|One of the "tenthouse suites" at Rockwater.|
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you … some quick thoughts about the Spectacular Ink client showcase, held Tuesday evening at the V Lounge above Earl’s in Yaletown.
I know, I know - you really want to know what the other half of my “My Top 10 Most Odd, Interesting, Unique and Amusing Massage Experiences” consists of, right?
I promise, that will be my next blog post - really!
However, seeing as this gathering of travel writers and travel suppliers took place Tuesday, I thought I’d blog about it ASAP.
Until Tuesday night’s event, I didn’t realize Jane and Peter Lloyd-Jones had been running their West Vancouver-based travel marketing/public relations company for 15 years. Wow! That’s longer than I’ve been freelancing. In this business, that’s a long time to be running a company like that successfully.
Rockwater was at the event this year again, along with several of their other clients like Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, Tourism Harrison and King Pacific Lodge, to name but a few. There is a complete list on their website.
This event allows travel writers to meet some of SI’s clients face-to-face. It’s also a great event for networking, nibbling and noshing, and touching base with some writing colleagues you may not have seen in a few months (or in some cases, a year!)
I didn’t win a draw prize this time, but between the wine, the food and the company, I enjoyed a truly marvellous time, meeting old colleagues as well as some newer colleagues face-to-face for the first time.
Congrats to Jane, Peter and the rest of their team for a great event, and all the best for the next 15 years.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging … “My Top 10 Most Odd, Interesting, Unique and Amusing Massage Experiences, Part 2” will be my next blog post. (I promise!)
Monday, March 28, 2011
a) with a few exceptions, their massages are almost always better than those provided by Certified Massage Therapists (CMT’s) or spa therapists.
b) part of the cost of the massage is deductible through extended health care (an important consideration, since they are more expensive than CMT’s or ST’s).
Since I’m a travel writer, I travel a lot, including flying all over the world. Flying creates tense, stressed muscles, so when I arrive at a new destination, I always try to line up a massage the first day I’m there so I’m ready to hit the road in search of stories.
|Preparing a massage table for the next client.|
For one thing, many countries don’t register/certify massage therapists the way we do in
North America. Then there’s always that other kind of “massage” that’s associated with the real McCoy – I’m talking about the “happy-ending/massage-with-extras” you can get anywhere in the world. Because other countries may not offer designations, you do have to be careful you don’t end up with that “other” kind of massage when all you want is to relax your stressed muscles.
I’ve had massages all over North America, in Europe, the Caribbean and
Asia. And I’ve had some interesting – sometimes amusing – experiences (and not all of them outside of North America).
Here then, in no particular order, are My Top 10 Most Odd, Interesting, Unique and Amusing Massage Experiences, Part 1.
2. The Paint Mask Massage, Part I
This could really be 2a. of Number 2. I went for a massage at a Chinese spa on Kingsway in Five down, five to go. I’ll tell you about my other five massage experiences in my next blog post.
, B.C. once, and while the therapist was not an RMT or even a CMT, it was a legit spa. My therapist was dressed in a hospital-like uniform – and she had a paint mask over her face (maybe she had a cold?) English was not her first language, but it was certainly better than my Chinese. Partway through the massage, while I’m still on my stomach, she climbs up and straddles me, sitting on my bum. I guess she wanted to get better leverage? Meanwhile, she’s trying to convince me to sign up for 10 massages from her, so I get the 11th one free. “Maybe you teach me English, I teach you Chinese?” she says. Not really a bad massage, but certainly a bit off-the-wall, compared to what I was used in other spas or health centres. Burnaby
We've all had many "firsts" in our life...first date, first kiss, first day of school, first day of summer, first job, first ---- (you know!) - and like all those and many other firsts, I thought long and hard (no pun intended)about what my first blogpost should be. It is a work in progress, so over the next few months, there may be many changes and modifications to this blog.
|Paddling the Rio Shiripuno in Ecuador, |
looking for parrots