massage parlour danger!
I write to highlight a frightening story I heard from a massage parlour friend while on business in Taiwan.
This is what I was told:
A man in his forties, went to his usual massage session by his favourite masseuse, expecting a good massage and a little XTRA from his favourite and scantily clad masseuse. As usual, the man chatted up the masseuse. 5 minutes into the massage, he was sound asleep with his face in the hole.
On that fateful day, business was brisk, there were far too many customers that particular masseuse needed handle. She was tired.
As usual, the masseuse applied essential oil on her palms and went around the man's favourite whole body massage. Next, she climbed up and stood with her two feet on the back of the man with both her hands holding onto two bars overhead for balance. Using her feet to press and do the real massaging job to the delight of the man. Suddenly, her oily hands slipped and she lost her balance. In a split second, she fell like a piano and sat momentarily on the man, her whole body weight sank right at the man's waistline. The man screamed in great pain on impact and passed out. When he gained consciousness and sweat profusely, he was paralised waist down and suffered a serious internal injuries.
The next time you visit a masseuse, don't be a hero, never allow her to stand on your back! A good masseuse would sit on your back and do you like a mamak does a "roti chanai" dough.
Last edited by uchangeng; 01-05-2003 at 08:39 PM.
the only place i go for massages are in thailand, and that's to the proper accredited masseuses that the thais go to. i found a nice joint in krabi and bangkok. krabi was an unknown place, bangkok at the hilton. (convenient, i stayed there)
the ones we have in malaysia are not very reputable from what i hear. anyone got a good one to recommend me to?
uchangeng, that is unfortunate, but it's probably a freak accident too.
but as a general rule, always go to experience masseuses. the back is delicate, there's the spinal cord, the back bone, shoulders and a lot of muscles and nerves. go to someone who knows what he or she is doing.
uchangeng : interestingly enough, most of the masseurs in Taiwan especially those in Tai Chung, Tai Pei and Hsin Chu are not professionally trained as a masseur. But most do have some basic knowledge to do some pressure point massage. From my trips in Taiwan, I hear that a sprained back may not be the only danger you get exposed to in a massage parlour.
Yes...EJ is right. Some of the best massages (licensed or otherwise) can only be enjoyed in Thailand.
Joecool: A number of the fair skinned massuers in Taipeh actually came form Malaysia! So why go all the way there for a sprained back 'Taiwanese' massage from a Ipoh SImpang Empat New Village massuer
My family now enjoys a twice weekly shiat su massage from qualified massuer in the comforts of our own home :-)...She come sin from 10am and do a 2-hourly session for 4 members of my family...enjoy beb.
tupai who can float after a massage.
why i like the thai massages a lot is because they really pay attention to the specific body part.
it takes an accredited masseuse in thailand a full 3 years for her diploma.
massages feel good in general, anyone can press here-there and it will feel nice. but whether it has any benefits depends on the kind of massage.
swedish massages are pretty good too from what i hear.
Tupai : Yes. That is true. I remember getting a massage from one of those places where you can call in to your room in Sydney. And guess what? She was from Penang. We ended up chatting the whole hour away about the "End of the World" restaurant.
Oh..i've been dying for a good massage.
Tupai: how much does it cost you for a one-two hour session in your own house? And do they serve all the way to KLCC area...? I don't really know how far Subang Jaya is from here.
we are still a long way to go in terms of this. I remember in some countries they can actually come to your office to give you a good back massage. KLCC is smack in the middle of town. There are some good massage places especially in those SPAs and I mean those that has no hanky panky. There should be one in Menara Citibank and Nikko Hotel.
tazolover, you can get a good masseuse for RM40 an hour. i'm pretty sure that they service klcc area, my friend who has a masseusse used to have the guy over at his place.
but alas, my friend is my ex-boss who's a prat, so i can't tell you where to get the masseusse from, sorry.
but try the society of the blind - they have links. the blind masseuse's in kl i heard are great, better than the sighted ones.
and no hanky-panky with them.
tazolover, we pay rm70 per head for 4 persons. So she earns rm280 for a 9hr work. She takes a hr break for lunch (we usu buy her lunch or she will also eat with us...)
All of us feel it is worth the money. we have paid less but never have that 'satisfied' feeling.
Nope, she doesn't do kl....in fact we alos pick her from her hse and send her back in the evening.
the spa in menara citi, jln ampang has good siastsu too but as they do step on your back as described by ucangeng..now i takut to have them step on my back lah...
tupai who is looking forward to this weekend's massage :-)
Last weekend at the Subang Parade, I saw this Japanese computerised massage chair, complete with leather outfit, remote control and loaded with many chic massage programs guarantee to satisfy your needs. The sales person even gave me a free 30 minutes try, very comfortable, straighten up a bit my achy back, no worry about someone falling on me.
That gizmo cost a whooping RM13,500 a piece! Promotional price. Normal price may be more. I dream to have one. May have to start saving now. May be by the time I am 50s and desperate enough to have my daily massage minus a masseuse, I will get to buy one.
I also saw one infra-red foot-massage machine. A repute brand cost somewhere near RM1800 a piece. Before I part with my money and buy one, I hope to get feedback from a real user, not from the sale person. Please do let me know if you find it worth the money. Or it cost more than it's worth?
it costs around that price here too, i.e. around 3-4K for a nice soft leather finish.
my bfs dad has one, it looks like a normal chair when you sit on it, but lo and behold it does wonders!
it sure feels good. after a long day at work it does feel nice to come back to one of those things.
esp for the lower back.... it really feels great, i bet you know that! i have a bad lower back (sports) so any help and comfort is great.
for now, i will have to do with the once in a while massages i treat myself to every now and then.
me sis had a leading Japanese brand massage chair. It lasted her 4 years of 'light to medium' use ( she has 3 small kids and her hubby is not into massage) we the siblings used to tumpang a bit now and then...my assumption, hardly 1 hour use per day. then the thing conked. the electronic parts would cost her another rm2,000 to replace. the upholstery also torn cos the rollers wear it out...the machine is now given to the alarm man for free and the alarm man wants to tinkle with it...
Back to the rm13500 promotional price massaging machine:
So at rm13500 per machine and assuming that this machine charges rm40 per hour then it should be able to pay for itself after 337hours of continuous massaging.
1 hour x 3 times per week (when its is still a novelty lah...) divide by 337hrs gives 112 massages..
Seriously how many of us have ever sat/or can sit down in a chair for an hour of massage. 1 hour of dozing off in a comfy chair is usually 'unintentional'.1 hour (2 hrs r better) of lying down n being kneaded to dough is a diff and delightful story altogether.
My point is can do this incredibly machine pay for itself? what is the warranty period? what parts are guaranteed? if the warranty is only for a year..u r better off paying rm100 per hour massage in a real nice joint. In fact rm13500 can pay for a good many delightful massage trips to thailand
tupai who's gotta go wait for his turn 4a massage now :-)
I forget to mention one sales point the promoter told me. This wonderful chair can guarantee your husband would not go to