During a road trip through the Garden Route, one of our journalists found a small Thai massage place on Main Street in Plettenberg Bay called Thai Massage Healing Hands” Walking into Healing Hands, one is instantly taken aback by the amazing view of the ocean and the warmness of the owners, Quintus and PiNong. Here, Quintus talks about how he learned about Thai massage, how he met his wife from Thailand and his life in Plett.
“My name is Quintus Carruthers and my wife’s name is PiNong. We met in Johannesburg about eight years ago. Six months later, we got married. We lived together in Johannesburg for four and a half years. She came out to South Africa to do Thai massage.
“Usually the girls stay where they work, but since we got married and she was living with me, she didn’t have the benefit of her coworkers, the other girls being able to give her a massage at the end of the day, so she kind of trained me up so I can help her out if she had a sore shoulder or sore back. So basically, that’s how I started to get my training and after living together for about four and a half years in Johannesburg, we packed up and moved to Thailand, hoping to stay there forever.
“That didn’t quite work out, so we decided to come back to South Africa. She couldn’t come back immediately at the same time I did because her South African visa was due to expire within five weeks. So, she would have needed to submit a new application for the renewal of a visa within five weeks and she would’ve needed to submit bank statements for three months and police clearance. There wouldn’t be enough time for that, so she remained in Thailand.