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Adjusting the ‘chi’ of your feet-Get a foot massage this weekend!

In Philippine Star Column on July 21, 2012 at 1:09 am

Even if your shoe wardrobe has shifted from summer sleek to rain ready, you should ensure that your tips and toes are always in top shape. Furthermore, your feet carry you literally through all your stages of life, and have probably done this in some of the most torturous footwear available. Whether your peds have been squeezed and squished into flats or killer heels, supported by workout trainers or allowed some open freedom with flip-flops, they are in need of regular TLC. Alternative medicine believes that the feet house all the nerve endings of the organs and muscles in our body, and encourage massage therapies such as reflexology to help the flow of “chi” or life force. I take my feet seriously, believing that dry calloused skin, plus ungroomed nails, are a total turn-off, not to mention that tired, aching feet can lead to even more discomfort throughout the rest of my body so I make time for a serious “feet treat” once a week. Until recently, most foot reflexology centers were dimly lit, crowded venues with therapists who just made you sit down and went to work. A very impersonal experience and uncomfortable for some since the general ambiance was reminiscent of an establishment of ill-repute. Still, many flocked to these places believing that having their feet pressed and prodded had therapeutic benefits. I can still remember going with two of my gay friends to a foot massage place in Cebu, as they were local, they knew the lay of the land and we still recount with laughter at how we cringed, whined and practically screamed when our feet were being manipulated by giggling foot therapists. But, we all slept like the dead that night, so we couldn’t discount that, at the very least, something must have worked.

Take the time out to treat your feet right!

Nowadays, foot spas are aplenty and there is a range of services to choose from, in terms of just the bare-bones foot massage to an all-out pod pampering. At the recently opened The Reflex Zone, there are two treatments on offer, one for adults and one for kids. Simple. It was explained to me that this center practiced the Rwo Shur Health Method of Reflexology and that all the therapists were male and had undergone strict training in this particular method. As a backgrounder, Rwo Shur was developed by Fr. Josef Eugster, a Swiss Catholic priest and a missionary in Taiwan who got into reflexology because of his own need to be healed. In 1977, at only 37 years old, he was suffering from a debilitating severe rheumatoid arthritis in his knees. After consulting several physicians, it was a friend who convinced him to try reflexology — telling him that the cause of his ailments was rooted in the imbalance of his internal organs and could be treated by curing through pressing on various pressure points found in the feet. My 80-minute treatment which started off with my feet soaked in gel bath (P1,000) was quite soothing, although I would have preferred a more comfortable chair. Thankfully, there was also a short back massage included and we were given a bottle of water to drink after the treatment. I was instructed to not shower for a couple of hours and not to eat a heavy meal that night. The therapists were all very polite and there was even a chart you could read to see what parts of the foot corresponded to a particular organ or ailment. For a no-frills treatment in a comfortable setting, this is good place to literally “cool” your heels.

The Reflex Zone for no-frills yet effective foot massages.

At The Neo Spa in Fort Bonifacio and its sister spa Ki Spa in Greenhills you get myriad choices on how much pampering your peds need. In terms of massage there is the Ingham Method of Reflexology which is the result of the combined work of the late Eunice Ingham, the founder of reflexology, and her nephew Dwight Byers, head and founder of the International Institute of Reflexology. It was Singaporean Master Reflexologist George Tay, the Asian representative of the International Institute of Reflexology, who trained their reflexologists. A 60-minute session can cost anywhere between P600 and P900. You can extend your treatment to also include a short back massage. If you want to try something more locally inspired then there is also the Bamboo Foot Massage (anywhere from P850 to P1,150/ session). This is an authentic and indigenous tribal foot massage that uses herbal clay to cleanse and purify one’s feet and then bamboo sticks to stimulate the soles. Afterwards, deep strokes of hagod relieve the feet, which helps in regulating blood pressure, improves blood circulation, lessens stress and hormonal imbalance. This is a gentler alternative to traditional reflexology, which may not be for everybody’s discomfort thresholds. You can complete any of the abovementioned treatments with a foot spa and pedicure if you have time to spare.

Pamper-time is easy at Ki Spa and Neo Spa

Last but not least, if you want to go for luxe, check out the treatments at Dusit Thani Hotel’s Devarana Spa. You can opt for a private room, although it would be wise to call ahead and see if the hotel has any ongoing events. The spa is located right beside the pool area so you may not get the peace and quiet you would like if there is something happening. If you are going to indulge go for their 1-2 punch of Reflexology (P2,700++) plus Aromatic Pedicure (P2,200++). You start off with a gentle sea salt scrub that sloughs off dead, calloused skin and leaves your soles refreshed as pressure is then applied in reflexology fashion. The pedicure that follows is so thorough your feet and nails feel squeaky clean and “younger looking,” with the added bonus of being prettified with a couple of coats of Chanel nail polish.

