Post natal massage - Is it necessary?

Jes 135 Comments

It's common nowadays to hire a massage lady to soothe your physical pain after labour. For natural birth, the massage starts 2 or 3 days after and for caesarian, 1 to 2 weeks after labour.
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The massage lady is usually a Malay, doing freelance work and travels to your house. For those tied to the massage agency, you will need to pay for their taxi fares too. Cost is typically $50 to $75 per session and you can choose 5, 7, 10 or even more sessions. You would need to be naked with only your disposable underwear and provide a space in your house for the massage.

I chose the 10 sessions to last for 2 weeks and it cost $550 for a freelance massage lady. To be honest, 5 sessions are enough to alleviate the pains and the more experienced ones will help to shift the womb back so it does not push against your bladder. I am not kidding, it really helps when you find that you do not have to pee so often.

They do provide a wrap to tie up the belly to shrink the womb and flatten your tummy. It is like a corset and you tie it up like shoelaces. They will also apply a warm ginger cream to detox and speed up healing. The massage lady will recommend that you wrap your belly for the whole day but I always showered 2 hours after the massage. As to how effective the wrap is, I cannot confirm them. I believe that perhaps the wrap does play a part to flatten the tummy faster but sooner or later, my tummy will recover based on genetics and not become flatter due to the wrap.

I have friends who swear by it, believing that the longer you wrap yourself, the faster your belly will recover. They used the wrap for the whole month. I have friends who did not try it at all yet their tummy is flatter than anyone else. If you believe it works, then just do it.
I think the shoelaces type might provide more tightness
I like having an hour each day during confinement to just relax and enjoy the massage. It helped with my back ache and wrist pain because I have been using the different muscles to carry my newborn. They will also massage your breast to unclog the blocked ducts and regain the supply.

If I can choose again, I would just go with 5 sessions. The massage always leaves me oily and sweaty and it will be hard to breastfeed right after but I always find the sessions calm and soothing amidst the confinement chaos.

Post natal massage, it's not necessary but definitely good to have.

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135 comments:

  1. I think this depends on individual. I removed the wrap within 30 mins after the lady did it on me because it was so sticky, itchy and uncomfortable. I actually enjoyed the massage more.

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    1. Hi Kate,

      Yeah I agree the massage was the best part. I also have some friends telling me the wrap was very uncomfortable and itchy. It didn't itch for me and I thought it would make me slimmer faster so I left it on. Not sure how effective it was. Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  2. Hi jes,

    My wife went for the 5 sessions. Again the experience is good for the massage but the wrapping part is doubtful. She did her best to wear it for at least 8 hrs for the day though. Didn't opt for more because she didn't think it was that useful. Like u said, good to have but not essential.

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    1. Hi LP,

      Thanks for reading my pregnancy posts! Woah, she really persevered and wore for 8 hours. I am sure her effort paid off and she has regained her figure ;) Enjoy fatherhood, it's an incredible journey!

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  3. Hey there! Do you mind providing me contact details of the massage lady you had? :) My email is soniakittengoh@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you! Thanks in advance :D

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    1. Hi there,

      I have sent you her contact details, all the best! :)

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  4. Hi there. Can i also have her cntact details? My email is ksoo0421@gmail.com
    I hope hear from you. Thanks!

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    1. Hi there,

      I have replied you, have a smooth delivery!

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  5. Hi, i'm a ftm and my edd is next month and i would like to have the massage lady's contact as well. Thanks in advance!

    my email: tiffy@singnet.com.sg

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    1. Hi there,

      I have sent you the contact. Congrats! :)

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  6. Hi! Can I have her contact too pls. Does she do breast massage to help with clogged milk ducts? My Email is allthingsfey@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Fey,

      Yes she does do breast massage, very effective to clear milk ducts. I have already sent you her contact :)

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  7. Thank you for sharing your experience. May I have the contact as well? My email is imhannahsamuel@gmail.com Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Eve,

      No problem, I am glad to share. I have emailed you as well, enjoy your pregnancy!

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  8. Hi Jes,may I have the contact of the massage lady?i just gave birth last week...thanks in advance :)
    My email: sarah25@ymail.com

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      I have already sent you the contact. Congrats and enjoy your confinement! :)

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  9. Hi Jes,may I have the contact of the massage lady? My email: novi_law@hotmail.com

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Novi,

      I have already emailed you. Congrats!

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  10. Hi, may I please have your masseur'so contact? Thank you! My email is wan_jasmine@yahoo.com :)

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    1. Hi Jasmine,

      Sent and congrats! :)

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  11. Hello there,

    May I have the contact of masseur lady? Appreciate if you can send to my email: pinktooth_arch@yahoo.com. Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi there,

      Check your mailbox, it's done!

