I LOVE getting a quality massage! (I’m writing here of a medically-authorized version, you dirty guys!)
I began getting them in the 80’s, when I could afford them. I saw an add for a local shop and thought “What the hell, why not?”
I think the place was called Kneaderbodies.
The experience was transformative.
From then on, every few months, I’d count my pennies and come up with the $30 (+ tip).
Then, I lost the home the wife and I shared, and it became cost prohibitive for a while…
Fast-forward to the 00’s. I’d bought another home and got settled in. My daughter and wife were no longer around. Then, I remembered my massages of yore. Sadly, Kneaderbodies had moved, and I didn’t know to where!
I spent many a Saturday visiting a local indoor swap meet, because I liked the atmosphere. It was very carnivalesque, snack foods and crappy junk and factory seconds for sale. Along with retailers who were on their way up (or down).
There was some Asian dude giving massages to people (with their clothes loosened, but still on). He also taught gung-fu and did acupuncture. Turns out he had been a doctor in China, but couldn’t get certified here in the States. I saw him give acupuncture to a guy who had an injured shoulder. Couldn’t raise his arm past his waist. After 45 minutes of acupuncture, he had full range of motion without pain!
This caught my interest, although I had no reason for acupuncture.
So, I opted to try a massage. 55 minutes for $52.00 (?!) or something like that…
Deep-tissue Chinese massage. Quite painful as applied, but afterward…
I explained I was diabetic, and as such had chronic neuropathy in my legs, feet and hands. Sometimes it was all I could do to drive there and walk in from the parking lot.
And hour later I could leave with NO PAIN! And I was not on any pain meds at the time!
I usually left there and went to my favorite gun store to hang out for a few hours. On my feet!
Sadly, my financial status changed again, and I could no longer afford massage. I lost my second house, and moved even farther away. I saw in local news the indoor swap mart had closed.
I did locate Xi, who now has his own storefront, studio and school! Sadly, if I don’t want to get a massage from one of his employees or students @ $60, I must pay $125 for his services!
The price of success?
Back to counting my pennies…