Surprise Massage Experience in Bali

A Massage Gone Wrong

Vacations are a time for relaxation and rejuvenation. And for most people, getting a massage is a must-do activity during their trip. This rings particularly true in countries like Thailand, where affordable massage and spa treatments are the norm. However, as one Australian couple found out during their holiday in Bali, a simple massage can turn into a surprising and even dangerous experience if you’re not careful.

Heaven on Earth: Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia is a paradise on earth, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe. With its breathtaking beauty and affordable prices, it’s not hard to see why. Candice Raison and her husband Matthew, from South Australia, were among those who chose Bali as their vacation destination. Little did they know that their seemingly innocent decision to get a massage would lead to an unexpected turn of events.

A Massage with a Twist

After six days of exploring Bali, Candice and Matthew decided it was time to treat themselves to a massage. Opting for the convenience of an online app, they booked a masseur to come to their location. Too tired to venture out, they thought it would be the perfect way to relax without leaving their accommodation. Little did they know what awaited Matthew.

During the massage, the masseur asked Matthew if he was interested in getting the “red dragon” out of his body. Perplexed by the request, Candice assumed it was some form of prayer or local tradition. Willing to try anything for relief, Matthew gave his consent. What followed was a surprising treatment known as “gu sha.”

The Unusual Treatment: Gu Sha

The masseur proceeded to use a coin to gently scrape Matthew’s back, explaining that the treatment would release impurities from his muscles. Although it sounded strange, they decided to trust the process. The next morning, Matthew woke up to a shocking sight—large red stripes covered his back, extending from his neck to his tailbone. Despite the initial shock, Matthew couldn’t help but laugh at the unexpected outcome.

From Pain to Laughter

Amazingly, Matthew’s chronic back pain, which had plagued him for years due to his heavy equipment work, had miraculously disappeared. The unconventional treatment had worked its magic, bringing unexpected relief. The red marks had not broken the skin and began fading away after a few days. Back to their normal routine, Matthew and Candice couldn’t help but reflect on this shocking but ultimately laughable experience.

A Lesson Learned

While this story ended well for Matthew, it serves as a reminder that it’s always important to know what you’re signing up for. Before getting a massage, ask about the techniques or treatments offered. If you’re asked about a “red dragon,” take a moment to think before saying yes. Who knows, it may just be the unconventional remedy you need to alleviate your back pain. It’s always better to be informed and prepared.

Share and Educate

Let’s spread the word to ensure that more people are aware of the surprising possibilities that can arise during a massage. Share this story with your friends and family, and remember to stay informed about the treatments you choose. After all, a massage should be a pleasant and relaxing experience, not a surprising one!