More Than a Massage
MTM Therapy for Body Aches (60min), $159, at Hygeia TCM Wellness, #01- 01 Telepark, 5 Tampines Central 6, tel: 6260-5575 WHAT If you have very stiff muscles that regular body massages can’t alleviate, try this corrective TCM-inspired treatment. The therapist first massages your body with her hands, then uses a round-edged ox horn to apply repeated, pressured strokes from the nape to the legs – said to boost blood and oxygen circulation, and relieve muscle strain. She also massages around your breasts and towards the lymph nodes at your underarms to boost lymphatic circulation.
It’s best for those with a high pain threshold – you’ll experience intense pain over areas of muscle stiffness or poor circulation (like celluliteridden spots). On areas where circulation is improved, you’ll have some bruising. VERDICT “Depending on which area the therapist was working on, I felt light soreness to occasional excruciating pain. I found out that the lymph nodes at my underarms were congested and the circulation at cellulite-ridden areas like my buttocks was very poor. While it was a painful session, I was pleased that the shoulder ache that had weighed me down for two weeks completely disappeared.” – Simone