Today we arrived in Bangkok after a lovely stay in Chiang Mai. Talk about a culture shock! This place is crazy! We’re only in Bangkok for two days, so we have a guide ushering us around to the must-see sights so we’re sure to fit it all in.
I am again thankful for many things, but a part of Chiang Mai is sticking with me, begging me for thanks.
Today I am thankful for the traditional Thai massage. I’m telling you, it’s the gift that just keeps on giving! Three days in Chiang Mai, three massages. And not just any massage, the Thai people take massage very seriously. My muscles feel like they have been worked hard.
The Thai “Massage” is one part relaxation, one part massage, and a whole lot of body manipulation, popping, and weird positions. The first massage was giggle-inducing because I had no idea what I was getting into. The masseuse was a tiny, elderly Thai woman with the strength of Hulk Hogan. The first giggles came when she sat on me. The second when she pushed her feet into my thigh for leverage. The third when Nick cried out in pain and his masseuse laughed (demonically, I might add!) And the final was at the end of the relaxing (ha!) two hours when our masseuses pulled our spines into alignment in tandem using their super-human strength and making crazy grunting sounds.
It may not be as relaxing and serene as Western massage, but my body feels pretty darn amazing…I’m going to continue to take full advantage of these Thai body masters!