A nurse who knits…

July 25, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 1:14 am

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?



  1. Hmm. Good luck getting your doctor to understand. And I hope she’s wrong and there is nothing wrong with under your stomach. And thanks for the comment on my blog about my new granddaughter. I tried to email you back, but it was returned.

    Comment by Sharon — July 25, 2008 @ 3:43 am | Reply

  2. well, that’s just bizarre. But in a way in which I wouldn’t necessary think it silly.

    Comment by Kristina — July 25, 2008 @ 6:46 am | Reply

  3. Maybe its residual tension from the car accident. Nothing that should alarm you, but she was still able to see. I think a lot of people have lingering aches and pains that go unnoticed after an accident, especially after the major pain finally dulls. If you go again, ask someone to translate for “S”.

    Comment by Knitters Delight — July 25, 2008 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  4. Love massages – especially deep tissue. In fact, we have a masseuse coming to the house tonight to work on my husband and me. This is our first time to have someone come to our home – I think it will be wonderful to roll off the massage table into the bed and not have to drive anywhere.
    Your Thai massage sounds very interesting and pain relieving. “S” may be wrong about something being wrong -but I would tend towards checking it out. She got nothing out of telling you to see a doctor, was just trying to help. I believe that some people have the touch and can sense things. Do you think “under your stomach” could mean your kidneys or adrenals?

    Comment by CPAknit — July 25, 2008 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  5. Hi,
    i don’t want to scare you, but my advice would be to run to the doctor. I thought it was funny, when I as told a thing like this by my massagist, but it turned out to be not funny at all! I went just to make sure and was diagnosed with cancer in my ovaries at a very early stage! Thanks to this lady I’m still here to tell and I could be cured a 100 percent.

    I hope my english is not to bad, as I’m no native speaker.

    Comment by Queenofpasta — July 26, 2008 @ 4:35 am | Reply

  6. She was probably talking about your uterus/ovaries, and I would go get checked out. My husband had reflexology on his feet when he was in the Far East once and the man told him he needed to drink much more water because his kidneys weren’t working right. Sure enough, he had a UTI.

    Comment by Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) — July 26, 2008 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

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