Luxe lounge. Ultimate feet treats at Devarana Spa in Dusit Thani

Remember, throughout every journey in life your feet walk with you every step of the way. Treat ‘em right.

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For more information on The Reflex Zone, Pasong Tamo ext., Makati call 812-0050 or e-mail: For Ki by Neo Day Spa-Greenhills, call: 584-6789 or 584-6066. For Neo Day Spa-Bonifacio Global City call: 815-8233 or 815-6948. For Devarana Spa at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati call 818-7081 or e-mail

Get a Sunday treat-for your feet (or any day for that matter) with reflexology

In Living a Life Off-Center on May 27, 2012 at 1:56 am

Pressure points when pressed can help improve your health

What to do over the weekend? Since the weather has proven itself to be a little more predictable the last couple of days-hot, hot, hot with a burst of rain, it’s been a little confusing to plan how to spend my rest days. Although, workwise Philippine Fashion Week and other events have kept me (literally) and figuratively on my toes. Spending a lot of time in couture and high, high heels have left me with rather sore calves and not to mention sore soles. An old colleague of mine from my print days invited me to try out a new foot reflexology place just to give myself a little weekend treat. I jumped at the chance, happy that it was open when a free slot in my schedule opened up.

The internationally acclaimed Rwo Shur Health Method of Reflexology is what is practiced at The Reflex Zone

I met my friend at The Reflex Zone and was led into a rather open space filled with very comfortable looking chairs. It was explained to me that this center practiced the Rwo Shur Health Method of Reflexology and that all the therapists were male and had undergone strict training in this particular method. As a backgrounder, Rwo Shur  was developed by Fr. Josef Eugster, a Swiss Catholic priest and a missionary in Taiwan who got into reflexology because of his own need to be healed. In 1977, at only 37 years old, he was suffering from a debilitating severe rheumatoid arthritis in his knees. After consulting several physicians, it was a friend who convinced him to try reflexology-telling him that the root cause of his ailments were rooted in the imbalance of his internal organs and could be treated by curing through pressing on various pressure points found in the feet.

Initially, Fr. Josef didn’t understand how a method used on the feet could help his knees, but he nevertheless, began studying reflexology. When he first used reflexology on himself, he could barely stand the pain, but he diligently treated himself every day.  Within two weeks, to his amazement, the arthritis disappeared. Becoming a self-taught Reflexologist, Father Josef first cured himself, and then began to share the knowledge with his friends and parishioners with great success. And since then, he has gradually developed his own variations on the known techniques judging their value solely by the results that were obtained. He has likewise promoted the healing benefits of Reflexology in Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, the US and Europe.

A comfortable place to relax during a 80 minute long treat for the feet

I was looking forward to my treatment which would take about 80 minutes. I try to have massages weekly and have also experienced reflexology treatments around the world. There is a blend of both pain and relief during this (if done well) but it really does help release a lot of toxins that your body is carrying. While waiting for our therapists we were given a foot soak and some kind of gel like bath for our feet that harderned and was rather refreshing. As the therapists came in and discretely covered part of my exposed leg, he asked me if I had any particular issue or illness I wanted to address. I told him candidly that my legs and lower back were painful but it was normally my neck and my shoulders that were my regular sore points. Needless to say the next hour had me in his very able and strong hands that kneaded and applied very strong pressure all over the soles of my feet, the tops of my feet and (my most sensitive area pain wise) around my ankles. This was followed by a short back massage and I did feel like my whole world had melted away when it was all over and that I was going to sleepreally well that night! Before the therapist left he explained that we shouldn’t wet our feet for several hours and not to eat too heavy that night. He didn’t need to tell me as I went home and practically collapsed on my bed that same night.

Knowing what part hurts can help you focus on where you need to heal

I am so grateful that there is a new place for me to decompress after a long work week or even a weekend of way too many parties and events. I was told that The Reflex Zone has two packages, one for adults (like what I had) which is priced at a very reasonable Php 1000 and one for kids aged 5 to 8 years old. Reflexology has been found to have positive effects in the treatment of various conditions common in children, such as allergies, digestive problems, sleep disruption, and emotional or behavioral problems. I kinda chuckled when I heard this, thinking if this can help kids (emotionally) it is certainly a must for most adults. I have since then added another healing service to my me time-getting an overall health boost through Rwo Shur Reflexology.

