I rarely have to wait more than a couple of days before I find inspiration for my articles. This one came to me when I visited my neighborhood spa. Massages for me are not just to soothe my overworked muscles but 90 minutes of drowning out the world – Sheer bliss!
Prior to the massage the masseur asked me if I wanted toned abs? Given that I pretty much give myself heartburn on a daily basis in trying to perfect the ‘washboard abs’ look, I was intrigued. What did a massage have to do with that? “This massage, Ma’am, is excellent for fat burning and skin toning. You will loose 2 inches off your waist for only 200 bucks more!” I managed to stifle a chuckle and politely declined her offer. She then offered me another massage option, which on the spa menu claimed that it would boost my metabolism by ridding my body of toxins. Needless to say, my mind did NOT find rest through my massage…
Pseudoscientific beliefs and practices are rampant in the massage industry. Yet the biggest problems with massages in general are largely inexperienced and under skilled workers in the industry as well as a serious lack of evidence based studies to depict the effects of the therapy. Certainly the former issue is what results in several minor injuries and discomfort to many.
Still, the industry booms by virtue of marketing itself as THE thing that stands in the way of ultimate relaxation and being stress-free. A cynic like me could argue that a good nap (with mobile phones on silent) too could achieve most of the objectives of a massage at no extra cost. But then, there is a novelty to being wrapped in fluffy white towels and being soaked in gloriously scented oils. It’s only human to be self-indulgent and a good massage spa is nothing short of paradise. Just be careful, not to be a fool when you’re there ;-)
Juggling many roles from physician to writer to pilates instructor to Marketing-PR executive, Dr. Daamini is constantly pushed and inspired to get creative on how to encompass a Retreat into her daily life.