THANK YOU for the reference to the work of the brilliantly funny Calvin Trillin (“Good Ribs,” May 19, 2005). He’s one of my personal favorites and a writer who deserves to have a much wider reading audience. Anybody who picks up The Tummy Trilogy is sure to have a better day no matter what.
-Barbara Trecker, via email
I am responding to the article written by Ms. X (“Sacred and Profound,” May 5, 2005). First off, I wanted to commend Ms. X for sharing her experience with the public and for honoring her learning within it. It sounds like it was intense and I can only hope writing about it was cathartic for her.
Erotic or sensual massage is definitely happening all over the world and even though it may make some of us uncomfortable it still exists. I am a massage therapist myself, and wanted to address the difference between therapeutic and sensual massage. I will not make any statements that one is more appropriate than the other, I will not pass judgment on those who choose to heal through a sexual modality.
Tantra has been practiced for centuries and some people really respond to that kind of touch. But therapeutic massage is not about sex or sexual healing. It is about finding homeostasis or balance within the body. Some sensual masseurs have claimed that traditional massage is restrictive and uptight. I say, I don’t mind respecting people’s boundaries with their bodies as well as respecting my own.
Some people have more boundaries than others and this does not mean that people are frigid because they don’t want to have a stranger release their kundalini. It only means different strokes for different folks.
Sensual massage can work for some people in balancing certain sexual issues. And finding balance or healing is relative. Let us all be aware of our judgments and be more tolerant of where people are in their healing because ultimately everyone has their own process.
-Kalalani Maluhia, via email
WE’RE BIG IN ARKANSAS!
Aloha from the Ozarks! I always liked Maui Time when I lived there. Now that I moved, I love the website. Here’s one of my favorite quotes, from a hippie chick I met by a lake: “I thought about being a nun, but I said to Hell with that.” Keep up the good work.
-Tess McManus, Yellville, Arkansas
In the May 26, 2005 story “Too Cutting Edge” we misspelled the name of acupuncture specialist Bryon Sparks. Also, after careful research we’ve determined that a couple individuals listed in our May 5, 2005 staff box list of “favorite famous Mexicans” aren’t actually Mexican. Charo was born in Spain and Zorro hails from California. But the rest are authentic Mexican natives, except for possibly Bumblebee Man, who we couldn’t positively identify by press time.