The other day I had a brand new experience. I received a full body massage.
Prior to this, I had never come across the opportunity to do so. Also, I figured that spending a hundred dollars on a massage (which I can receive from my spouse for the lovely price of FREE) was just so not worth it.
But my friend wanted to introduce me to “her place.” Which, in girl-speak, means: you are a good friend, and I love you, so I’m letting you in on my little secret ________ (fill in the blank with hairdresser, discount brand-name shoe store, etc.). These are very intimate moments within the sisterhood, believe me. She promised that I would love it. She had previously converted another friend, so the three of us went together.
The place was run entirely by Chinese people, and had the ambiance of my grandma’s house. Big comfy chairs, zen-type plants and wall hangings, hot Jasmine tea. The service was quick, and I was soon assigned to a 40-year old woman who immediately got to work on my sore muscles.
OH. MAN. It was heaven. The angels singing, clouds parting kind of heaven. While my feet soaked in hot water, she massaged my neck, shoulders and back. Then she moved to my head, arms, legs. I had just had an intense workout at the gym that morning, and apparently had tight muscles everywhere. My woman kept making “ohh” and “uhh” noises as she massaged me, as if to convey her shock that someone with this amount of knots didn’t come see her on a weekly basis. The best part, though, was the foot massage. She placed hot towels on my legs and feet, and worked on them for a glorious fifteen minutes. By the end, muscles I didn’t know existed in my body felt wonderful and relaxed.
And the best part? The entire experience cost me $20 (including tip). Steve was so envious, that we decided to go again today. Saturdays are our date day, so we decided on Chinese massages and dim sum for lunch.
Go find your own cheap Chinese massage place.* I highly recommend it.
*Oh man, am I going to get all sorts of weird hits from people googling Chinese massage now?