Greetings from the old fashioned spa in Techirghiol, me and the old folks wave at you.
I would actually call Techirghiol the “city of dogs” as during the first part of my first walk here I saw more dogs than people. Then people appeared too when the shops appeared.
Techirghiol has a big lake with salty water which is said to work wonders on your health. Not only the salty water, but most of all the “namol” (that’s Romanian for “mud”), which stinks like rotten eggs, but people put it around their knees, necks, elbows so it strengthens their joints. I actually got to bathe in it yesterday. It was wonderful. There was a bath full of warm salty water in which a nurse poured 10 kilos of mud and asked me to step into the black water. Not only I enjoyed it, but I started to search for the bits of mud that weren’t dissolved in the water yet, smelled them (that’s how I know it smells like rotten eggs), spread them on my arms and then wash them off. I felt empathy towards pigs and their mud baths. They know what’s fun.
Apart from that I had infrared rays and electricity going through my back muscles, tickling and stinging. During the first session, I incessantly asked the therapist about what was going to happen next, how exactly these devices work and how is electricity going to help me. Long story short: it calms down my back muscle inflammation and improves blood circulation. Then I got 10 minutes of miraculous massage which both hurt and relaxed my muscles.
I also do aqua gym here and sometimes I splash the water too much and the salty water gets into my eye and makes me cry. I then have to follow the commands of the aqua-gym instructor, feel the pain in my eye and focus on not getting anybody around me hurt in my manoeuvres.
Last thing is the gym (it has a much more complicated name here), where the therapist is a guy and he’s the only male therapist I saw around. He takes us through a series of exercises to help us stretch and continuously makes jokes. His room is always too full and he deals with many things at a time, but he doesn’t seem to miss anything.
That’s about it. I will be here for one more week and I welcome your visit. Come and see me. Please!
PS: Techirghiol is located on the Black Sea Coast, just south of the City of Constanta. For those who would like to visit, email me for directions.
Photo: Old boat on the shore of Techirghiol Lake