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  1. Hogga
    March 5, 2013

    LOL!

    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed that. :)

  2. Patti
    March 5, 2013

    And you paid for such fun?!
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      That’s what I kept asking myself. LOL

  3. Danielle Blanchette
    March 5, 2013

    HAHAHAHAHA…i so want to get a real thai massage, but im also kind of a masochist.

    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Right up your alley, Dani. LOL

  4. Kevin Revolinski
    March 5, 2013

    Oh man, I feel your pain. No, seriously, I do. And will again this week, for about $9. It’s like yoga for the lazy, and prepares me to resist giving away government secrets if I’m ever held indefinitely in a black site.
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Definitely good practice for that. I’ve been told that in the north it’s less painful and more relaxing.

  5. ITALIAN/Franca
    March 5, 2013

    We had a Thai massage in Chiang Mai and your description is pretty detailed, however I think the lady that did it to me was more ‘gentle’ that the guy who did it to Dale. In fact Dale ended up having a very bad lower back pain for 2/3 days at least.
    Not having had a Thai massage before, we weren’t sure if it was supposed to be like that or not, but after reading your post we have the confirmation. :)

    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Wow, how’d you get so lucky as to be spared? LOL

  6. TammyOnTheMove
    March 5, 2013

    “You big boy. I think you need two hour.” You gotta admire her diplomatic sales tactics. ;-)
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Gotta love Asian frankness.

  7. Melissa
    March 5, 2013

    “…slapping me literally upside the head.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Talon!! Hahahaha!

    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      I still laugh when I think about it.

  8. Steve
    March 5, 2013

    My first (and last) Thai massage was with a blind masseuse. He walked in and promptly knelt down, driving one knee heavily onto my nether regions. The rest of the massage wasn’t much less painful…
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Not to self: No massages from a blind masseuse. YIKES!

  9. wandering educators
    March 5, 2013

    NOPE.
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Where’s your sense of adventure? LOL

  10. Alyson
    March 5, 2013

    No thanks, I’ll stick to the totally painless, maybe even relaxing, Thai bikini wax.
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      That just made me cross my legs.

  11. cosmoHallitan
    March 5, 2013

    I got a traditional Thai massage, the kind where they bend you in impossible directions, in Chiang Mai and it was incredibly relaxing. Felt two inches taller afterwards! Then I got a deep-tissue oil massage on Koh Lanta and even though she was using only “medium pressure,” I had to keep myself from wincing. I definitely preferred the first one, though would do them both again. No pain, no gain!
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      I’ve been told in the north it’s much more relaxing and like passive yoga. Down south tends to be more painful, and that’s where I was. Sounds like our folks were trained in the same school.

  12. Ryan @ Pause The Moment
    March 5, 2013

    This story resonates with me as I endured a massage from hell in Los Cabos, Mexico last year. It was my second time ever getting a swedish massage. The first was in St. Kitts and it was incredibly relaxing. Not this time! I had this older Mexican woman who was pummeling me, but, like you I refused to throw up the white flag. At one point she stopped the massage and when I looked back she whispered, “You okay?” “I strong!” as she flexed her bicep high in the air. WTF!?

    Massages are very hit or miss. Not to scare anyone but I met a guy on a press trip in Aruba that got injured during a massage in the Caribbean. The massage therapist actually injured some of the ligaments in his angle/lower leg so he had to walk around in a boot for a few months. I would have never even thought of the possibility of that happening before meeting him.
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Whoa! You have to be seriously negligent to injure someone like that. Holy crap!

      I think some of those old ladies enjoy showing how they can put a hurt on guys. LOL

  13. Aaron @ Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures
    March 5, 2013

    Hilarious! I, for one, am a Thai massage ADDICT. Last time I was in Bangkok for 4 days and had 3 massages. Seriously. They’re the bomb! That said, it is definitely an acquired taste. You may want to try a massage at Wat Pho, which is supposedly the best in Bangkok (they run a training program) .

    Off subject slightly, but I tried a blind massage in China. As in, the masseuse was blind. It was rather interesting, as he had a box that I would announce how much time he had left. Still though, that was a more traditional massage. Couldn’t wait to get myself back to Thailand for more “massage torture!”

    Hope you do give Thai massage another shot though!
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      I probably will, esp if it’s up north where the style is different. I did feel good after a couple of days, and I’ve noticed my gait has changed so it righted some things for me. Even if it did have me rethinking my choice later on. LOL

      I’ll have to check out the wat. Thanks for that.

  14. Laurel @Capturing la Vita
    March 5, 2013

    That was hilarious! Loved the photos as a visual for it all!
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    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Melanie Murrish
    March 5, 2013

    Took a yoga class for the first time last week, to break myself back into exercise “gently”! I couldn’t move two days after, but I am now 6’2″ LOL

    • Talon
      March 5, 2013

      HAHA! I should’ve measured myself after. I’m sure I gained some height as well.

