This is an interesting massage story from a female therapist herself.

I was walking on the street in the city of Kuta, Bali, and was accosted by a girl who wanted me to sign up for a massage. As a massage therapist myself, I am always interested in massage, so I followed her.

The room was dingy and unclean. This would be the last place I would ever receive a massage even if I plan to get it in the first place.

So I turned on my heels and walked out. She chased me down and pleaded with me:

Mister, wait, we will give you a younger and prettier girl!

I guess she did not know that my personal rule for female massage therapists in Asia is that the older and less attractive ones are generally the more experienced and more professional ones.

If she would have said: “Mister, wait, we give you an old and ugly one and we will put clean sheets on the table”, she might have had a chance, but she blew it with her offer.

Chiang Mai Belly Attack

I went to get a massage at a shop that is known for therapeutic work. An older woman who seemed quite experienced got to work on me. Everything was fine until she got to my belly area. There she started to press really hard with thumbs and elbows which was registered by my tummy as very painful.

So in a natural effort of self-preservation, I kept my stomach muscles tense enough. This way she could not do any serious damage.

When she was done with the massage, she told me in a concerned voice that I had real issues in my belly area since I was so tense in there. She advised me to go see a doctor and come back to her for regular belly treatments.

Luckily most Thai massage therapists don’t touch the belly. Otherwise, I might end up needing a surgical belly replacement.

I have to say that later I received excellent massages in very professional settings in Bali. It was just to set the record straight.

In Thailand, I have received countless wonderful massages, and I have not totally given up on Vietnamese massage either. I will try again on my next trip. This time I will go with my wife, just to be on the safe side.


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