I’ve been wanting to try reflexology for quite some time. I finally decided to do it a few days ago. I had heard it was painful at first and that it could heal all kinds of things. I don’t know if it heals anything yet but I can attest to the pain!
Reflexology in The Philippines
The process is a little bit science, a little bit magic and a little bit torture. Jessie even said, “I like to see you in pain.”. LOL She even took my picture to document the experience. We are not married officially but its beginning to feel very married. It was all in good fun.
I did it part because I wanted to experience the culture of the Philippines. This happens in other parts of the world but its much more common here than in the USA and probably most other Western Cultures. In Memphis, where I had lived for the last 25 years if you wanted reflexology you went to the fortune teller. I don’t think pain is a normal part of reflexology in the west either. Perhaps others can comment on that. I don’t have first hand experience, I’ve just had several people from the west tell me it doesn’t hurt. Trust me on this, here, it hurts!
The torturer, otherwise known as the reflexologist has this wooden device that he pushes into various pressure points. There is a specific place for the heart and for the thyroid and other organs. I just remember those too the most as the memory of the pain lingers.
Now its not like going to the dentist without pain meds or anything but it does hurt. Most of the time it feels quite good. The reflexologist worked on each foot for 20 to 30 minutes and I told him lets make it 20 minutes. LOL
He doesn’t charge for it but will accept gifts. He is considered a healer and doesn’t “demand” money for it.
They say this cures everything from appendicitis to heart disease and circulatory issues. I find that a little hard to believe but we’ll see what happens. I have a lot of pain in my calves and I can see where this treatment might help with that. After one session, the pain in my left leg is gone. The pain in my right leg is still significant. I take a lot of medications for this one issue, no pain meds other than an NSAID, and it would be great if I could stop taking it. Time will tell. We paid him P100 per person as that is what someone suggested. Maybe it should be a bit more considering how long it takes.
Henry, the reflexologist, is also a plumber, electrician, appliance repair man and probably a carpenter too. He fixed an electrical outlet for us after he was done with our feet.
What about you, have you experienced reflexology in the Philippines? How about some place else? Please tell me about your experience.
Read more about my experience with reflexology on Hey Joe! Living in the Philippines!
Rusty Ferguson is an American Expat living in Bogo, Cebu.