The Reflex Zone natural therapy center is located at the Ground Floor of the Narra Building, 2276 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. It is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, 1:00 – 10:00 pm. Appointments and queries may be made through 812-0050 or  You can also log onto for more information.

5 ways to get more ‘ME’ time in 2012

In Philippine Star Column on January 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

As 2012 rolls along a little faster than some of us would like, here are some simple steps to make the world — well, at least your inner world — slow down just a little bit.

Sun worship: You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

1.  Do sets of sun salutations or surya namaskar. If you want the full benefits of stretching, toning, breathing and just an overall sense of well-being in approximately 10 minutes then learn the most basic of the yoga asanas, known as the sun salutation. There are different versions depending on which type of yoga you learn but they are incredible for opening up the chakras, stilling the mind and conditioning the body and spirit, not to mention if you do them often enough you get really toned arms, a stronger core and limber legs. Take some classes to get the basics and you can do this at home. Try the newly opened Core Yoga, which offers vinyasa and “hot yoga” classes to choose from. Core Yoga is at 1504 AIC Burgundy Tower, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, tel. 576-3756 or 576-3857.




Heavy mental. Be the master of your own mind with meditation

2. Dedicate yourself to a spiritual practice. The philosophy of sadhana or spiritual practice is essential to a life that is open to receiving all that the universe can give. To remove what the masters call a “monkey mind” is to teach it to be still, and that is achieved through regular meditation and calm, easy breathing. Whether you devote five minutes or 50 minutes, you have to commit to creating a space in your home and life to sit down and just let go of external noise and distractions. Remember you must commit, whether it’s every day, three times a week or once a week. It is the ultimate “me” time, and frankly, you are the most important person in your life. Contact organizations that teach ways to meditate such as The Art of Living Philippines, which holds workshops once or twice a month. Visit or call 0917-848-4898 or 216-6139.




Make it real. Daily affirmations to transform your life

3. Say affirmations. When you affirm yourself or a situation you are making it real to you and your life. It has been said that your brain cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy for as long as you truly believe in something. It may sound hokey at first to affirm or “convince yourself” but the more you repeat an affirmation, the more the possibility of it occurring in your life becomes a probability. Create an affirmation that is short yet detailed and one that you can repeat about 50 times a day for 30 days. As an example, if financial abundance is what you’re after you can say, “Wealth is coming to me easily and effortlessly.” Pick up I Can Do It!, an easy-to-read book by metaphysical healer and author Louise L. Hay, to get a whole bunch of affirmations to choose from that can help transform your health, love life, career and even self-esteem. It even comes with an audio CD. I Can Do It! is available via special order from National Book Store.





Choose your own adventure. Plan that great escape with a single step

4. Take a trip. Everyone needs his space, especially you, so take the time to plan the perfect getaway. It doesn’t have to be abroad but you need to leave what is familiar and even comfortable for you for a couple of days. Treat this particular activity with reverence. Go out and buy yourself a brand new suitcase or weekender in a color you love. Make an afternoon out of it. Check out Tripologie, which offers an excellent selection of travel essentials and even looks like a jazzed-up check-in counter so you really get in the mood. Once you’ve bought the bag, put it somewhere where you can see it often and start imagining where you’re going to go. As you pore over travel mags and websites, get excited, get inspired and make it something to look forward to, really look forward to. There is nothing like an adventure to bring in unexpected opportunities (and even people) into your life. Oh, and this would be a good time to make sure all your travel documents are in order! Tripologie is located at Alabang Town Center and Eastwood Citywalk 2, visit 

Feet me right. Reflexology releases toxins and stress

5. Feel a little pressure. Have a proper foot reflexology massage. Each point in the foot corresponds to a major organ in the rest of the body. This is one of the simplest ways to disconnect from the world while giving the rest of your insides some time to recuperate from what has been absorbed from the daily grind. Wherever you feel pain or discomfort at a certain pressure point, you can link that to a particular area or even symptom. Many foot reflexology fans tell tales of their digestion improving and even headaches diminishing because of regular treatments. Make an effort to pamper your feet once a week (perfect for those who are in heels all the time) because they take you everywhere you go and everywhere you’ve been. Treat yourself to the Inghma Method of Reflexology at New Spa, which comes with a head and back massage as well.

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