Yesterday Jen, Jenny, and I celebrated Jenny’s birthday! We decided to take the pampering route for Jenny and treated her (and ourselves) to hand and foot reflexology massages. Jenny had never before had any kind of a massage and I think it was the perfect introduction to that world for her. I must say that a reflexology massage is the way to go and I take the time now to recommend it. But let me backtrack and give you a better glimpse into our day.
Our day started at 11:30 in Ikeshita. We had never been to this reflexology place before, so we first made sure that we knew where it was. The place, Raffine, had been a recommendation from a friend, but our friend wasn’t sure how to find it from the subway, so we were a little worried that it would be hard to find. Expecting a bit of a wild goose chase, we were more than a little surprised to see Raffine immediately after we exited the subway.
Our next adventure was to find somewhere to eat lunch. None of us are that familiar with the Ikeshita area, so after walking around for a while and waiting at the world’s longest stoplight, we stumbled across this restaurant called Hiro, which actually, Jen’s boyfriend Hiro had recommended to her a while ago. We decided to try it out and found ourselves in a very cute, hometown family restaurant style place. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the lunch set was really delicious. We had soup, salad, bread or rice, the main meat, dessert, and coffee for about $10. It was a great deal and I’d love to go back there again sometime. After finishing our lunch over many funny stories from our childhoods, we made our way back to Raffine.
The staff at Raffine were also extremely kind and helpful. We had decided to get 20 minute hand and foot reflexology massages and it was so relaxing. It was also interesting how accurate the women were. They would tell us that one point on our foot was extremely tight, then ask if we had been having problems with the related part of our body. And it was surprisingly accurate. The whole atmosphere of the place was one of relaxation and care. After our pampering session had finished, they gave us a cup of tea of our choosing, explained what our problem areas were, and gave us each personalized recommendations for our next visit. Having a member’s card to that place is going to be extremely dangerous to my wallet, even though the price was more than reasonable. But I will say that today my forearms are a little tender. I don’t think that I’ve ever had my forearms massaged before, so it’s understandable.
Overall, I think that we gave Jenny an awesome birthday present and, in the process, got ourselves hooked on Raffine. But I must say that there are worse things to be addicted to.