  16. Alex
    March 5, 2013

    Pretty funny. A good rule of thumb for traveling in Thailand is that if you are going to get a massage, go to a local temple that offers massages. You’ll get fully trained masseuses who take the job seriously. You’ll see why so many of us love Thai massage and even consider it to be relaxing!
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    • Talon
      March 6, 2013

      I would say she took it pretty seriously. LOL I’ve also heard that the technique differs between the north and the south, with that of the north being more relaxing and more like passive yoga.

  17. Rich
    March 6, 2013

    Yeah I’ll try one. I have never had a Thai massage but when i get massages here I am constantly asking for them to go deeper. Hurts when it is being done but oh so good after.

    • Talon
      March 6, 2013

      Oh, they’ll be more than happy to dig deep!

  18. RenegadePilgrim
    March 6, 2013

    When I was in Thailand, I had grand plans to get a massage…then I saw the bruises on one of the girls in my hostel and it scared me so bad I decided I didn’t care how cheap they were I wasn’t going to do it…I still have never had a massage…
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    • Talon
      March 6, 2013

      I’m really not surprised. I thought for sure I had bruises when I woke up in the middle of the night and could feel her elbow pressing against me still. No visible bruising, though.

  19. Bethaney – Flashpacker Family
    March 7, 2013

    I must be some kind of masocist because I really enjoy Thai massage… even when it hurts!! I find if I breathe out with the pressure they apply instead of tensing and fighting back it hurts a lot less. Maybe she was just a bit heavy handed (and kneed and elbowed) with you because you’re big and she thought you could take it? :P
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    • Talon
      March 7, 2013

      I think she saw it as a personal challenge. LOL

  20. Agness
    March 8, 2013

    Hahaha Talon This post just made my day, can’t stop laughing!
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    • Talon
      March 9, 2013

      I’m so glad it provided you with some entertainment!

  21. Cole @ FourJandals.com
    March 8, 2013

    I wonder if they are actually any good for you? Surely the after-effects most loosen your muscles after that sort of workout!
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    • Talon
      March 9, 2013

      1-1/2 days later, yes. I did feel better. I actually felt my gait change and have been sleeping better. I’m sure the one they do up north, which is more like passive yoga, is probably even more helpful as it stretches and works on various meridians.

  22. Larissa
    March 11, 2013

    When in Chiang Mai I opted for the foot massage and pedicure, which were wonderful. After reading this, I’m glad I did!

    • Talon Windwalker
      March 12, 2013

      It’s supposed to be less painful in Chiang Mai, but yeah probably wise decision. LOL

  23. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries
    July 9, 2013

    FEEL THE PAIN!

    LOL that’s some brutal stuff, for sure! I love me some thai massage on my feet, though….no matter how much you brutalize my walkers, I’m a happy camper :)
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    • Talon Windwalker
      July 9, 2013

      That WAS a great foot massage. Did that a few times at least while we were in Thailand.

  24. Amy
    April 13, 2014

    Ah, I mistakenly walked in thinking it was going to be a lovely, relaxing experience. I even took three of the kids with me as a treat. Well! At least misery had company to commiserate afterwards. My son swears he will never get another massage.

    • Talon Windwalker
      April 14, 2014

      It wouldn’t have been so bad, I suppose, had I actually asked for a Thai massage, but I made it clear I wanted a Swedish! Your poor boys. Tigger only had a leg and foot massage while there, and he’s a fan.

  25. Raphael Alexander Zoren
    April 13, 2014

    After getting a haircut in India, the barber kindly offered me a “free massage”. Yes, it was basically torture as he flexed and almost broke all of my bones. I left him a big tip in order for him to stop :O
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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 14, 2014

      Yowch!

  26. Val-This Way To Paradise
    April 13, 2014

    This was hysterical, but I love the way Thai massages cause me to actually feel my body. I tried getting a massage here in Italy that was the worst I’ve ever had. She was just gliding her hands over my body with no pressure at all. I kept asking for more but nothing. I personally can’t wait to have another Thai massage!
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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 14, 2014

      I much prefer a relaxing Swedish massage.

  27. Tracey – Life Changing Year
    April 13, 2014

    My first and only Thai massage was at home in Australia. It was the most horrific 60 minutes of my life and was actually a birthday present (if you can call this torture a present!) I’m a bit stubborn too and made it to the end without weeping but it’s not something I ever wish to experience again! E.V.E.R.
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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 14, 2014

      You know it’s bad when you can feel their fingers pressing into you 12 hours later.

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