Massage and the Writer: Essays on Asian Massage – Isham Cook

Massage and the Writer: Essays on Asian Massage – Isham Cook

Written by: Garden Retreat Spa

Isham Cook’s Massage and the Writer will test your open-mindedness, comfort level, and patience as it explores the frank observations of the massage culture in China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and America. The collection of non-fictional essays will expletively blow your mind while it dives into the correlation between sensuality and prostitution. Simply put, the imagery will captivate your mind and take you to places where you deemed forbidden as it expletively conveys how the industry works.

As a new reader, come into this without any bias towards the massage stigma. Rather, let Isham guide you with his words on the pseudo-erotic environment that you’ll soon be surrounded with as you delve deeper into the book – for instance, you’ll relive how a true “Asian massage in NYC” is really made out to be. Personally, I believe it to be insightful more than anything. Albeit, it is uncomfortable at times, the momentum shifts between calm and bizarre leave nothing to be desired.

The author discusses various sensual topics revolving around a full body massage in NYC for example, and how it pushes the boundary between therapy and sexual pleasure. Needless to say, it’s a rollercoaster ride that you may not be ready for – and that’s a good thing.

Isham’s take on the massage scene is rather brilliant. He surpasses the barrier of discomfort and broadens the readers’ minds with challenging and uncomfortable material. This book is a fine example of how absurd, adventurous, and even dangerous, the massage industry is. So, the next time you see an advertisement for a “table shower in NYC”, you might want to think twice.