What exactly did I ask for?

Today was a milestone for Liz: a first Chinese massage! Carrying two small children around the house for months on end has taken its toll on the shoulders and neck. It was high time to seek professional help. After all, massage is an ancient Chinese medical technique.

Ahhh… one hour of massage for about the cost of a McDonald’s combo meal- can’t beat it!

But at the end came the fateful: "Do you want me to *****?" question. If you were in doubt, you probably would have said the same thing as Liz- how can one go wrong on a masseuse table? "Sure."

Arriving home later, reeking from some kind of heavy oil, the back of her neck and shoulders strawberry red, Liz looks up "*****" in the dictionary:

"Gua sha – popular folk treatment for certain illnesses by scraping the body with a copper coin, etc. – to alleviate inflammation"

When in China, do as the local folk do! Or if you ask Liz, maybe don’t!

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2 Responses to “What exactly did I ask for?”


  1. 1 mjfalk March 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Liz–You’re lucky —–it could have been worse—–massage has been a trick word for generations—-even in English—-or should I say “especially” in English! Your Dad and I brought you up a lot smarter than that.

  2. 2 Crystal March 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I remember my grandma was treating me from cold by repeatedly pinching the skin on both of my elbows (the inner side) until it became purple due to haemorrhages. And it worked!
    So scraping with copper coin is a gentle procedure 🙂


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