So this is probably the second and last time I organise a massage service in school, in my capacity as the outgoing campus rep (let the P1 reps take over!).
We had 4 signups for the morning session starting at 10am. One cancelled, while 2 didn’t show up. Fortunately we publicised the available slots from 10.30am to noon, and 2 walk-ins arrived, so that makes up for it.
Earlier on, one masseur (who got great reviews from classmates the last time he was here) was showing me how to find tense spots on the back. They were joking with each other about all sorts of things, and I realised they were such happy people. They’re doing the best they can with the abilities they were given, and I really want to help them.
I also like seeing the (previously tense) faces of students as they enter the room, and 30 minutes later they’re all relaxed and smiling. That makes me happy too!
My masseur Richard gave me a piece of advice when he massaged my head and some parts of it hurt. He asked if I had headaches, and remarkably I did have headaches last week (I usually hardly ever have headaches). I said it was probably due to eye strain as last week I had a lot of homework to do.
He told me to take good care of my eyes.
Now, when people with perfectly fine eyesight tell us to do that (like our parents and teachers), we may think, “OK…”, but sometimes we still forget to take eye breaks and stare at the computer screen for too long.
However, when a blind person who paid to have an operation so he could at least see some “shadows”, tells you to take care of your eyes, you listen!!!
I also noticed my masseur was well-informed about very recent events. I asked him how he kept up with the news, and he told me he listened to the BBC. I was impressed because he had hardly any vision yet he was so up to date. Some people with their full senses intact would probably be less interested in learning about the world around them.
While having my own massage I also told them a bit about INSEAD because Singaporeans like them, who live in the heartlands, have little or no idea who we are or what we do. In the end I’d like to say I made new friends and learnt a lot in school today - not just in the classroom but in the massage room.
Hope to see them back again :)