As a mobile massage therapist I get to know my clients as well as their families.
I had one particular client who would always talk to me about how much pain her husband was in and how she knew he would get so much relief if he was just willing to get a massage. He was very uncomfortable with the whole idea of being naked and vulnerable in front of a stranger.
At the end of her massages, her husband would always come in to say hello.
One day, as he walked in to the room, I noticed his gait (posture) was worse than normal. So I fed him the usual “I really wish you would let me work on those hips. We can do a Thai Massage. No getting naked and no massage table.” Now, I’d like to believe it was my charm and good looks that sold him on the appointment, but in reality his pain had just elevated to a level of desperation. He literally couldn’t say no.
So we scheduled an appointment for the following day.
I arrived at his home with my Thai mat in tow, excited to finally convince this non- believer on the benefits of massage treatment. I laid the mat on the floor and he lied down, face up.
As I proceeded with the rhythmic routine of compression to the sen (energy) meridians and yoga like stretches, I could feel his body begin to relax. Being a certified Thai Yoga therapist and instructor (with extensive education in myoskeletal alignment, sports massage and kinesiology) I like to incorporate what I feel is necessary into the treatment.
The next movement added to this routine was a twist. Apanasana (knee to chest) Twist. Being a science and concept minded person, Sanskrit was not my strong suit in yoga school (neither was flexibility), so please feel free to be impressed with the few Sanskrit words I happen to remember!
Anyhoo, as I brought his knees to his chest he let out a fart.
Yup. A big ol’ fart.
Although it isn’t exactly a perk in my line of work, it is a bit of a compliment to me when it does happen. It’s sort of equivalent to burping in front of the chef. If you are farting you are relaxed and we are moving your guts around, which is a goal of mine during any session. And seeing as I’m used to people farting in my general direction, I thought nothing of it and just went about my business. The treatment was complete in about 80 minutes (I have a hard time fitting a Thai massage into 60) and ended in “child’s pose.”
His wife entered the room and asked how it went. I told her we made some great progress. Her husband felt great pain relief and was very pleased with the results. I explained a bit about what I felt was going on and how I addressed the issue. I instructed them on some movements they should be doing everyday. He then says “Honey she must be used to this because I farted and it didn’t even phase her. She just kept going like nothing happened.” We laughed and I said “Well I wasn’t going to rat you out to your wife that you farted on me but you did it anyway.”
In all seriousness, Thai massage is an amazing form of bodywork that I encourage everyone to try. I always try to incorporate different forms of treatment into my sessions. I have over 18 years of experience in this field and I find that 8 times out of 10, when an individual tells me they need a deep tissue massage, what they really need is some Thai Massage!