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Celebrity Massage

Written By:
Daniel King

Last week I landed an interesting massage. I got called really late to massage one of Hollywood's most talked about pop singers. Over the years I have massaged my share of celebrities, and believe me the sessions are usually interesting. But when it comes down to it, it’s all about the massage.

I treated her like anyone else. I didn't want the session to be any different than if I was massaging a nurse, a teacher or an ironworker. I believe that all people deserve massages and just because you’re a celebrity it doesn't make you any different than the next person. In fact, I believe she welcomed that I talked and treated her as if she was simply another human being in need of a healing touch.

There are some slight differences about a celebrity session over any other session. Their assistants seem to need the massage more than their client. And with many celebrities there's a security check with a personal body guard. And celebrities don't live on the same schedule as you and I, which means many sessions with celebrities end south of midnight.

But overall the session was like any massage. She was tense and stressed just like many of my clients who work 60 to 80 hours a week. Her shoulders were up to her ears, and her neck was so tight it could barely turn left or right. It took 20 minutes for her to relax, but in the end she was in a tranquil state that only a massage can create.

I’m sure if your neck and shoulders ached you wouldn't want a therapist to be gawking or timid just because you were a person of stature, fame or money. When we shed our clothes to get a massage, we almost shed our identities to our true selves. The one that just needs a massage to make us feel normal again.

Daniel King is a Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist with more than 7 years experience in the massage and spa industry. To his credit, he has given over 5,000 massages in his lifetime.

My First Time

My friends and I decided we would splurge and get a massage. We’d heard a friend rave about a particular masseuse so we decided to give her a try. Since this was my first time getting a massage, this decision was a big deal to me. For some reason I always believed that massages were reserved for rich socialites with too much time and money on their hands.

When calling to book a reservation with my friend’s masseuse, I signed up for a 30 minutes session which I was told would cost sixty dollars. I reluctantly agreed and booked a Saturday morning appointment for my first massage.

Once I arrived to the parlor, I was immediately guided into the room and told to remove my outer clothing. I then put on a white robe and sat on the massage table, a bit nervous but excited about my upcoming session. The extremely nice massage therapist walked in after about five minutes and asked me if I had any medical symptoms or conditions. I told her no. I was just curious and wanted to know what was so special about massages.

She then told me to lie on the table, as she began to use weird oils and powders to massage the skin. In the beginning, it felt strange to have a woman rubbing my back. However, after a while the whole experience began to feel great. The therapist used a variety of strokes and applied deeper, focused pressure on the many knots in my back. I felt so relaxed and stress free.

After about 30 minutes, the masseuse backed away and ended the massage. I must admit I was a bit sad because I wanted the massage to last forever. My body felt so limber and relaxed! I didn’t even feel guilty giving the cashier 60 dollars of my money. That massage was worth at least 100 dollars.

That was my first and only massage but I do look forward to enjoying a good massage again. At first, I thought a massage was just a waste of money and activity reserved for the rich and famous. Now I see the therapeutic advantages of a massage because they can transform a lethargic body into one with more vigor and life.

My First Time - Reflexology

I was very hesitant the day one of my girlfriends suggested I try reflexology for my back pain. After a little back and forth, I figured since no doctor has been able to help in 3 years I might as well try it. No harm right? I wasn’t expecting to actually feel better or see any results, but was happy to assuage my friend.

I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the office. Okay, I was expecting the décor to be 21st Century hippie with lots of waterfalls, incense burning and new age music playing. Boy was I wrong. The atmosphere was relaxing and professional; decorated like my cardiologist’s office, lots of charts and journals everywhere. This set my mind at ease… for a little while at least. Having done no research on reflexology I didn’t know what to expect.

I was called into the specialist’s office and told to take off my shoes. The specialist then gave me a little background on the history of reflexology and what to expect. Reflexology is the act of applying pressure to the feet and hands without oil or lotion. There goes my dream of getting a little foot massage during lunch. After a brief history I was told that the session would last about 30 minutes and to lie down on the table on my back. I expected to tell the specialist why I was there but he said he would find out soon enough. And then the examination began by his studying the tops and bottoms of my feet. He did so without any touching.

After careful inspection, he applied gentle pressure to specific parts of my foot while pointing out the corresponding organ on a very colorful “foot map” on the wall. Although this is not anywhere close to a foot massage, the application of pressure is not uncomfortable. Then he touched a specific point, looked me straight in the eye and said, “wow your back must give you a lot of pain.”

Maybe I’m jaded but I didn’t think anyone could find out I had back trouble by touching my feet. And I was wrong. He spent a few minutes working on that spot and I could feel my back relax. Amazing. How could this be possible? How am I feeling more pain relief from applying pressure to my foot than I did with my prescription pain medication and muscle relaxers, I guess the specialist has dealt with skepticism before because he laughed and said, “I take it you came in here expecting nothing at all.” At least I wasn’t the only skeptical patient he ever had.

After the half hour was up I felt completely relaxed. Not only did my back feel better than it had in months but I felt less stressed out in general. This is not a miracle cure as my back regressed the next day, but I am definitely going back for more reflexology. After this experience, I’m more open to other alternative treatments.