The benefits of massage must outweigh the cost. In Shanghai, our massages are only costing us 70 RMB which does not seem to be a lot based on our Western salaries. But when I think about the fact that you can eat dinner with Street Food for only 5 RMB a night, I am thinking it is still a luxury.

We have tried two different people for massage. The first was Elle, who I might have mentioned because she does have fingers of steel. She brings her own massage table and her sister if you need two at a time. She speaks a little English and was good, but definitely harder than I like. She massaged my biceps, which felt really weird.

Then we were told to try Sonny, who is a small athletic Chinese man. Sonny does not have his own massage table, so you have to lay down on your bed. For my neck issues, this is not ideal. Sonny came once for two hours to massage but Matt and I. Matt was great.  I didn’t like the no table thing.  Needless to say, Matt has been getting a massage a week.  He loves it. This week he made me take it.  Sonny showed up and I told him I had neck issues and could not lay on my stomach for long, he said OK. I was laying there relaxing, wondering if he understood enough English to know what I was saying.  He did. After some time on my stomach, he had me lay on my back and worked on my neck and head for what seemed like forever. If we could only get Sonny to come every day. . . .


About toniobarton

Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 20 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 10 years. She currently is a Director of Global and Tech Integration at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School. During the past 10 years Toni has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2016, Toni was also featured in the book “The Global Collaborator” by Julie Lindsay. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Toni finished her Master's in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about technology integration. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. In her spare time, Toni likes to hike, read, quilt and practice yoga.
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