Update #: 7
Currently: Back in Taipei, a few hours away from leaving for Singapore.
These were the last words I heard before I started my reflexology treatment. I would have called it a massage previously - but after experiencing it, massage is much too kind of a description. Cecillia warned me that the treatment might be a little painful at times, but what she didn't say was that 'at times' meant 'most of the time'.
I had heard about relexology from a friend who had it done in Las Vegas. They said it was a very relaxing and refreshing thing to do. Five minutes into my session I was gripping the couch tightly and starting to break into a nervous sweat. The first of my many expectations that went unmeant was the fact that the reflexologist didn't mainly use his hands to massage my feet. Instead, he had this smooth rock like tool with three tips that he used to (put nicely) rub my foot/shins/calves. No inch went un-rubbed and the next day I could still feel some soreness on certain areas of my foot. Apparently, Cecillia's mom receives a reflexology treatment twice a week and she doesn't feel any pain...
I felt pain. And I felt it early and often. But you know what 'they' say...Well, I'm starting to doubt 'them'. I trust that my reflexologist knew what he was doing and that he did a good job treating me, I'm just still a little unsure of the benefits.
I definitely believe that there's some truth to the fact that there are reflex points on the feet, and that they are actually reflections of other body parts - at one point, towards the end of treatment on my first foot, I got a strong tingling sensation in my chest - similar to what you'd feel going down a steep hill on a roller coaster. My reflexologist sensed this and told me about how receiving the treatment boosts the metabolism and that's what I was feeling. Also, while massaging my outer ears (another reflex point) I started laughing uncontrollably - not because it tickled (it didn't - it was slightly painful, believe it or not) but it stopped as soon as he started massaging a different point.
So, would I do it again? Yeah, I think so. I know what changed externally (slightly swollen toes for one) but I'm assuming (or wishfully thinking) that a lot of good things happened internally too.