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footfootfoot 04-23-2013 08:58 AM


Originally Posted by wolf (Post 862092)
I had a very amazing day.

I spent the day with a friend.

That, in itself, was great, but is not the amazing part. I've not known her very long, but we had one of those conversations that you just don't want to end. But then it did, and she let me know something that she had planned ... you see, I was visiting her at her business ... a holistic spa.

She surprised me by letting me know that she had arranged with one of her massage therapists to give me a full massage.

Oh man.

I've had amateur ones, but this was my first professional one.

It was genuinely amazing.

I'm still tingling.

I'm going to have to do this again.

Good massages are amazing amazing. Try a number of different massage people, their skill levels are all over the place. You will find someone who is outstanding.

Clodfobble 04-23-2013 09:27 AM

What foot said. It's an art, and every massage therapist has their own style. Not to denigrate your friend, wolf, but in my experience the massage therapists who work out of spas tend to be in the lower range, skill-wise. Spas take a big cut of the money, so only the ones who are too young or too mediocre to maintain a steady list of clients take a contract there. The best are often the ones who work out of chiropractors' offices or have completely private studios of their own.

glatt 04-23-2013 10:28 AM

What does a massage cost?

Sundae 04-23-2013 10:59 AM

Happy today?

Aliantha 04-23-2013 11:38 AM

A therapeutic massage will cost you about $50-60/hr over here. Some of that can be claimed through private health insurance if u have it usually.

Clod is right about the good ones usually being associated with health professionals.

Clodfobble 04-23-2013 05:43 PM

It's about the same in the US. $65 for a one-hour massage is pretty common. I get one every 6-8 weeks, sooner if I have any kind of extra tension or back pain. My mom went through a long period where she would get one every single week.

The one thing to be prepared for if you've never done it before is you are expected to get naked. You lay underneath a sheet, and they fold it down to expose your back while they're working there, then they'll put it back and tuck the side over so they can get to one leg all the way up to your hip while still keeping your butt covered, etc. You don't have to, you can keep your underwear on if you're really uncomfortable with the idea, but the massage really works better without stuff in the way.

xoxoxoBruce 04-23-2013 05:47 PM

It's poor form to eat beans before a massage.

Chocolatl 04-24-2013 07:50 AM

Pro massage is HIGHLY recommended. I've only had a few, but they left me feeling like the sun was shining a little brighter.

Sundae 04-24-2013 08:15 AM

I'm off to the theatre tonight!!!

For a sad reason - this was supposed to be a treat for Mum (from Ste) - seeing her favourite actor at the Young Vic.
But she's been stricken with a terrible stomach - thinks it's because of a new drug she's taking - and daren't go. She could just have blown it off completely, instead she and Dad are paying for my fare, as they would have paid for hers. Steven has the tickets and is buying dinner, as he would have for Mum.

I can't pay them back, but I'll do a bit of brother-whispering. Mum says Ste is not to buy her a birthday present as he has already done so. I'll tell him not to buy ME one instead. Bless him, that'll be two years on the trot he's taken me out in lieu of a present!

I hate that Mum feels she had to give this up. But without too much detail she is actually wearing pads because even when she's a small distance from the loo she can still be surprised. I can understand why the prospect of an hour on a train, then the Tube and then a theatre performance would be horrible to her.

So I am torn between gratitude and excitement and genuine sympathy.

I have been very good about chores today (even planting flowers, whereas I am usually barred from anything garden related.)
Tomorrow I'll be back to chores. You'll be pleased to hear Mum hasn't done any ironing or cleaned the bathroom for at least a week now. I'm finally helping as I should.

glatt 04-24-2013 08:24 AM

I'm glad things are going well on the home front and you get to go to the theater!

limey 04-24-2013 10:35 AM

Sorry for your mum, Sundae, but enjoy the treat!

glatt 04-24-2013 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by glatt (Post 862330)
I'm glad things are going well on the home front and you get to go to the theater!

After limey's comment I realize mine is a little bizzare. I meant with you seeming to get along with your mum, not with her health problems.

monster 04-24-2013 10:49 AM

wearing size 8 jeans -and they're kinda slipping down a little. weird. I got pissed with people who suddenly noticed my weightloss after the stroke -I jokes I just didn't slow down enough for them to notice before......guess I'm experiencing the same thing. i saw the numbers change on the scale, so I "knew", but I guess I didn't really notice until I started trying to be active in the same old clothes :lol: I've never worn this size before, even pre-sprogs or as a teenager.

Also, I just decided to stop calling it "my" stroke. No-one says "my" car accident.

Finishing that tri did wonders for my perspective and self-esteem, apparently :D

limey 04-24-2013 12:11 PM

Mind you don't disappear altogether, Monster ...

elSicomoro 04-24-2013 12:31 PM

I start a new gig on Monday that will be in addition to what I'm doing now. Will be running a small route over to a few towns just went of KC. Pay is good and the location keeps me close to home. Only problem is starting at 6:00am every day...I'll manage though. Really looking forward to this.

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