07 December 2010

Gintell Rest N Go Station Massage Chair

Walk around any major shopping complex in Malaysia and you are bound to bump into this. Gintell has modified their massage chairs to accept cash notes in exchange for massage.

I was at Island Plaza Penang attending a company training and saw this. Seeing that the mall is practically deserted on a Friday afternoon with zero chance of bumping into a colleague, friend, or family member, I decided to try it.

3 minutes of massage costs RM1, so I put in RM5 for 15 minutes of mechanized relaxation. The chair leant back and it quickly went to work on my back, butt, and calves. If you're ever curious to try it, I suggest just going for the 3 minute quickie because that's how long one cycle lasts. Towards the end of my session I could already predict what's going to happen next.

The main massage happens on the back, using a combination of rolling and kneading actions. It felt best on my shoulders and I found myself pushing myself deeper into the chair to get a stronger sensation. The calves are continuously massaged with a squeezing action, while Gintell saw fit to put a vibrator under the seat and count that as massaging one's gluteus maximus.

This experience has thought me that 1) massage chairs are a big waste of money, and 2) I wouldn't want to be caught in a crowded mall while passers-by whisper and point at the guy who's getting a massage in public.


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