One of my cousins just opened a branch of Foot Zone in Jupiter Street last April. Foot Zone specializes in Xiamen-style foot reflexology, which aims to restore the body’s natural equilibrium and enhance regeneration by activating pressure points in the feet, whose nerve endings are linked to certain organs in the body. The stimulation of these reflex points ultimately removes blockages in the energy stream, allowing the chi or life force to properly flow in the body once more. Foot Zone has brought their own Master Massage Therapist from China to teach all the local licensed massage therapists this special technique.
I brought my S.O. along. We parked in the basement and took the lift up to the 3rd floor. It immediately opened into the well-lit foyer of Foot Zone. The place was really nice. Spankin’ new and ritzy. There were a lot of rooms with luxurious recliner seats and massage beds, each room having its own TV and air conditioning. They seemed like business class cabins on a plane. The best part was that the comfort rooms were well-maintained.
My cousin recommended their specialty: Foot Reflexology with Back Massage. It began with a hot bucket of water with petals for foot-soaking, accompanied by a 5- to 10-minute head massage. Later, our feet were wrapped neatly while the massage therapists went to get the massage candles. Infused with essential oils, they come in 3 scents, each with its own therapeutic properties: orange, lavender and citronella.
When they came back, the massage therapists gently unwrapped a foot and poured some of the melted massage candle into their palms. They started the foot massage proper, adeptly pressing into our soles. I didn’t know if it was psychological, but I felt my digestive system speed up all of a sudden. Once they were done with the foot reflexology, they each took an acupuncture suction cup, sprayed it with alcohol and lit it on fire. The mouth of the cup was immediately pressed against the heel, smothering the flames. The massage therapists then dragged the cup up and down our soles, collecting the toxins seeping from our pores. This process was repeated about 3 to 5 times.
The third part of the foot reflexology was the gentle drumming of the bunions and calves. It was a precise way of massaging those areas without hitting the shins. It was very light and pleasant.
The final part of the package was the back massage. The massage seats were reclined all the way, and the pillow was removed to reveal a hole for the face. We climbed onto the “beds” and the massage therapists began to knead our shoulders and backs. They actually did our legs as well, so it came off like a full body massage, which was awesome. Later, we were asked to sit on the leg rests, where they proceeded to stretch our upper body and arms. (That part felt great.) We lay back down, but stomach up this time. We ended with a quick head massage.
Early, my cousin had also suggested that we do her favorite: Ear Candling. Honestly, I had never heard of nor seen it before. It’s apparently this procedure where they burn a paraffin-coated roll of paper and stick it into your ear as it smolders. The hot air travels down the hollow tube into the ear canal, causing some moisture in the ear to evaporate, thereby loosening the ear wax. Apart from the paper tray, there’s a filter in the tube preventing ash from entering the ear as well. Three-fourths of the way, the ear candle is put out and the therapist uses a lighted ear pick to collect all the ear wax. The entire process was repeated for the other ear.
I wouldn’t say I could hear better, not that I had any problem with hearing, but my ears were definitely cleaner, and that’s not bad at all.
|Service||Duration||Local Rate||Master Rate|
|Foot Reflexology and Head Massage||1 hr 20 mins||PHP 750||PHP 1,000|
|Foot Reflexology and Back Massage||1 hr 20 mins||PHP 750||PHP 1,000|
|2 hrs||PHP 1,100||PHP 1,350|
|Foot Reflexology and Back Massage (Twin)||1 hr 20 mins||PHP 1,500||–|
|Foot Scrub (Chinese Style)||30 mins||–||PHP 500|
|Foot Scrub (Local Style) and Foot Massage||1 hr||PHP 600||–|
|Ear Candling and Head Massage||30 mins||PHP 500||–|
|Stone Body Massage||1 hr 20 mins||PHP 1,300||–|
|Body Massage (Shiatsu)||1 hr||PHP 800||–|
|1 hr 30 mins||PHP 1,100||–|
|2 hrs||PHP 1,500||–|
|Body Massage (Swedish/Combination)||1 hr||PHP 800||–|
|1 hr 30 mins||PHP 1,150||–|
|2 hrs||PHP 1,600||–|
|Ventosa||20 mins||PHP 500||–|
Traveller’s Feet Bundles
|Service||Duration||Local Rate||Master Rate|
|Foot Reflexology and Back Massage + Foot Scrub||120 mins||PHP 1,150||PHP 1,400|
|Foot Reflexology and Head Massage + Foot Scrub||120 mins||PHP 1,150||PHP 1,400|
|Foot Reflexology and Back Massage + Ear Candling||110 mins||PHP 1,150||PHP 1,400|
|Foot Reflexology and Head Massage + Ear Candling||110 mins||PHP 1,150||PHP 1,400|
|Foot Reflexology and Back Massage + Ventosa||100 mins||PHP 1,150||PHP 1,400|
|Foot Reflexology and Head Massage + Ventosa||100 mins||PHP 1,150||PHP 1,400|
|Swedish Body Massage + Ventosa||80 mins||PHP 1,250||–|
|110 mins||PHP 1,500||–|
|140 mins||PHP 1,800||–|
Location: 3/F Sunshine Plaza, 56 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Operating Hours: 12 PM to 11:30 PM Daily
(+63 2) 542-7709
(+63 977) 854-7709
(+63 949) 887-7612