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May 24, 2004

The "High-End" Treatment

AMTA statistics show that more than half of Americans who have gotten massage had their first experience in a day spa. This tongue-in-cheek account of a harried couple who waited too long to take a vacation tells their story of going for a high-end luxury massage.

We checked in and were offered couples' treatments, which means you are massaged and pummeled and scraped side by side in the same room.

I looked at my husband. "I don't know if I want to be massaged by a man."

As it turned out, he had two women massaging him. One attacked him with loofah sponges and scraped him within an inch of his life, then threw him in a shower where water comes from all sides and you need goggles and a snorkel to survive. Then another woman gave him a deep-tissue massage which involved her digging her thumbs into all of his muscles as hard as she could and, before it made him feel like a million bucks, it apparently really hurt first.

All this made me feel better.

I felt smooth and relaxed and like I had lost about two pounds of dry skin.

So off I go, hang up my towel, plunge in naked, and...every woman in that whirlpool was wearing a bathing suit.

The best treatment benefit of the day was that I started to think about things beyond grocery lists and homework assignments.

Posted by linda at May 24, 2004 9:09 AM

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