Please don’t touch my testicles again, massage gone wrong

Laying on the table staring at the ceiling tiles, I wondered how I had gotten into this position again, not the lying naked on a bed part, I do that most nights while staring mindlessly at the telly, the part where two men rubbed hot oil into my skin and massaged / fondled my exposed genitalia.

“Here we go again”, I thought, another weird massage experience…

How I got into this predicament

You may know that a few weeks ago I hurt my neck. Three weeks of pretending it wasn’t that bad, trying to work out, and substituting neck rotation with hip rotation, surprisingly, only made it worse.

So it was I decided to go to a massage/ chiropractor guy Sarah had met (her Travel Blog)and see what he could do. This doesn’t sound like such a big deal I’m sure, probably not even story worthy, but as you can probably tell by the intro, there is a bit more to it.

So as not to keep you in suspense, I will let you know that this massage was pretty good, an American fella living and working in a little room on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, bent, prodded, cracked and stretched me to the verge of tears. It didn’t do much for my neck, but felt great on the old muscles.

Massage for me has become synonymous with bad experiences. I have had 5 massages in my life, one was just uncomfortable, one was very awkward, one was extremely inappropriate, and one hurt physically (the 5th being the latest, and good one).

In order of discomfort, for your amusement, I present, The Massage Memoirs:

Massage number 1 – The leaky bladder

Massage 1 happened a few years ago in Thailand, my first experience of being fondled by another human being (or myself) without it being a sexual prelude. So it was I lay down on the bed while a little Thai woman in her late 50’s squeezed and pounded my muscles with vice like fingers, hammer-esque elbows, and liberal use of massage oils.

All was going well until about an hour in, when I felt a strong urge to empty my bladder. I am sometimes too polite, and not having a way to explain my predicament to the Thai speaking lady going at my musculature, I decided to hang on, thinking it would only be a few more minutes, surely.

Half an hour later…

I was in agony, I kept expecting the massage to finish, and she kept applying pressure to the region around my bladder, oblivious to the imminent danger she was in. Fortunately the massage finished just in time, and I ran to the toilet for one of the best urination’s of my life,

A happy ending in a sense.

Massage number 2 – The Mosquito Magnet

This one takes place on a little island off Cambodia, a veritable paradise, nothing but a few basic bungalows and family eateries on the beach. We spent a week swimming and staring out across the ocean. A more idyllic scene you would be hard pressed to imagine.

Except for the bugs.

Sundown in Cambodia is the domain of the giant flesh destroying mosquito, previous experience had ensured that I always took precautions and smothered myself in ozone destroying amounts of bug spray. This evening however, we had wandered to the other end of the beach and decided on an impromptu massage.

I lay down on the outdoor bed, closed my eyes and sunk into a deeply relaxing state as the Cambodian lady with magic hands began kneading the tension from my body,

And then, “Eeeeeeeeeee, eeeeeeeeeee!” They attacked.

I brushed one away from my arm, then a couple from my leg, then the noise was in my ear, then in both ears, then I was slapping myself like a crazy person. As I swatted furiously, the monstrous carnivores actually seemed to double their efforts, as if word had spread to get the bastard who had killed their comrades.

The massage lady was oblivious, within a minute, I had a dozen bites and was itching like crazy, and she had not been touched.

Deciding I could not maintain my politeness anymore, I jumped up, shouted a quick thank you, and ran in as manly a fashion as one can when fleeing from tiny little bugs, into the ocean. I felt bad that she would think her massage was under-par, but the pain these tiny little demons were causing was unbearable.

I made my way back to our section of beach by keeping myself submerged in the oceans viscous shield, hoping the mutant mosquitoes had not evolved a way to attack underwater.

It always amazes me how such tiny creatures can single-handedly destroy paradise.

Massage number 3 – ‘The effeminate body climber’

Then there was the guy in Nepal. I’m not sure how we found this place, or why, but we wandered into a massage parlor in the squalor that is most of Kathmandu City. Sarah went off to have her massage with the ladies, and I walked off with my masseuse  who happened to be an extremely lady-like fella, really just a bit of lippy away from a vagina and one bad week a month.

I don’t have a problem with a male masseur,  but right or wrong, there is a slight sense of whoa Nelly when the real touching begins. So it doesn’t take much to get to that next level of discomfort. My very lady-like touchy guy, didn’t make the situation better by wearing very light, and very little, clothing.

If this had been the only issue, I would have been fine, but he proceeded to give me a terrible massage, while regaling my worn out ear drums with tales of how crappy his life was.

