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It seems to me that the French medical system uses massage therapy more than they do in the States. I did go to a physical therapist once in Texas for a painful hip but it did absolutely no good. I’ve never been one to go for massages but a few experiences recentally convinced me that it is a mighty good thing.
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Â I had a really great massage in Thailand that lasted an hour and only cost about one dollar. I was tempted to get one every day but was too busy being a tourist. They can be really incredible-so relaxing.
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Â So, I wasn’t very enthusiastic when my doctor sent me to a kine, a type of physical therapist, here in Paris. The first time was for a shoulder pain. The therapist, a man, turned out to be amazing. He got rid of the pain but, what wasÂ incredible to me, was what I am told is a reflexology “thing”. He stood at the end of the table, put his hands on my feet, closed his eyes and sort of listened but it was really more feeling pulses in my feet. He looked up and said, “Do you have trouble with your stomach?” I was amazed and said yes and asked him if he was psychic. He assures me that he isn’t but it was really sort of magic to me.Â His wife also does massages and she does the same thing but she doesn’t have his gift. Her massages never seem to be as affective.
A foot of Peter in a Montmartre church
Â So now when a doctor tells me to go to a kine, I usually comply. I haven’t found one as good as the first therapist I went to in Paris, the one I just spoke of. I think he is one of a kind. He and his wife are unusual in that they go to Nepal once a year to work in a orphanage for a week. He gave Maurice and I a massage to do ourselves which is a circular massage onÂ our stomachs which is supposed to relieve stress and wants us to go to a person in Aix to learn some stretches. We are both very “tonic” which, I think, means up tight. Not a surprise.Â