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That (thai) massage that made me snore

When you’re born to a Bulgarian family (not the modern ones though), you grow up knowing that you have got to be tough. Even though Bulgarians are known for complaining a lot (from the government, from their salaries, from their neighbors), whining in front of your family members when you’re sick isn’t a welcomed behavior. If you have a cold for example (yes, even “man flu”), you get some “greana rakia“, maybe a fomentation with rakia and black pepper on your chest or another form of remedy supposed to get you back on your feet within a day. If you’re upset, you’re offered either a glass of rakia (or a bottle) and on rare occasions, a walk. Basically we, Bulgarians, do not tolerate “pussies” and tend to solve most problems with some homemade alcohol.

As many other Bulgarians, I was raised the same way. As a grown up, however, I have wished our culture had a little something from the Asian ones: meditation, massages; either one would be nice for a change from the “suck it up” attitude. That’s why when I got a voucher for a Thai massage on my name day (6th of December) I couldn’t be happier (thank you Hugues!).

I finally made it to the massage salon on the 29th of December and my voucher for the “Hideaway therapy” (what an awesome name!) included the following:

  • Full body rub with a jasmine exfoliant (makes your skin as smooth as baby’s bum).
  • Shower.
  • Full body mask with jasmine cream, after which I was wrapped in a bed sheet, covered with blankets and left alone for about 20 minutes.
  • Waking up because of the sound of my own snoring (I don’t know if this was part of the procedure, but it did happen).
  • Shower.
  • One hour of incredible, full body massage from Kitty (this woman is indeed powerful!).
  • Thai herbal hot compress (it really is hot!).

According to plan, everything takes 2.5 hours. I assure you, that’s not the case – after the procedure, I needed about 20 minutes before I was able to stand on my feet. This is how relaxed my body felt. The massage was indeed so good that I felt I was breathing well for the first time in months!

So why did I decide to tell you about this massage place?

I initially thought I shouldn’t blog about it since this really isn’t related to travel. But then I remembered that it has been a little over 3 years since we’re back in Bulgaria and I had no clue where one could get a good massage. So, if you’re looking for a good deep tissue massage in Sofia, this is your place! Plus, if you ever want to make someone an incredible present, consider getting a voucher in their name! And if that special person you wish to give a gift to is you, then go ahead and treat yourself to a good massage. After all, there isn’t a better new year’s resolution than loving yourself a little more!

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By Nina Alexander

Nina is the big sister. She's a marketing professional by day, traveler by heart, tech geek, bookworm, beer lover and an amateur photographer. Her motto is Friedrich Nietzsche's famous quote "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

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