This pensioner has become a hit with a bizarre ‘’magic zimmer frame’’ she uses for massages to cure patients’ bad backs.
Apha Preechankul, 69, injured her spine while gardening when a cobra leapt out and she fell down in fright.
The grandmother-of-five said she spent months recuperating at home before treating herself with a rolling pin – then attending classes to learn Chinese and Thai massage.
Apha eventually dreamed up an extra-wide zimmer frame she calls the ‘’magic chair’’ that she uses to walk over over people while they are sprawled out on a wooden bed.
The therapist now has dozens of people every week flocking to her to cure their aches and pains at her home in Angthong.
She said: ”Everyone that came here said they’re fixed. I’ve been getting more popular and more and more people are coming here for help.’’
Apha charges punters 250baht for an hour of being walked on and whacked with a rubber mallet, which she says relieves tension in the back.
She added: ‘’I first had problems when I was gardening and saw cobra and ran away and fell down. I had surgery but at home had back ache.
‘’I treated myself with the the wooden rolling pin for bakery. I took lessons and became an expert and invented the magic