While it is the season of giving, it is also the season we’re constantly shuffling around from one place to another. Whether buying gifts, attending parties or catching up with friends and relatives. Our feet can get a beating especially when it’s smarter to walk at times in the metro to beat the rush hour traffic. How about pampering our feet once in a while during the holiday break? Step into Foot Zone and treat yourself to a Xiamen-style foot reflexology. What’s so special about the Xiamen-style foot massage? I, along with my friends recently experienced Foot Zone’s 1 hour and 20 minutes Foot Reflexology and Back Massage at its recently opened branch at Jupiter, Makati.
Xiamen-Style Foot Reflexology
For the Chinese people, the foot is akin to the root of the tree, the healthy the roots, the well grounded the tree to grow taller and healthier. The tree decays from its roots as a man ages from his feet. For the Chinese, the human organ has corresponding nerve points at the feet. Stimulating these points through massage and pressure releases blockages and re-balance the energy flow in the body.
At Foot Zone, they brought in their Chinese Master massage therapist from China to train the Filipino therapist. This is to ensure the quality and standard of their reflexology and massage. The Master therapist can also be requested for the service for an additional price.
The Foot Zone Experience
We were led to the massage rooms to wait for therapist to arrive. It has two big comfortable chairs. Lights dimly lit and comfortably cool. There’s a cable TV to entertain while we wait. As soon as our therapist came, we closed the TV and start relaxing.
First was a foot wash on a bucket of warm coffee water. While our feet are soaked, we enjoyed a few minutes of head massage. Later, our therapist lightly dabbed the moisture off our feet and wrapped it full in towel. After a few minutes, my therapist unwrapped my feet and started the foot massage. I could feel the varying pressure applied and on occasional deep strokes. I could feel my body at ease and starting to relax even more. Then I felt suction cups sticking to my heels. Another method to remove the toxins from the sole. Finally the rhythmic drumming from the wooden massage hammers. I’m impressed with the precision of pressure us they drum up my feet keeping to the right beat.
The Back Massage
The final part was the back massage. I was amused when our therapist converted our seat to a massage bed. I didn’t know there was a hole hidden under the pillows to place our face so we could comfortably breath. My therapist was quite skilled. I’m a regular to massages and I could tell if the masseuse/masseur is good. The pressure applied on my back was just right where and how I want. Aside from the back, the legs also got some massage and stretches so its almost a whole body service. Finally she made me sit and started the stretches. It felt good and relieving of any stiffness I felt.
The 1 hour and 20 minutes massage was just what one needs after a long trip. I’m sure a stress reliever and a pocket time for relaxation during the holiday season. Foot Zone is not just a foot massage place but follows an ancient Chinese tradition for wellness. And they have a Master making sure it is done right.
The Foot Reflexology and Back Massage at Foot Zone is at Php 750. For the service of the master, it is at Php 1,000. For other services and rates contact them below
Foot Zone (Makati)
3/F Sunshine Plaza, 56 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 12 PM to 11:30 PM Daily