Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thai Foot Massage
Or- Thai Foot Massage OF PAIN
If there's one thing unanimously agreed upon by all former Thailand goers it is that the Thai foot massage is the best thing ever in the world ever, since they found out about feet- "first thing you do when you get off the plane is get a foot massage", "have you gotten a massage yet?", "Did you go?", "Did you do it?" So a bit late and a lot curious, we went and did it.
As I walked in, I gotta say, the notion of some poor lady from some third world country rubbing my feet for $4 like some sort of servent just didn't seem right in the first place, but, as it often does, curiousity got the better of me and so I sat uncomfortably in a very comfortable chair. To my right, a guy who was mid-massage had his eyes closed, something I first interpreted as a sign of relaxation, but later on had suspected he was perhaps trying to hide the horrible, horrible pain for fear of offending the nice lady or perhaps the fear of forgoing his manliness.
To my left sat Breck for a seemingly innocent, painless pedicure.
Whether she was raised by the fighting tribes of Northern Thailand or grew up in a Shaolin monestary deep in the mountains, honing her deadly martial arts skills and building her super-human finger strength, or perhaps working as an undercover police woman for years on the mean streets of Bangkok and then retiring to the relatively stress free life of crushing foreigners' feet for a living, or simply raised by wolves, is unknown to me to this very day. All I knew at that point was that this woman could probably crush a rock with her bare hands if she thought she was
giving it a massage.
She held my feet with her vice-like grip and began to mash them up into what must have been some sort of pulpy feet paste. I close my eyes, "relax", I tell myself, "this will all be over soon".
Soon I was wearing the same expression as the guy to my left- on the outside I am the epitome of calm, I am the slow flow of a river, I am a cool summer breeze, I am birds singing in the forest. On the inside I am a man whose feet are being slowly and thoroughly broken by a grumpy woman with fingers like knives.
I start breathing like a pregnant woman. Then, I went through what I like to call "The Four Stages of Thai Foot Massage." (The bargaining stage takes place before you enter the place):
Denial- "This will all be over soon," I tell myself. "How long could a 30 minute massage possibly take anyway? I mean, it's already been, like, 3 minutes, right? So that's like.. A tenth! Yup, this will al.. OW OW OW! .. all be over soon. Just get through the initial pain and you might just start enjoying this!".
Depression- I am NOT enjoying this, OW OW OW, why does it hurt so much? It shouldn't hurt so much, oh god she's not even done with one foot, THIS IS GOING ON FOREVER AND WILL GO ON FOREVER".
I look to my left and see Breck enjoying her little pedicure.
"I should've gotten a pedicure :( "
Anger- "WHY? Why is she doing this to me? She must know this is painful! WHY IS SHE SMILING AT ME? This is unproffesional! She is the worst lady in the whole world, I HATE YOU LADY, you hear me? I h.. OWOWOW.. Hate you.."
Acceptance- "I guess a wheelchair wouldn't be so bad.. I just hope my insurance covers it."
Then suddenly it was over. I tried moving my toes and much to my surprise I found that they were still there. I opened my eyes, I was done.
.. Or so I thought... Apparently, the foot massage includes a short back massage. So she tortured me for five more minutes, and *then* I was done.
My liquid feet carried me away as fast as they could lest the lovely lady suddenly remembers another complimentry form of torture she'd like to try on me and that was the end of it.
P.s- I am alive and well.
^on our plate: Mango sticky rice for being a good boy.