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Flower Power and Massage

Flower Power and Massage

Soft touch is what I need. ‘Hurts so good‘ or ‘Pain is weakness leaving your body‘ are slogans I do not understand.There are massage devotees that swear to deep tissue massage while swearing right through it. If tissues are deep, they are hidden for a reason, all I am looking for is a smooth pampering of upper layers.

Generally, I am not a big fan of any massages as they are usually to strong for my oh so sensitive body. For most people the amount of pressure applied to various muscles is fine and enjoyable, however for me, it often is a rollercoaster ride of pleasure and pain. As a known germaphobe I cannot help but to think that rubbing microworlds of bacteria into my skin, isn’t a good idea at all.

In fact the best masseuse for me is this one. Knows  exactly what buttons to press. But things work different at the massage place we visited in Luang Prabang.

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You don’t have to take a shower beforehand (but there is a shower on site). You will get your feet washed, stinky or not. The same hands run over your body afterwards. Part with that thought and you will be fine, Dasza.

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All parties involved have to change into massage gear. Basically, all customers look like prisoners. Please go soft!

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After the massage we got a reward for playing dead. Delicious Lao tea which is a lot sweeter than black tea.

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The teas was made from the popular bael fruit with its characteristic yellow centre.

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Well, I think that I can recommend this massage place as my masseuse was able to adjust to my whimsy needs after I told her (repeatedly) to apply less pressure. A full body massage, where they work on your back, legs, arms and a bit on the shoulders for one hour was 80.000 kip (that is amazingly only about 8 Euros).

Hibiskus Spa and Massage. The parlour is located in a typical post colonial French villa.

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Because it is the weekend, I thought I would create a thoroughly chillaxin post (with new vocab I have been picking up from Breaking Bad). What better stimuli for relaxation through the screen than the images of nature. I have put together some Lao flora to scroll through and rest.

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Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

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Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

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Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

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Glowing tree flowers.

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Okay, fine, there are glowing flowers in Lao but how about this – watch a real stunner in the plants variety.

 

I am not big on flower names and plants and jungles just scare me but… located on a small peninsula at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rovers, Luang Prabang is much defined by its natural environment.

I was drawn in by nature after exploring some major attractions. Like Phousi hill, in the middle of the city marks a spiritual centre, considered to represent the sacred mountain at the centre of the universe in Buddhist cosmology. The riverbanks, caves, thick forests, green countryside, the lush vegetation and narrow pathways in the city form a unique landscape. I think the pics reveal that I was very much in harmony with nature in Laos.

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Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

 

Flowing nature. The Mekong river is an important source of food and transport but also holds spiritual value to Lao people.

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Youngsters and monks come to relax at the riverbanks.

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And tourists.

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Words of Lao wisdom on nature.

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Laos - Luang Prabang and Vientiane

 

Lay back and take it slow!

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