Monday, 31 March 2008

Bluebells and massage


The first bluebells are here! Now I usually think of these as arriving in April or May so that shows you how early we are this year. And while global warming might be ruining our planet, at least it shows that spring is on its way. And that is a cheering thought indeed.

On Saturday afternoon I had the second of my birthday massages. My mum and Himself gave me vouchers for the wonderful spa at a nearby hotel, and so I am able to have several massages – free!

One thing that struck me is how young the girls are – the masseuses, that is. Yes, I know this is a sure sign of Getting Old, but most of these girls are 20ish. They look at you as if you are no longer a member of the human race, and evidently eye my sagging skin and skinny frame with distaste. Having worked as a masseuse I know. As I know the unflattering comments that abound later. “Tubs of lard” was one at the place I used to work.

But this girl gave me a 5 second chat to ascertain whether I wanted aromatherapy oils to calm me down or buoy me up. I explained that I’m fairly hyper by nature, so calming would be better.

I had half an hour’s thorough neck, shoulders and back massage and got up feeling quite light headed. I recovered in their Rest Room – lay sipping a glass of iced water and reading a glossy magazine wondering where to place a couple of pieces I’d written on spec for a glossy that doesn’t want them.

I then went home, so reeking of Soothing Aromatherapy Oils that even Mollie sniffed at me nervously. That night I slept like a tree trunk (do they sleep?) and have been unable to function ever since. Life is like struggling through treacle, or brain high mud. As for brain cells – forget it. I left them with the twenty year old on the massage couch.

But I’d still go for another massage. Half an hour to have all the stresses and strains kneaded out of my body – bliss.

PS Mum - I hope you're reading this today. Hello and I love you. Keep practising your emails!

14 comments:

Rebecca Taunton said...

Well, you've sold me FP. I must book myself in there soon! RT

Flowerpot said...

RT - this time make sure you actually book it!!!

Rebecca Taunton said...

Lol, I will ;@)

Akelamalu said...

Oooo massages are lovely. I also love a reflexology treatment - now that is wonderful.

Wahay your Mum is up and running then?

Em said...

Must remember to book myself in for a shiatsu treatment... in the meantime, yoga tomorrow night will have to do!

Welcome to the internet, FP's mum!!

Flowerpot said...

Ak - well Mum is up but I wouldnt say that she's running. More like one very small step at a time! She's trying to work out how to reply to emails....

Flowerpot said...

Em - good to see you back! I've never had shiatsu but I know you have it n tap at home - so to speak! How wonderful...

Philipa said...

I would have said gimme now as I'd love an indian head massage, always fancied one, but I don't want to be ridiculed by youngsters who know nothing. I would never have done that when I was their age - perhaps in just thinking that way it ages me; that in my day we would have been more discreet and polite, even in private afterwards.

Debs said...

Sounds like utter bliss and so wonderful to sleep like a tree trunk (loved that).

The picture is gorgeous too.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I'm very envious of your massage. I could do with one myself right now.

Miss Understood said...

I'd give anything for a massage right now. I think we should all get them free on the NHS! (Having said that, they wouldn't seem so special then, would they?)

Flowerpot said...

Philipa - perhaps it was just me being oversensitive!

Debs - it was utter bliss!

Flowerpot said...

wakeup - I bet you could. Hope things improve for you very soon.

MissU - massage on the NHS is a great idea. In fact I think a surgery in Newlyn is advocating just that..

Philipa said...

Never blame yourself for wanting good manners fp - I very much doubt you were oversensitive, just from a different era, like me! LOL After a cold and two weeks of the children screaming in delight and running around the house I think I'm going to book that massage next week - thanks for the thought :-)