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The other day I received a full body massage. It was a fabulous 60 minutes and every time I get a massage I tell myself, "I'm going to do this once a month." And I never do. But while I was laying with my head in the "cradle" on the table, all I could think about was this:

I was face down on the table, the masseuse was massaging my right leg. I thought to myself, "I wonder if she can feel that strip of hair I missed shaving on my calf." That morning I shaved my legs, and armpits in preparation for my massage. I noticed while I was putting lotion on my leg when I got out of the shower (another preparation for a massage) I missed an entire strip on hair on my left calf. I then began to realize (while my head was in the cradle) that going to get a massage is somewhat like going to the gynecologist.

I always shave before going to see my doctor, I often go over my legs twice, just to be sure I didn't miss anything. And I super shave my armpits, in every direction possible. After I shave and shower, I then make sure I apply lotion to my entire body, not just to add moisture but to add a light girly smell. At the doctor's office, the doctor will be inches away from my legs, and the deer shining spot light will for sure be "up in my business" so the least I can do is have nicely shaved and moisturized legs to go with the rest of my body!

As for the armpits, it's uncomfortable enough to have another person do a breast exam on you, but to lift your arm and realize you are sporting a forest of seedlings, as the doctor makes small talk about the weather, is even more embarrassing. The tiny hairs often look like giants in your peripheral vision.

I am sure these preparations for a massage and annual exam visit are often over anaiyzed by myself. Neither the doctor or masseuse probably notices if my skin is hair free or my legs are lacking moisture. Especially with the massage, the room is so dimly lit you can barely see which way is the wrong way to put your underwear on!