“When a tree dies, it is the roots that die first. When a person ages, it is the feet that age first.” ~ Ancient Chinese proverb
The foot is one of the most overworked and underappreciated parts of the body. On average a person walks 8,000 – 10,000 steps daily. Statistics also show runners may cover 100,000+ miles in a life time. Each foot has 26 bones, over 7,000 nerve endings, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments.
According to Oriental medicine, the feet are regarded as a second heart. Every part of the body and each organ are connected to the feet. The latter are considered important in maintaining one’s health and therefore we should not ignore this part of our bodies, always taking the opportunity to really care for them.
Hence, every La Spa treatment starts with La Spa’s trademark foot-cleansing ritual. This is an indispensable first step in all therapies regardless of the time you spend or your chosen La Spa service. Even a facial is preceded with the foot ritual.
Instead of using a dry towel or a damp cloth to clean your feet, La Spa’s foot ritual begins with a foot bath. The feet are soaked and washed in a bowl of warm water infused with three natural ingredients which are used in many daily activities of the Vietnamese people: ginger, lemongrass and cinnamon. The therapist then applies gentle pressure to the key pressure points of each foot to reduce tension, followed by massaging the soles and then the whole foot.
Foot massage is good for one’s health, it soothes pain and relaxes the feet. The therapist completes the treatment by drying the feet with a soft towel symbolising the removal of negative energy, the welcoming of positive energy and a balancing of the mind, body and spirit before the main treatment commences.
In addition to the direct and practical benefits of helping your feet breathe and relieve any discomfort after a long, active day, the foot ritual provides valuable time for the customer and therapist to become acquainted and establish a friendly atmosphere, so the customer feels comfortable with the upcoming service.