29.01.2015 - 29.01.2015 31 °C
Today we took a 5-hour course in Thai Massage with 4 instructors and learned to massage the head, neck and shoulders for ourselves or others. The instructors from Naruncha Beauty were all terrific, particularly "Mr. O" and "Goi" who demonstrated and coached us later also in leg and back massage techniques - careful but powerful stretching of the large lower body joints - that had immediate benefits for those who lacked flexibility. Rx is to do this twice weekly for a month or two! Catriona was able to bend with greater ease and comfort right after a short session, and it turned out that Alan was already flexible enough to impress even the Thai massage practitioners! When the Naruncha staff learned that one of our group was celebrating his birthday today, a cake was presented as a lovely surprise and happily consumed by us all!
After the class ended, we walked through the late afternoon heat and traffic to Mengrai Kilns, a large pottery factory and garden showroom complex on the outer edge of the old city, where Catriona had a marvellous time selecting beautiful pottery creations - they even packed them in bubble wrap for us, so all we have to do now is fit them into our suitcases!