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I am so mad. I got a "deep-tissue" massage this weekend because I've been having some annoying back pain. I've had it since my dad was in the hospital last December, and the only thing to make it go away was the deep-tissue massage I had at Body Secrets by a 4'5" Indian man named Jan. The massage I got from him was totally not really relaxing, and he pulled my limbs this way and that, and parts of it were actually painful. He had said at the beginning of the massage, "If ever it get too painful, just say 'ten.'" Um, no, how about I say, "OW, THAT HURTS. STOP." But so even though I was thinking, "OW, THAT HURTS. STOP!!" half the time, I didn't say anything, because I never say anything during massages. At the end (and he insisted on a little meeting again afterward, which was also awkward) he was like, "You took a very deep massage." I felt like I got the shit kicked out of me, but no back pain! My back pain came back again recently (okay, not recently like over the summer) but I've been too stubborn to go back to Jan because he weirded me out. All the other massages I've had at Body Secrets have been mediocre, but I did have a really great massage at A-Nu-U when nyrclooch treated us the day before her wedding. So I decided to back there, considering they are a medispa. Also, I had a $20 off coupon. So I went this weekend, and I explained my back trouble (pain in the middle of my back, particularly when I arch it) to the massage therapist. So what does she do, focus on my shoulders!! I mean, she was GREAT on my shoulders, but I needed her to fix my back! And she was rubbish on my arms and legs. And it was so expensive, even with the $20 off. I spent over $80 on the damn thing, and I might as well have thrown it in the trash.

So, a couple days ago I got a card in the main from Body Secrets saying that Jan is retiring, and they're offering 90 minute massage for the price of a 60 minute. And meanwhile, Body Secrets's prices are MUCH more reasonable than A-Nu-U's. So, now I think I'm going to suck it up and make one more appointment with Jan. But then what if the pain comes back? Now he's retiring!

I am reluctant to try a chiropractor, and my general practitioner says the problem is most likely muscular considering the deep tissue massage fixed it the last time. jadziadaxwb is going to some sort of chiropractor guru who says he can fix all the bodies ailments with spinal readjustment, but he's 35-40 minutes from me. She also has a good massage therapist, but who is also just as far. I saw nevers mention thai massage the other day so I started looking in to that, and I emailed a therapist in the area. I just got an email back to her, so I need to write back and see what her advice is. Yeah, so really I should've been typing all this to her and not you guys. :-P

I'M JUST SO ANGRY THAT I PRETTY MUCH THREW $80 IN THE GARBAGE ON SATURDAY. RAAAAAHHHH. Okay, over it. Not really, but yeah.

ION, the Big E was awesome, and for the most part the rain held out. We had crappy seats for the circus, but we saw two contortionists PUT THEMSELVES IN A BOX THAT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE THAN LIKE 8 CUBIC FEET. And these were like grown women. Wearing baggy clown suits and hats!! The first one went in, and we were like, "Woah, holy shit." And then her sister started to go in and we were like, "HOLY SHIT YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. NO WAY, NO WAY IS THAT GOING TO WORK!!! It was incredible. The Flying Pages were good, but I was expecting more. (I'm such a circus snob now.) There was a really fantastic hand-balancing act, too. Some lady did work on the cerceaux and a bunch of (not very interesting) stuff with horses. She should've done more cerceaux and less horses. I hate seeing animals in the circus. There were animals all over the Big E, and while I hated seeing most of them cooped up (well, except for like the farm-type animals) it was so fun to pet them. I love llamas! All my pictures are on my phone because I didn't want my camera to get wet. I'm really glad we decided to go despite the rain.

Okay, gah, so much to do and leaving early today. Later, skaterz.

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latrans
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Speaking as someone with chronic back problems, I heart chiropractors times life. Trufax, my problem is mostly skeletal, but massages make my issues feel better, too, for a time. The problem with skeletal issues in your back is that often times you don't actually feel too much pain from the actual problem - you just feel your muscles and shit going "OMG, WTH!" Massages realign them, but then constant pulling brings them back to "OMG, WTH!" Doctors thought my problems were muscular at first.

Also, you might have joint problems. No matter what, though, if you're back is injured, you'll probably have to keep going back for a while before it gets better and STAYS better. Backs are fail like that. :/
wolfsavard
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I've just heard so many stories about bad chiropractors that it makes me nervous. Also, I've heard that once you start going to one you can't stop... :( I'm glad that you've had a positive experience though. I haven't ruled it out, but I want to see if I can try something else first.
semi_subtle
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I don't buy into the whole chriopractor thing. I find it to have very limited medical basis, and all they seem to do is give you a reason to keep coming back. :/ People who have them swear by them, but really it sounds to me like a you-think-it-works-so-it-does type thing.
wolfsavard
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my aunt who had back surgery and serious back issues saw one and she's one of the ones who advised me not to go if I could manage that. The whole "once you start, you can't stop" mentality.
firynze
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun at the Big E! I'm sort of sad that I wussed out...

Definitely try the massage one last time. Deep-tissue DOES hurt, it's not meant to be relaxing as much as it is therapeutic. But do NOT hesitate to tell the guy it hurts, or to stop. If he goes too hard/deep, he could injure you worse...you have to speak up!

And try that Thai massage, too. It's supposed to work wonders - I have to check into doing it locally myself.
wolfsavard
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
You totally should've come! Next year...

I am just so so bad at speaking up during massages, it's terrible. I finally managed when it came to the hairdresser (which has done me so much good... :P ) but for massages I just suck. Bah.
faithchan
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Pete and I (and his mom) all go to a really great chiropractor. Pete messed up his back YEARS ago, and the adjustments really help him (and even his allergies aren't as bad when he goes regularly).

I go there if my back really starts to hurt, which is maybe 2-4 times a year on average (though with being pregnant, I'm probably going to be going there a lot more soon), and the results are almost immediate and last for a good long while.

IMO, very worth it.
wolfsavard
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
That's for the feedback! It's good to hear about people who have been helped by chiropractors.
athena2483
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
I started laughing when I saw the title of this post. I hate Jan. I'm glad you enjoy his massages (and so am sorry he is retiring) but wow he gave me one of the worst, most uncomfortable, ridiculous massages of my life. TEN
wolfsavard
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
It was totally ridiculous and uncomfortable, but it fixed my back! Hence why I've not gone back to him, and when I got the card in the mail I actually laughed. I still don't know if I want to go back it was so weird...
clarkdreams
Sep. 29th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
I only giggle because I was a witness to the Jan experience. The name Jan did not connote images of a short, pigmy-like man when you were told "Jan" would be doing your massage. I say give him a last whirl, just don't be afraid to let him have it!
wolfsavard
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
The more I revisit how awkward it was, the more I like don't want to do it. I'm such a baby!
nevers
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
i don't understand back pain (or at least not mine), so i can't begin to say what might help. i can say that i don't think the thai massage i've had would help the back pain i've had. but who knows what it might do for you. i just don't want you to get your hopes up and/or end up feeling like you've thrown away money.
wolfsavard
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've learned my lesson about getting hopes up! I'm going to write to the therapist and see what she says. I like that she's starting a dialogue about what my issues are, so maybe she'll have some suggestions for another kind of massage. I do want to try the Thai massage at some point though, even if it won't fix the back issues, it seems so cool!
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