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  12. Hi there,
    May I have the contact of the massage lady? Appreciate if you can send to my email: sookping123@hotmail.com. Many thanks! =)

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    1. Hi Sook Ping,

      Sent, hope you have received it! :)

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  13. Hello, may I please have the contact of the massage lady? Appreciate it if you could send it to me email: sitojiahuei@gmail.com. Much thanks! :D

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    1. Hi Jiahuei,

      All done, all the best! :)

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  14. Hi Jes! I am interested too. Appreciate if u could email the massage lady contact to my email at pearlyn_8@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Pearlyn,

      Hope you have received it! :)

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  15. Hi jes,

    Some feel itchy becoz of the herbs used before the wrap. I think its the ginger. Do you mind sharing the contact details of the massage lady. Do send to filazzura@hotmil.com

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    1. Hi Aurora,

      Oh, I don't think this auntie used any herbs, just a ginger based lotion so you might be right about the ginger. Sent, hope you have received it! :)

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  16. Hi jes,

    May i please have the contact of your massage lady as well? my email is monkeydecinue@gmail.com

    Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi Monkey,

      Sent! Don't forget to follow me on Facebook for more posts on family issues :)

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  17. Hi jes,

    May i please have the contact of your massage lady? my email is jay_chew2004@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi there,

      Done and take care!

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  18. Hi Jes,
    May I have the contact too? My email is bunny37@sina.com
    THANK YOU!!

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  19. Hi Jes,
    May I please have the contact as well? My email is adetan93@gmail.com

    Many thanks!

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    1. Hi there,

      Sure, congrats and enjoy the massage!

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  20. Hi Jes, thank you for sharing. May I have the contact as well? My email is chinshuhan@gmail.com
    Thanks lots!

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    1. Hi Shuhan,

      Sorry, missed out on sending you the contact. Hope you have received it!

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  21. Hi Jes, thanks for sharing. Can I have the contact too? My email is yiwenling90@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Yiwen,

      No problem, it's good to share. I hope the auntie will be available for you :)

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  22. hi, can I have the contact too? my email is blurygem@yahoo.com.sg

    thanks

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    1. Hi there,

      Sure, sharing is caring. All the best!

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  23. Hi Jes,

    Thanks for sharing. Can you kindly send me the contact at renazhayun@gmail.com. thanks

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    1. Hi Rena,
      Sent and all the best! :)

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  24. Hi Jes,

    Thanks for sharing as I’m a ftm good to know:) can I have the contact please. My email is agneschan0922@yahoo.com.sg

    Thanks!:)

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    1. Hi Agnes,

      Sent and sorry for the mix up in names :)

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  25. Hi Jes,

    Thanks for sharing! Can I also have the contact of the massage lady? Please send it to my email at michellexkoh@gmail.com.

    Thank you!

    - Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      Sent and have a happy pregnancy! :)

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  26. Hi Jes, don’t mind can I have the contact of the massage lady? Kindly send to me at sun_sun87@hotmail.com
    Thank you very much.

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    1. Hi Sun,

      No problem, I have already sent to you!

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  27. Hi Jes , may I have the contact of the massage lady. Email caitang81@hotmail.con

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    1. Hi Chye Fong,

      Ok done, do check your mail :)

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  28. Hey Jess!

    Sorry! Don't think I received it, could you resend again pls? Thank you :)

    - Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      Ok, re-sent! Probably check your junk folder :)

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  29. Hi Can i have the massage lady contact.
    Email dion_tan@hotmail.com
    thanks

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    1. Hi Dion,

      No problem, sent :)

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  30. Hi, can I have the contact of the massage lady too? Thanks! K_shujun@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Shujun,

      I have already sent to you, congrats!

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  31. Hi could i kindly have her contact?
    My email add: joanchendriks@gmail.com
    Thank you in advanced!

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    1. Hi Joan,

      No problem and sent! :D

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  32. Hi Jes,

    Thanks for the informative blog post! I'm very interested to engage your Jamu massage lady. May I have her contact please? My email: claire_uq@hotmail

    Claire

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    1. Hi Claire,

      Sent and all the best!

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  33. Hi, can I have the contact of the massage lady too? Thanks! jas_ge@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Jas,

      Sent and all the best!

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  34. Hi may i have the contact of ur massage lady too? Thanks!
    y3esther@gmail.com thanks

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    1. Hi Esther,

      Sent and all the best!

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  35. Hi Jes,
    Thanks for sharing ur experience. Can i hv he contact of ur massage lady oso?
    My email SherrySeah78@gmail.com. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Sherry,

      Sent and all the best!

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  36. Hi Jes, can you share with me rhe contact of your massage lady? My email is c.weitings@gmail.com thank u :)

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      Sure, done and good luck!

