’s the kind of tenderness that can cause you to groan in pain. Yet, by the second, or third round of adding pressure to that same area, the tenderness subsides, indicating the blockage has been cleared and you don’t have to consider knocking out the therapist for causing you such discomfort.

The massage therapist uses fingers and thumbs for small areas, forearms and elbows for medium size muscles and the foot and knee for larger areas of the body like hamstrings and gluteus maximus. Actually, they use their whole bodies to massage you. They pull and stretch you like you’re a rubber doll. It’s quite incredible. It’s the one massage modality that doesn’t require you to remove your clothes.

One of the ladies I’m traveling with has been to Thailand so many times, the only thing she’s interested in buying this time around are massage therapy sessions. On our first day here she had a four-hour massage. Another friend of mine who lived in other parts of Asia and the Emirates, used to also travel to Thailand just for the massages. Not only are the massages great, they cost under $10.00 US dollars per hour. Often those in the know travel to Thailand just have massages all day long and or for days in a row.

These massage parlors are ubiquitous in Thailand as everyone here receives these services.  I was the only foreigner in the little spot I went to today.  The parlor I visited had approximately 7 “stations” in one large room.  All of the massages are done on a mat, on the floor and it was very clean.  I had to chuckle when near the end of my session one elder therapist asked where I was from.  I said, New York.  She couldn’t understand me even after I repeated it, so my therapist whispered to her, “New York, she Negro American.”  I never felt so good to be referred to as a Negro before in my life.  Somehow the way she shared my heritage, touched my heart and caused a sweet internal laugh.

You don’t have to travel all the way to Thailand for Thai massage, especially if you live in New York or California, but if you can, it will be worth the trip, because you will get the real deal, at a price that will make you feel guilty. It’s the best guilty pleasure of them all.

 

11 Comments

  • Julette Millien

    04/07/2017 at 11:18 am

    Ha! “she Negro American” — too funny. Re the squatting thing — JUST bought a stool this week after a cousin sent a reminder video on the advantages, It has been an obvious improvement of flow. My stool for my stool. 🙂
    You enjoy and have the time of your life. Travel safe. ???

    • anu

      04/07/2017 at 11:36 am

      Yes Lettie, wasn’t that funny? I’ve never been called by that exact term. Now about that stool for stool, please email me the link or leave it here. Kisses! And yes! Going to enjoy to the fullest.

  • Marsha Nettles

    04/07/2017 at 12:08 pm

    You’ve reminded me that years ago, I once had an object that fit around a standard toilet that allowed u 2 squat comfortably over your toilet. Having struggled w/ gastrointestinal issues, I tried a lot of things. That was a great tool that I abandoned in one of my moves. I eliminated w/ great ease & really felt clean & renewed afterward. Must pursue owning one again. BTW, Thai massage is the greatest! Must hunt for a good practitioner here in Atlanta.

    • anu

      04/09/2017 at 4:51 pm

      Yes Marsha, I remember when I use to squat on my toilet back in my college days when I first became vegan and I was ‘extreme’ about the whole experience. But it’s not really extreme, it’s just different to what we’re accustomed to here in the west.

      Did you say Atlanta?

  • Lyn Joy

    04/07/2017 at 2:52 pm

    I love reading about your adventures! Can’t wait to try a Thai massage. ???

    • anu

      04/09/2017 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Lyn Joy, It’s definitely worth seeking out! I’m looking for someone so in our area, so I’ll let you know.

  • Arit

    04/07/2017 at 7:28 pm

    Had my first Thai massage from a Thai guy in New York it was the best. Haven’t been able to find him in probably 20 years. Tried it in Costa Rico however no comparison! Can’t wait to see video of your full experience. Thanks for sharing Anu.

    • anu

      04/09/2017 at 4:48 pm

      Hey Arit, It’s certainly worth finding a good massage therapist for sure. And what I appreciate about Thai massage is that it is truly therapeutic as opposed to just a feel good experience.

  • Jaki Shelton Green

    04/09/2017 at 10:05 pm

    I am celebrating your flow and your joy sweet siSTAR!

    • anu

      04/09/2017 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Jaki! It is really something else! Looking forward to sharing more with you.

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