Not very relaxing.

Then, to top it off, he climbed on my back, clenched his bare legs against my oily side, and rested his obviously loose hanging testicles between my buttocks and lower back, right in the curve (there was, thankfully, a bit of thin trouser material between me and my first tea bagging).

The massage ended with me being more stressed than when I went in, yet my ridiculous need to be polite (which I am for the most part cured of now thanks for asking), meant I tipped him for, well I’m not sure what…Maybe there’s something in that?

Massage number 4 – ‘The Testicle Touchers’

I know what you’re thinking, ‘Wasn’t the last one the testicle toucher?’ Well yes, he touched me with his testicles, but at least mine came through unscathed. This massage, although innocent and pretty good, took my unfortunate luck a little bit further; further being all the way up my inner thigh.

‘Where’s this going?’ you’re thinking, well, pretty much to third base.

Sarah and I found ourselves in a holistic-type retreat in India, we were only staying for a couple of nights on the way through, and had no idea it consisted of veggy munchers with shaved heads and the obligatory off-white uniform of the “truly enlightened” (I myself was once a veggy muncher for 2 years, and still mourn all the hamburgers and KFC I could have consumed in that time).

Making the most of our time, we went for a traditional Ayurvedic massage. By now I should have known better, but I had to at least once in my life have a good massage, things were surely bound to change!

With this thought in mind I fare welled Sarah as she went off with the ladies, and was led into a room with not 1, but 2 Indian gentlemen, who although very friendly, were completely lacking in boundaries.

I was asked to remove my clothes and given a towel more appropriate for hand drying than genital coverage. I lay down on the massage table and had warm oil dribbled over my skin, from there the 2 gents grabbed a leg each, and began vigorously rubbing me down.

It felt good, great in fact, the oil heated up under their hands and I could feel my muscles releasing their tension, and then…bump? Oh its nothing, just slipped a bit I’m sure.


OK, 3 bumps is not necessarily intentional, but,


Whoooooa Nelly!

Basically, these fine fellas didn’t care, a testicle bump to them meant about as much as a fist pump at a rave. The testicle massage continued in a fashion which completely overshot any sort of boundaries we may have in the West, my man bags and butt muscles received about as much attention as possible without a fella batting for the other team.

After they had pretty much had their way with me, I was taken to a shower, stripped of my itsy bitsy towel, and stood with my whirly gig on display, they turned on the shower and made sure it was the right temperature before leaving me to scrub away the shame, and cry into my spilled milk (metaphorically speaking).

Actually, it was a good massage, and to these guys, googly bits are just in the way of getting the job done.

So what have I learned

Well, nothing earth shattering, I now know that  underwear is optional in Nepal, you should urinate before a massage, mosquitoes are the devils plaything, man touching is acceptable in India, and I am surprisingly OK with it.

0 thoughts on “Please don’t touch my testicles again, massage gone wrong”

  1. “who although very friendly, were completely lacking in boundaries.”


    I love a good massage but am always a little worried about what is going to happen. So far I’ve not had anything as interesting happen to me though. Touch wood (not that wood).

  2. Hey Tyrhone!!

    What a great story!! I laughed from beginning to end!! I am heading to India at the end of this month and I would like to visit the ayurvedic massage place that you wrote about because I’m writing an article for a travel magazine. What is it called and where is it?

    Thanks again for this great story and keep the brilliant blog entries coming!!


    1. I only seem to be a misfortune magnet with massages, it’s like the universe just does not want me to have deep tissue relaxation. I hope you make the most of em there in Thailand, and that they work out better than mine!

  3. Oh man! I had the exact same experience in Bangkok, but instead of testicles insert “lady parts.” At first I thought it was an accident, and by the time I realized it was intentional I felt like I had let it go too long without saying something to speak up. So I just lay there, every muscle tense telling myself that if it happened one more time I’d say something. Not the most relaxing massage i’ve ever had…

  4. OMG Tyrhone I so wish I had read this before you came over Saturday! We have had dozens and dozens of truly great massages around the world but, we too, have a list of uncomfortable, bad, awkward and downright wrong massages as well! oh I am rolling with laughter!

    1. I am glad my misery could be I’d service to you Rhonda .

      # dammit the red of my comment dissapeared! In short it said winky face and thank you very much for the amazing dinner. It was great to meet you guys

  5. Was actually reading your write up on dentist in Thailand when i dipped into your massage adventures.
    I was laughing out loud and in tears, loved your story telling. style, only Bill Bryson makes me laugh out loud like that with words! Brilliant.

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