We have a lot of our minds these days... and even more on the 'to-do' list! And our favorite Thai restaurant (where we usually eat at least 4 times per week) is closed this week, so we treated ourselves to a mid-week dinner at Que Pasa. Our second-most-frequented restaurant. After a nice dinner where we ended up sitting with a friend from small group and her daughter, we decided to get massages.
Now, the idea of 'getting a massage' usually conjures up thoughts of white sheets, a table with a hole in it for your head, relaxing music, little-to-no clothing, candles... relaxation. However, a massage in Thailand is no Urban Nirvana experience.
Tonight, we walked in (our second time having massages here) and saw another couple small group. So, we got into the recliner-type chairs next to them and settle in. Not too much chit-chat... after all, we're all there for the massages, not the conversation. But here's the setting: 5 recliner-type black leather chairs lined up against a wall right as we walk in. As we are sitting in the chairs, we are within ear-shot of everything that goes on in the shop and a lot of things that happen on the street just outside the door (which is also clear so we can see as much out there as we want as well).
We sit in the chairs, and the Thai ladies wash our feet and get down to business. Reflexology-type massage, which means deep, serious massaging. After the feet, they do our lower legs, then before we know it, there is a small Thai woman on top of each of us massaging our upper legs. Then, she crawls back off of us and comes around the side to do our arms.
Then, we get out of the chairs and sit on the stool which she was sitting in for part of the time. She massages our scalp, neck, shoulders and back.
All in all, it's a wonderful experience, as long as you are not expecting a Western-style massage. Tonight's was wonderful! Partly because it didn't surprise us one bit that when the lady's cell phone rang (loudly), she left to go answer it, talked on the phone for a bit, then came back and told the lady right next to her (the one who is massaging the person who is within breath-smelling distance) all about her recent phone conversation. They laugh. They talk. They call back to the ladies in the back of the room and laugh and talk some more. Then, they quiet down and you get all chill, but then another phone rings.
Seriously, though, it's a very nice treat. And, for both of us to have an hour long massage, for less than $15, we'll be doing it again before we leave!
P.S. The pictures were found online. They give you an idea of what it is like. :) I think I could go for another one right now!