Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Martha's Moment of Peace

I have a pretty serious case of anxiety and therefore a pretty serious case of insomnia. Most mornings at three am, I find myself desperate to silence the chatter in my mind, desperate for a little peace.

I finally found it - on youtube.

Several years ago, I stumbled upon this video of a young man receiving a head massage in India.

The video is weirdly hypnotizing and relaxing especially given the video is loud and the massage itself even a bit...jarring. But I couldn't stop myself from watching it over and over again. Soon, I started clicking on other Indian head massage videos. After two or three videos, my eyes would droop and bam, I'd be asleep.

It got to the point where I'd sneak into bed with my tablet and tune into youtube to watch the video before falling asleep.

I started to feel like I had a dirty little secret.

Turns out - I'm not alone. This video, for one, has been watched nearly four million times as of today. There is a whole mini-cult of people who watch massage videos to calm down and are especially relaxed by videos of traditional Indian head massages.

Everyone's got something that soothes their soul.

Guess mine is just a little unorthodox.


Unknown said...

Is it something about the west side that has us up in the middle of the night? At least I'll have plenty of time to write :)

Wishing you uninterrupted sleep in 2012!

Sophie Littlefield said...

um...disconcerting, darling, though i have to admit i would love to have my massages against a backdrop of traffic sounds. i was afraid for some reason this was going to be one of those ear-candling things....i understand roving ear...attendants? - ply their trades at outdoor cafes, with their little bags of tools. i could NOT eat my lunch if my dining companion was being candled (proper word? i have no idea) at the same time.

Juliet Blackwell said...

This is so wonderfully...odd! I love it! And I think I like watching it much more than I would like to have it done to me...knowing me, I'd get a migraine. But very fun and yes, strangely hypnotic.

Martha Flynn said...

omg can't believe i actually posted this - damn you last minute late night posting!!!

Rachael Herron said...


Nicole Peeler said...

There's a lot of people who sneak into bed to watch someone get a head rubbing........ just not that head. ;-)

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