What’s the newest health trend in the Philippines?
Reflexology, of course.
But wait… reflexology is thousands of years old, you say.
Well, you would be correct.
However, a specialized method of reflexology known as Rwo Shur, developed by Father Josef, who was a Catholic missionary in Taiwan, has found its way to the Philippines.
During these times when we are all searching for the next age-reversal breakthrough or miracle youth cream, reflexology has surfaced, yet again, to offer up its time-tested, proven approach to health and well-being.
In Bryan B. Garcia’s article The power of human touch, published for the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, he writes:
“For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has used reflexology in healthcare by focusing on specific reflex zones in the feet. By applying pressure, the organs, glands and systems that correspond to these specific points benefit as blockages and toxins are cleared and expelled from the body through excretion.
One technique that has adopted this same principle is the Rwo Shur Health Method. Developed by Father Josef Eugster, a Swiss Catholic missionary in Taiwan, the Rwo Shur technique is specifically aimed to rid the body of toxins by breaking down crystalline deposits of uric acid, calcium and lactic acid through pressure on the reflex points. The procedure also reinforces the function of the excretory organs like the kidney, urethra and bladder to facilitate the flushing of these impurities better.
“When the treatment eventually cured his [Father Josef’s] arthritis, he started sharing the method with others and has grown in popularity among other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan as well as western countries like the US and in Europe.
Recently, the Rwo Shur Health Method has made its way to Philippine soil. The treatment is now offered at a natural therapy center in Makati called the Reflex Zone. Unlike massage centers which focus on relaxation, this facility provides treatment for recovering patients as well as preventive measures for health conscious clients. By working the body’s nervous system through the reflex points in the feet, the procedure offers beneficial effects for pain and stress relief, improved blood circulation, restoration of overall balance and prevention of many common diseases.”
Garcia goes on to say:
“Reflexology has also been found to have positive effects on children as young as five years old in terms of treating conditions such as allergies, digestive problems, sleep disruption, as well as emotional and behavioral problems.
“Despite the advent of modern healthcare, traditional medicine still has the capacity to offer safe and effective healing methods. The practice of reflexology proves that the healing power of a human touch can never be underestimated because of its years of application and longstanding tradition.”
The inroads reflexology has made and continues to make in the field of alternative health care, appears to be unstoppable. When something as simple, yet so profound is accepted and embraced by entire groups of people, there must be something good and pure about it.
Reflexology is non-invasive, it is preventative and also addresses many acute and chronic conditions. Used in conjunction with other medical regimens, when appropriate, reflexology is a powerful adjunct to a complete and well-rounded health and healing plan.