Tuesday 29 March 2022

Is Massage Cool?


Written from a layman’s, not a scientist’s background.

You may be cooled in some massage services, though not in a cryosauna, as in a previous blog. Or you may be warmed sometime, depending somewhat on what treatment you have, such as hot stone or hot oil massage.

You can be ‘cool’ physically and culturally. One example is in painting your roof, or outside of your house or block of flats. It will then be albedo – from the Latin for ‘white’.

This can help, in the complexities and intricacies of tending to climate change, where it is considered that urban albedo, or whitening, can offset climate change, in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1.3%. Then again, snow is truly ‘the white stuff’, as some research shows it to be 0.85% white. I don’t know what makes up the other 0.15% of it.

The 1.3% reduction may not seem a lot, though if water levels rise only 0.5mm per year, that is a lot of water for all the oceans, seas, rivers, etc. of the globe.

It will be worth you coming along for a treatment, even if you might feel you contribute only 1.3%, as it were, to the masseur’s ‘trade’, e.g. not able to make many visits for one reason or another.

The whiteness helps in reflecting the sun’s energy, whereas darker surfaces absorb it more. Wear lighter coloured clothing too, to stay cool, and when you have super massage, in the warm or warm-ish Spring, and warmer Summer – we hope!

There are some seemingly odd things relating to climate change. Here are a couple of examples. One is to cover 1.5% of the Earth’s surface in a perfectly reflective mirror, to balance out doubling of carbon dioxide emissions. Another is to cover the Sahara Desert in silver foil to reflect more of the Sun’s energy!

You won’t be required to do odd things in your treatments, but look in a mirror afterwards if having an aesthetic treatment such as waxing or threading, to see wonderful results, we trust.  Also, maybe make a start, covering your garden sand-pit, if you have one, with foil when not in use. There is method in the seeming madness.

 Come along for a massage or other treatment. You choose the method, selecting what treatment you wish.

Tuesday 1 March 2022

Massage Money Matters

Your friendly masseur, doing massage and other treatments, will not be drawing his pension any time soon so you will be able to see him for a number of years to come yet. He is, of course, as we all are, 21 again next birthday.

While doing a course on money matters – and it does ‘matter’ too – the origin of the word ‘pension’ goes back a few centuries. It can mean ‘payment for services’ at retirement, or earlier in some situations. It is from the Latin ‘pensionem’, meaning a payment or instalment.


When in one employment, some time ago (centuries?!), we manually prepared customers accounts on a simple system. One rubber-stamp was ‘Account Rendered’. This means a bill which has been sent, or about to be sent by post, but is not yet paid.

You will pay, or more tactfully, will be able to pay the masseur at the time of your visit to him, or in some cases, his visit to you. He will not render you an account, or give you bills, as you will have paid there and then, not paying on tick or on the never-never, i.e. hire purchase.


You will hopefully receive your money’s worth, and want to have more lovely massage or other treatment. Though to indulge, be pampered, give self a treat, may not always be one of your main motives if you have, say, a sports massage or a waxing. So some treatments may not exactly be lovely!

But you will look fine, we trust, after your waxing, or course of waxing, and eased of aches and pains through having a sports massage.

All contributions will be gratefully received, as the saying goes, financially, and verbally in expressing praise and compliments – many thanks! 

Come along to contribute to the masseur’s ‘trade’. You won’t be treated as an object or as a thing though, in that sense of trade, but a warm welcome awaits, for massage or whatever treatment you may choose.