Life list #73: Get a massage.
Getting my first massage in in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
I’d never gotten a massage before. I don’t really like when people touch me unless it’s a guy I want to sleep with. And I get bored easily. Seriously, I have trouble going to movies because by the time the previews are over I’m cursing that I have to sit there for another 2 hours.
So the idea of lying on my stomach for an hour while some stranger kneaded at my body had never really been all that appealing to me.
But it’s something people seem to enjoy. I mean, I guess you never hear someone say “gosh darnit I regret getting that massage yesterday” or “golly jee I just am not looking forward to getting a massage.” So I added it to my life list.
So, on my last day in Siem Reap, after three long days of exploring Angkor Wat, while in a place where I could get an hour long one for under $10, I decided it was as good of any time to go for it.
The whole day was kind of relaxing. I had breakfast, lounged in a beach chair, swam, got a fizzy juice drink, had some lunch, all without leaving the pool.
We did a little shopping. I bargained down a new bag from $5 to $3. Which was probably still too much.
We returned for another swim and to watch random movies in the room.
And then we booked our appointment and in an hour I was stripping down in a little curtained room.
I went for a lavender oil massage. The scent was pretty delicate compared to my other choices.
The whole thing was actually very wonderful and relaxing. Except, for maybe when she did something to the back of my legs that almost made me cry or scream and when, at the end, she punched me in the head a bunch of times.
Which, I think, was part of it…
As I sipped my free tea afterwards I did feel a lot less tense than I normally do. And I definitely would do it again. Maybe I can work them into my daily budget…
Afterwards, Corey and I went out and shared $1 plates of food and then a cocktail.
And then we retreated to the room where I almost immediately fell asleep…
p.s. not that I would want one, but do they do happy ending massages for girls? Or is that just for guys?
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