I go for massages about once a month. This is my time to relax and unwind and damn it, I deserve some relaxation time. I like my massage pressure “firm” which is an understatement. I like extremely firm pressure that would bring tears to anyone else’s eyes and shouts of pain.
I called Massage Envy this morning to ask for an afternoon appointment. The receptionist said that my appointment would be with “S”. I have never had a massage with S and I typically just go with the ones I’ve had before. I was feeling adventurous however and said, “Sure, S sounds just fine.”
I get to Massage Envy and my session starts out like usual. “What kind of pressure do you like?, What areas do you want me to concentrate on?, etc” S, happened to be Chinese so her English was a bit hard to understand. I told her my preferences: firm pressure with a concentration on my shoulders and neck.
The massage started with me face down on the table. S starts applying pressure on my back and shoulders. It hurts. But it’s a good hurt. She then gets on top of the table. Her knees are on my legs applying pressure. I still don’t know if I like this. Then she takes my hands and pulls on my arms releasing tension in my shoulders. Hmmm… this is interesting. There is pain but it’s not all that bad.
I finally get the courage to ask her what she is doing. It turns out, this is Thai massage. I’d never had that done before. Lots of pressure on specific points of your body. Less stroking. A funny thing she did was spend a few minutes applying pressure to my feet. At the end of it, she proclaimed, “you need to go see a doctor. You have pain under your stomach.” I was confused because I’d never had pain in that part of my body and told her so. “No… not your stomach. under. those parts. I don’t know how to say in english.” She said she could tell something was wrong by how much tension she could feel in my feet. Anyone else experienced something like this?