Updated: Jun 15
One of the things that I do for myself sometimes, is pamper myself with a nice massage. We all need that me time. Before the pandemic, I had promised myself that I would do a ritual of getting a massage once a quarter. I remember my adventures looking for that perfect masseuse. I wasn't very organized with this. It all depended on how I felt and I always left it for the last minute! Sometimes I would call before leaving work and see if the massage parlors would take me without an appointment. I remember one day I checked the web and came across a practitioner who gave massages at his home. He worked from his apartment. On this day it was raining! But I had a stressful day and I just needed to relax before heading home. I needed to go to a place where only a massage or meditation can take you. I got to his apartment and was hesitant at first. Then I knocked on the door and I waited. She opened the door and I went inside. After a brief meet and greet, she said that I could undress in the bathroom and meet her in her living room, where she had her massage table. The apartment was small but cozy. Had music from the spa and candles. I could smell the scented oils she was heating. When I came out, I asked her if she was not concerned about the clients who came to her private home. She replied that she had had some scares, but her husband now stays sometimes when she has male clients. She started the massage and I must say it was exactly what I needed.
Another interesting experience I had was one day I needed a massage and NO ONE was available. I was frustrated and decided to go have a drink. As I was about to park my car and enter the restaurant, I noticed a massage parlor two doors down. So I decided to take a chance and see if they had availability. When I get closer to the place, I see a guy, he looked like a construction worker coming out with a big smile on his face. I said to myself, hmm, but kept walking towards the main entrance. When I entered, there was no one at the reception. The door had a buzzer and it made such a sudden sound that I heard rapid footsteps running forward. I didn't get a chance to ask, she asked me "do you want a massage?" I replied "yes please." She proceeded to give me the price and asked what kind of massage I wanted. I replied "Swedish massage." She replied "we could do that". She asked me to follow her down a dark hallway. I noticed two candles at the end of the hall. A candle in each corner. She opened the door to one of the rooms and asked me to come in and undress. As I looked around the room, I noticed that the table was practically empty. Only a very cloth adorned the end. Parallel to the table, there was a silver bar on top. Once again I thought to myself ... hmmm. I started to think twice. But my neck was so tight and I was already there, so I said "relax!" Then I heard a soft knock on the door and a soft voice "ready?". When she came in, it was not the same lady who greeted me. She was much smaller in stature and slimmer. I turned my face and closed my eyes. The massage started but, to my surprise, no scented oil was used. When I asked her, she replied, we don't do that here. Once again I thought ... hmmm. Now this Swedish massage felt different, but my muscles were kneaded in a very gentle and therapeutic way. Suddenly she climbed on the table. I jumped up and asked "what are you doing?" She simply replied "don't worry, I'm small and this is good for you. I walk on your back." Well, I replied "no thanks". So that part of the massage was interrupted. So this particular massage was not what I expected. Did I relax? a little. I hope I can make an arrangement with my cousin who has a massage business and will come to my house. I think that would be the best solution. The only thing is that it is an hour away, but it is just AMAZING. If you visit Hamden, CT, you can visit Hands of Touch Healing Lodge you will not regret it!