Archive for December, 2008

I “Thaid it” and I liked it

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Yesterday I had a very nice massage.  It still was not the traditional Thai Massage I had in the past, but it was a lot closer to the real thing.

I last had the real thing in a Thai massage clinic in Paris.  It was really superb to get the full treatment which starts out with a gentle foot washing with a warm cloth and then go through all the motions with precison and total professionalism.

So, I did feel better after the recent massage.  She was very gentle with my wrist and did not cause me any pain. I let her use a medium deepness on my legs and back, with just some gentle stretching.  I think this is as traditional as I will find in my neck of the country.  We have already booked her for next week.

Still “Thai-ing” to get better

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

I found another Thai lady who sounds good as she was actually taught at Wat Po, whereas the last masseuse was taught in Chaing Mai (which is more the tourist area of Thailand).

She is willing to come to my house.  I am going to instruct her to not even touch the wrist as it is too sore.

How to lessen wrist pain

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Hot and cold packs alternated several times a day is the only thing that seems to help.  Also not typing much, so I will keep this short.

I did Thai one today

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

We found a Thai lady who said she did traditional Thai massage.  It was mainly okay, but I have a sore wrist from carpal tunnel, and I was hoping this would assist in the healing.  She gave me this painful massage on the ailing part which was definitely not a conventional massage.  I actually screamed out in pain several times.  She then tells me, “No pain no gain.”  Yikes! I think the temple in Wat Po would banish someone if they ever heard that Americanism.

So, now I am in deep pain and not even able to sleep.  To be continued….

Not a very “Thai” Massage

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Getting a real Thai massage in the USA is difficult.  One time my husband and I had a business trip at Las Vegas and we arrived from our plane ride a bit stiff.  The closest we could find to a Thai massage was an American lady who said she did traditional massage.

The massage was a total disaster and my husband ended up with a new back pain after he received the very non-standard massage.  The lesson one learns here:  Only get Thai massage from a real Thai person.  Americans are from the West and have a very different attitude about life which also influences their forms of therapy and massage.

Buying gifts “sight unseen”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

I bought the swatch watches by looking at the internet photos of them and then ordering them over the phone.  I even asked questions about them to determine the most appropriate models.  I picked them up from the shop and then decided to check them over a little more carefully. The first watch is gorgeous and I know the recipient will love it.  The second watch is plain navy with a rubber band.  I like it because it is one of the ‘skins” which are very thin and light-weight.  Since I got the second one for 50% off, I have decided that one will be my Christmas present to myself as it is more my style. This time I came out fine, but today I am making the trip to the stores to find her one more present.

Thai Massage

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I am thinking about taking a trip to Thailand to get a traditional Thai massage from a temple called Wat Po. I understand if you want the very best you can go to Bangkok and either learn how to do this therapeutic massage or just receive it. I have heard you can get daily message for a week for less than one massage would cost here. The hotels and restaurants are also very economical, so if you have frequent flyer miles, you could do the whole trip very reasonably.