MY neck needs to rest. Do you ever get that sort of sluggishness when your neck feels as if it's been bearing the weight of your body the entire time ? It's like going about the day on your neck instead of the feet. I can perfectly feel the taut neck muscles that refuse to sink in together with my head into my gentle duck feather pillow when I go to bed. It's crazy. Well, I've been experiencing that for the past week.
Perhaps it's time for a nice traditional Thai massage at Thai Odyssey. I love the mention of it, and when I am there physically, I find solace in the balmy scent of the place and to some extend, I even find the massage therapists' coy manners somewhat comforting. They speak very little English and probably know basic work-related words like Pain, Ouch, Hard, Relax, No, OK and Sorry. For everything you say, they smile. Sometimes that is annoying but I suppose it's a good thing for me because I tend to talk during massages to therapists who can converse well. Don't ask me why. Once I was at a spa in the Capella Hotel, Singapore and spent an entire hour talking to the well-spoken masseuse while she kneaded my lower back (and other areas) with her oil-drenched fingers. And really, I'm not a talkative person by nature.
I'm probably not a big fan of massages. They hurt and I can't relax. I really don't get it when I hear customers snore blissfully in the next room while I grit my teeth, counting each crawling, minute in tender pain. Ten minutes into a session, I usually ask myself Did I Just Pay For This Pain or comfort myself with the mental note, This Is The Last Time I'm Doing It. And then some time later, I'm back into the process. I keep returning because the body does feel lighter and stress-free after a good, balmy knead- and-stretch. I suppose that's my happy ending.
|I love this stretch|
Eventually, I'd think stretching is what my body needs right now. It is like the boring broccoli in your meal - uninteresting but you need your greens for optimal body function. With all the Zumba I've been doing lately, I've also been casually ignoring the opening and closing acts (stretching exercises). There is something about slow, almost meditative type of exercises that put me off. It's like my feet have these tiny, invisible springs at the bottom that they get so uneasy when I'm forced in a slow-motion Tai Chi mode.
Despite that, I need to somehow stretch away the tightness and give my neck (and other areas) the rest it deserves.