Pampering with Hot Stones

I shifted uncomfortably at my seat and glanced up at the wall clock. 4pm. I’ve been sitting in front of the laptop since 10 in the morning. To save time,lunch in the form of a peanut butter sandwich (with sugar) was conveniently consumed  in the ‘comfort’ of my office table.

It’s been 6 hours straight,save for the occasional pee breaks. Little wonder that my back and butt was doing a minor protest.

I never had a problem with backches during those days as a stewardess, what with bending over to clear countless meals trays and heaving bags laden with ‘gold bars’ into the overhead compartment.

Many of my ex-colleagues are regulars at the physiotherapist clinic.

So why now? Is age hot on my heels?

Come to think of it, I was never the type who could sit through an entire movie in the theatre without shifting my body from time to time. Towards the last quarter of it, one would probably notice this ‘wriggley’ woman constantly trying to find a soft spot left of her pathetic butt.

Yes, blame it on the lack of flesh on my posterior. I can never sit as long as I would have liked to.

You can imagine the agony I went through during a six hour bus journey to see the Taj Mahal 5 years ago. The group of us went, armed with fat hotel pillows to brave the ride. Towards the last 2 hours, the discomfort was enough to entertain thoughts of squatting the rest of the journey there.

Well, but for the past 2 weeks, while tasks built up and tensions shot up north, there lies a saving grace.

The unofficial chill out table where aching backs and itchy mouths are satiated

I was fortunate to have the oppurtunity to try this massage chair pad, curiously named the uMomo. I wasn’t the first though. The IT guys took their turns to check out its functions, excited at the prospects of having a portable back massage right in the office. For most desk bound workhorses, backaches and stiff neck muscles is common. At times, we’re just short of forming a circle with hands working out the shoulders knots of the person in front.

The cool part is that it comes with the option of being used in the car – great for long drives to Malaysia or even Thailand.

Skive Time on the uMomo

By the time uMomo came to me (whatever happened to ladies first?), the verdict was clear. The guys gave the thumbs up. There was just a grouse from one of them though.

“Can be harder. I like very strong massages. This uMomo is too relaxing until I want to fall asleep already,” he remarked.

Another was most impressed with the hot stones function. The soothing warmth is my favourite feauture as well, it being rather cold in the office at times. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release. Its thick padding provides  comfortable cushioning for the body, even when not in operation.

That got me interested to find out more about  hot stones massages and its promised effects.

Does this conjure up images of pure relaxation, warmth and mellow souls?

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones – a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. A hot stone massage is more expensive than a basic Swedish massage due to tedious preparation and clean-up. A typical hot stone massage ranges from $125-$150 for an hour of blissful relaxation.

Here’s a quick lowdown on Hot Stone Massage:

  • The stones come in various shapes and sizes. They are sanitised in essential oils and heated.
  • The therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage before massaging you with a heated stone. The warmth is maintained by constant change of heated stones.
  • The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.

The heat of the stones helps muscles release more quickly than in traditional massage. That said; speak up if the stones are too warm! Be mindful about the pressure asserted as well. If you feel discomfort during the process, the therapist ain’t doing it right.

Many women have found that hot stone massages de-stresses, detox, and releases unwanted emotions accumulated during trials of the day. If the positive effects allow one to regain the healthy spring in his/her footsteps, surely it’s worth a try?

Time and those tight purse strings is always a consideration. For those semi permanent residents of their offices, it’s a case of finding the next best alternative. Well, you’ve seen the uMomo.

What are you waiting for, my friends ?

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