so, remember my enlightening thai massage?
i had another massage tonight. at a new, non-thai place. a regular hot oil massage.
OH, EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT I WAS COMPLETELY NAKED.
"aren't we all pretty much naked during a massage?" you might ask. "they're rubbing our bare skin, after all. we're all naked under that sheet!"
agreed. now imagine that massage.. with no sheet.
SORTA AWKWARD, NO?
and hey, think that's awkward? wait until you get to the part where you flip over.
MADE. OF PAPER. a paper string thong/bikini. so hey! not totally naked! i have a see-through piece of tissue paper completely failing to cover my bits!
granted, given the nature of the massage, this IS totally necessary. when i read "hot oil massage," i figured it was like a normal massage - which also uses oil or lotion - but in this one the lotion would be HEATED. i mean, doesn't that sound nice?
it's also totally not what they meant. they meant, "we will pour literal cupfulls of oil on you, and then slather it over your entire exposed body in big sweeping strokes." there was A LOT of oil involved. many ladles full. including in my hair! like: dip, ladle, pour straight oil directly into my thin, already-very-oily hair. rub rub rub.
oh, and did i mention this was sesame oil? it smelled like i was ready to be deep fried.
at the end, my masseuse gave me a towel to try to mop up some of the oil coating literally every inch of my body before i put my clothes back on. (it was... futile.)
all (naked) things considered, it was actually a pretty great massage. there was no digging into muscles the way you get in a swedish massage, just these sweeping (oily!) strokes around your body the whole time, which is actually really relaxing & invigorating at the same time.
i just can't believe i have now TWICE IN A ROW had unintentionally nakeder-than-normal massages. i need to stop buying groupons.