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Spa Betty Series: The First Massage A Little Shakey

October 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

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A bad massage is like oral sex from somebody with a cat tongue. Irritating and wholly lamentable.

Since this is my first massage in Bali, I’m not sure if I’m not liking the technique or the technician. After a while I am shuddering at the anticipation of her touch. The only thing I have to look forward to is having my fresh mosquito bites scratched accidentally. But I started trusting spa specialists after coolsculpting Salt Lake City.

I feel bad that it’s going badly. She is really putting a lot into it. But the language barrier is making it difficult to get the point across that she’s actually hurting me.

I’ve tried “too hard,” “too much,” “hurts,” and “ow!” Finally I lift my head and flap my arms and she gets the point.

“Soft?”

“Ya! Ya! Soft!” I reply.

So she lets up, but since she’s not varying her strokes, the same point on my calf is getting ground down to the bone. Softly. Pretty sure I’ll be bruised by morning, I decide that tomorrow I’ll forgo further poking and try a scrub.

To be fair, I’ve heard it depends on the technician at this place (although to also be fair, a spa should only ever hire competent staff). My fellow villa-mate went here twice and said the first massage he got was great. The second was lousy. My advice: When you find someone whose technique you like, make sure to request her specifically for next time. And when you find someone whose technique you loathe, remember her name so you can make sure you don’t ever get her again.

Travel Betty Basics
Sicilia Spa
(Jl. Double Six, Legian, Bali)
Telephone: (62-361)736292
Ambiance: 4.5 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Treatment: 1.5 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Cost: 77,000 rupiah (including tax)
What that means in U.S. Dollars: $8.39

Tags: Bali · Spas

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    • 1 Jenn // Oct 31, 2007 at 2:54 pm

      There’s nothing worse. NOTHING worse than a bad massage.

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