Dec 062009
 
Never Use the Word Bye in This Century

“Bye, Miss!!!!! Bye, Mister!!!!” students always holler at the end of each school year, throwing themselves on us teachers with melodramatic bear hugs.

“Not ‘Goodbye’!” I always scream, grabbing each student by the shoulders and looking them in the eye. “You never, ever need to lose touch with people you care about nowadays. I’ll stalk you forever on Facebook if you want!”

And I do. From Thailand, to Japan, [...Read More!]

Dec 042009
 
Thai Massage School Graduation! What Does it Mean?

We passed our Level Two final massage exams! This means that with 60 hours of training under our belts, we are now official graduates of Level One and Two Thai Massage school at ITM. Woooo hooo!!

“So what does this mean, practically?” you ask as visions of co-opting my friendship into long hours of forced massage labor dance through your head. Easy now, cowboy! Read on…

Here is what [...Read More!]

Dec 012009
 
Nutso Level Two Thai Massage Positions

Today in Thai Massage class we learned to fix a broken heart. We also learned to twist each other like wet pretzels.

Sweat was shed, spines were cracked (in the good way), and everyone gasped to their partner when it was over: “Your legs are really heavy!”

The French fellow had a meltdown. “But it ees too fast! I am lost! I am lost!” The Canadian hysterically giggled [...Read More!]

Nov 272009
 
The Results of the Level 1 Massage Exam...

When the director of your Thai massage school tells you that you have to walk two miles Friday morning to arrive in time for 8:30 am Tai Chi/Qi Gong in the far Southwestern park of Chiang Mai, you grumble profusely.

Once you’re stretching your arms high above your head in the fresh morning air, however, and once you hear the birds singing in the bright green palm trees, all is made clear.

And [...Read More!]

Nov 262009
 
How Thai Massage Class is Like Boston Public

Today is Thanksgiving, though you wouldn’t know it in Northern Thailand.

Geckos are squeaking, the breeze gusts warm, and there ain’t a turkey in sight.

But wherever we are, even kooky Canada with its October Thanksgiving, it’s still that time of year to say thanks!

And this year’s thanks goes out to the students and staff of Boston Public Schools. Everything during this year around the world is making me think of you. [...Read More!]

Nov 242009
 
Thai Massage's Sexy Reputation

“A question, please,” said my classmate Olivia shyly. “In Brazil we don’t have this idea, but I hear that in America and Europe, Thai massage sometimes is, um… well… how you say…”“Linked with prostitution?” I asked.Olivia’s face lit up and then flushed bright red. “Um, yes.”“Oh absolutely!” I said, thinking of all the joke emails from friends I currently have in my Inbox in reaction to the news that [...Read More!]

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