Saturday, August 11, 2007

First day...

Today was my first official day as a massage therapist. Where I actually got PAID to massage people!
It was awesome, truly.
One of my clients, a male, was of the sub-species chewbacca. In christina-speak, that means he was really, really hairy. Like, using up half my bottle of oil hairy.
Thankfully he had requested only a Swedish massage, not a deep tissue one, so I didn't have to use a lot of pressure with my strokes, and thus avoided pulling/ripping a lot of hair.
I hate it when I get that "crunchy" feeling while doing deep strokes over hairy skin!
Well, that was probably TMI, not to mention all you dirty-minded people putting your own special spin on things!
Mr. Chewbacca was also one of those dichotomous clients that I LOVE *sarcasm alert*.
The ones who check "no-no-no" on the required health form, but when I get them in the room and ask them face-to-face, recite a whole list of complaints/illnesses/surgeries/injuries and/or medications.
In this case, a previous surgery for cancer, followed by "going fishing too soon" (his words), which caused the internal stitches to rupture. Now, I don't know why he hasn't been back under the knife, 'cause he has a huge hernia, a grapefruit-sized bulge on the right side of his back, where, according to him, "it" pushed through his ribs. I didn't ask for details, merely avoided the damn thing!
He did pay me the highest compliment...he fell asleep and started snoring!
You know you're good when you put 'em to sleep!
Not many professions can claim that.

I started my work day on a humorous note. As I got off the elevator, I observed the following sign addressing the attendees of RollerCon 2007 (the roller derby convention I mentioned in my last post):

If you roller skate in the hotel...
1) You SUCK!!
2) You'll be 86'd from the hotel and lose your room - NO refund!
3) The organizers of RollerCon will HATE you and smear your name FOREVER!

The emphasis is original, not added by moi!
I got a real boost from this, and chuckled to myself off and on all day whenever I thought about it.

I know I promised more pics (from San Diego), but I'm beat and have to get up at 5:30 am...so I'll do it tomorrow! (yes, I know I'm channeling Scarlett...work with me here!)

One last thing...I really wish I had never mentioned this blog to my co-workers, 'cause they are a veritable
goldmine of blog-fodder! Since I want to keep my job, I'll have to pass...what a waste.

Sigh.

7 comments:

Ambulance Driver said...

"You know you're good when you put 'em to sleep!
Not many professions can claim that."

Hell, I do that every time I lecture at a conference. ;)

Christina said...

Yes, but do they SNORE?

10% said...

So, for those of us who happen to look like we are wearing hair sweaters, what should we do? I manscape a couple times a year, but it doesn't last that long.

In the end, I just try to tip better, but what would you recommend?

Christina said...

@ 10%:
Don't worry about it! I wouldn't worry about tipping extra, either (though of course it's appreciated!).
You can't help that you're designed for a cold-weather climate ;), and massage therapists are professionals.
We massage all body and skin types, all ages and races, regardless of tattoos or lack thereof.
So don't sweat it!

Christina said...

Oh, and 10%, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

phlegmfatale said...

that Rollercon sounds FUN!

Gosh, I could use a massage right about now.

4chun Cookie said...

Isn't it funny how u use to talk about the hairy back and how it messes up ur flow? LoL...I guess I can see what ur talking about. I was rubbing Will's thighs with bio-freeze and it did sound crunchy.