Posted January 13th, 2018, 12:18 AM
Thanks for all of the feedback. I have back issues, hence the massage query.
I have done 4 Antarctica expeditions complete with 2 bulging discs. Never had or needed a massage in my life - not a fan of strangers touching me - personally. Just not something I am into.
I take serious medication and I pack plenty of it. I also pack the nurofen stick on heat patches that last 8 hours. So after a physical day of zodiacs and expeditions I have a long hot shower and slap the stick on patches, pop the pills - and head to bed. I pack my travel sized TENS machine too - slap it on for 30 - 60 minutes once I am in bed or if I am sitting at the desk doing photo sorting. Let it do its job.
I also use spare pillows to prop around my back when I sleep - first trip I didnt and I rolled around in rough seas too much and popped the disc. (Thank you to the ship dr who did the morphine shot straight into my spine - kept me mobile for the next few landings). So next trips I used extra pillows and it stopped me from moving too much in bed when the sea was rough.
Kapitan Khlebnikov Nov 2010 (West Antarctica, Weddell Sea, Riser Laarsen Coast, Sth Sandwhich & Sth Georgia Islands)
Kapitan Khlebnikov Dec 2011 (Final voyage - East Antarctica & Heard Island)
Sea Adventurer: Feb 2014 (Antarctica Peninsular, South Georgia Is, Falkland Is).
Ortelius: Feb 2014 Bluff NZ, Ross Sea, West Antarctica, Peninsula, Peter 1st Island, Ushuaia
Other regions: too many to list so just the highlights:
P&O Oriana 1984 (Indian Ocean) and 1986 (Pacific Ocean), Superstar Virgo 2003 (Indian Ocean), Radiance of the Seas: Nov 2014 Bravo Theatre Opera cruise - Noumea. Coming up: Bravo 2018, Radiance of the Seas.