When Mr. DE comes home from a tired day of work, I sometimes like to indulge him in a massage. For a while growing up, I thought I would become a massage therapist because I loved giving massages. From the time I was 10, massages fascinated me and I would read voraciously about the correct techniques, the acupressure points, and the body so I could become an expert at it. I also did it, because my Abuelo (Grandfather) had Parkinson’s disease and the only time he ever felt better from his chronic leg shaking was when I would massage his legs. I would spend hours massaging them while he talked about Dominican Republic’s history and his growing up under the dictatorship of Trujillo (one of the worst demagogues in history.) By the time I was 18, I was known in my family as a self-taught massage expert and I planned to enroll in the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy, but then my grandpa died, and I sunk in a deep depression and no longer felt the urge to give massages. After meeting Mr. DE though, the urge to massage and heal came back again, because he suffers from chronic shoulder pain. So one day after his pain became unbearable, I began using my hands on him, and like magic, the pain left him. Now I think a secret to a great massage is a great massage cream. I hate creams that leave the skin greasy or that don’t lubricate enough. My favorite massage cream and the one Mr. DE loves is Y-Y's 1000 Cranes Massage and Body Cream.
This has such a refreshing fragrance of peppermint, and spearmint and it contains some really hydrating skin ingredients like Soy, Jojoba and something new I’d never heard of , African Baobab Oil. While massaging Mr. De with this, it offers an incredible amount of moisture but after I’m done, I can wipe him off with a towel and his skin is not left greasy or with any oily residue. I really like this and 50% of this products proceeds go to organizations helping victims of spinal stroke.