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  37. hi Jes.Appreciate if you could share the contacts of your massage lady? Thanks. my email is Dinogardeners@yahoo.com.sg

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    1. Hi there,

      Sent and good luck!

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  38. Hi jes, can share with me your massage lady’s contact? My email is hlgan25@hotmail.com. Thanks.

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  39. Hi Jes
    Can you share with me the contact number of your massage lady? my email is amandabenedicta@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  40. Hi Jes, would you share w me the masseuse's contact as well? My email is sookfang.p@gmail.com . Thank you! (:

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    1. Oh, if she mentions that she does not want so many referrals, please do let me know! Sent and all the best!

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  41. Hi Jes, can share the massage lady contact with me ? Email add is jevy_blue@hotmail.com
    Thanks in advance!

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  42. Hi Jes, would you share with me the masseuse's contact as well? My email is xinzhang_995@hotmail.com Thank you! :)

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    1. No problem, do check your mailbox!

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  43. Hi can share the contact? My email heartz07@gmail.com thanks!

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  44. Hi, Can you please share her contact details? my email id is nidhigw@gmail.com
    Thanks

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  45. Hi, would like her contact too! Thanks! cangel_5@hotmail.com

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  46. Hi Jes, can share her contact to jiaming8396@gmail.com Thanks

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  47. Hi Jes, can share her contact to ar.sgtech@gmail.com Thanks

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  48. Hi Jes, thanks for sharing. Possible to share her cost and contact to April_lby@yahoo.com thanks much.

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    1. Hi there, I already shared the cost on this post. Sent :)

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  49. Hi Jes, can share your masseuse contact to my email: jesxin@hotmail.com? Thanks :)

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  50. Hi Jes, can share your masseuse contact to my email: jesxin@hotmail.com? Thanks :)

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  51. Hi Jes, can you pls email me the massage lady's contact details on chandernirupa@gmail.com. Thank you.

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  52. Can u send me the contact at joanne.lgl@gmail.com? Thanks

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  53. Hi there! Can you share with me her contact details please? My email is tan.mega@gmail.com. Thanks!!:)

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  54. Hi Jes, can share your masseuse contact to this email: gal_girl88@hotmail.com? Thanks :)

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    1. No problem, already sent out!

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  55. Hi Jes, can you share the contact to me at sheenatan26@gmail.com. thanks much.

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  56. Hi can I have the contact pls? Email is ng_nsl@yahoo.com.sg. many thanks!

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  57. Hello! May i know how was the massage? Thank you.

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    1. Hi A,

      I have shared everything in the post, as stated here: "I like having an hour each day during confinement to just relax and enjoy the massage. It helped with my back ache and wrist pain because I have been using the different muscles to carry my newborn. "

      I think it's rejuvenating for me as per all massages. I have not tried other post natal massage but I feel this massage lady is good enough for me to want to share with others :)

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  58. Hi can I have the contact too please? my email is saychezzz99@gmail.com. Many thanks.

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  59. Please do send me the contact details on harshakumari86@gmail.com

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  60. Hi, mind to share contact with me? Thanks! cin_east@hotmail.com

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  61. Hello, may I have the contact please? Thanks! Celestinetay@hotmail.com

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  62. Can i have the contact, please?
    trinniewind@yahoo.com

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  63. HI, can i also have the contact please?
    anitapandian3120@gmail.com

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  64. Hi Jes! Thanks for sharing your experience, may I have the massage lady's contact please?
    Did you happen to try the 90min ones? I'm not sure whether a longer session would make a difference to the effectiveness.

    Thanks!

    my email: soofy.wu@gmail.com

    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise,

      I did not try the 90 minutes one and have not heard of my friends going for the longer duration too. They just went for more sessions, not sure if they made a difference too.

      Good luck! :)

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  65. Hi Jes,
    May I have the contact of your masseur? My email is jac.ong88@gmail.com.
    Btw are there extra charges for the breast massage?

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Jacqueline

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    1. Hi Jac,

      No extra charges for the breast massage or belly wrap! You just need to return the wrap to her the next day. I have already sent the contact to you, all the best!

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  66. Hi! Can you also share the contact of your masseuse with me please? :) how far in advance do you have to book your appointment with her?

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  67. Hi Jes, thanks so much for sharing all these useful tips with us. Could I please trouble you to email me the name and contact number of your massage lady? My email address is mlyn.lys@gmail.com. Thank you :)

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  68. Hi Jes,

    Can you share with me the contact of the massage lady. My email is hyper2002sg@yahoo.com. Thanks

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  69. Hi Jes,

    Can you share the contact of the massage lady with me? My email is nailussinator@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

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  70. Hi Jes,

    Could you please share with me the contact of the massage lady? My email js chihleng@yahoo.com. thank you very much in advance....

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