December 26, 2011 - Sa-wad-dee-ka (Hello), Pioneers..Same day, different time....days seem to have to end and no beginning, having a hard time delineating days..can't believe it's still December 26. After having no sleep once again last night, I feel I'm starting to crash and burn. Today, Pad Thai served at pool side, followed by a Thai Massage, in the hopes of relaxing for some well needed sleep. Unlike any massage I've had, I enter the darkened room through the curtain to find a small, neat futon on the bamboo floor and folded loose cotton pj's ready for me. The smell of eucalyptus rising up through the air....no, wait that's a different song from a different continent.
The massage is performed on the floor and is called "nuat phaen boran" (the ancient-manner massage). I'm instructed by the petite Thai woman to lie on my stomach and starting at my feet, this little woman inflicted a SERIOUS deep tissue massage and wake up call on every single muscle and tissue, every meridian, in my body. Using her elbows, knees, forearms..she puts my body into many yoga-like positions and stretches and pulls...sometimes hurting to where it was confused with a pain and a very large tickle, sometimes grimacing, something almost laughing. (this would be a great adjunct to my regular yoga practice at home) PS all for about $12 US. It enlivened me instead of relaxing me.
Headed to a swim lesson at the International School for my niece, Ali...what a ham that girl is, with a very good butterfly stroke..and she's speaking Thai, a most difficult language, more and more every day. So the message from Ali for the day: doo-lae-dtua-eang-duay-na-ka! (meaning "Take care of yourself...")
xoxo PG in BT..