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The Magical Masterful Masseuse

Updated on June 21, 2011

Stress Magnet

Sometimes life is more than a bowl of all bran. Stresses come at you from different angles, endlessly flying in your direction. You become this giant stress magnet, and other people have to duck out of the way as the stress hurtles towards you. My name is Cindy and I am a stress magnet.

The stress of packing up a life and moving to a different continent. The stress of getting paperwork up to date and reports done. The usual end of term stress with all teachers' nerves on a knife edge. The stress of an untimely death of a student in our school. The stress of juggling finances because of many unforeseen expenses. The stress of a child's final exams and graduation. The stress of saying goodbye to friends and some of your own children, not knowing when and where you'll see them again. The stress of not knowing what to do with some of your junk you forgot to pack in the shipment. The stress of not knowing what it's going to be like on the other side. The stress of your partner teacher being addicted to planning and discussing the students in her class, and following you everywhere, giving you NO SPACE AT ALL and stalking you when you try and hide away during a free period when you try and get essential work done which has to be completed because you are leaving. The stress of losing half a tooth and eating it. A myriad of things too numerous to mention. I am definitely a stress-magnet..

Massages

My first year in China, I used to get a massage sometimes twice a week. Foot massage was my favourite. Unfortunately, I had a couple of bruising experiences, the last time the most bruising. My back was black and blue as the masseuse had tried to knock the stuffing out of me and had tried to rub all my tension knots away permanently, but taking the muscle with the knot. I couldn't walk properly or sit without grimacing in pain for three days afterwards. I decided that it wasn't fun as I wasn't a masochist. On a visit to India, I had an amazing oil massage, but decided to never again have a massage in China. Until, last night.

A month and a half ago, my son managed an AC joint separation in his right shoulder playing rugby. There are no recommended physiotherapists in Nanjing, which is quite sad for a city of over 6 million peoiple. Someone at school suggested this guy who would come to your house and had specialised in rehabilitation massage. That sounded a bit like a physiotherapist to me, albeit a traditional Chinese medicine one. He mentioned how strong and muscular my son was and how difficult it is to massage strong powerful muscles. Amazingly, the guy spoke perfect English. My son got a bit worried when the masseuse started to knead his bum and was getting ready to smack him. But, he definitely eased his shoulder and my son has almost all his movement back in his shoulder now and is wanting to play rugby on Saturday. I have convinced him to wait.

My turn came with the masseuse, as the only way I could make my son agree to have a massage, was for me to have one as well. OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! Did I say, "Oh my God?" What a light soft touch! What gentle strong hands! Very small thumbs and we know what that means, but my God he knew just what to do and where to press. His hands flew across my back and zeroed in on the exact spot where tension collected in a knot. He is an awesome spot-finder - the x-spot, not the G-spot! I had had a terrible headache for seven days solid. He found sore spots, pressure points on my head and neck and worked them, firmly but gently, and my week-long headache vanished! My dizziness I have been struggling with dissipated! My neck went crack. This morning, after an exceptionally good night';s sleep, I woke up without a headache. This masseuse has magical powers. He is a master. I am in love.

I asked him if I should have acupuncture, but he said that he gave me a medical massage which was the same as acupuncture as it used the same pressure points and achieved the same result. For those of you not in the know, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese traditional medical cure,m where they stick little needles into your pressure points. They swear by it and up to date, I have resisted the urge to become a human pin cushion.

I am already counting down the days until the return of the magical master masseuse. I might fit him in with my luggage. Did I mention, that for him to visit you at your house and do you in your bed only costs a whopping great $10?

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      and you to

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      and you to

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      bading 7 years ago

      pak u

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      yeah you seemed a bit down, everything ok?

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      I had a quiet weekend for a change, nothing exceptional, I suppose a gal has to rest sometimes LMAO

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      lol Candie! He's coming again next Thursday!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I'm coming over tonight.. have the guy bring an extra set of sheets for me.. I need one!! At least 90 minutes.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Been out and about in town all day, bought a Wii Fit and some more games. Might have to use it to work out on when nobody is looking! Tonight, just going to chillax and do some more chapters in the book. And you?

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Right on Cindy what are you up to tonight?

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Not too sure, will find out if they can build a special crate like they did for my terracotta warriors

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Can you ship him over here ? How much will that cost with postage etc?

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      lol BP, I got this guy coming back next week. He was bloody fabulous!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      oh wow Cindy I am so jealous. I loooooooooooooooooove massage I would kill for one right now instead I am just sitting here eating musk sticks sigh.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Ashley, there's nothing like a good massage to give you a good night's sleep.

      Hawkesdream, I'd never had a massage before I came to Asia. Not talking about the lover massage, the proper massage.

      AIDY, thanks, can't wait for this school year to be over!

      Ethel, chiropractors are expensive. Just try and find a Thai or Chinese massage place somewhere!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I have tried a chiropractor to sort out my poor old back in recent years. It certainly empties my money box quickly.

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      Cindy, well done. You deserve that massage, you have been working so hard there lately with moving and writing, and teaching. I am glad it has made you feel better. Nice and enjoyable read, Cindy.

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      I have never had a massage, [ altogether now Ahhhhhhhhh!] seems like I am missing out on a lot.

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      I have to admit my first massage was from a gift certificate I received. But once I had my first I was hooked. A good masseuse can make you feel so good.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Alekhouse, bet you pay more than the $10 I did! Will miss that back in Africa. Only massages there are massage parlours which are another name for a brothel!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I love massages. Shiatzu, pressure points, swedish, ayurvedic whatever. They are so reviving. In fact, had one yesterday. I get one every week...............expensive, but worth it

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Diana, had an ayurvedic massage in Goa

      JJ, are you planning on starring in the video with GT then?

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      'Okay Toady, for that 'happy ending' you charge an optional extra, and film everything, make a website, load on the videos and make a killing!'

      Aaah...Cindy you do give good advice. Glad you enjoyed the massage in Goa (?)...there are all kinds here...Swedish, ayurvedic,Thai...you name it.

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      Pachuca213 8 years ago

      I am really good at massages GT.....Hint Hint...LOL

      This is great Cindy...I feel the need to call my friend who is also a massage therapist and have her come give me a good unknotting of my back- Great hub!

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Hey CC, I'm sure you'll be worth every cent!

      Christoph, when I'm in Tanzania you can visit with your large thumbs and golden touch

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      I am the massuese with the golden touch (and large thumbs!).

      Sounds like your guy really did you well. Glad it worked for you!

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Your cindy and a magnet for stress, my name is Charlie and I'm shy! So, are you having him come to your house and DO you in bed for $10? Hell I'll do you for free and you wanna pay me anyway. hehe Nice choice of words

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Yeah Candie, brings new meaning to Pimp my ride!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      That's what I do for a living! My mom went to one on a cruise ship, she got a face massage that left her with black eyes for 2 weeks.. not such a good thing, I can't get her off my table.. Did I say I make house calls? Glad you found one you can trust. That's the key! Good haircuts/bad hair cuts. Good drugs/bad drugs. Gotta know these things!!

      GT pimping his wife out? LOL! Gotta make her earn her keep!

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Okay Toady, for that 'happy ending' you charge an optional extra, and film everything, make a website, load on the videos and make a killing!

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      yeah my friends would get the wrong idea. They're all pervs. Worse than me.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Yeah, but then you can rent her out to your friends and make some money out of it!

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      she would probably charge me additional.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      GT, this is one of the good things about living here! You have to get your wife trained in Chinese massage.

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      I need a good unknotting of my back. I wish I had time to get a real one.