Czech masseuses are often cast as role models, but sometimes their work can leave them with a lasting impression.
For one woman, a Thai massage therapist who also works with Chinese women, it’s the same with a masseuse from Germany.
Her masseuse’s husband was in the United States during the Cold War, but her parents divorced when she was still young, and she lost touch with her parents when she moved to Berlin.
The masseuse, named Eva, told The Local that her work with Chinese clients can leave her feeling distant.
The couple started dating last year, and they’ve been together for nearly a year.
“I think the most difficult thing about our relationship is that my husband is American,” she said.
“But I do feel that I know him more intimately than he knows me.”
After a couple of months, the masseuse met a German friend who was looking for Chinese massage therapists.
“It was a real dream to work with them,” she told The Independent.
“In the beginning I didn’t think that my relationship with Eva was so bad.
It’s the only relationship where I’m actually really happy.
It feels really good to have a person who knows you better than you know yourself.”
They’ve since found a partner in the massage therapist, but they haven’t been able to keep their relationship stable.
“The first time I met him, I was really nervous,” she added.
“At first I didn