Sunday, March 21, 2010


Much of my energy was extracted from my recent business trip. In occasion like this, I usually resort to Thai massage. But I couldn’t see any massage parlors in Korea that offer that kind of massage. I settled to a sports massage. The masseuse, thinking I’m Japanese, asked me in Nihonggo, itai desu ka (is it painful)? I replied, daijyoubou desu (it’s fine). But later, I told her I’m not Japanese and kindly talk to me in English.

This week, I am preparing for another business trip. This time in Taiwan. It will be my first time to visit the country. So that’s two countries in a matter of week (Korea and Taiwan). Ah, the demands of work. I am not complaining and I don’t have any right to complain. Actually I’m enjoying it, a cool way of learning things. Seeing the actual products is a realization that not all are mere blueprints.

As long as have my massage after each business trip I am fine.


an exhausted look
comforting pressure power
a refreshed aura

Earlier this year, I treated myself to a Deep Tissue Massage (DTM). Actually I never heard this kind of massage until one of my friends shared her DTM experience. (offtopic: it was her boyfriend who introduced her to DTM).

Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.

I was forewarned by my friend and I readied myself to handle the pain. Before the massage, Rick, the therapist asked me series of questions, from work habits, health problems and the likes. DTM is more of a customized massage. He tirelessly explained all the points too, why he is doing this and that and what is the effect after. But I admit I dozed off at some point during the massage. It was such a relaxing two-hour experience. By the way, here’s the link to Energy Room.

After the session, he asked me if I find it painful. I told him, no worries, I love pain. LOL!

My current equation is (Demands of Work + Massage = Re-energized Totomai).

Next in line: Acupuncture.



  1. Anong BF ko nag-introduce sakin? uuuuuy. ako nakadiscover nyan? :P Sya lang nagregalo. Hehehhee.

    (Nagreact eh no? Peace! Hehehhe. DTM ulit tayo.)

  2. bwahahahaha yun pala yun akala ko na una si moogs tapos binigyan ka niya ng regalo hehe

    sorrymasendeshita hehe

    meems, acupuncture muna ako. mukhang kakaiba kaso di masakit daw haha

  3. I like your approach to maths. Great to be able to do the practical that proves the formula.
    Re-energize regularly.

  4. @Stan, thanks im not sure if im losing my insanity then hehe :-)

    i will. i need some energy again. :D

  5. lol!

    what a Pain and what a Post!

    and no I aint making fun!
    love it

    Blowing Demands in the Air

  6. refreshing aura... liked that imagery.. hard to come by, but its very alluring wordplay!

  7. Thanks AD, no problem :-)

    Thanks Leo, i think aura is a good word :D

  8. Awe... I'm a little jealous! - just wanted to say Hi- I'm Phil-Amer.
    thanks for sharing about the deep tissue massage, i want one!

  9. I have never had this experience but it sounds rejuvenating! Love your reference to a "refreshed aura"!

  10. You described perfectly what a massage feels like..."refreshing aura" was wonderful.

  11. Lovely poem, and the photo is a perfect accompaniment!

  12. Awesome image, and I can feel the pressure bleeding away from here.

  13. @DP, dont worry. try it. hi Kabayan :)

    @Gemma, it sure did. it is my usual way of saying ouch haha

    @SITG, i hope i can be detailed with it next time

    @Thomma, thanks

    @Mojo, so you are refreshed then? :D

  14. Traveling does take it out of you. I travel from the US to Asia, 3-4 times per year and also trips to Mexico and Europe. Enjoy the cultural experience and learn a lot.

  15. @Loch, I think so, especially if its in one weeks time lol

  16. sa Pinas ka nasanay magpa-Massage Parlor ano? ;) hahahaha

  17. @winnie. oo sa pinas. sa isetann sa mga bulag haha

    @Jennifer. it is.

  18. wonderful that you have found a way to balance your energy while traveling. Your poem tells your tale well.

  19. Good haiku! I enjoyed reading about DTM and what you thought of it.

  20. loving pain? lol!

    anyways, i find you are living an exciting life and an equally exciting profession that makes you hop from country to country...such a wonderful experience, and even just the thought of it, it kinda gives you a happy aura!

    magandang umaga kabayan!

  21. "Demands of Work + Massage = Re-energized Totomai" - good for you John, that you know what re-energizes you. hope you continue to have an abundance of energy to do what challenges you.

  22. thank TW

    @Amity, not really exciting. tiring too hehe thanks

    @Ms Beth, i forgot photography hehe :-) thanks gid


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