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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.

Sunday Mass-age

In Living a Life Off-Center on July 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I know, I shouldn’t be using stock photos, but how do you take a photo of a massage while you’re having one done? Will change these photos eventually, but at least you get the “picture”.

Hands-on relief

Anyway, I will change these images as soon as possible. I just wanted to post this blog before Sunday ends, or else, the title would be sacrificed, priorities, priorities.

There is nothing like indulging every now and then, but if you can make it a regular indulgence, then go for it. I have weekly massages, full body ones if I can, if not, then a heavy duty foot massage is a must, and if you’re lucky you can find a spa that will do both your feet, your hands and your head all-inclusive.

Massages when done well are extremely healing. First of all, if you’re athletic, or sporty, the massage actually help decrease the lactic acid produced during your body-too much lactic acid results in aches and pains, which locals call “lamig”. Next, a massage really helps soften stiff joints, if you have a fantastic masseuse then she can just target certain areas to remove the main source of blocks, and you sleep like a baby that night.

Of course, I don’t have a “normal” masseuse, but an intuitive one who not only has a third eye that’s wide, wide open, but she can actually absorb some of your illnesses or the discomfort in your body and dispel it by…burping. Yes, you read it right. It is far from a silent massage, and no, it is not a zen-like atmosphere with sweet smelling oil lamps and piped in music. This is the real deal hard core deep muscle and deep tissue massage plus, plus.

Burping Masseuse (BM) has been coming to our house for several years and has gone over and beyond the usual kneading duties. She has rid members in this household of the effects of “kulam” (black magic), seen beings from another dimension, who are not always positive or welcome additions to the home, all as she presses every single achy part of you. Honestly, parts that normally don’t hurt, do, because she goes in deep, using energy more than strength as leverage. In fact, once you’ve had BP every other masseuse out there is going to feel kind of wimpy. This is why, if I don’t have her for one reason or the other that week, I opt for a foot massage instead since the pressure used by reflexologists on the foot with that wooden peg is about the same.

Foot massages also hit the right spots

You may think I’m nuts to have BP come to the house, and to be honest, when she first started coming (a friend of a friend of a friend recommended her in the energy healing realm) I thought wow, this is a waste or time and money. Not only did the massages hurt, but the burping was a bit disturbing. Until, she removed a fever from me. Seriously. I hardly ever get sick, and having a fever is the worse kind of illness to come down with. You feel weak, your body is in pain which you can’t understand and even if you feel so, so tired, you can’t sleep because you feel so uncomfortable. BP came to the house, gave me a massage, but she lightened the pressure because I was on the verge of tears when she had just started and burped herself into a frenzy.

Within that same day, the fever was gone. I couldn’t believe it. I had taken no medication, not done anything different with my diet, but the fever had lifted. I had no more temperature, and I actually slept like a log that night. The next morning, I was right as rain.

BP also is quite well-versed in medicinal plants like an “albolaryo” would be as she frequents the magic mountain Banawe every month. I had suffered from irregular menstrual cycles for as long as I could remember. Missing them or having them too often in the month gave me mood swings, (all the girls out there know how PMS can be) and discomfort in my abdomen. One day she placed some leaves on me that had been boiled a certain way while she massaged. I have been pretty much on the calendar since that day, and it’s been three years and running. The only way I could regulate my period before her was through medication, and now I’m through with medication.

I wanna hold your hand...

Even if you don’t have quite a colorful masseuse or massage experience as I do, I’d encourage you to find some body work done to you once a week. In these times, where our environments are filled with all sorts of pollutants, from electromagnetic radiation, chemicals in our food and drink, toxic people (oh you know who they are) and even general aches and pains from poor posture, the body needs more love than ever before. Go get aligned, visit a chiropractor, a physical or neuromuscular therapist, get a massage, take a REAL vacation and allow your body to recharge and rejuvenate for the rest of your life. You can exercise yourself into being fit and toned, but if there is no time for your body to recuperate from all that activity, then breakdowns will come faster as you age. Giving your body a break will keep it from breaking.

Lie down…now. 😀