Tuesday, December 16, 2008
My Fijian foot massage
A couple of weeks ago, one of our 101QFL sales executives told me I need to schedule an appointment at Salon Crimson for a foot massage. As often happens in radio, we were going to be giving away a gift certificate on the air for the massage, and they wanted me to experience it firsthand so I could talk about it on the air.
He didn't have to twist my arm. I've had massages before, and I find them incredibly relaxing. I was a little puzzled, though, that a foot massage was going to last an hour. That's quite a bit of massaging!
Well, when I called to make the appointment, I found out that it wasn't just my feet that were getting the massage. It was actually a full-body massage DONE BY the feet of the masseuse!
I was a little surprised, to say the least. Although I had vague recollections of seeing something like this on TV, I had to admit it seemed like kind of a funny idea.
After experiencing it, I have to tell you that I definitely would recommend it. At first, the idea of someone's feet being on your person is just a little off-putting.
However, I quickly stopped thinking about it when the incredible relaxation set in! It was really easy to forget that it was feet that were performing the massage.
Why the feet?
I did wonder why feet would be employed in a massage, instead of the hands and arms.
Well, according to Fijianmassage.com, there are several benefits. They say the foot massage is often a more effective treatment for damaged, painful or tight muscles; clients often say it's a deeper yet gentler massage, and it can be done through clothing or on bare skin.
It's also beneficial for the person giving the massage, as it "saves therapist's hands, neck, arms and shoulders while avoiding kyphotic strain, cervico-cranial hyperlordosis, repetitive strain injury to hands and many overuse syndromes."
Would I do it again? Definitely, if it was free! And I have to say the staff of Salon Crimson couldn't have been more gracious.
But I do have to admit, I enjoy a regular massage just as much.
If you want to know more about Fijian barefoot massage, here's a video.