Full-body Massage

December 18, 2005

devbagh_small_31_34.jpgDevbagh is wonderful. An island with coniferous forest. Not too many people. Good food and lots of it. Good beach and even better water. One night is too short a time for this beachy paradise.

The most exciting thing that happened in Devbagh is, I went for a Kairali Ayurvedic full body massage. For those of you who have never had one of these, full body really means FULL BODY. I think I made a bit of an idiot of myself by demanding a towel before emerging from the bathroom without any clothes on, but they humoured me and allowed me to keep the towel for all of five minutes while they did my head. Then they made me get on to the wooden table, and off it came. I don’t know if it is normal to feel so shy about total nudity, but I do. Nudity, for me, is reserved for husbands and – if they insist – doctors. But now I have to add masseurs to this short shortlist.

Nudity apart, it was a good experience. At least a “must do once before I die” sort of experience. They amount of oil they poured on me wasn’t funny!!! There were two women, working mostly symmetrically on opposite sides of the table. One had softer hands and more careful movements than the other. They made me lie on my back first, then after a while they made me flip over on to my stomach and they did my back, which was very nice. Then they made me flip over again and they did my front again. It was really quite difficult flipping over – there was so much oil on me and on the wooden table. In fact, when they pressed me this way and that, I kept slithering around on the table.

And in case you’re wondering, there wasn’t anything at all sexy about it. I once had a haircut that was distinctly more sexy.

After the massage, they made me get on to this wooden seat, with another slab of wood to rest my feet on. Then they closed a door in front of me and another over my chest, so that I was sitting boxed in with only my head in the open. That was surreal! I felt like I was in a horror movie and something grisly was about to happen to me. Luckily, all that happened was 5-10 minutes of steam, which was very nice. Thereafter, I was allowed use of the bathroom with a designated Kairali soap and shampoo and I emerged all soft and fluffy (or at least, that’s how I felt).

Maybe I wouldn’t want to do this again, or at least not in a hurry, but it is nice to have done it once, just to find out what it’s all about.

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