This is part 2 of 2 of a conversation with L, a woman in her mid-twenties working at a massage parlor. Click here for part 1 (“Can pregnant women have massages?”). This post is about women’s issues and might not be to everyone’s taste – you’re warned.
The whole-body massage includes back, arms, legs, stomach and breasts. When L is about to start with the breast massage, she says:
“Your breasts are almost non-existent.”
Huh. She’s so blunt I’m wondering if I just heard correctly. Still, I don’t feel offended, I’ve already gotten used to this kind of bluntness. Now, if you wonder what a breast massage is like, be prepared that it might hurt.
She then tells me:
“Your breasts are very healthy.”
I: “Do you know that just by looking at them?”
She: “I do. Your nipples are pink. If they are dark it means your breasts aren’t that healthy. If they are pink, it means they are very healthy.”
I: “I see.”
She starts with the massage and asks:
“How many hours a day do you wear a bra? Less than 8?”
I: “Longer than 8 hours.”
She: “It’s best to wear a bra less than 8 hours a day. Breasts and nipples need to breathe too, just like your nose.”
The massage hurts a lot. I tell her.
She: “There’s some stagnation, that’s why it hurts.”
I: “Where does the stagnation come from? Just from wearing a bra?”
She: “Yes, exactly.”
After a while, I ask her:
“Are you able to feel if someone has a breast tumor?”
She: “I am. But don’t worry, you’re fine.”
Have you ever had a similar conversation? I’d love to read your stories.