Getting a massage is something I have to do at least once a week. That is why I was thrilled when I was invited to try the reflexology services at the Reflex Zone in Makati. Since I didn’t have such a session before, I found out that reflexology is not the same as massage after all. The latter is mainly for relaxation while reflexology is for healing parts of the body. With regularity, one can already feel the beneficial effects like pain and stress relief, improved blood circulation, restoration of overall balance, and prevention of many common diseases.
Isn’t this just what we need? I cannot vouch this early if it’s effective but I vow to come back for more sessions to address the body malaise that I’ve been feeling lately. The Reflex Zone uses the Rwo Shur Health Method of Reflexology which was developed by Swiss Catholic priest Fr. Joseph Eugster in Taiwan. It’s distinctive for its use of ” very firm pressure, thus taking its focus beyond relaxation to detoxification and revitalization.”
Shown in photo:the zone’s young owners Jamie and Alex Coyuito.
To begin the session, an attendant leaves our tired feet to soak in a bowl of warm water and pours the content of a packet of powder which magically solidifies into a gel-like mixture after. They call this their Signature Peppermint Crystal Mud Foot Soak.
For the reflexology proper, only male attendants are tapped to do the work. They are all licensed Physical Therapists who have done extensive training at the Rwo Shur Health Institute International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It seems males are preferred because the kind of pressure they apply are firm and consistent throughout.
The session focuses on my feet and toes. I felt my body awaken from the deep pressure and at times I felt a tinge of pain which can signify a problem (have to visit the doctor soon). In between, we consult the foot chart. Apparently, there are reflex points on the feet which correspond to all the different glands, organs, and systems of the body. Applying pressure to these points breaks up crystalline deposits of uric acid, calcium, and lactic acid on different areas of the feet, and clears blockages and toxins from the corresponding body parts. Looks promising indeed.
The therapists wind up our session with some form of massage on our arms.
My feet wrapped in a towel by therapist Bob signified that my reflexology was over. I felt relieved, with a new sense of energy. I am hopeful of this kind of reflexology’s promise which also addresses health complaints like headaches, sinus problems, insomnia, obesity, lack of concentration, and hormonal imbalances, a common malady among women.
I was also surprised to find out that The Reflex Zone offers reflexology services to children aged 5 to 8 years old. It is meant to address childhood problems like allergies, digestive problems, sleep disruption, and emotional or behavioral problems.
Cost per session is P1,000 for adults and P800 for children.
The flagship branch of 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 pm – 10 pm. Appointments and queries may be made through 812-0050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, the center’s website is www.reflexzone.com.ph