An Australian tourist in Bali was left shocked¬†when he discovered huge red marks across his back following what he thought was just a relaxing massage.
Candise Raison and her husband Matthew, from Paringa in South Australia, were six days into their holiday in Bali when they decided to treat themselves to a massage.
Ms Raison told Daily Mail Australia that they decided to order a ‘go jek’ massage ‚Äď a service where the masseur comes to you ‚Äď as they were too tired to go out.
When it came to her husband‚Äôs turn, the masseur asked if he wanted to ‘get the red dragon out of him’.¬†
An Australian tourist in Bali got a bit of a surprise when he discovered huge red marks across his back following what he thought would be a relaxing massage
Thinking the masseur perhaps wanted to ‘try some prayer thing’, Ms Raison said: ‘I don’t know what you’re saying but my husband will try anything, go for it!’
She then describes how the masseur started carving her husband’s body with a coin, telling them that by tomorrow it will be a ‘red dragon’.¬†
This type of treatment is called gua sha and is designed to release impurities from muscle tissue.
The next day, Mr Raison‚Äôs back was pictured with huge red marks across it, spanning from the top of his neck right down to his tailbone.
However, Mr Raison is pictured smiling and Ms Raison also saw the funny side.
¬†The masseur offered to ‘get the red dragon out’ of Mr Raison, and the next day, his back sported huge red marks , spanning from the top of his neck right down to his tailbone
Matthew and Candise Raison (pictured left and centre) had been holidaying in Bali with Ms Raison’s sister Tamzin Jenke (right) when they decided to get the unconventional massage
‘Fair to say we were all in tears of laughter,’ she said.
The couple had been travelling in Bali with Ms Raison‚Äôs sister when they got the unconventional massage, but Ms Raison said that the treatment worked wonders for her husband’s chronic back pain.
Mr Raison works for SA Networks on the power lines and Ms Raison said that he had been complaining about his sore back for the past three years.
‘He hasn‚Äôt complained about a sore back since!’ she said.
Ms Raison said that the treatment worked wonders for her husband‚Äôs chronic back pain and five days after the massage, his back had almost returned to normal
‘He said it felt like an itch waiting to be itched, and then when it finally got scratched it was fantastic!’
Ms Raison said that the marks didn‚Äôt break the skin and five days after the massage, Mr Raison’s back was almost back to normal.
‘The marks are still slightly there but almost non-existent,’ she said.
‘It’s something he will most likely get again with the way he enjoyed it.’
Source: The Conversation