Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A Thai Affair

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(Mind having your feet massaged by professionals? Picture source: www.irishhealth.com/)
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Thai = Mother (in Tamil)
Thailand = Mother Land (secret code used by my friends whenever they are going for a trip up North)

It was a lazy Saturday morning when I decided to go and catch a movie with my wife. So, after my son had slept, we quickly drove to IOI Mall to catch the latest Tamil Movie. What we saw was a bit shocking – the queue for the movie ticket was very long. So, we changed our mind and decided to go to Sunway Pyramid. The ticket for the movie that we wanted to see was sold out but we managed to get a ticket for the movie “The Legend of Zorro” (entertaining but not exactly “War of the World” material)

Anyway, after we had watched the movie and as we were coming down the escalator at 2nd floor, we caught sight of a shop specializing in Thai Massage. The price looked attractive: RM35 for 40 minutes of massage of feet and shoulder (RM65 for 60 minutes if you want the full package – whole body massage).

As my wife has been complaining about the “pain” in her feet, I decided to use the opportunity to get her feet massaged by the “professionals”. Frankly speaking, I don’t mind massaging her feet but when I do that, I feel so lazy to just continue. A little bit “picit” here & there and that’s all I do for a massage.

I opted out from having a massage myself because I felt just fine (or maybe I did not want to fork out another RM35 for massage that I can do it myself at home). However after seeing how well the person massaged my wife’s legs, I regretted of not joining my wife for the massage because I could see that it worked for her. As the session takes 40 minutes to complete and there was no place to sit, by the time the session ended, the pain in my legs was killing me.

I checked on the art of reflexology over the net and some of the facts seem interesting:-

1. Reflexology is defined as a natural healing art, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands which correspond to every part of the body. By stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands, it is increasing circulation and promoting specific bodily and muscular functions

2. The 1996 China Reflexology Symposium Report has found foot reflexology to be 93.63% effective in treating 63 disorders (among others: Back Pain, Migraine, Infertility, Arthritis, Sleep disorders, Hormonal imbalances, Sports injuries, Digestive disorders, Stress-related conditions)

I asked my wife on how she was feeling when it was over and she felt better, the usual pain in leg was gone (for now). As we were leaving the place, I looked back and saw a queue at the shop.
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It seems like a lot of people wanted Thai massage without the need to go to Thailand.
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