Published: January 26th 2006January 25th 2006
OK, so I am walking back home last night and I see this lady offering massages on the side of the street, literally on the side of this one street. Hey why not, it had been a tough day cruising on the Mekong river. So I lay down and she shows me these glass bottles and smiles and I say, "yea sure" Hey you know, When in Rome....
Bad Idea. (Almost as bad as taking that Thai "girl" back to my place in Bangkok!)
She had this burning stick which she stuck into these bottles to take all the oxygen out and then proceeded to stick them all over my back. It does not feel that bad, just a hard suction feeling. No biggie.
She then starts massaging my legs, arms and head. Really nice.
When all is said(which consisted of nods and smiles) and done I payed her and was on my way.
Got back to my hotel, jumped into the shower and to my horror saw what had become of my back.
It looks like I have a combo of SARS, Bird Flu and gangrene. Ridiculous. I could not believe it.
I have about 40 tennis ball sized hikkies
all over my back. MASSIVE.
I went down stairs to reception and showed them what had become of me and they started asking me what was wrong with me?? Nothing, except that now I have all these marks on me. Well it turns out that this is supposed to be some all encompassing cure to anything that you might have. If you area sick you get one of these and it pulls whatever you have in you, the hell out of you.
You live you learn.
So ladies and gents, the long and the short of it is. Unless you have MS, TB or something of this variety DO NOT get one of these things.
It is funny, when I was in Cambodia I saw this guy on the beach with the most peculiar round marking all over his back. That sucks, I thought to myself.
Well you certainly won't be seeing me on the beach for the next couple of weeks.
There are more photos below