Magic Fingers


 I can’t find any photos of hands or fingers

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.


 No fingers here, either

 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.


Not even any arms

 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 was 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. 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

 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 on 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. 



7 thoughts to “Magic Fingers”

  1. That’s why I read your posts religiously, Linda – you combine all 3 elements required to keep me coming back – information, humor and wonderful pictures! Merci! (and I hope today is your less “tonic” day 😉

  2. Ooh..massage therapy…aah. I could deal with any doctor who told me to do this.
    I wonder if the foot/stomach correlation is related to acupressure. I really want to have acupressure/puncture for my stomach problems and headaches, but they do not exist here in the rural South.

  3. I think the french medical system’s use of the kiné is a wise move towards “softer” medicine. I go for my back sometimes, and it helps, I like the idea better than surgery.

  4. I think your special kine was combining a bit of Eastern medicine along with traditional methods..not many of those about. I also had a great physio in South Africa who did just that kind of thing – I have a recurring problem with my shoulder..and she was the only physio who has ever removed the pain and kept me painfree for months at a time between sessions.

    French medicine is very very good – although I do object to all the stuff the doctors prescribe…one leaves the surgery with a veritable shopping list.

  5. I have a friend in NYC that went to a therapist for a problem with his back…his neck and shoulderblades would not move on his right side. The therapist began massing his left foot and applied pressure to specific points.

    Suddenly, he could move his neck and shoulders, almost instantly. Is this kine in France still practicing?

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